1668 Reasons Christianity is not True
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This would guarantee a place in heaven without having to take a risk of living a potentially failed life in the sight of God. Some demented parents have exploited this idea as an excuse to murder their children. Many Christians believe that life begins at conception and an entire anti-abortion industry has been built around this concept.
But it presents a quandary. Does a fertilized egg that fails to implant in the uterus go to heaven? This seems a bit absurd, but it is important to consider in the context of Christian dogma. If one assumes this is not the case, then it becomes very difficult to identify when a developing fetus becomes eternal in the eyes of God.
Is it at the moment of birth, such that a baby that dies just before delivery is denied heaven? There is no non-arbitrary way to solve this dilemma. Another point to consider is that well over half of conceptions end in spontaneous abortions. No matter how you look at it, a logical solution does not exist. The band of Jewish followers of Jesus, led by his brother James, no longer existed.
Another is the story of the Roman centurion who was allegedly commended by Jesus for having more faith than anybody else in Israel Matthew 8: The stories told in the gospels tended to become more impressive as each new gospel was written.
In Mark, there is no account of a virgin birth or of a resurrected Jesus interacting with the disciples other than the ending verses that were added much later , with Luke, the virgin birth is added, and with John, the raising of Lazarus is first presented, and Jesus is for the first time equated with God the Father.
Another example is that the temptation of Jesus by the devil grows in significance and details from Mark to Luke to Matthew. These examples reflect a classic illustration of mythmaking, such that over time events are embellished to make for a more dramatic story. In Matthew, Jesus is expressing displeasure with God for allowing the crucifixion, but in the later gospels, Luke and John, there are no longer any hints of dissatisfaction.
It suggests that the writers of the gospels made revisions to boost the image of Jesus and to make it appear that he viewed his crucifixion as an expected and necessary part of his earthy mission.
An extension to the previous point conclusively illustrates the myth of Christianity. In the gospels of Mark, and to a lesser extent, the later gospels of Matthew and Luke, Jesus talks very little about himself and is more focused on his Father and preparing the way for the coming Kingdom of God. He makes no inferences as to having a divine status. He is principally focused on himself, who he is, and where he came from.
He touts his status as being divine and equal to God himself. This is a dramatic departure from the earlier gospels as well as from the traditions of the Jewish faith. Modern Christianity has fully incorporated the implications of the Gospel of John, precisely defining its doctrine thereby, but in so doing it has placed itself upon an extremely flimsy foundation.
If the scriptures were inspired by God and then accurately copied by scribes, we would expect to see a fairly rigorous consistency among the books. The best way to test this hypothesis is to examine the four gospels, as they all claim to describe the same events. What we see are numerous contradictions, including:. In any event, it is clear that God was not overseeing the Bible-building effort to ensure a perfect product. As such, the Bible cannot be viewed as a reliable portrayal of history.
A highly controversial topic is whether atheists tend to be more intelligent than theists. If so, what does this mean? A study conducted in used a meta-analysis of 63 scientific studies and found that 53 showed a reliable correlation between intelligence and a disbelief in supernatural beings. A different way to look at this issue is to examine the beliefs of one of the most intelligent groups of people, The National Academy of Sciences.
A third way to examine this topic is to compare education levels with the degree of belief in the inerrancy of the Bible, as documented at:. The following graph shows a negative correlation between religiosity and the average intelligence of each country:. This represents important evidence against Christianity and other religions as well because, in the history of mankind, any sea change in conventional wisdom is first promoted by the smartest and most educated members of society.
This was true of the rejection of the earth-centered model of the solar system. It was also true of the change from a flat earth to a spherical earth, as well as the ongoing transition from a creationist explanation of life to an evolutionary one.
Given those examples, it can be predicted that the intellectuals who have embraced atheism have once again identified the correct sense of reality. The stories of the raising of Lazarus from the dead and the woman caught in adultery are extremely important in the effort to define who Jesus was. One tells of his immense power, and the other tells of his divine wisdom.
Both would have been told and retold throughout the region, spread virally, and held up as convincing evidence for having faith in Jesus. However, curiously, neither of these events is documented in the first three gospels Mark, Matthew, and Luke. Not until the gospel of John, written at least 70 years after the death of Jesus, is the raising of Lazarus documented in scripture. And the story of the woman caught in adultery is not found in the oldest manuscripts of the gospel of John, and only appears in manuscripts beginning in the fifth century.
