Archive for January, 2009

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Jan
09

Christian Belief

 

  Below is a list of some things that Christians believe taken from Christianity.com.  The original statements are in italics, and my responses to them are in bold beneath each one.  A Christian friend of mine dared me to refute each one.  Little does he know, my blasphemy knows no bounds!1. God created all that is seen and unseen
Christians believe that God is the creator of all people, the world, the universe, and everything seen and unseen. This is based on various Bible passages, including the Bible’s book of Genesis…..

  •  There is no way of anyone knowing this information because no human was around to record these happenings and there is zero physical evidence of any kind to support the claims.  We certainly shouldn’t expect or trust people a couple thousand years ago who thought the world was flat and was at the center of the universe, to know either.  Genesis was written and revised between 950 and 450 BC.  That’s more than 4000 years after the Egyptians invented the concept of Hell, 50,000 years since the first human language was spoken,  145,000 years since the first creatures we would recognize as human walked the earth, 65 million years since an asteroid struck the Yucatan Peninsula and wiped out the dinosaurs, 3.5 billion years since the first single celled organisms formed, 4.5 billion years after our solar system formed, and over 13.5 billion years after the formation, or last cycle of our universe. The entire basis for this belief is myth…..
  • Human beings have only been around for a blink of an eye compared to the time scales of our solar system and universe.  Humans are products of natural selection.  Picturing a creator of the universe with human characteristics was a natural thing to do for our ancestors, but is pathetic in the light of modern science and understanding…..
  • Which God?  There were thousands of Gods worshipped by humans all over the world before the Jews invented their own Yahweh, and their have been hundreds of gods created since.  Gods were invented by the people of the ancient world as explanations for what they could not explain otherwise.  The reason why Gods were so prevalent in ancient times was because primitive man had a lot of things they couldn’t explain. ….
  • If god told the writers of genesis what to write, why did he choose to wait 4.5 billion years to allow humans to evolve?  Why did god let the human race toil and lumber through 150,000 years or so of painful and arduous existence before finally deciding to inject himself into the human story?  Why didn’t he get involved with the dozens of civilizations that were around during the thousands of years before the Hebrews wrote Genesis?  ….
  • Every culture has a genesis story.  There are dozens of them.  This one simply won the popularity contest.  The Jewish Genesis story is actually borrowed from the Genesis story of the Babylonians.2. Jesus is the Son of God and is One with God
    Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He is one with God, and that He was sent here for our salvation. In John 10:30 (English-NIV), the Apostle John quotes Jesus as saying, “I and the Father are one.”….

    Why would god need to send anyone to do something that he should be able to do in an instant?  He’s god.  If he wanted to forgive our so-called sins, well then he’d just forgive the sins.   Save us from what?  He is omnipotent and omniscient!  Why would god have a son? Why would a being powerful enough to create the entire universe and govern everything in it, have offspring?….

    There should be no issue of “saving” in the first place! Hell was thought to be beneath the feet of the ancient Hebrews.  The kingdom of heaven was amongst the clouds and the stars.  All of this is ancient myth that dates back thousands of years before the Pentateuch was written.  Heaven and Hell are places of myth.  Without brains and nervous systems, we could not experience the pain and suffering of a hell, or the pleasure and happiness of heaven.  Without brains as interpreters there is no experience to be had…..

    Problem is, John didn’t write the book of John.  In fact, none of the gospels were written by the people for whom they are named and almost none of the books in the bible were written by the people they are named after.  The book of John is actually youngest of the 4 gospels, written somewhere between the year 110 and 125.  Mark is the oldest, written between 75 and 85.  The gospels are no less 3rd and 4th hand accounts of stories passed on by word of mouth.  Up until the renaissance, 95% of the human population was illiterate and until the Protestant Reformation, it was a crime for anyone to read from the bible except authorized members of the clergy.  The Dark Ages were ruled by Christendom with an iron fist.  This made public inquiry and critique of scripture and its changes nearly impossible. 
     

3. Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary
Christians believe that Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit of God and born through the Virgin Mary. As explained in Matthew 1:18 (English-NIV), “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.”….

Virgin births are not unique to Christianity.  Dozens of gods were born through virgins before Jesus.  In fact, if your god wasn’t born by a virgin he would have probably been seen as unworthy of worship by many ancient people.  So Jesus followed suit. 

