|Is the Bible really true?|
I will bet that every Christian has had this disturbing thought pass through their consciousness at least once: Wow. That (a teaching in the Bible) doesn’t make sense. What if my Christian Faith is false?
However, in most instances our doubt was quickly erased (or at least white-washed) after we consulted a more knowledgeable Christian about the matter, such as our parents, our Sunday School teacher, or our pastor.
I remember as a teenager first seeing pictures of the Holy Land: What a desolate place! How in the world could any one refer to Israel/Palestine as “a Land Flowing with Milk and Honey”?? I asked a more knowledgeable Christian about this and was told, “Oh Israel was a very lush, green, heavily forested country but the (evil, Muslim) Turks uprooted every tree to punish the Jews and Christians living there. The Turks made Palestine a wasteland.
I bought it.
And so it went. Every time I found something not quite right in the Bible, I asked a more knowledgeable Christian, and was always given a satisfactory explanation (harmonization). But what would have happened if I had not been satisfied with the explanation given to me by other, more knowledgeable, Christians? What could I have done to investigate the truthfulness of the claims in the Bible that I found hard to believe?
Well, in the 1970’s, when I was a teenager, there was no such thing as the “Internet”. If I wanted to investigate if Palestine had ever been a lush, heavily forested land, I would have had to have gone to the library and spent hours researching it. The library in my little town would probably not have had many books which dealt with the subject, so I would have had to have done a lot of research to find out what books were in publication that discussed this subject and then ordered and paid for the books to be mailed to my house! All that just to find out if the Turks had truly uprooted all the trees in Palestine!
Bottom line: The overwhelming majority of people in the 1970’s, and, for the first almost two thousand years of Christianity, did not have access (or at least easy access) to books that would allow them to verify the claims of the Christian Bible and Christian Churchmen. Lay Christians were forced to accept as fact what our clergymen spoon fed us…or…we simply rejected it all out of hand and were told we obviously didn’t know enough to make such a decision.
The Internet changed all that. And Clergymen hate it!
Tell a clergyman or a Christian apologist that you are questioning the Bible and what do they tell you to do? (Do they tell you to read more of the Bible? No.) Do they tell you to do an internet search on the subject? No. They tell you to go read a stack of books by Christian scholars who will explain to you what God really meant to say in the Bible. (So God didn’t write his message to mankind using understandable, clear terms? Therefore, the perfect God needs help from imperfect humans to explain his Word to mankind!)
Well, dear questioning Christian, you do NOT need to read a stack of books by Christian apologists to know whether or not the Bible is telling you the truth. All you have to do is use your brain: human virgins do not become pregnant by ghostly fathers, and, people who have been brain dead for three days do not walk out of their tomb and fly off into outer space.
It is a tall tale! It isn’t real. It is a superstition!
And the good news is, my questioning Christian friend, you are not alone! In the previous circa Nineteen hundred and ninety so years of Christianity, you would have been all alone in your non-belief in the Bible and its stories unless you lived in a large city and could find a group of ex-Christians who also questioned the accuracy of the claims of the Bible. Now, with the Internet, no matter where you are, you can connect to thousands of former Christians who like you have discovered the truth, the real truth: Traditional/orthodox/conservative Christianity is one big tall tale. It isn’t true. It belongs in the dustbin of history, right along with the tales of Zeus and Jupiter.