This casts considerable doubt on the historical truth of these events. Jesus is adored and worshipped as a King as he enters Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. He then proceeds to work miracles, heal the sick, and demonstrate his supreme wisdom, making him even more a figure for adulation. But five days later, without explanation, he is abruptly hated so much by his own people that, given a chance to have him released, they chose to free a common criminal instead. There is something seriously wrong with this story.
This is because by the time the scriptures were written, the focus of Christian evangelism was on the gentiles throughout the Roman Empire, while the Jews, freshly defeated in their war with Rome, were viewed as detestable villains. The story of Judas, the traitor, is fraught with inconsistency.
First and foremost, it should be obvious that what he allegedly did actually hastened the salvation of mankind, as defined by Christianity. Second, Jesus was not in hiding during his time in Jerusalem. He was out and about, performing miracles, and routinely in plain view of the Roman authorities, making it unnecessary for anyone to rat him out for arrest. Third, if we are to believe Christian doctrine, Jesus knew that he was to be executed and that this was the principal point of his mission, so why would he call out Judas as a traitor both at the last supper and in the garden at the time of his arrest?
To make some sense of this story, one has to assume that it was changed to fit a new narrative that placed blame on the Jews for the crucifixion, and painting Judas as a traitor was a part of that effort.
What probably happened, assuming that the story was not completely made up, was that Judas was sent by Jesus to entice the Roman soldiers to the Garden of Gethsemane. There is no record of this in Roman history. According to Luke, the residents were required to travel to their cities of birth to be counted. This absurd requirement was never applied to any census that the Romans conducted throughout their empire.
Obviously, the Romans would want to know how many people were living currently in each area rather than how many were born in a certain city. The reason for this artifice from the writer of this gospel is evident. Jesus was known by many to have been born and raised in Nazareth, but the scriptures said that the savior was to be born in Bethlehem. Therefore, some device was needed to convince followers that Jesus was not born in Nazareth as everyone had assumed, but rather that he had the appropriate credentials of the savior.
Further, that device had to entail something of a compulsory nature to explain why a full-term pregnant woman was transported 90 miles on a donkey away from her home and her doulas and midwives. As a side note, this deception by the author of Luke provides some evidence that Jesus was a true historical figure, given that a mythical person could just as easily have been invented who was born and raised in Bethlehem.
There are no Roman records suggesting that such a custom existed. Further, the implication of such a practice would be absurd. It would mean that the Jews could plan for someone to perform a heinous crime just before the Passover and then have that perpetrator released.
So, in effect, the crowd was actually demanding the release of Jesus, finding that his arrest was unwarranted. When the author of Mark was confronted with the folklore that the Jews were asking for the release of Barabbas, he simply made Barabbas into a separate individual and then concocted the myth of the prisoner release tradition. He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him.
What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? And are not his sisters here with us? This is a significant admission. It must be acknowledged that if Jesus was indeed the son of God, then the people of Nazareth would have known that he was a person of unusually superior wisdom and power and would have considered him as a celebrity with pride and veneration, just as many people today take pride in their hometown luminaries.
But if he was just a mortal human with all of the typical frailties, then being rejected by his neighbors for making lofty claims is exactly what would be expected. Mark was the first documented gospel, and it is notoriously silent on many points added to the subsequent gospels.
But the crux of this point is that the original version of this gospel contains no mention of Jesus appearing and talking to his disciples after the resurrection. A unanimous consensus of Biblical scholars agree that the earliest manuscripts of Mark end at verse He is not here.
See the place where they laid him. There you will see him, just as he told you. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. One of these was selected for inclusion in the King James Bible and is now documented therein and in other translations as Mark Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the residue: Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. This creates many problems for Christianity. First, it brings into question the authenticity of the scriptures as a whole.
This forgery was caught because we have an early manuscript of Mark, but, lacking the original, we do not know how many other forgeries were also added to that document. In effect, it means that they had no problem making things up to embellish the accounts. Third, the forged ending portion of the Book of Mark contains demonstrably false statements.
Many Christians have died handling serpents in this manner, many have died of poisoning, and many have died after being prayed for. The Bible suggests that Jesus rose from the dead and made appearances to hundreds of people before ascending into heaven. It is unlikely that this would have escaped the notice of Herod and Pilate and the vast majority of the Roman occupiers, not to mention the Jews, who would have either directly witnessed this amazing phenomenon or heard about it from credible sources.
