Lost Jesus

I have to make an admission, I don’t think Jesus (Christ or of Nazareth) ever existed.
Jesus Christ is just a silly myth, and debating if he ever rose again is just stupid. Why?
This logic:
“All elephants are pink, Nellie is an elephant, therefore, Nellie is pink!” -The Fourth Doctor.
This statement is logical, but ignores one fact, Elephants aren’t pink.

Whenever I hear an argument about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the logic is:
1. After his crucifixion, Jesus was buried in a tomb by Joseph of Arimathea
2. On the Sunday following the crucifixion, Jesus’ tomb was found empty by a group of his women followers
3. On multiple occasions and under various circumstances, different individuals and groups of people experienced appearances of Jesus alive from the dead
4. The original disciples believed that Jesus was risen from the dead despite their having every predisposition to the contrary.

This logic ignores one fact, people don’t rise from the dead. Ever. Over 110,000,000,000 people have lived and died on Earth over the last 200,000 years.
None have returned from the dead. There is no mechanism for someone to return from the dead after 3 minutes, no less 3 days.
Until you can prove that someone can return from the dead, the whole argument is pointless.

On Jesus of Nazareth, he was almost certainly based on a compilation of apocalyptic preachers who were a dime a dozen in the first century.
His supposed teachings appear to cobbled from the Old Testament and eastern teachings from Confucius (Who is the origin of the golden rule.) and the Tao, the Way.

Taken together, Jesus Christ, half man/half god, all god, whatever, is an obvious myth.
Jesus of Nazareth is a compilation or  very very loosely based on a real person. Jesus was a common name at the time. Jesus of Nazareth is about as earth shaking as Joe from Newark, NJ.
His teachings are unremarkable and are poorly stated parables.

For a long time I at least Jesus, in some form is real, but from where I am standing, he is a complete myth; Christ or of Nazareth.

Ark Irony

The “Ark Encounter” is due to open some time in 2016.  Looking at the videos, I am struck by the irony that this ark recreation disproves an actual ark!  Wood Used  If you follow the link

, it is actually a pretty interesting video…especially the technology they are using, like CNC machines to cut the wood.  You can see the industrial kilns in the background, chainsaws and circular saws, and modern shipping techniques, like railroads and trucks and forklifts.    If you click around to other videos, you will see the steel bolts and gusseting plates used to fasten everything together.   And, of course, forklifts and giant industrial cranes needed to place everything.

When the ‘real’ ark was supposedly built, it was the late bronze age.  Not only were there no industrial tools, there weren’t even iron tools to work with.   It would be physically impossible for a small group of people to fell, transport, shape, (air) dry, and assemble all that lumber, all using bronze tools and wood hammers.  We are talking millions of board feet of lumber…and you don’t get 100 years to work on it.  The wood would rot before it was all assembled.  Without modern tools, as shown in their own videos, it would be impossible.  In addition, everything is held together using modern steel plates and bolts.  Even with these bolts, this fancy barn would never float.  The bracing, ribs, and keel are far too small and would snap instantly if you tried to take this boat out on the calmest of seas..  It may look like a boat, but it is nothing more than a 3 story barn.

Thanks for proving it is impossible!

Evidence

One thing to always remember when it comes to all the ‘debates’ about gods, faith, and baseless beliefs, is how incredibly pointless they are.  Without evidence, it is all about debating one completely imaginary concept against another.  If you can’t show it, you don’t know it.

Keep this in mind with the reading of Bible.  The comments I make are never serious, because nothing in the Bible is serious.  It is almost completely made up.  It has no more truth in it that any other ancient holy text.  It is all made up.  The only ‘proof’ the Bible is real is because…the Bible says it is real.  That does not work.  The Quran, Book of Mormon, Torah, Dianetics, and more, all say the same thing.  How do we know which is true?  Simple answer, none of them are.

