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originally posted by: RoScoLaz4
originally posted by: Blue Shift
originally posted by: chr0naut
It was written over vast swathes of history, by multiple writers and yet retains an internal consistency that a single author would find hard to attain.
Well, it certainly helps to cherry pick the documents you want to put in it from the hundreds if not thousands of available documents, then have some of the smartest scholars you have available to you go through and edit it heavily to make the pieces fit. It also helps to have people through the ages willing to twist themselves in semantic knots to smooth out the remaining rough edges.
originally posted by: Realtruth
a reply to: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
That is the entire problem with the Bible, one passage is used to prove another one and so on. It's called circular argumentation and is consider a fallacy in logic.
Trying to prove "God" or anything else metaphysical, to other people is a difficult task, in this world.
If you believe in what you say in your OP, then let it work for yourself, because unfortunately human beings want and need to prove things to themselves, or sell themselves on ideals.
originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
a reply to: chr0naut
Vatican library possibly? Obviously the Vatican has something to hide otherwise their library wouldn't be off-limits to pretty much everyone. Also, if those in power were rewriting history, why would they leave a paper trail out in the open for everyone to see?
The winner writes history, Christianity has been on the winning side ever since its inception by Constantine. The Nag Hammadi library is a collection of writings in Jesus that contradict the bible accounts, they weren't found until fairly recently. But I guess since they aren't a part of the official canon, you deny their content as genuine? Obviously they were hidden for a reason, what could that reason be? Because Rome would have either confiscated them or burned them. Rome wasn't fond of people who contradicted the "official story", which is why they persecuted those who refused to convert.