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Why You Must Leave Religion Behind

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Reason: The Bible Doesn’t Work As A Historical Text

The above-referenced debate as to whether Jesus was actually a historical person (he almost certainly was) notwithstanding, there are myriad problems to be found when attempting to reconcile the Bible’s account of ancient history with the known historical record.

Again, these are inaccuracies which would not be expected from an omnipotent being, but would absolutely be expected from a 2,000 year old author with a limited historical and scientific frame of reference. Take, for example, the story of Noah and the Great Flood, a significant event that, even if it were not worldwide but localized to one region, would have made the historical records of many ancient civilizations.

Many Christian scholars believe that it was localized, not a global flood, which explains its absence from the ancient record.

The Bible itself says:“6 The LORD regretted that he had made mankind on the earth, and he felt highly offended.

7 So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth-everything from mankind to animals, including creatures that move on the ground and birds of the air, for I regret that I have made them.” …

11 The earth was ruined in the sight of God; the earth was filled with violence.”This clearly did not happen—but it was also far from the first “Great Flood” story of the ancient world, another mythological element that has echoed across cultures for millennia.

And while it’s easy to argue for the validity of parables and metaphors as a means to understanding human nature and morality, the opposite case can also be made; that it has become unnecessary for us as a species. We have developed into civilized people that understand the concept of morality simply being good for our continued survival.

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  1. Scott

    The vast majority of those who profess being Christian in the US have never read one page of their Bible. Thus, they have no idea that they believe a Bronze and Iron Age myth, codified by two councils of men centuries after the events took place. Those men decided was was and wasn’t canon, which is why the Bible is a hodgepodge of mismatched concepts, notions and is an outright mess. Read it. You’ll see for yourself. Those same people have no idea that the ‘gospel’ stories that are attributed to 4 people were, in fact, NOT written by those people, and were written generations AFTER said events took place. They were not eyewitness accounts. The vast majority of those who demand that you and I believe their religion have no idea that the Bible is an extremely well-documented collection of deaths, murders, rapes, pogroms, and fairy tales about a tribal genocidal Jewish deity invented, by people who lived in tents at first, then mud walled cities later on. Science didn’t exist then. Electricity didn’t exist then. Our culture didn’t exist then. The Americas were entirely unknown to those people. In other words, we are not tribal Jews. We don’t live in the Bronze Age. We don’t live in the Iron Age. We are Westerners, who have had a foundation built from the Age of Science and the Age of Enlightenment. WE KNOW BETTER. Your invisible Bronze Age deity is a figment of zealots’ imaginations. It doesn’t exist and the tales surrounding it are MYTHS.


  2. Jesus

    Tenéis pobres conocimientos de filosofía, teología e historia. Antes de opinar hay que leer mucho, sobretodo si se quiré hacer una reflexión que parezca dada por un científico. Sólo recordaros que la ciencia descansa en las aportaciones de numerosos cristianos, que aún renegando de su fe, fueron educados por sus padres, abuelos, tíos, casi todos ellos cristianos. Opinar, adoctrinar, criticar es fácil, incluso para mí, pero razonar de manera constructiva es más difícil. Ánimo, la próxima vez lo harás mejor!!


  3. Jesus

    Este cacharro se inventa palabras!!

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