Always remember, it is not up to the unbeliever to disprove a god or any other clearly imaginary concept.  It is up to the believer to provide evidence.  The same goes for the Flat Earthers.  They can claim all that they want, but it is up to them to show us the edge of the planet.  It is up to them to show us the ‘ice wall’.    The same thing for 9/11 conspiracy theorists.  Nitpicking reports is not proof.  You need to have positive proof of ‘explosive charges’, not that something ‘looks funny’.  Ask for evidence, and always check where that evidence is coming from.  You may be surprised.

 

 

Job Done

My problems with the book of Job.

Finally finished the Book of Job. I must say, it is a just plain bizarre book of the Bible. The character of the biblical god is really called into question here. The overall plot is just nonsense.

Job is a really decent guy, faithful to his god and good in every way. So, Satan comes along and surprises ‘god’. How is that even possible? Satan then say, lets mess with Job. No way ‘god’ would be able know how Job would react to being tested. So, ‘god’ agrees that Job should be tested (why?). So, Satan first kills his whole family, wife, kids, everyone. Then takes away all of his material goods. Why? Seriously why? Job still stays faithful. Then Satan convinces ‘god’ to make Job sick and lose even more. What is the point of this?

Then, Job gets all Biblical for a while, and drones on and on and on. Towards the end, the writer of this book just starts making shit up, like the behemoth, the leviathan, and even how the behavior of real animals like the ostrich. In addition, the nature of the form of the earth, the universe, and stars. Everything was made up or just totally contrary to how the real world works!

In the end, ‘god’ just hits the reset button, gives everything back two times over (except for his dead wife and kids, I think.)

If you want to really cement your atheism, just read this book of the Bible. The ‘god’ here is plainly not omnipotent, the understanding of the world is entirely consistent with bronze age people, like a flat earth, on pillars. Also, the just plain made up creatures do not help at all. This was baldly written by a man. No question about it. The most insulting part is a statement that wisdom only comes from the fear of god??? Then follow it up almost immediately with just false, outdated, or completely made up ‘wisdom’.

That all being said, the first few passages are well written, but it goes downhill quickly. I tried reading some of the apologetic for this book, and they are just as double-talk and make no sense at all. The worst part it the next book to read is Psalms. 150 chapters…please let them be brief.

Made it through Kings

Finished up the Bible though second Kings.  I thought the first five books of the Bible were bad.  Anyone who says the Bible is beautiful literature is full of it and has a very twisted view of what great literature is…or has never read this doorstopper of boring and repetitive.  I have heard that Chronicles is ever worse.  Wow…I didn’t even know that was possible after plowing through Numbers and Kings.

I never thought it would be this bad, but, on a high note, you can skim a lot and not miss anything.  Same passage over and over and over with just a few names changed.

Make some sense

I haven’t gotten to the New Testament yet, but I have a rough understanding of what Christianity means.  I was raised nominally Lutheran, but my parents are, I suspect, deists.

So, here is what does not make sense to me, and correct me if I am wrong:

God sacrificed himself, to himself, to forgive the sins that were a violation of the rules he made up, that fallible, mortal creatures he made mortal and fallible, made?

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

That makes no fucking sense, but, as far as I can tell, is what Christianity is all about.  Why can’t god just forgive?  Why does it need worship and belief?  God makes the rules, why can’t it change them?  Why did it not make us perfect and eternal in the first place?  It shows regret in the Bible:

And the LORD repented that He had made man on the earth, and He was angry to His heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created, from the face of the earth, both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air. For I repent that I have made them. Genesis 6:4

For that matter, why is the LORD a he?  A god would not need a gender.  It is part of sexual reproduction.  God does not need to have sex or reproduce.  How can it have a son?  How can it mate with a human?  None of this makes sense, and the more you think about it, the worse it gets.

No Apologies

Welcome to my site, dismantling Christian apologetic arguments, and offering a pragmatic commentary on the Holy Bible.  If I have time in the future, I will tackle other religious worldviews.

First off, what is Christian apologetics?  From the Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry it is defined as:

Apologetics is the branch of Christianity that deals with the defense and establishment of the Christian faith.  Christian Apologetics is something every true believer should be involved in even if it is only a little.

“But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence,” (1 Peter 3:15).

There are several branches of apologetics, but this is the most common on the United States, so this is what I am most familiar with.