One thing is certain: At this council, four gospels were selected from a total of approximately 60 that were in use at the time.
Three of the four gospels selected are called the synoptic gospels, Mark, Luke, and Matthew. These were not independent efforts, but had many elements borrowed and shared among them. The fourth gospel, John, is very different from the other three and presents a somewhat contradictory theology. The other 56 or so gospels that were discarded do not agree for the most part with the four that were selected. It is likely that the truth of what happened lies buried amid the numerous tales told by all of these gospels, with various true and fictional elements scattered throughout.
But, what should be troubling to a questioning believer is that the council undoubtedly preferentially selected the gospels that were favorable to the Romans i.
It is certain that this process resulted in a whitewashed portrayal of history. Most Christians believe that Jesus was a unique figure in his time, a one-of-kind preacher who mesmerized followers with his wisdom and magical acts. This is not true. There were many messiahs at this time including Hezekiah the bandit, Simon of Peraea, Athronges the shepherd boy, and Judas the Galilean. In addition, there were many other preachers and prophets who were gathering followers and preaching a messianic message about the coming of the Kingdom of God.
Some advocated a violent overthrow of the Roman occupiers as a prelude to the coming. Others stressed a less violent approach including repentance, prayers, and beseeching of God for deliverance. Added to this list is the most popular preacher of all, John the Baptist.
Jesus was just one of many itinerant preachers of his day, and there was nothing particularly unique about him, because all were preaching the same ideas, and almost all of them ended up being crucified for the crime of sedition against the Roman Empire.
Unbeknownst to most Christians, the early Christian church had two distinct divisions or denominations. One was organized by the Jewish followers of Jesus, his disciples, and close associates.
The other was headed by Paul and his mostly non-Jewish followers. This group did not view Jesus as being divine, which would be unquestionably contrary to the Jewish faith, but rather a prophet setting the stage for the coming of the new kingdom of Israel to be established on earth. As mentioned earlier, they viewed the empty tomb as evidence that God has resurrected Jesus into heaven.
After all, Jesus had just been defeated by the very forces he intended to overcome. It is also likely that Jesus himself did not expect to be put to death. His complaint to God for being abandoned as recorded in the gospel of Matthew They were based in Jerusalem and had some success in recruiting new followers for several decades after the crucifixion.
In contrast, Paul viewed Jesus as being both a human and the divine savior of all mankind. Instead of the Jewish concept of a human messiah reigning over a restored kingdom of Israel, Paul envisioned a heavenly kingdom that was open to all peoples with admittance predicated simply on accepting Jesus as a personal savior, and without any obligation to perform good works.
For obvious reasons, a conflict developed between Paul and the original apostles, which shows up the book of Acts and Galatians.
This eliminated the opposition to the gospel of Paul, which then became the template for the new religion of Christianity. The New Testament books were written by followers of Paul after the destruction of Jerusalem.
They were fashioned to support this new gospel, including statements added to make it appear that Jesus saw himself in the role as envisioned by Paul. In summary, Jesus was a failed prophet, as was ultimately well understood by the Jews. Paul reversed the Jewish theology by viewing Jesus as a god-man and viewing his death as a final sacrifice for the propitiation of sins, making unnecessary any further animal sacrifices that were standard rituals in the Jewish temples.
These events explain the historical irony of how a Jewish preacher became the cornerstone of a new religion that was rejected by the Jews themselves. Setting aside this bewildering doctrine, most Christians simply claim that Jesus is God. Where this goes terribly wrong, is as follows: The Jewish faith would not allow for a man to be a god, for the Jews were unyieldingly monotheistic.
Such a thing did not exist in Judaism. In the 5,year history of Jewish thought, the notion of a God-man is completely anathema to everything Judaism stands for.
The unmistakable conclusion is that Christianity concocted a fatal contradiction regarding its central figure of worship, painting him as being something he absolutely could not have been within the context of his life and mission.
If Christianity wanted a god-man, they needed to find someone other than a Jewish preacher. For those Christians who believe in evolution, there is a noteworthy problem dealing with the starting point when humans first became bound for eternity in the eyes of God.
Whenever this happened, there were undoubtedly a lot of people scattered over much of the world. To be clear, there has to be a starting point when God first awarded an eternal life to human beings.
Without this demarcation, we would have single-celled animals living for eternity in heaven. Whenever this occurred, it would create a problem. It would mean that many people going to heaven would do so without the company of their parents, who would die and not be raised up, similar to all of the other animals. No matter where the cut was made, this problem was unavoidable. At the time the Bible was created, most people viewed the earth as the center of the universe and that the sun, stars, planets, and moon revolved around its flat surface.
