Why Christianity is real

First, some criticize “the fact that many religions claim to be the one true religion, and since all religions are based on belief, we should simply separate ourselves from that and just respect those who believe”. The flaw of this logic is that in the court of law which is supposed to reflect logical operation, you don’t base the truth or falsity of a statement based on the number of statements of other people that claim the same thing but rather on the “proof” or “evidence”, and that is what separates Christianity from any other religion. We have overwhelming historical evidence of God’s existence, and I’m not talking about the Bible. There is proof that indeed Jesus Christ claimed to be the Son of God. There is proof that the same man prophesied His own death and resurrection. Finally, there is proof that indeed a man who claims to be the Son of God who was crucified and claimed to rise in three days did rise literally from the dead. This is the basis of Christianity. If any of these events are proven to be false, then Christianity is a false religion. What separates us is that there is actual proof. It is not like Hinduism and Greek Gods that just popped out of nowhere. Therefore, it is much more logical to believe in God and takes more faith to not believe that He exists. Despite the evidence, many people still do not believe in God, and it is not because of intellectual reasons that arise from the “lack of evidence”. When you look at these people’s lives, it is more emotional than intellectual.
 
Second, some criticize that there are flaws in Christianity based on their reasoning with their own Bible. Not surprisingly, upon studying the Word more carefully, many of these questions have been answered, and the lack of answers for some questions is not a substantial basis to lose faith. For instance, you may not know everything that a doctor you seek has gone through, what exact classes he took and grades he got from those, but it doesn’t seem to shake your faith much in the doctor’s ability. So why do you not treat the doctor with the same skepticism as you treat Christianity? That’s not fair. That is not logical. However, to seek answers to answered questions is not bad. It is actually the opposite. What makes it bad is if a few unanswered questions becomes the source of disbelief.
 
Third, atheists then resort to philosophy to try and debunk Christianity. The problem with this is that philosophy is bound by human logic, whereas Christianity goes beyond it. Philosophy in itself begs the question. For instance, Martin Heidegger defines what an “authentic” life is, but who is he to do that in the first place? He says that idle talk and curiosity lead to an inauthentic life, but again, who is he to say that? Existentialist philosophers may claim that “you have no purpose in life; we make our own purpose”, but it then begs the question, who are they to say that? Now, some of you may be thinking “who then is this author to say these things?”. The difference between me and the philosophers is that I am simply laying out facts and logical conflicts. I am not trying to make a new concept. To respect a skeptic mind who does not wish to agree with that, then I also want to ask what makes philosophy more credible? Is it not true that philosophy in itself is composed of many THEORIES and conflicting views? Is it not also true that learning a philosophy will cause you to question it further and seek better answers? While there is nothing wrong with that, how come the lack of answers does not seem to bother your current faith in the philosophy you believe in, but it bothers your faith in Christianity when you have a few unanswered questions. Why such bias in treatment? A truly logical person would not do that. The answer lies with the fact that again, many people do not believe in God not for intellectual reasons but for emotional ones, and if you are one of these people, it is time to re-evaluate yourself.
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Vladimir Santos is a divergent writer. He avoids government-level politics. Instead, he promotes modern conservatism as a means to solve societal issues innate within Filipinos. If an article you see is not about bashing a politician, it’s probably his.

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Wow an article that claims to be logical by using special pleading and appeal to ignorance.
If this is a troll piece, bravo. If not, how to be you sir, so omniscient.

