posted on May, 16 2008 @ 10:10 AM
Here is more of 7.
* Today you can have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. You can pray to this man and he will answer your prayers. He will cure your
diseases, rescue you from emergencies, help you make important business and family decisions, comfort you in times of worry and grief, etc.
* This man will also give you eternal life, and if you are good he has a place for you in heaven after you die.
* The reason we know all this is because, after the man died, four people named Matthew, Mark, Luke and John wrote accounts of the man's life.
Their written attestations are proof of the veracity of this story.
This, of course, is the story of Jesus. Do you believe this story? If you are a Christian, you probably do. I could ask you questions for hours and
you will have answers for every one of them, in just the same way that I had answers for all of the Santa questions that my friend asked me in Example
1. You cannot understand how anyone could question any of it, because it is so obvious to you.
Here is the thing that I would like to help you understand: The four billion people who are not Christians look at the Christian story in exactly the
same way that you look at the Santa story, the Mormon story and the Muslim story. In other words, there are four billion people who stand outside of
the Christian bubble, and they can see reality clearly. The fact is, the Christian story is completely imaginary.
How do the four billion non-Christians know, with complete certainty, that the Christian story is imaginary? Because the Christian story is just like
the Santa story, the Mormon story and the Muslim story. There is the magical insemination, the magical star, the magical dreams, the magical miracles,
the magical resurrection, the magical ascension and so on. People outside the Christian faith look at the Christian story and note these facts:
* The miracles are supposed to "prove" that Jesus is God, but, predictably, these miracles left behind no tangible evidence for us to examine
and scientifically verify today. They all involved faith healings and magic tricks - see this proof.
* Jesus is resurrected, but, predictably, he does not appear to anyone today - see this proof.
* Jesus ascended into heaven and answers our prayers, but, predictably, when we pray to him nothing happens. We can statistically analyse prayer
and find that prayers are never answered - see this proof.
* The book where Matthew, Mark, Luke and John make their attestations does exist, but, predictably, it is chock full of problems and
contradictions - see this proof.
* And so on.
In other words, the Christian story is a fairly tale, just like the other three examples we have examined.
Now, look at what is happening inside your mind at this moment. I am using solid, verifiable evidence to show you that the Christian story is
imaginary. Your rational mind can see the evidence. Four billion non-Christians would be happy to confirm for you that the Christian story is
imaginary. However, if you are a practicing Christian, you can probably feel your "religious mind" overriding both your rational mind and your
common sense as we speak. Why? Why were you able to use your common sense to so easily reject the Santa story, the Mormon story and the Muslim story,
but when it comes to the Christian story, which is just as imaginary, you are not?
Try, just for a moment, to look at Christianity with the same amount of healthy skepticism that you used when approaching the stories of Santa, Joseph
Smith and Mohammed. Use your common sense to ask some very simple questions of yourself:
* Is there any physical evidence that Jesus existed? - No. He left no trace. His body "ascended into heaven." He wrote nothing down. None of his
"miracles" left any permanent evidence. There is, literally, nothing.
* Is there any reason to believe that Jesus actually performed these miracles, or that he rose from the dead, or that he ascended into heaven? -
There is no more of a reason to believe this than there is to believe that Joseph Smith found the golden plates hidden in New York, or that Mohammed
rode on a magical winged horse to heaven. Probably less of a reason, given that the record of Jesus' life is 2,000 years old, while that of Joseph
Smith is less than 200 years old.
* You mean to tell me that I am supposed to believe this story of Jesus, and there is no proof or evidence to go by beyond a few attestations in
the New Testament of a Bible that is provably meaningless? - Yes, you are supposed to believe it. You are supposed to take it on "faith."
No one (besides little kids) believes in Santa Claus. No one outside the Mormon church believes Joseph Smith's story. No one outside the Muslim faith
believes the story of Mohammed and Gabriel and the winged horse. No one outside the Christian faith believes in Jesus' divinity, miracles,
Therefore, the question I would ask you to consider right now is simple: Why is it that human beings can detect fairy tales with complete certainty
when those fairy tales come from other faiths, but they cannot detect the fairy tales that underpin their own faith? Why do they believe their chosen
fairy tale with unrelenting passion and reject the others as nonsense? For example:
* Christians know that when the Egyptians built gigantic pyramids and mummified the bodies of their pharaohs, that it was a total waste of time --
otherwise Christians would build pyramids.
* Christians know that when the Aztecs carved the heart out of a virgin and ate it, that it accomplished nothing -- otherwise Christians would
* Christians know that when Muslims face Mecca to pray, that it is pointless -- otherwise Christians would face Mecca when they pray.
* Christians know that when Jews keep meat and dairy products separate, that they are wasting their time -- otherwise the cheeseburger would not
be an American obsession.
Yet, when Christians look at their own religion, they are for some reason blind. Why? And no, it has nothing to do with the fact that the Christian
story is true. Your rational mind knows that with certainty, and so do four billion others. This book, if you will let it, can tell you why.