Christianity is based on this world view, placing an emphasis on humans as the ultimate reason that the universe was created in the first place. Not only is Christianity earth-centered, but it was also limited to a few hundred square miles in its beginning and did not reach all areas of the earth until about years later.
Further, it is limited in its overall time scope to something less than 10, years. What we have since learned about the age and size of the universe has spectacularly dwarfed the Christian world view. Instead of 10, years old, the universe is 13,,, years old.
Instead of the earth and a few objects orbiting around it, we have the earth, 4,,, years old, orbiting the sun, which is just one of over ,,, stars in the Milky Way galaxy, which itself is only one of at least ,,, galaxies in the observable universe.
The idea that all of this was created so that God could create and test human beings is absurd. If that was so, then:. The stage is too big for the drama. Christians are obligated to accept the fact that God first chose to minister and support only the Jews, and to ignore all others, and even to assist the Jews in plundering the neighboring gentile populations. People living in these areas did not learn anything about Jesus until centuries later, some even until around years later.
To consider this fact is sobering. Why would a god do this, ignore humans for tens of thousands of years only to present himself solely to a desert tribe on a tiny spot of land? A more reasonable explanation is that the Jewish people invented a god that favored them, just like every other culture that has existed. Some Christians are aware of the absurd laws that are described in the Old Testament, such as being sentenced to death if you work on the Sabbath, or for children to be killed for cursing their parents.
They usually say that the Old Testament has been superseded by the New Testament and therefore no longer applies. This is despite the fact Jesus emphatically said the opposite. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. What we find are many scriptures even there that are completely ignored by Christians, such as the following examples:. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed.
Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous. It goes without saying that a Christian has no authority to pick and choose which scriptures he will follow; they either all apply or else none of them apply. If God chose the Jews as his chosen people a fact necessary for Christianity to be authentic , why did they suffer so many defeats and tribulations at the hands of their enemies?
The outcome of many of these conflicts would make it appear that God had chosen the other side instead. This is best exemplified by the Jewish-Roman war of AD , where the Romans slaughtered the Jews all of the way from Jerusalem to the final stronghold of Masada. It makes no sense that the people backed by an all-powerful god would fall victim to its non-god-aided enemies, much less in such a brutal and convincing fashion.
Modern Christians consider the Book of Revelation to be about the end of the world. This is not the case. It is likely that the author was a preacher. The book is principally about what the author considered to be the end of his world, specifically the fall of Jerusalem to the Romans in AD At that time 60, Roman soldiers stormed Jerusalem, burned down the Temple, and killed countless Jews.
What happened was the exact opposite of these expectations. The author was trying to rally the Jews and present his vision that God would return to destroy the Romans and restore the Kingdom of the Jews. Modern Christians have used their misinterpretation of this book, which was one of many similar books but the only one that made it into the Bible, to define a whole host of religious dogma, including the appearance of an Antichrist, the Tribulation, and the Battle of Armageddon, all seen as future apocalyptic events.
What this shows is that scripture is widely open to being misused and thus it becomes an unreliable guide to defining reality. The Christian failure to understand the Book of Revelation, its inclusion in the Bible, and the false doctrines that it spawned is solid evidence against the authenticity of Christianity.
Objective studies have revealed that prayers are not effective beyond any statistical measure of coincidence. Most notably, they do not work for amputees or paralyzed individuals. Prayers for terminally ill people almost always fail. But what do the scriptures say? Nothing will be impossible for you. An objective person must realize that the promises described in these scriptures are not true.
The fact that there is no discernible efficacy for prayers is a valid clue that there is no god listening and responding to them. Eva became sick with ovarian cancer and asked the Argentinian people to pray for her health to be restored. The very structure of society speaks to the ineffectiveness of prayer.
The Gospels tell of many encounters with angels, mostly to announce warnings or instructions, or to offer aid in some manner. The following list of angel encounters is from this site:. It is clear to most people today that angels are not actual beings in the world that we live in. It then becomes incumbent on a Bible-believing Christian to assert that, for some reason, angels left the world soon after the death of Jesus, never yet to return.
