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"Faith is not a good reason to believe in any one thing. It's a bad reason to believe in everything. Faith is not synonymous with any one idea; it is synonymous with any strongly held idea, true or not. But one thing faith is not synonymous with is a logically justified idea."

March 18, 2010

Why the Bible is NOT Proof of Jesus

Imagine you were born about 2,000 years in the future. (Roughly 4,000AD) You’re walking through the wilderness and stumble upon an ancient DVD of the movie “Titanic” by James Cameron. The disc is in disrepair but luckily there’s a multimedia device in the future that can still read it. Even though it’s two thousand years later there are still historical records of the real Titanic and the events that surrounded its destruction. Based on the current historical data of the real Titanic and the scenes depicted in the movie, one might assume the movie to be a good source for accurate historical information regarding the events of the Titanic's maiden voyage.
And one would be right to think so. The movie was very accurate. However, logic would tell you to stop your assumptions at this point. Anyone who doesn’t keep their mind in check might go as far as to assume that the characters Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose DeWitt (Kate Winslet) were real as well. Obviously, the Jack and Rose characters never truly existed and were added to the historical tale to lend a romantic plot line to an otherwise depressing event. However, two-thousand years into the future you wouldn’t know that. You might be inclined to believe that simply because the Titanic events depicted in the movie were factually accurate that the characters depicted where accurate as well. Historical accuracy in column “A” does not denote the same accuracy in column “B” while the two column subjects do not correlate.

Now, substitute the “Titanic” movie with the “Holy Bible,” and the “Jack Dawson” character with “Jesus Christ” and you see how this analogy relates to the historicity of the biblical Christ. There is, however, one great difference… The Bible has been proven to be even less historically accurate then the “Titanic” movie. If the movie had proven to be much less accurate then the real life events of the sinking of the Titanic then a future society would be much less willing to believe in its claim. How is it that the Holy Bible is believed to be the literal word of God and therefore infallible, when it has been proven to be completely unreliable as an historical text? I would blame blind faith and ignorance. True, the Bible does contain some elements of true life history, but those accurate accounts are few and far between. In most areas the Bible completely misrepresents true history or writes in such a vague and non-descriptive style that no real reliable information can be interpreted from its pages! At its very best the Bible is a poorly written fictional fantasy novel based loosely on historical events.

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