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Is the Bible nothing more than a collection of fairy tales written by goat herders?

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  • Davros
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    2 months ago
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    Of course not!

    I'm sure there were at least a few sheepherders too.

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  • 2 months ago

    They had more NDEs than most

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  • Nous
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The bible is what is called "Faction” A fictional story set in a factual time and place. Thus the time, place and real historical characters are all correct but the fictional characters and stories are not!

    There is not one single mention of Jesus in the entire Roman record - that is right - not one! At the same time as he was supposed to have been around there were a number of Jews claiming to be the messiah - all of whom are well recorded!

    There is not a single contemporary record from any source and even the bible mentions of him like all other references were not written until many years after his supposed death!

    He was supposed to have been a huge problem to the Romans and produced wonderful miracles but still not one contemporary record?

    Even the bible mentions of him like all other references were not written until many years after his supposed death!

    Pilate is recorded in the Roman record as a somewhat lack luster man but no mention of a Jesus, a trial or crucifixion that would surely have been used to make him look brighter!

    At best he was an amalgam of those others but almost certainly never existed!

    Not one word of it is contemporary with the period and was not written until several hundred years after the period the story is set in!! How did the apostles write their books more than a hundred years after they would have been dead?

    Christianity is an invention of the Italians and that is why it came from the Holy ROMAN Catholic church!

    Please realize that those claims for the Old historians are worthless since they were not even born until long after everyone in the stories would have been so long dead!

    Josephus AD 37 – AD 100

    Tacitus AD 56 – AD 120

    Suetonius - 69 – 130 AD

    Pliny the Younger, 61 AD – 112 AD

    Justin Martyr (Saint Justin) AD103–165 AD

    Lucian - AD 120 -180 AD but he was hostile to Christianity and openly mocked it.

    Pamphilius AD 240-309 AD

    Eusebius AD 263 – 339 AD

    Photius AD 877 – 886 AD

    Thallus - But there are no actual record of him except a fragment of writing which mentions the sack of Troy [109 BC] Showing that he was clearly not alive in biblical times.

    Some even try to use Seneca. 4 BCE – 65 CE but as a Stoic Philosopher he opposed religion yet made not a single mention of a Jesus or Christianity!

    Even funnier is trying to claim Celsus AD ? – 177 AD Who said that Jesus was a Jew who’se mother was a poor Jewish girl whose husband, who was a carpenter, drove her away because of her adultery with a Roman soldier named Panthera. She gave birth to an illegitimate child named Jesus. In Egypt, Jesus became learned in sorcery and upon his return presented himself as a god.

    Research shows whilst education reduces religious belief each year of further education reduces religious belief by up to 10%!

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  • 2 months ago

    What you wrote is correct.

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  • The more fantastic the story, the less likely it's rooted in reality and the more likely it's an exaggeration of things that did happen or a fabrication of things that never happened.  When you read the Bible from that point of view, it becomes a much more rewarding experience.

    For instance, the story of the Garden of Eden is obviously lifted from the Babylonian mythos, as well as the story of the Great Flood.  They're both pretty much identical, except for a change of character names.  It'd be like me writing a 7-part story about an orphaned sorcerer named Marty Weaver, who attended the Fishstar School of Sorcery, where he learned the secrets of magic and eventually defeats the evil sorcerer Moldwort.  No reasonable person would look at this story and say it's original or that it and Harry Potter must be based off of something that really happened.  Any reasonable person would look at my story and say, "Oh yeah, he lifted all of that directly from Harry Potter."  The same thing goes with those early stories in Genesis.

    But then you get to something like the Book of Ruth.  There's nothing supernatural in that book at all.  Rather, it's a fairly sweet story about family, budding love, and faithfulness, and it's most likely a family story that would have been told to King David when he was a child (Ruth was his great-great-grandmother, after all, and some family stories can survive that many generations, especially when you live in a society that relies mainly on oral traditions to keep memories alive), and when he was king, he could have written it down and kept it preserved long enough for it to take hold with those in the upper classes and religious classes.

    So there is truth to be gleaned from the Bible.  It's not all a bunch of fairy tales and magical happenings.  The more mundane the story is, the more likely it is to be true.  Take Jesus as an example.  There most likely wasn't some carpenter who went around healing people with a touch, changing water into wine, bringing people back from the dead, walking on water, etc...  But there probably was a guy who went around tending to sick people, who preached compassion, forgiveness, and an aversion to violence.  And even if there wasn't a historical Jesus, one thing is for certain, which is that somebody did have that message 2000 years ago, in a time when the death penalty wasn't uncommon, and violent retribution was the norm for most grievances.  Somebody back then saw the world around them and figured out a better way for a society to live.  Does his message lose its efficacy just because he couldn't perform magic tricks?  I would hope not.

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  • 2 months ago

    As you can see, Christians are forced to resort to insults to defend it.

    • Jea
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      2 months agoReport

      Insults and threats.  Their arguments never change, their "logic" always fails.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Only to morons

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Keep believing that and you're going to burn in Hell. 

    • Hindusufi
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      2 months agoReport

      Threats and fear tactics impress no one.

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  • Jea
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It is myths collected from oral traditions.

    Like a telephone game lasting over the centuries, it did not come through unscathed.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Yes.                    ....

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The bible is full of spiritual truths which can bring blessings.

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