To a more skeptical mind, the mention of angels in the Gospels is an indication that superstition and myth were copiously at play. Most Christians imagine heaven to be a place of eternal bliss, a peaceful and joyful experience that will never end, where we will meet and live with our loved ones and friends. But there is a dark side to this concept. For one, the only thing that gives our lives texture and meaning is the difficulties and setbacks that we experience.
Without these, our lives would be quite boring. Second, it is quite possible that the God that Christians worship is an extremely egotistical figure who demands constant worship.
Third, much of the meaning of our lives resides in the progression we make in various aspects of lives, where we learn new skills, or gain new abilities. In an eternal existence, progressions would have to end at some point, as described quite well in the following video:. The Christian embrace of the concept of an eternal reward is good evidence that it was invented by men for reasons other than being a divine reality.
Would your first impulse be to inflict pain and suffering on the lesser industrious ants? How much more likely is it that the concept of Hell was invented by men as a means of frightening and controlling people to keep them aligned with the precepts of the faith, while serving the needs of the church with their efforts and money? The latter theory is by far the more likely. There can be no question that the theology of Christianity is confusing.
The scriptures are unclear and contradictory, leading to many different interpretations of what it means. The following quote is taken from this website:. It contains instructions to humankind for avoiding the eternal fires of hell. How wonderful and kind of this God to provide us with this means of overcoming the problems for which he is ultimately responsible! The all-powerful God could have, by a mere act of will, eliminated all of the problems we humans must endure, but instead, in his infinite wisdom, he has opted to offer this indecipherable amalgam of books which is the Bible as a means for avoiding the hell which he has prepared for us.
The perfect God has decided to reveal his wishes in this imperfect work, written in the imperfect language of imperfect man, translated, copied, interpreted, voted on, and related by imperfect man. No two men will ever agree what this perfect word of God is supposed to mean, since much of it is either self- contradictory, or obscured by enigmatic symbols.
And yet the perfect God expects us imperfect humans to understand this paradoxical riddle using the imperfect minds with which he has equipped us. Surely the all-wise and all-powerful God would have known that it would have been better to reveal his perfect will directly to each of us, rather than to allow it to be debased and perverted by the imperfect language and botched interpretations of man. It should be clear that the Bible and Christianity as a whole is not the work of a perfect creator who is infinitely intelligent, powerful, and perceptive.
It is most surely the creation of mortal human beings. Christians claim that God created man in his own image, but a thoughtful reading of the Bible indicates something different- that men created God in their own image, replete with the full spectrum of human qualities and frailties.
This point is best expounded by a quote from Mark Twain:. The portrait is substantially that of a man—if one can imagine a man charged and overcharged with evil impulses far beyond the human limit; a personage whom no one, perhaps, would desire to associate with, now that Nero and Caligula are dead.
He is always punishing—punishing trifling misdeeds with thousand-fold severity; punishing innocent children for the misdeeds of their parents; punishing unoffending populations for the misdeeds of their rulers; even descending to wreak bloody vengeance upon harmless calves and lambs and sheep and bullocks, as punishment for inconsequential trespasses committed by their proprietors.
It makes Nero an angel of light and leading, by contrast. In summary, the God of the Old Testament behaves much like a human being. He has a human form, suffers human weaknesses and displays human failings. He lives in remote high places and controls the elements. He is astonishingly partisan and brutal by modern standards, with a taste for blood sacrifice.
He is capricious, spiteful, bloodthirsty, and he had the same outlook and prejudices as Jews who lived 3, to 2, years ago. We might also note that he has no objection to capital or corporal punishment, genocide, mutilation, polygamy, concubinage, slavery or racism. Indeed he encourages all of them. By modern standards he veers between the immoral and amoral, and bears no resemblance at all to the merciful, omniscient and omnipotent God favoured by modern theologians. All in all, the God of the Old Testament is a perfect example of an ancient tribal sky god.
It should be clear that a real god would transcend any anthropomorphic tendencies and project an ethereal and other-worldly demeanor. On the other hand, an invented god would be expected to behave just like the god we find in the Bible.
Christians accept without reservation that the miracles described in the Bible were actual historical events. However, at the same time they discount the miracle stories of other religions, such as:. Every religion has claimed a set of miracle traditions to provide evidence of its connection to a supernatural source. Christianity is no different. What should be evident to an objective person is that the evidence for the Christian miracles is no more convincing than the evidence for non-Christian miracles.
During , a frenzy of witch hunts occurred in and around the area of Salem in colonial Massachusetts. Witch hunters would accuse a woman of being a witch, after which she would be required to prove her innocence, but anyone testifying in her favor would be assumed to be under her spell and therefore unreliable.
