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God, the Bible, and Christianity

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In normal times, religion is something personal and for an individual to disparage or take to task the religious beliefs of another is rude and inconsiderate.   However, these are not normal times.   In this nation today, we see a union of political and religious forces such that politicians brag about wearing their religion on their sleeves and religious zealots not only claim that the United States is a Christian nation, but that the Bible is the basis of our laws.   These people have even gone so far as to create an "alternative science" as an answer to evolution that they insist should be given equal time within our schools.   At first glance, all this seems harmless, but a careful examination of the situation reveals these developments are not in our best interest and such misguided efforts are an affront to science, a threat to our republic, and a perversion of Christianity.   With so much at stake, not only should these issues be addressed, but as citizens we have a duty and obligation to do so, especially when it is the religious extremists themselves who have thrown their religion into the political arena.

 

While this may come as a surprise to some, the Bible is not God.   It is a book inspired by God but this does not mean that every word and syllable in it was placed there in accordance with His will.   The Bible was written by men who had a great reverence for God, but they were men and, being men, their writings were fallible and as much a reflection of themselves as they were of God.   This truth is repugnant to Fundamentalist Christians because they believe the stories of the Bible were written by God through men.   Nowhere is this written in the Bible, but Fundamentalists believe it because this is what they want to believe.   However, the truth is that there is no way to substantiate their belief and similar to a belief in God, its validity is a matter of faith.   However, in this particular case, it is a misguided faith that is anything but harmless.

 

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God does not change.   He is a perfect being; all knowing and all powerful.   Therefore, there is no reason for Him to change.   However, if you believe the Old and New Testaments are factual accounts of God's relationship with man, then you have to concede that God changes and not in a small and insignificant ways.   The God of the New Testament is far different from the God of the Old.   In the Old Testament, God does not promise forgiveness of sins, salvation, an after-life, or an eternity with Him in heaven.   No, all the Old Testament God offers to His chosen people is a deal; obey His laws and He will bless you, do otherwise and you will suffer the consequences.   This carrot-and-stick approach to religion is in sharp contrast with the religion of the New Testament where there are no chosen people and salvation is a gift from God given to all those who love and accept Him.

 

From reading the Bible, it should also be clear that the Old Testament God is petty, wrathful, vindictive, demanding, intimidating, unforgiving, cruel, and easily manipulated.   In sharp contrast, the God of the New Testament is tolerant, loving, and forgiving.   He has none of the undesirable characteristics of the Old Testament God.   This being the case, God changed and these changes are so profound that He is a completely transformed entity.   In fact, one can reasonably conclude there are two Gods; a negative God of the Old Testament and positive God of the New.   Obviously, this is absurd and being absurd it follows that God must not have had a direct hand in writing the Old Testament because God does not indulge in absurdities.   Therefore, it also follows that the Old Testament was written by men who, among other things, wrote down stories that had been passed down by word of mouth through the centuries and God had little to do with much of what they wrote.   To think otherwise makes no sense and leaves us with far too many contradictions and inconsistencies that cannot be dismissed or ignored.

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The story of Noah and the flood is and excellent example of why the Old Testament is not history.   Every aspect of this legend is an impossibility that defies reason and common sense.   First of all, the ark is dimensioned such that it could not possibly hold the numbers of creatures necessary; never mind the food and supplies needed to survive, not only a voyage of forty days and nights, but the time required for the world to return to normal after the flood receded.   Also, gathering up two of everything that lived in the world is an impossible task.   Today, we are still discovering unknown species in remote areas of the world.   Is it reasonable to believe that Noah had the means and resources to gather all these creatures when he didn't even know they existed?   Noah had no idea New Zealand, Madagascar, Australia, North American, South America, and Antarctica were a part of the world.   Are we really supposed to believe that he traveled to these places and gathered up two of all the animals which lived there?   Were kangaroos, platypuses, and penguins on the ark?   If no, then where did these animals come from several thousand short years after the flood drove them to extinction?

 

The fact that Noah and his family were the only people in the world whom God deemed worth saving also defies comprehension.   Surly, there must have been many other people around who loved God and led moral lives.   What about all those infants and babies who were intentionally drowned?   Weren't they as innocent as Noah?   When the flood receded leaving behind a world of dead people, animals, and plants, how did the animals released from the ark survive?   There was nothing around to eat other than carrion, rotten foliage, and the other animals from the ark.   Can you imagine what this rotting world smelled like?   In any case, wouldn't the predators eat the surviving herbivores and other weaker animals?   No, the story of Noah is absurd in a multitude of different ways and this includes the specifics of the flood itself.

 

According to the Bible, the flood covered the entire world including its mountains.   Therefore, even the top of Mount Everest at 29,035 feet was under water.   The world's oceans contain approximately 310 million cubic miles of water.   In order to submerge Mount Everest, approximately 3.5 times the amount of water presently in our oceans is required.    Therefore, for the biblical account of the flood to have happened, this amount of new water would have to be created in our atmosphere and then allowed to fall to the ground as rain.   This means a column of water 726 feet high rained down on every inch of the earth's surface each day.   This amounts to 363 inches of rain per hour, non-stop, for forty days and nights.   Where did all this water come from?   How could our atmosphere hold this much water?   Where did all the water go after the flood receded?   The vast majority of creatures within the world's oceans would not survive in water diluted as much as described.   Therefore, these creatures would also have died off along with the land animals.   Why do we find a plethora of sea creatures within our oceans just several thousand years after the flood drove those living at the time into extinction?   Did Noah have huge fish tanks on his ark and gather up these creatures also?   If not, how did the world's oceans become replenished with fish after the flood?

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No, there is nothing about Noah and the flood that makes sense and this includes God's purpose for flooding the world.   People are born weak and prone to sin.   This being the case, did God kill off all of humanity save Noah and his family because people are the way He created them or was He trying to improve his breeding stock.   If the later is the case, then He wasted His time because just a few generations later, God had to fire and brimstone Sodom and Gomorrah for much the same reasons He brought on the flood.    What kind of God behaves this way?   The answer is a terrible and irrational God who has no regard for human life and believes fear and intimidation is the proper way to rule people.   Fortunately, this is not the God found in the New Testament.   And yet incredibly, Fundamentalist Christians want us to worship both the Old and New Testament Gods as if they are one and the same.   They see no contradiction in this and are incapable of understanding that Jesus Christ came into the world to put an end to this foolishness.

 

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Al Adaschik was born in New London, Connecticut, on June 27th, 1943. He was raised in Brooklyn, New York and attended Franklin K. Lane High School. Upon graduation, he was accepted as an engineering student at the University of Michigan in its (more...)
 

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