The Cynic
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Such a claim of authenticity of a particular faith is, at the very least, arrogant. Out of the innumerable faiths across the world, Christianity is one of the youngest and therefore have had its “proof” more easily discovered or preserved due to the advancement of technology and the following advent of modern civilization and society. Older faiths, spanning back from more than 5000 years or more may not have had such luck and instead, “proof” of their respective deities may have only been preserved through scriptures or words of mouth because of warfare or the lack of adequate means to… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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I am not sure I speak on behalf of all atheists but I dont live resorting to a philosophy to try and debunk Christianity. I just look at some biblical texts and I think that most are not very practical and I cant and dont support those texts. Example: I see gay and lesbian people as human beings. So they must have the same rights as I do (being a heterosexual and being a human being). So they must be legally allowed to get married. Because they love only people from their own gender doesnt make them different or less.… Read more »
Bad Will Jam
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A religion is like a directional map. If it is unclear or there are some missing important links or you spotted some indistinct information, of course, you shouldn’t buy that map and you must find another one that will assure you’ll reach your final destination. Nobody really wants to get lost in the journey to salvation. So I suggest, Mr. Vladimir, don’t take that direction that has some distorted junctions! A road to salvation isn’t like seeking treatment from a Doctor where you could still, at no time, find a replacement if that doctor committed mistakes in the diagnosis. In… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Bad Will Jam, “final destination” – “salvation” – “hereafter”. Thank goodness, my life is much simpler. I dont need to think about those things. I am born, I will die someday and inbetween those 2 moments I have to make sure I will lead a comfortable life in such a way that I dont need to worry about today and about my future. And when I am dead, I will be cremated. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. They always say RIP when people are dead but I already have peace and rest. So even while I am still alive… Read more »
512Toro007Hyden999.999
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512Toro007Hyden999.999
@Robert Haighton: I am a Christian ; and I am not stupid…I follow this religion, because of my faith in it; not because of reason, that Atheist, like you do. I have seen miracles in my life; that I cannot explain. I had seen prayers to God, answered ; and I cannot explain , why and how they were answered. I had seen bad people turn to good people, on the prayers and petitions of their lover ones. I had cheated death many times, that my human reason cannot explain, how I survived… So, I will stay believing in a… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Hyden, Why are you a Christian? Simple. You were baptised without your consent (you were most likely still a baby/toddler/infant) and everything biblical was thrown in your throat before you knew it (You were probably also circumcised without your consent). Add to that that everyone around you was and is also Christian so you never had to doubt your own religion. It was even more enforced during school and your friends and collegeus. In a country totalling 98.5% being religious, no doubt nobody is gonna doubt anything. You live on an island (without any land neighbours) and the countries around… Read more »
Bad Will Jam
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Robert Haighton

Good to hear that you are at least worriless about your future. I don’t have a problem with that. But, being humans endowed with the ability to discern on endless of beautiful things around us, it makes us so thankful for having given this chance to live the life we currently enjoy- especially like yours, a worriless one! Now, to whom shall I address my gratitude for all these creations that also include my life? There must be a Creator out there that we should be grateful to!

Robert Haighton
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Bad Will Jam, My creators were my parents. Their creators were their parents. And so on. I am the first and only son and the 3rd child of my parents. Maybe I was lucky. If only they (my parents) told themselves: “okay, two is enough” I wouldnt be here. But never forget, what they did (make love, get pregnant and give birth) was discussed, planned and timed. And that means, simmply, that god had no hands in that entire process. I know where you wanna go. Okay so lets assume god indeed put Adam here (How did he do that?)… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Bad Will Jam, (now the more social version) I am not mad at people like you who believe in a god and worship him. I dont hate you and I certainly will never kill you (and people like you). I just see that my life is much easier. I see a lot of religious people struggle (and that was not needed) especially in your country (but also in other countries). And that makes me sad (yes that is an emotion, but that emotion doesnt get on top of me). I see people keep on procreating while they live in devastating… Read more »
d_forsaken
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The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.

315Hyden007Toro9999.999
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315Hyden007Toro9999.999
@Robert Haighton: Even if my parents shoved the Christian religion into my throat, when I was an infant…I would had abandoned this Christian religion; at the time , I had grown up. I went to school; to college, and to further studies…I have not abandoned my Christian faith. It worked for me….it made me peaceful…it gave me knowledge and wisdom… I enjoyed reading the Christian Bible, especially the : Parables of Jesus Christ;the Sermon on the Mount; the miracles; the Psalms; the Book of Proverbs; the Book of Wisdom; the stories of prophets and other men of God, etc… I… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Hyden,
I was born the same way as you with Tabula Rasa. My parents encouraged and stimulated me to explore the world and absorb everything and then decide what I wanted to choose. For me, atheism is not a belief and its not a religion. I dont even like the name itself but I dont know a better one.

How can you respect my ‘belief’ and be totally against it?
I dont respect a religion/religious person and/but I will never kill a religious person, I dont even hate religious people.

Rob
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Robert Haighton is an atheist because he grew up with an atheist family! Both the mother and father are themselves atheist! Mr. Haighton was denied the freedom of choice right from when he was born and grew up learning to like the perks of practicing atheism which is all about freedom from guilt!

To an Atheist mind, every Religion is about control. Atheism removes control therefore equals Freedom.