An additional 50 were in prison awaiting sentencing, and the conditions were so bad that an additional 5 of the incarcerated women died. This is but one of many atrocities committed by Christians over the past twenty centuries.
But it begs the question: If Christianity is the true reality of our existence, why would it cause so many people to make so many fatal errors of judgment? On the other hand, a false religion, based on human superstition with no divine guidance, would be expected to engender just the types of atrocities that Christianity has spawned. The Bible condones slavery. Some Christians today claim that the Bible actually refers to servants, who were presumably working voluntarily for wages.
The following scriptures demonstrate otherwise:. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance.
You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way. Either the persons who wrote these scriptures were not inspired by God, or God is not good and should not be worshipped. If the former is true, it still must be noted that God did not intervene to remove these verses from the Bible. A real god would have known that slavery is morally wrong and that it would eventually be outlawed through most of the world; for this reason, he would have prohibited slavery to be practiced by his chosen people.
This point is best summed up by a quote from Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy during the American Civil War:. It [slavery] was established by decree of Almighty God…it is sanctioned in the Bible, in both Testaments, from Genesis to Revelation…it has existed in all ages, has been found among the people of the highest civilization, and in nations of the highest proficiency in the arts…Let the gentleman go to Revelation to learn the decree of God — let him go to the Bible…I said that slavery was sanctioned in the Bible, authorized, regulated, and recognized from Genesis to Revelation…Slavery existed then in the earliest ages, and among the chosen people of God; and in Revelation we are told that it shall exist till the end of time shall come.
You find it in the Old and New Testaments — in the prophecies, psalms, and the epistles of Paul; you find it recognized, sanctioned everywhere. It is next to certain that if a real god intervened in human affairs, he would immediately prohibit the practice of slavery. The Christian god failed to do this and therefore is extremely likely to be mythical. Christianity is scripturally locked into the concept that God views homosexuality as an abomination.
There are many verses in both the Old and New Testament confirming this point. If the churches accept homosexuality as an authentic alternative lifestyle, it would be an admission that the scriptures are wrong. However, to hold fast on this issue will further alienate the growing tide of people, most notably the young, who view it as a matter of equality. Christianity loses no matter which direction it goes. And the Bible and Judeo-Christianity lose credibility for not having foresight on this issue.
There are numerous scriptures in the Bible that clearly pronounce that a man is superior to a woman, which was consistent with the times it was written.
Consider the following scriptures:. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: But times have changed.
Societies the world over have bent over backwards to give women equal status and opportunity. The sticking point is that a real god and those he allegedly inspired would have foreseen this ultimate evolution of societal mores. This point is best summed up by the following quote from Paula Kirby: Religion is one lie after another: And to this list we must add the lie that it views men and women as equal.
It has got away for so long with the kind of lunatic word-games that allow death-by-torture to be presented as an act of love, and eternal torment in the flames of hell to be seen as a necessary act of justice, that we should perhaps not be surprised that it has also managed to dupe its followers into seeing the systematic suppression and silencing of women as an act of liberation and equality.
Nevertheless, it is a lie, like all the others: It is time women everywhere woke up to it. The Bible lacks any insights related to science that were not understood at the time and includes many of the then-current scientific misunderstandings.
The two creation myths in Genesis are good examples. What should be troubling to a Christian is why this is so. The absence of new ideas about science in the Bible is evidence that it was written by men with no inspiration from a supernatural being. The surest sign of a man-made enterprise is that it splits quickly into many different factions.
On the other hand, one initiated by a god would be expected to converge into a tight unity. This is because only those groups that aligned correctly with the divine theological blueprint would receive supernatural support and thereby flourish, attract members, and survive the long term.
There are now approximately 38, Christian denominations, many of which have very disparate beliefs and practices. This is a valid clue that Christianity is a man-made concept. A corollary to the previous point is made by looking at other religions.
Three points can be made. First, it is obvious that at least What this implies is that faith in the Christian religion is similarly vulnerable to the same degree of delusion and that its large number of followers is no evidence of its authenticity. This implies that religious belief is mostly a consequence of childhood and cultural indoctrination, and not the result of objective analysis. Religious conservatives often sound warnings that if we turn away from God that he will bring down destruction and mayhem.
