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Look for it not in your neighborhood, your city, your state, your country, or anywhere on planet Earth- it is a world gone with the wind, or much more likely, a world that never really existed. Loftus, at his website “Why I Am Not a Christian”: The Bible is filled with superstitious beliefs that modern people rightly reject.
It describes a world where a snake and a donkey communicated with human beings in a human language, where people could reach upward of 900 years old, where a woman instantaneously transformed into a pillar of salt, where a pillar of fire could lead people by night, and where the sun stopped moving across the sky or could even back up.
Other findings of the group included: Jesus of Nazareth was born during the reign of Herod the Great.
His mother’s name was Mary, and he had a human father whose name may not have been Joseph. Jesus was an itinerant sage who shared meals with social outcasts.
In total, they lay out a convincing case that Christianity is untrue.
This is based on the premise that a true, factual religion guided by a supernatural god would be precise, flawless, authentic, transcendent, unmatched, unique, prescient, prophetic, revelatory, internally consistent, and scientifically accurate.
This is a strange world when compared to our world, but Christians believe that this world was real in the past.
My contention is not that ancient people were stupid, but that they were very superstitious.
In this imaginary world an ax head could float on water, a star could point down to a specific home, people could instantly speak in unlearned foreign languages, and one’s shadow or handkerchief could heal people.
It is a world where a flood can cover the whole earth, and a man can walk on water, calm a stormy sea, change water into wine, or be swallowed by a “great fish” and live to tell about it.
In Christianity, we see none of these elements.[It is generally assumed herein that Jesus was a unique individual, although the author acknowledges that significant evidence suggests he is purely mythical or a composite of several 1st Century preachers] https://thechurchoftruth.wordpress.com/ (1) Jesus Seminar The Jesus Seminar was a collaborative effort of approximately 200 professionally-trained specialists in the field of religion tasked with the goal to cut through the myth and expose the historical Jesus.
Membership was limited to scholars with advanced academic degrees (Ph. or equivalent) in religious studies or related disciplines from accredited universities worldwide and to published authors who were recognized authorities in the field of religion (by special invitation only).
The empty tomb is a fiction – Jesus was not raised bodily from the dead.