I love apologetics too! What do you mean you are doing your "second series"? Are you writing something?
I also wish to say one should never stop asking God nor about Himself. Some people who used to be Christians, primarily from the Catholic Church, have said they left God behind because they were told that they asked too many questions.
There are two kinds of questions one can ask; those questions that people ask simply out of curiosity and of want of knowledge and wisdom from God, and those that one might ask simply because they do not trust Him. I believe those people only questioned so as to seperate themselves from Him. I question God because I want to stay with Him for always.
you should not only study christians texts
and apologetics are known for their blind faith - you people don't know what evidence means
blind faith? because you think what your priest are telling you is evidence
so what archeological evidence, scientific evidence, fulfilled prophecy, historical evidence, documentation
- I studied this subject so much but most times I get to hear the indirect stories of jacobus or tacitus or the story of flavinius (which was proven false)
the bible is not a reliable source - you can also read the several contradictions etc here -> bibviz.com/
does Jesus judge people?
And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
Does God work sundays?
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.
But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
Is there an unforgivable sin?
Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy [against] the [Holy] Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the [world] to come.
And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
Has god ever tempted anyone?
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, [here] I [am].2 Samuel 24:1
And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.
Also there are several other errors and inconsistencies
- The Genesis 1 creation account conflicts with the order of events that are known to science. In Genesis, the earth is created before light and stars, birds and whales before reptiles and insects, and flowering plants before any animals. The order of events known from science is just the opposite. 1:1-2:3
- God curses the serpent. From now on the serpent will crawl on his belly and eat dust. One wonders how he got around before -- by hopping on his tail, perhaps? But snakes don't eat dust, do they? 3:14
- The Israelite population went from 70 (or 75) to several million in a few hundred years. 1:5,7, 12:37, 38:26
- God led the Israelites through the land of the Philistines, hundreds of years before the Philistines were established in Canaan. 13:17
- God creates light and separates light from darkness, and day from night, on the first day. Yet he didn't make the light producing objects (the sun and the stars) until the fourth day (1:14-19). And how could there be "the evening and the morning" on the first day if there was no sun to mark them? 1:3-5
5:26 And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly -> the world has a geographical end?
Unicorns, dragons and satyrs are real?^^
7:2 Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land. - the flat earth has its four corners
- Elisha can do all the tricks of Jesus (raise the dead, heal the sick, etc.). Here he cures a leper, but only after the leper dips himself seven times in the Jordan. 5:14
- The birth story of Moses is suspiciously similar to that of the birth of Sargon, an Akkadian monarch from the 3rd millennium BCE. (BBC: The tale of the basket) 2:3
to your sites:
their main example for evidence are flavius josephus -> "The general scholarly view is that while the Testimonium Flavianum is most likely not authentic in its entirety, it is broadly agreed upon that it originally consisted of an authentic nucleus with a reference to the execution of Jesus by Pilate which was then subject to Christian interpolation."
also he lived probably 37-101 AD - which is not in jesus life time
also Tacitus A.D. c.55-A.D. c.117,
Thallus Circa AD 52,
Pliny the Younger AD 112.
all of them after jesus potential death - they are not direct sources for that - and often talked only indirectly about it
-mentioning something in text (and especially decades after someones death) IS NOT EVIDENCE
the evidence about the biblical cities
-first: just because a text refers to a real city - doesnt mean it's reliable - for example harry potter does mention london
-second: sure when people write stories they include cities they know - but this doesn't take account for the supernatural things in the bible
So many "evidences" base on the mentionings of josephus - which is not evidence like i said before - it is just an indication and in this case a really bad indication
I would like to discuss this more with you but not through deviantart - it's not an optimal way to discuss things also I hate it to discuss thousand things at once but one by one
If you want to discuss I will give you my skype name or something
Amen to that.
You don't need to be told by someone else or have any available information to have faith in something. Again, not all faith revolves around analytical evaluations.
I must disagree. People "believe" based on some form of input, whether it be from other people or another source. So their choice to "believe" has basis in something, therefore it is not totally blind.
Available information includes your own existence in this reality of life and the perspectives you gain within it.
I never said all faith revolves around analytical evaluations. Some choose to "believe" based on little information or unreliable resources. Regardless of that fact, it still goes back to my first note in this comment.