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Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by Ashoka, Nov 20, 2022.

  1. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Most atheists were once Christians or other religion.
    And many have actually read at least one version of the bible, unlike many christians
     
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  2. Subduction Zone

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    Yes, what Christians often have a hard time understanding is that a superior understanding of the Bible often leads to atheism. I had a hard time comprehending that myself when I first heard of it. When I was a young Christian adult was the first time that I heard that seminaries were often "hotbeds of atheism". It turns out that Christians with a genuine interest in God when they went to schools where they went deeper into the morality of Christianity and the history of the Bible would often lose their faith as they learned more and more.

    Most of those atheists were unwilling when they lost their faith. If you ever see Bart Ehrman's account you will see that it followed this general pattern. Understanding the Bible leads to atheism. Perhaps that is why the Catholic Church banned personal ownership of a Bible for so long.
     
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  3. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Near enough my story. I fled my chuch because of the hypocrisy and verbal abuse fired at me because a could not read. I was still very much Christian even without a church. Soon after i was diagnosed, simple remedial measures prescribed and voila letters came into focus. I taught myself to read, the first complete book i read was a Terry Pratchett, the second was the KJV. All of it, from cover to cover. Not the selected good bits dished out at church but the genocide, murders, rape, theft, slavery etc all in gods name.

    That reading began my journey to atheiem.

    Ive read 2 other bibles since it's surprising how different the scriptures are. No doubt the reason for so many different sects and cults of Christianity
     
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    What most Christians understand is that a spiritual understanding of the Bible leads to eternal salvation from ---> self.
     
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  5. Ashoka

    Ashoka Aum Namah Shivaya

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    I would trust a Jewish person's interpretation of the scriptures, since they are originally theirs, than a Christian.
     
  6. Subduction Zone

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    And a word saladette. What do you even mean by a "spiritual understanding"?
     
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    Thanks for sharing your story. Thats really awesome!
     
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    James calls love for our neighbour, the royal law. So that is not lawlessness that is fulfilling the whole of God's word by loving.
     
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    You already know that the child in Elijah went on to die again but Jesus did not.
    So you give no reason for me being wrong except that you do not believe it.
     
  10. Brian2

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    The story is that Jesus was raised back to life (approved by God) and was taken up to heaven where He sits at the right hand of God and God puts His enemies under His feet (Psalm 110:1)
    Where there's smoke there's fire. If Jesus was not raised then the church would not have begun unless it was started by people who knew Jesus was not the Messiah and did not rise from the dead.
    If the generation of Jewish leaders were seriously unrighteous as Jesus claimed and taught that Jesus body was taken by His disciples as claimed then that is a good reason for many or most Jews not to become Christians. Within a couple of generations the gentile Christians would not be obeying the Law as the early Jewish Christians would have done and that would create a greater distance between Christianity and Judaism and the Jews would be seeing it as a gentile religion instead of the New Covenant religion.
    I imagine there were also other factors involved in the separation.
    If I was a language scholar then I might take you up on the zoom offer but as you say, what's the point of discussing it with someone who can't understand the Hebrew.
     
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    As is true of science and philosophy, they belong to no one and are available to all - be is for use or abuse.
     
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    I like the thought that all are "fingers pointing to the moon", symbols. Look to where the finger points, rather than the finger itself and all that :)

    Every grain of sand, every atom, follows and contains the laws. Study anything, any book, any physical object, and its there.
     
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    Only they didn't. Just look at what was done to Leviticus, or the entire process of the King James Version bible.

    So which one actually happened?

    There are four Canonical Scriptures (which right there is a problem) that have numerous contradictions between themselves. Contradictions that, while small, present a narrative issue with the claim that "This is what happened". As well, elements like the lineage of Jesus that must be explained away with dubious "historical" cultural norms. Did you know in the Gospels Judas has three very different deaths? As well, this discounts other accounts of "what happened", other gospels that were written, because politically they presented a narrative that the Church did not want. So they favored stories written down 50-100 years after Jesus' death by anonymous authors.
     
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    Maybe not as there was belief in resurrection, but the resurrected was not the messiah.
     
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    This sounds a bit New Agey. What " laws"? If you mean the laws of physics, those are the only ones that I can think of, then your claim is refuted by a "So what?". The laws of physics do not point towards a deity nor do they seem to need one.
     
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    How can talking to a theist broaden the understanding of an atheist? ;)
     
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    Can you show, based on the Hebrew language alone without translation, how that works on the below?

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    Sorry, but I don't find what you wrote convincing. You would have to show me how all of that is supported in a Hebrew Tanakh W/O TRANSLATION.

    If you don't mind me asking, do you have a Hebrew or Aramaic text from the time period where they explain all of that for themselves?

    Yeah. The original Jewish Christians seperated themselves from the Torath Mosheh Jews of that generation. The original Jewish Christians also appear to have beleived that what ever concept of redemption they had was going down in their generation. Thus, they decided not to marry or own property. When their end game didn't happen, they didn't have 3rd generation to continue their movement and a few of them went to the Roman non-Jewish peoples and convinced them to take up some of their concepts while inserting others.
     
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    You don't have to be a scholar. I am certain we are both honest adults. I will set up the zoom and I provide the most ancient of Hebrew Tanakh texts (plural). Then you call out whatever passages you know of and I will pull them up so we can both see them, in the zoom, I will explain what it means, directly from the Hebrew, show where I get every single thing I tell you from and then you show me how it supports your concept.

    See, it isn't hard at all. I am the one who has do most of the leg work.

    So what do you say?

    Actually, what I was talking about is if you show up thinking that you know what the Hebrew says when you don't know Hebrew then yes, then it is your thinking that would make it pointless.

    If you come in honest that you have no idea what is actually in the Hebrew text and we both are honest about what it says and what it doesn't when I show you visually what it says and what it doesn't then there may be a point.

    So, again, you have literally nothing to lose and there would be little to no effort on your part. If you think I as a Jew have misunderstood the Hebrew Tanakh this is your chance to show me how.

    So, what do you say?
     
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    Please google up what "fallacy" is.

    "The Jews knows better because they are the Jews" - is a straight forward fallacy. I don't know why you and your many friends have to use it and fall for it in this thread though.
     
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    which fallacy would you consider that?
    I can think of one but I'm not sure it is the same as the one you are thinking of. Actually, I can think of at least one which I can apply to your post as well.
     
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