Bad Will Jam
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Robert Haighton: Thank you for sharing your Atheist’s beliefs. Sure, you will not kill me or anyone as I won’t even think of doing it to you or to anybody else. Cool heads never kill each other regardless of the religion they’re affiliated with. Hotheaded ones do- even Saints could kill someone once they blew their tops (you can ask the medieval Popes about it)! Going back to who created you, of course, you should be grateful to your parents for that procreating process they did just to have you in this world. And as you’ve said “.., what they… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Bad Will Jam, I do like your analogy with water, water production and the maid. I never looked it at that way. But first of all. I dont have a maid. Secondly, and like you already pointed out: water is not for free; we have to pay for it. Thirdly, water (coming from the tap) is part of our basic needs (maslow’s lowest layer in his hierarchy) that we see it as granted. I dont need to worry being without water. Its everywhere. Clean and drinkable water. So I aim for higher things in my life (the higher layers within… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Bad Will Jam, Everytime when a company wants to send me something for free (or almost for free|) I will always think ‘what is the catch?’ and ‘where is the cathch?’ And I will also always read the small-print. What does that have to do with god? A lot actually. He made Adam and Eve. But he doesnt tell us how and the bible doesnt explain us either. So in fact we get something for free. You will probably say: “he can do things, we (simpletons) do not understand. But I do understand it when its explained to me. But… Read more »
7771Hyden007Toro9999.99
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7771Hyden007Toro9999.99
Religion or faith is not based on logic. This includes Christianity… We , Christians just believe…because, if we think what we believe: they don’t make sense in the logical world.. I know that Atheist use logic and human reasons to believe in things. Unfortunately, there are many things and phenomena, in this world and in this universe that our human mind/reason or logic, cannot explain. I am open minded on all kinds of beliefs or religions. To blow up someone, because they do not share your religious belief is insanity. It is murdering people, because of differences of opinions. My… Read more »
Bad Will Jam
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Robert Haighton: Thank you for sharing your Atheist’s beliefs. Sure, cool heads never kill each other regardless of the religion they’re affiliated with. Hotheaded ones do- even Saints could kill someone once they blew their tops (you can ask the medieval Popes about it)! Going back to who created you, of course, you should be grateful to your parents for that procreating process they did just to have you in this world. And as you’ve said “.., what they did (make love, get pregnant and give birth) was discussed, planned and timed. And that means, simply, that god had no… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Bad Will Jam, The (video) footages I see on the 8PM and 10PM national news of people killing each other are so common, it makes me numb. In my country the number of killings is low (not including traffic accidents). This is probably the reason why we can close many jails. The jail in my city is closed and now being used to house refugees. If you want to go on a killing spree in my country, the worst punishment you will get is life imprisonement. Do I care that you start killing people? No, I dont. If it makes… Read more »
Jamess
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Christians are atheists when it comes to 2999 of the 3000 religions we have. Atheists just not believe in one more religion than Christians.

RandomReader
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Hyden: “…Let us respect other people’s beliefs.”
Robert: “…How can you respect my ‘belief’ and be totally against it?”

I’m assuming that Hyden meant “respect” as “to leave them be and mind your own business”.

While in Robert’s question, “respect” is like “accept who you are” meaning. And yeah, it doesn’t make sense if you’re totally against it.

So I suggest, we refrain from the word “respect” and go with something else that delivers what we mean. I don’t hate Christians nor Atheists, but it’s not really good being misunderstood. I like the comments section of this blog than the article itself sometimes.

Robert Haighton
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RandomReader, I will try to explain the word respect how we use it and I will do it by using (not abusing) Mr. Hyden’s name. Mr. Hyden was trainer/coach of Manila FC in the season 2013-2014 Mr. Hyden was trainer/coach of Cebu City FC in the season 2014-2015 Mr. Hyden was trainer/coach of Davao City FC in the season 2015-2016 Mr. Hyden made all 3 teams champions of the Philippine premier league. That feat never happened in the past and we will have to see if that will ever happen again in the future. For this achievement he is highly… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Rob,
“… is all about freedom from guilt!”
What guilt? Should/Must I feel/be guilty of something?

Somewhere else, I stated that my parents encouraged and stimulated me to explore the world. That means also learn about all available religions and that I can join any religion that I want. They did that in a objective, unbiased way without directing me in any direction. In my country, it is (legally and culturally) allowed to actually bite the hand that feeds/fed me without any (negative) consequences.

222Hyden007Toro9999.999
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222Hyden007Toro9999.999

@Robert Haighhton:

Oh my God ! I have aroused the anger of an Atheist, by writing about God. He is seeing Red, and going Nuts…

Mr. Haighton, let us have a deal: we go “Dutch Treat” on our beliefs…with or without respect ! Deal or no Deal ?

