With all the Easter talk going on, and the conversations that I’ve heard and read, there’s one question that sits in my mind… Most religions are based on some sort of history, whether it be on the life of Christ, or any form of mythology. One thing I don’t understand is how anyone alive on this planet today can claim that they know 100%, no shadow of a doubt, that anything that occurred or anyone that existed 2000, 5000, 10000 years ago, is represented an any way that is guaranteed absolutely true. I hear this most in Christanity, where people claim that they bible is 100% true, no ifs,ands or buts about it. Unless these people have some sort of magical time machine that whisks them back to the days of Jesus so they can witness things for themselves, there’s no way anyone can know 100% that anything represented to us in books and such is infallible. I look at the garbage people print in newspapers and magazines today, and it scares me to think people 3000 years from now might find these “documents” and make a religion out of them… Granted, we have the benefit of digital recording, but who knows if that’ll even be readable 3000 years from now.

Now, don’t go freaking out on me saying I’m blasting Christians and the bible. I have nothing against anyone that chooses to believe in the bible or any other religious document. Just wish some people would learn the difference between beliefs and facts. Cuz the truth is, there’s no way anyone can know the documents hold proven facts. Doesn’t mean they don’t, they could, but the truth is, no one knows, and no one ever will.

Comments 6

  • calysto:
    2004-04-08T17:14:09Z
    amen.

  • tidesong:
    2004-04-08T21:01:08Z
    We “know” because one of our central beliefs is that the Bible is 100% God-driven in its writing, and therefore inerrant.

    • siliconshaman:
      2004-04-09T00:32:42Z
      And I could say the same about my beliefs, which doesn’t get us very far. I’d prefer evidence over faith thank you. [testable evidence that is].

      • tidesong:
        2004-04-09T11:08:28Z
        Unfortunately, there is no faith that exists that has concrete evidence to support it. Theists cannot prove the existance of (a) God(s). Athiests cannot DISPROVE the existance of God. It’s a bit of a conundrum πŸ˜‰ I missed the point of Luna’s post until she clarified in her response to me.

    • I have no problem if someone says “I believe the bible is true because my insides tell me it’s true.” People are free to believe in whatever they want. If the bible holds true to you because you feel it within, I can understand that. My irritation is when people try to pass off the bible (or any other ancient-type writings) as factual, proven information. Their argument is “Everything in there is true. End of story”. To me, it’s just wrong to assume others see the same “truth” in something they do. I believe in the power behind the Wiccan Rede, I believe in the Law of 3, I believe in the energy of the 4 quarters. But at no time would I ever tell someone that these things absolutely exist, especially on the argument that “They just do”. Nor would I ever tell someone they are wrong or immoral for believing otherwise. That’s where I get frustrated, when people not only say something is true when there’s no possible way for them to have any proof, yet also tell people they are wrong or bad because they don’t believe as they do. I see this in many religions (including paganism), but for me it’s been most prominent in Christianity and with the bible.

      • tidesong:
        2004-04-09T11:06:06Z
        Ahhh, I see what you’re saying. Yes, there’s really not a good way to prove or disprove any faith’s ‘truth’. This makes things complicated πŸ™‚

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