4. Jesus suffered and was crucified

Jesus suffered for our sins and was crucified. As explained in Matthew 27:23-56 (English-NIV), Jesus was falsely accused of being an anti-government rebel. He was brought to Pontius Pilate to be crucified. He was mocked, beaten, taunted and crucified…..

Unfortunately, there is NO historical evidence of any of this.  None.  Not even a record of execution by the Roman government.  In fact, Jesus isn’t mentioned by a single scholar writing during the time he was alive (pretty remarkable for someone who performed miracles and attracted large crowds.) Jesus could have very well existed, but it is just as likely that he didn’t.  This absence of evidence should trouble believers especially because many of them are otherwise reasonable people who would never accept anything baseless as true in any other part of their life.

5. Jesus died and was buried

Jesus died after being crucified. He was buried in a tomb owned by a man named Joseph of Arimathea, who was a follower of Jesus. In Matthew 27:57-60 (English-NIV), the Bible says, “As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.”….

Again, only the bible tells you so and the bible is NOT a historical document (the first people to teach me that were priests in catholic school.)

6. Jesus rose again (the Resurrection)
Jesus was resurrected, which means that He died, but was brought back to life again. You can read more about the resurrection in the New Testament book of John, chapter 20. People who believe in Jesus will also be resurrected after they die, and brought into the kingdom of Heaven.

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Jesus wasn’t the first god to come back to life.  In fact, the parallels between the stories of the much older Egyptian gods Horus and Osiris with that of Jesus are striking. This has convinced many scholars that those stories inspired the Jesus myths.  Also, human beings invented “kingdoms.” It does not follow that a place that has always existed would be structured the way some humans structured their societies. 

7. Jesus ascended into Heaven
Jesus ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father. This happened after Jesus was resurrected. We too will go to Heaven, but only through faith in Jesus Christ. As explained in Mark 16:19-20 (English-NIV): “After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.”….

“Ascended into heaven?”  Fewer ideas show the ignorance of the ancient world more obviously than this.  This shows that to the ancients, god and heaven were in the sky.  We know that is not true.  Perhaps they are located somewhere in outer space?  So far, we have pointed our telescopes in many places and no sign of heaven.  Today’s Christians apparently still think god is in the sky or in space.  They look up and raise their hands to the sky when they pray and they point to the sky when they kick field goals and hit home runs.  If there is a god, they would be better off searching for him in the realm of quantum theory than overhead.  Also, what would a matterless being like god need with a “hand?” If Jesus is seated, this implies he has a chair or something to sit on.  Humans invented chairs.  Why would there be chairs in heaven and furthermore, why would something without a butt or legs need to sit down?

8. Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead

Jesus will return again to judge the living and the dead, and to establish a kingdom that will have no end. In Matthew 24:30-31 (English-NIV), Jesus is quoted as saying that He will return during the last days of man: “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”….

Okay now this is some silly stuff right here.  First, when Jesus spoke of the last days he was telling people that it would be soon, within their lifetimes.  Much of this apocalyptic language is actually referring to a forthcoming freeing of the Jews from the control of the Roman Empire.  (The mark of the beast 666, actually spells “Nero,” the Roman emperor, in numeric Hebrew; which was popular at the time of the writing of Revelation.) The Son of Man will appear in the sky, because where else would he come from in the ancient world?  Apparently, he will ride on clouds and he plays the man–made trumpet! Awesome!   Seriously, you really believe this shit?

9. People who repent their sins will be forgiven

People are “saved” and forgiven if they confess their sins and confess their belief in the resurrection of Jesus. As explained in Romans 10:9-10 (English-NIV), “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”….

Spooky! Here is the fear and control that any religion that has survived as long as Christianity must have.  This God is so insecure that he NEEDS us to believe in him or else he won’t “save” us. He provides us with no evidence of his existence, yet he wants us to suspend our cognitive reasoning and logic which he GAVE us and which we need to survive, in order to believe in him.  We also have to admit we are lousy even though some of us are not. 

10. Anyone can have salvation
All people may receive salvation in the name of Jesus Christ. In Romans 10:12 (English-NIV), for example, it says: “For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him…”….

How nice of god.  However, this scripture appears in ROMANS.  What would you expect? ….




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