Redford W
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@Robert H.
“…pls upgrade the PH definition of the word respect. It seems that PH people respect everybody …”
“Ordinary people dont deserve that kind of respect.”

http://www.flabber.nl/linkdump/video/on-behalf-of-the-netherlands-were-sorry-for-this-guy-17133

Robert Haighton
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Redford, I watched the video. Thanks for the link. And your point is? Pls dont tell me you are shocked? Yes, the candidates were insulted and humiliated in public on TV. If nobody in their immediate surroundings (dad, mom, sister, brother, friends) can tell you/them that you/they have a lousy (singing) voice then somebody else is gonna tell you that. Here is a copy of what Django_unchained wrote (in this same comment box): I’d like to debunk the widely accepted belief that “Christians”, at least the so-called good ones, respect other people’s beliefs. It’s euphemism at its finest because saving… Read more »
django_unchained
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I’d like to debunk the widely accepted belief that “Christians”, at least the so-called good ones, respect other people’s beliefs. It’s euphemism at its finest because saving face is simply the preferred route most people, especially Filipinos, love to take when it comes to conflict. One day I wish “Christians” would simply tell me that they despise me or I will go to hell or I am not welcome or [insert negative statement].

django_unchained
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And can this author explain why Protestantism, which he seems to be part of, has so many denominations and have their own fair share of unruly history?

Jamess
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I was a Christian when I was born. In school I learned of other religions. My thought was immediately that religions contradict each other and the only logical conclusion is that they are all wrong. I am very surprised that not all people come to this only logical conclusion.

I would not call myself an atheist, because I don’t think a word like that should even exist. Why do you need a word for not being in mass psychosis?

Don’t you religious ever wonder how you were so lucky to be born in “the right” culture that has the only “correct” religion?

Common-Tao
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When you follow the teachings of Jesus Christ completely, it is the only time you will gain a complete peace of mind without worrying what would your life must be. You will be filled with joyness and contentment in your heart. You will be happy every day of your life and you are always ready to die because you are not afraid because you know you are with Jesus. Christian people call that salvation. Moreover, you always think to care about others because you will feel more happiness in doing so. To always look at the moral and positive values… Read more »
django_unchained
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Thanks but no thanks. I never did drugs and I have no intentions on doing them now.

Greg
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You stated that Christians require “great discipline because it is extra ordinary compare to other disciplines in this world.” Where did you get this idea? Christians I meet are very undisciplined and exhibit the same bad behavior and weakness as anyone else does. Christians eat whatever they want, including junk food, all meats, candy and alcohol. They also engage in gambling, sex, lies and hypocrisy frequently. The Christian faith requires very little discipline. Christians are nowhere near as disciplined as Jains, Sikhs and certain Buddhist sects. Christianity does not promote a reduction in suffering. Only strict asceticism and discipline reduces… Read more »
Common-Tao
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Greg, I did not automatically say that all Christians are following Jesus teachings as some are just plain hypocrites and only carry the Christian name/religion as a product of family and social history/status. What I meant is the real followers/believers of Jesus who strictly adhere to the latter’s teachings in the bible will experience discipline beyond ordinary because it is their only way to enter the Kingdom as stated in the book. The so called Christians you met are not real or true to their beliefs. So sad, you did not meet some Christians who are really devoted to their… Read more »
Greg
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Common-Tao, I appreciate the cordial response. I understand your points; however, I have yet to meet a Christian who actually follows Christ. In an increasingly materialistic/ superficial world, the basic teaching of humility and give up your wealth so a less fortunate/ poor person can have food – has no impact. People, including Filipinos, would rather buy luxury items like designer bags and smart phones, than give that money to the poor. I don’t know one Christian who does not wear clothing made in sweatshops; I bet you do as well. I don’t know any human being who follows the… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Greg,
In my country the Christians* can be parted into 3 categories. And I think by what you wrote is exactly what is happening in my country.

The 3 categories are:
1) the strict Christians (they follow the bible exactly, precise and to the letter. They can be found in the Dutch bible-belt).
2) the moderate Christians.
3) the enlightened Christians (the only ‘sign’ that makes them Christians is that they are baptised. But they live, behave and think like atheists).

* With Christians, I mean Catholics, Roman Catholics, Protestants, Dutch Reformed and all other variants.

Greg
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Robert,

Yes I have noticed the different Christian groups in my country as well as the Philippines. The very devout ones, however, don’t convince me they are that strict. They may talk strict – but my experience is that many are faking it for show. I don’t doubt there are real ones who actually live by what they preach. The problem is this fundamentalist belief system doesn’t mix well with western enlightenment and modernity; for instance, the bible saying that women are inferior to men in the book of Ephesians. Most civilized, intelligent people do not believe women are slaves.