They point to hurricanes, earthquakes, and mass shootings as examples of misfortunes that God is visiting upon us because, for example, we are legitimizing same-sex marriages and allowing abortions. In fact, the reverse is true. The more secular states in the United States, such as Vermont and New Hampshire, rate better in almost all categories of well-being than the most religious states, such as Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama.
The question must be asked: Why should this be? This is credible evidence that the God of the Hebrews, and for that matter any god, does not exist. The events in the world proceed with no evidence of manipulation by gods, devils, demons, angels, or anything else of the like. We see natural disasters, plagues, wars, mass shootings, and all sorts of mayhem without any evidence that these tragedies are being controlled or planned for any purpose whatsoever.
An existence overseen by supernatural forces would look very different. There would be a detectable sense of an outside influence and violations of scientific principles such as gravity, entropy, or the conservation of mass and energy. Instead we see none of these effects, just a world fully consistent with the absence of a god. Many people believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God, but, for that to be true, it must stand up to critical analysis as a factual history.
Any deviation from this ideal would mean that any other portions of the Bible, even the otherwise believable stories, would be suspect for their veracity. Most Biblical stories cannot be proven true or false, but, as an example, the following ten can be considered false beyond a reasonable doubt:. These are just some of many examples, but they are sufficient to show that the Bible contains a lot of fiction and the extent to which it pervades the book is unknown.
It calls into question every story presented in the Bible as being potentially fictional or otherwise exaggerated. Because of societal pressure and scientific advancements, Christian practices and dogma have changed over the centuries. However, the text of the Bible has remained static, resulting in a disconnect that becomes more glaring as time goes on. The best way to explain this point further is to quote Mark Twain:. Its contents remain the same; but the medical practice changes…The world has corrected the Bible.
The church never corrects it; and also never fails to drop in at the tail of the procession- and take the credit of the correction. During many ages there were witches. The Bible said so. Therefore the Church, after eight hundred years, gathered up its halters, thumb-screws, and firebrands, and set about its holy work in earnest.
She worked hard at it night and day during nine centuries and imprisoned, tortured, hanged, and burned whole hordes and armies of witches, and washed the Christian world clean with their foul blood. Then it was discovered that there was no such thing as witches, and never had been.
One does not know whether to laugh or to cry….. There are no witches. The witch text remains; only the practice has changed. Hell fire is gone, but the text remains. Infant damnation is gone, but the text remains. More than two hundred death penalties are gone from the law books, but the texts that authorized them remain.
The conclusion that should be drawn from this point is that a religion and holy book inspired or authored by a supernatural deity should not have multiple issues that have to be abandoned because of future advancement of society. Rather, it should be predictive of such changes. The central concept of Christianity is that Jesus died on the cross as a final sacrifice to allow his followers to receive it vicariously and thus be washed of sin for entry into heaven.
But whereas a sacrifice means losing something permanently, Jesus lost nothing. He came back three days later good as new. So, in effect, there was no sacrifice. However, the larger point to be made is why would a god require a blood sacrifice to forgive people of their sins?
It smells suspiciously like something a Medieval mind would concoct, not something from the supreme creator of the universe. What person who had the means to end the slaughter of innocent Jewish men, women, and children during World War II would have decided not to do so? Nobody who can call themselves civil human beings. But Christians must accept the fact that God knew what was happening and had to power to end it, but decided to just let it happen.
This is but one example of thousands of similar atrocities that have occurred over the course of human history.
If God is who Christians profess him to be, it must be accepted that this god has no problem with intense and unbearable human suffering. The god of Christianity is less compassionate than the average human.
Using orthodox Christian doctrine, it must be assumed that some people will go to Heaven and some people will go to Hell. Since judgment is an individual matter, it must also be assumed that some members of the same family can end up in both places.
It would seem unlikely that they could enjoy this situation or muster the fortitude to worship a god who is simultaneously torturing their children. And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.
And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: There are many reasons to conclude that this is a fictional story.
First, it is only documented in the Gospel of Matthew and left out of the other three gospels. An event as heinous and memorable as this most certainly would not have escaped the attention of the writers of the other gospels. Christians assert that Jesus was God, and they normally visualize Jesus as a fully grown man. But, obviously, Jesus was for a few years a helpless infant child with no concept of his surroundings. This presents a logical problem. The idea of God pooping into a diaper and crying is not one that seems logical or consistent with the Christian concept of God.
