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|04-10-2006, 09:05 AM||#61|
Member Since: Aug 2004
Or how about this, what of all the Gods spoken of in these texts? what makes these ancient gods less real? The stories indicating their existance are numerous, have been translated accurately, and predate any of the gospels.
"once in a while you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right"-TGD
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|04-10-2006, 01:22 PM||#62|
Member Since: May 2003
Location: In your closet
Does it PROVE it? No.
But if you're willing to accept the fact that these stories were accurately transcribed, and are acceptable representations of the original authors' works, then let me address something I addressed in one of my first posts on the subject:
The books of the Old Testament stands or falls on whether they accurately predict future events (i.e. the coming of the Messiah): Which - if the New Testament is to be believed - it did.
It is my opinion that the New Testament is to be believed because the people who wrote the New Testament were not religious zealots. They were writing about things they saw happening. They were men who would have known if all this was a lie or a made up story. Yet, all of them were tortured and martyred rather than change thier stories or admit they were fabrications. I am simply not willing to accept that they would have died before admitting they were lying!
To use your Illiad comparison: Would Homer allow himself to be tortured and killed because he refused to admit that the Illiad was anything besides a (really cool) story?
Every religion has zealots - and zealots cheerfully die for what they believe - but nobody - NOBODY - willingly gives up their life for what he KNOWS is a lie.
I believe this.
These are the facts that directly underlie my subscription to Christianity. I used to be an agnostic, however I find the above - and all the arguments I've made in this thread - to be more than compelling. Maybe that makes me a bad Christian - because I required the above evidence, rather than accepting everything on blind faith - but I've never been one for blind faith. 'Sides, the LORD saith: Come, let us reason together.
I want to die like I was born. Screaming and covered in blood.
Last edited by Toxick; 04-10-2006 at 01:26 PM.
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