Common-Tao
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Greg, there are a few people who practically practice what they preach but they are rare. It’s not the usual thing you will see in your life every day. Like diamonds that are precious but are rare or hard to find. The right path as stated in the bible is a narrow path. Only few will stick to it until the end of his lifetime because it requires overwhelming faith and devotion. Many tried to exhibit it but they faltered and they did not able to survive because they succumbed to temptations and bad choices in life. Basically they are… Read more »
john
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you seemed to have insulted God through your ignorance. the day when Jesus founded his church he promised that it would continue unabated up to the last days of men. Matthew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Matthew 28:19-20 New International Version (NIV) 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded… Read more »
Ngek Ngek
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I am neither a theist or an atheist, very comfortable being an apatheist. I do not want to lose my time reading the masturbation of endless arguments of these opposing groups of which at best leads useless ejaculations.

Robert Haighton
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Greg, I know what you mean. Just before, the relationship with my pinay GF started, I noticed something on her Facebook. Back in those days, it was called a ‘shout out’. And there she wrote: A devout Roman Catholic’. Now, I dont know what that means in Filipino language but months later she fucked my brains out (that is the expression we use when people have sex). Living in the Dutch Bible Belt, that is really close to impossible even more so with an atheist. I also regard the bible as women unfriendly. And also human unfriendly and based on… Read more »
klara
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There’s a different interpretation of Christianity that has merits. NOT the one that says only those who convert will get saved. Seriously. The theory fails a simple test. Compare somebody who converts to christianity but maintains his corrupt ways, with a non-christian but dignified in his actions. The infinite still chooses to save the corrupt one just because he believes a god incarnate already died for his sins? It sort of appeals to the perverse liberal notions ( “nobody’s perfect, so you don’t even have to try. We’re all equal in this rainbow of life”) loaded with BS. I respect… Read more »
Greg
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Robert,

Yes, I agree with you. There is much negativity and violence in the bible, as well as oppression.

Roel
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This is a very good article. I haven’t laughed this hard in some time. Thank you, Mr. Santos. Your style reminds me of Robert Benchley’s or even James Thurber’s if you don’t mind the stretch.

Egg
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@Greg
Like what exactly? Under what circumstances and who oppresses who?!

Greg
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Egg,

Read 1 Ephesians 5:22-24, 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 and 1 Timothy 2:11-14.

Egg
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@Greg When people read passages from the Bible they find it a lot of times contradicting itself. Why? Perhaps people are just to lazy or try to be “all-knowing” (while others try to be ignorant) and do not consider certain things about what they read. Have you considered when was it spoken or why was it spoken? To whom and by whom and under what circumstances? Are the passages still relevant to this day? What’s my point? What you read or what you believe are NOT always what you think they are! Like you can ask, Are the Commandments of… Read more »
Greg
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Egg, If you are accusing me of being lazy or “all knowing” by citing biblical passages in their direct form, you are another cafeteria apologist and you are dishonest. Women were considered second class citizens at the time the bible was written. The passages are written plain to understand. You can’t handle the fact that the bible is filled with violence and promotion of the subjugation of women. Most religions are similar. Pat Robertson, the Christian American founder of the 700 Club, even stated that ladies are second to men. I am not some wishy-washy, politically correct person who looks… Read more »
Egg
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@Greg
Perhaps you are familiar with this passage too! It is clearly in defense of a woman! Again, is the Bible contradicting itself?!

John 8:7King James Version (KJV)
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

john
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There are so many christian religions existed nowadays and each one claimed to have a bible based doctrine.
But they differed to one another, doctrines against doctrines and if we sum them up it’s totally in chaotic order . so there’s a confusion from among these claimants of one true God.

i have found one solution to determine true religion from false and the only way to prove what that is they must be subjected to questioning. so let’s do it here and anyone can join this test for truth.

here it is: were Adam and Eve our first parents?

Robert Haighton
Member

@John,
“here it is: were Adam and Eve our first parents?”
Who the fuck cares? The only true and real parents that matter are your own biological parents. Without them you maybe may have not been here.

Greg
Guest
Egg, You are using relativism again. Do you deny the passages that say degrading things? According to you the bible does contradict itself so why bother reading it? It means that nothing can be learned because of confusion. The cast a stone passage is not in defense of women. It simply says that the honest ones may attack her and kill her, not the liars. This also does not negate the passages saying women are to submit to men and no woman shall teach a man. You cannot defend those passages. Even evil dictators have good qualities, so what is… Read more »
john
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Then u must be a failure man.
Atheist do believe in a evolutionary method of experiment and u….what?
the lowest kind?

john
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Biological parents? Robert must have missed some few points about parenthood. if ur an orphan living with ur foster parents who are responsible for ur upbringing, do u consider them as ur real parents? i bet u do. then why displayed this ignorance ? Jesus brings in more sensible points than u do. Matthew 12:48-50 New International Version (NIV) 48 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my… Read more »