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Originally posted by randomname
The New Testament is an eyewitness account of His followers, who believed because of what they saw. That is why Jesus is considered the Son of God.
so they have to be taken literally.
Based on a lack of other outside evidence, I suppose one could take that position by elimination, but what I mean is, how would you argue that it is meant to be taken in any way but literally, from internal evidence, inside the New Testament. That would exclude the Book of revelation because it is a figurative explanation about possible future events.
Everything points to it being allegorical.
Originally posted by megabytz
reply to post by jmdewey60
Well you take it allegorically because there is zero evidence other than the bible itself that any of it happened. The irreconcilable contradictions and the fact that so much of it is taken from other pagan religions They used the gospels to convey the message of the new religion. The absurdity of some of the events in the new testament as well as the apocrypha should show that the author meant it to be allegorical. Or he possibly believed it was fact himself because the story was passed down to him. It can't be taken any other way but allegorical since the events did not take place. If you can show me some evidence that the events happened I would be glad to see it. The bible is not evidence.
You have to have some way to substantiate that what was written is truth or it is not literal history. It is fairly easy to come to the conclusion that the gospels are not an eyewitness accounts by four disciples of Jesus. They are never even represented as eyewitness accounts. It's a story that was passed down and spread throughout the region.edit on 23-6-2011 by megabytz because: (no reason given)
This is not absurdity?
The Church took nothing away from pagan beliefs, as they condemned them throughout history. Since the NT is a continuation of the Oldtestament, it began before every pagan religion on the face of the earth.
Satan knew how God would come into the World and he knew what we would believ, so he created similiar pagan beliefs in the minds of idol souls to indicate this.
We use the calendar has our system for living starting with AD/BC. If the Gospel is false, then they did a damn good job of making this Church spread throughout the World and create countless saints, some of which bleed in their hands and worked countless miracles.
Obviously I don't believe we got to this point by chance and because a couple of dudes got together and said: let's make a false story about guy who would be God. Well create a Church and eventually die for him.