Some might argue that Jesus is a multi-conscious being who remained in heaven or elsewhere and continued to oversee the universe during his infant years on earth. This is a rationalization that only makes sense if you suspend the idea that a unique identity is a property of consciousness. It will be left to the reader to square this concept with his sensibilities.
However, these alleged miracles occurred in Roman-occupied lands, and the Romans had spies who attended large gatherings of Jews to detect any whispers of insurrection. It is hard to imagine that the Romans would not have investigated these extraordinary phenomena, documented it in their written accounts, and perhaps have tried to determine if Jesus or his methods could be used to solve some of the problems of the empire.
The lack of Roman documentation of the miracles makes their historicity highly suspect. Christians believe that there is only one god and that God is unchanging. This presents a problem when one compares the god described in the Old Testament with how he is defined in the New Testament. But the god of the New Testament is nothing like this- instead of a brutal bully, he is for the most part compassionate, forgiving, and kind.
How can these two testaments be describing the same god? And if the God of the Old Testament is fictional, then Christianity fails for a variety of reasons. Every year, millions of baby boys must endure, without any voice in the matter, a painful operation to remove the foreskin of their penis. This surgically unnecessary procedure is widely performed only because it became an edict of the Jewish God, later adopted by Christianity. The following verses in Genesis This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised.
You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner—those who are not your offspring. Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised.
My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant. Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.
Although many Christians believe this ritual is no longer a commandment from God, most still perform the practice. What must be questioned is why would God create men in an imperfect state requiring a barbaric operation to remove the imperfection? It should be obvious that a god would not have entangled himself in such foolishness, and that this god, created by the Jews and adopted by the Christians, does not actually exist. It is difficult to conceive that a spectacularly remarkable set of events surrounding the three-year mission of Jesus God himself walking on the earth would not have been extensively documented throughout the Middle East.
But outside of the gospels, only one person, Josephus, bothered to say anything, and what he wrote was more or less just a casual mention of Jesus, though it is now acknowledged that at least one of his mentions of Jesus was a fourth-century forgery. Here is what Kenneth Harding had to say on this subject:. There are two alleged mentions of Jesus in his histories. The first of them, the more extensive and more famous one, is no longer quoted by Christian scholars.
That is because they know it is a blatant Christian forgery. The second passage is still in use. He was born in 37 A.
He was, for a time, Governor of Galilee, the province in which Christ lived and taught. He traversed every part of this province and visited the places where but a generation before Christ had performed his prodigies. He resided in Cana, the very city in which Christ is said to have wrought his first miracle.
He mentions every noted personage of Palestine and describes every important event which occurred there during the first seventy years of the Christian era. But first things first. Josephus was not a contemporary historian.
He was born in the year 37 C. There is no way he could have known about Jesus from his own personal experience. At best, he could have recorded the activities of the new cult of Christianity, and what they said about their crucified leader.
So, even if Josephus wrote about Jesus, it is not a credible source. This behavior is justified directly in the New Testament, where Paul writes in the 3rd Chapter of Romans: Ask yourself this question. Could historic passages have been forged? Could the volumes of the historians have been tampered with? Where were these historic volumes stored? In the local public library? They were in the posession of the Church, who studied from them and made copies of them. In what form did these writings take?
On a typeset page, bound like a modern book? The printing press was not invented for a further years. The fact that the Church could write means that the forgeries could have been made. The Church had the opportunity, the means, and the motive to forge historical documents.
In summary, the lack of non-Christian sources documenting the life of Jesus casts considerable doubt on the gospel accounts. The third possibility is the only one that protects the authenticity of Christianity, but it is also the least likely of the three.
He believed that this favored status applied to both this life and life to come. Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly. Your request is granted. This is a pure definition of racism. As such, it needs to be viewed as a remarkable contradiction to the overriding message of Christianity, lending some Biblical scholars to conclude that it is probably an authentic account.
The depiction of Jesus as a racist and the probability that he held a Jewish superiority viewpoint makes it seem likely that he was a typical Jew of his time, just a man, and not the ultimate creator of time and space. The philosophy that Jesus espoused was in many ways irrational and suggested that he thought the world order was about to end. Here is a list of what Jesus is alleged to have communicated to his disciples and followers:.
Very few Christians, even fundamentalists, follow even one of these precepts, and yet they will tell you that Jesus is their role model What would Jesus do?
What it suggests is a person who is convinced that the world is ending very soon and that planning for the future or defending your possessions was a waste of time. Of course, if Jesus was really God, he would have known that the world would continue on for at least another years.
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