제안 바카라 짝수선_w88 배팅_무료 등록 룰렛 추첨 프로그램 온라인 슬롯머신.) The show discusses archeological evidence for the events mentioned in the Old Testament. One thing I took from the show is that there is no hard evidence (either archeological or from contemporaneous writings) to support any of the stories in Genesis. No evidence for Eden, no evidence for Adam and Eve, no evidence for a Tree of Knowledge, no evidence for a global flood, etc. With no evidence for the Bible’s creation story, there is no evidence to support the notion that all humans are “fallen” or that we need a savior to atone for our alleged sins. Yet, curiously, Christian preachers (in my experience) seem to never mention this detail.

Another detail I picked up from the show concerns the story of Cain and Abel. Cain was a farmer, so he made sacrifices with produce (plants). Abel was a shepherd, so he made sacrifices with meat (animals). God liked the meat sacrifices, but didn’t like the plant sacrifices. Since an eternal god presumably doesn’t need earthly food, we might reasonably wonder to what extent this preference had more to do with the desires of the temple priests than with the god for whom they were intended.

Bottom line: more Christians should read their holy book.

]]> By: Elizabeth https://www.google.com//bc5/2014/12/26/the-bible-the-most-unread-cherished-book-in-the-world/comment-page-1/#comment-473061 Thu, 02 Apr 2015 01:16:33 +0000 /bc5/?p=27301#comment-473061 What is also amazing is how bad some of the New Testament translations are. One weird example involves John the Baptist who lived in the desert subsisting of “honey and grasshoppers/locusts”! In reality ʦ?Ħ? in the original Greek were the tender shoots of trees. Seriously.

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By: grumpypilgrim https://www.google.com//bc5/2014/12/26/the-bible-the-most-unread-cherished-book-in-the-world/comment-page-1/#comment-423867 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:44:18 +0000 /bc5/?p=27301#comment-423867 Mike’s comment reminds me of a joke I heard a while back about the god-of-the-Bible being the most unpleasant character in all of fiction. The Horror aisle, indeed!

Interestingly, one of the chapters in Bart Ehrman’s book (Misquoting Jesus) discusses the fact that some early (e.g., 1st & 2nd century) Christians believed that the god-of-the-Old Testament and god-of-the-New Testament were two different gods, since their personalities and doctrinal demands are so radically different from each other. Naturally, this belief undermined the essential requirement (to Christianity) that there be only one god, so the Bible was written to discount the discrepancy.

As regards the idea that the Bible is pure fiction, sprinkled with a few historical events to give it faux authenticity, there is considerable evidence to support this view. Many of the “miracles” in the Bible, many of the important events in the life of Jesus (e.g., persecution, crucifixion, resurrection, etc.), many of the acts of his followers, and many traditionally “Christian” festivals, can be found in Middle Eastern religions long before Jesus came along. Religions such as Mithraism, Zoroastrianism, and even ancient pharaonic monotheistic beliefs all have some similarities to the much later religion that became Christianity. Things like virgin birth, miraculous healing, raising the dead, and the gift of prophecy (to name just a few) are all traits of “gods” who were worshiped long before anyone heard of Jesus.

So, why did Jesus get the credit? I believe there are many reasons, not one of them miraculous. For one, the Roman Empire covered a huge geographical region, so that when Christianity became the official state religion, it could easily reach a wide audience. Two, Christianity was the first official state religion that was written down in great detail, so it had a tangible authority that oral traditions didn’t have. Three, it claimed to be a continuation of the Jewish religion, which had very ancient roots and which, as a result, enjoyed its own level of authority. Four, its leaders seemed to have no objection to co-opting existing religions, so it could conform itself to existing beliefs. Five, it eliminated the requirements of sacrifice that most other religions of the time demanded — e.g., fasting, donating valuable animals to be killed (and eaten) by priests, being circumcised, etc. — and only demanded that followers “believed” its tenets, so the barriers to entry were vanishingly small. These, and many other factors, enabled Christianity to suppress rival religions and start on the path to becoming the dominant religion we see today.

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By: Mike M. https://www.google.com//bc5/2014/12/26/the-bible-the-most-unread-cherished-book-in-the-world/comment-page-1/#comment-421665 Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:10:42 +0000 /bc5/?p=27301#comment-421665 It’s tough when you base a religion and your life on a book that belongs in the mythology section of the library, if not in the Horror aisle alongside the Stephen king and H.P. Lovecraft novels. I see the bible as a work of pure fiction, using dim sprinklings of some actual historical events to give it some faux authenticity. I think it’s written with creative flair in some sections, esp Revelations, and does contain a few nuggets of inspired wisdom swirling around in a dense story-stew of BS. Such an interesting artifact, but well past it’s “Best if used by” date.

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By: grumpypilgrim https://www.google.com//bc5/2014/12/26/the-bible-the-most-unread-cherished-book-in-the-world/comment-page-1/#comment-417261 Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:51:00 +0000 /bc5/?p=27301#comment-417261 I’ve been curious about Ehrman’s book (Misquoting Jesus), so I picked up a copy at the public library. It’s a very worthwhile read. Ehrman’s prose is clear and compelling — and the fact that he comes at it from a deeply theological background adds tremendously to the book’s credibility. For years, I have wondered where the Bible came from, why it contains so many ambiguities and contradictions, and why it (nevertheless) enabled Christianity to become such a dominant world religion among all the competing religions of the time — Ehrman’s book answers those questions. It should be especially worthwhile reading for Christians.

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