commend and share your high view of truth, and the desire to only believe
that which is true. If the Bible is disproved, or if Jesus was not the
promised Christ or Messiah of the Old Testament, then Christian ideology
should not be believed.
the facts and arguments surrounding the following issues and topics to
see if Christianity is accurately being accused of falsehood:
CHRISTIANS: Biased, bigoted, intolerant, and judgmental?
I think the title says it all. Take special note of the section on judgmentalism
(second of the two-part chapter).
WAS CHRISTIANITY CUT-AND-PASTED FROM OTHER RELIGIONS?
There are similarities, real and perceived, between
Judeo-Christian beliefs and those of other religions. Who got what from
whom, and why?
BASIC TERMS: Let's start by speaking the same language.
Clarifying certain terms (like faith, Christian,
etc.) is important because common words carry unique associations with
every person. This is just to ensure that what I'm saying you're hearing.
Is there an excuse more often given for hating the
church? The Crusades are sometimes referenced in conversation, but rarely
in the context of specifics such as who, what, when, and why. This will
help fill in those gaps. (You will understand the Crusades better if you
start at the beginning of the History division.)
5. THE INQUISITIONS
If the answer to the above question is yes, this
is it. The terror of this period is nearly unparalleled. Of course, what
else is to be expected during a period in which the Bible was banned,
and people were burned at the stake by so-called religious authorities
for reading it?
6. HOW WERE
MANUSCRIPTS PASSED DOWN THROUGH THE AGES?
original writings were passed down from one generation to the next for
many centuries. How was this done?
7. HAVE THE
ORIGINAL WORDS BEEN LOST OVER THE CENTURIES?
Isn't it likely that even if a perfect God gave
us his perfect message, imperfect man would eventually confuse it over
the many centuries and cultures that have passed?
HAVE CRITICS DISCREDITED THE EARLY MANUSCRIPTS?
Critics point out perceived contradictions in the
Bible; the same ones critics have always pointed out. If the Bible is
simply made up, why haven't those been removed? On the other hand, if
the Bible is from God, is it God or his critics who are in error?
9. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The lead character in the show "CSI" has
several times voiced his dismissal of God based upon the hypocrisy of
those who claim to believe. I'm not that intelligent, but that was once
my opinion. Maybe that's yours, too.