Within this website I explore whether there is a spiritual realm, a supernatural realm, containing God, mind, souls, consciousness with its contents (ideas, emotions, love, reason, etc) — this, from a purely philosophical and unreligious point of view. I first assume there is a spiritual realm so as to explore the implications; then I present my conclusions.
It's Sunday, church day. I call it indoctrination day. All my friends and family go off to church to get indoctrinated into various untrue claims about reality. So they can impose their views on the rest of the world. And sadly, I used to be one of them before I became enlightened.
Very little about Christianity is true, meaning, most of the claims of Christianity are false or harmful, either to the individual or to society.
Untrue things about Christianity:
Unhelpful or even damaging aspects of Christianity:
I give some examples, but make no attempt at thoroughness. This website is not about Christianity, but I mention it in passing here and there.
Unless the Bible is infallible, the claims of Christianity are useless.
Even small errors (such as those introduced by witness testimony when the accounts of two witnesses contradict), are fatal to the claims of Christianity. Once you admit there are errors, no matter how small, you can never be certain which details are true and which false. Also, if you require the Bible to be based on witness testimony, there is no reason to believe that long speeches are accurately remembered. And clearly, many stories had no witnesses at all to write down their testimony.
The only way infallibility is valid is some version of the dictation theory; that God "wrote" the Bible (presumably by influencing the mind of the human writers with only what God wanted written). Why would God write provable errors, contradictions, discrepancies, and anachronisms?
All views of God are false, since there is no God. This includes religious views, as well as purely philosophical views.
They claim: The feeling of it being true is proof it is true.
In response to difficulties and hardships in life, Christians often recite a Bible verse, perhaps as part of prayer, to trigger God's grace and the power of the Holy Spirit to wash over their soul and energize a divine presence to transform their mind.
But the Bible and Christianity are fictional stories, so why would this work? Yet they think it works, and they feel it. When a Christian, I used to think it worked, and felt it — except when I didn't feel it. (When I didn't feel it, did this mean it didn't work?)
Christians know their teachings are true because they feel the power of the Holy Spirit, for example, when they recite scripture. I used to feel it during the Catholic Eucharist (and even Episcopalian Eucharist).
And if feeling makes something true, what makes you feel it to be true in the first place? Don't you merely respond to the claims of others who present the gospel with pounding of fists on pulpits and threats of eternal hell? Is it really of God as claimed?
Seems a lot of people who are not Christians are obsessed with Christianity. As if they still struggle with whether or not it is true. (I realize that some consider religion toxic to society and wish to eradicate it; their obsession is understandable.)
The claims of Christianity are not true, and the Bible is fiction. It contradicts science, archaeology, common sense, and document analysis.
It is worthwhile to learn about this topic. But once realizing the truth of the matter, it seems to me, the proper response is to wholeheartedly believe, to let go of the lie. Perhaps some will want to share their understandings about the topic with others.
But it seems to me, many claim to doubt the truth claims of Christianity, but yet hang on to its ideas as if they are true even though the source of the ideas is false. For example, they worry about sin. But sin is only meaningful in the context of the Christian view of God and his creation of humans and his judgement of those who reject him. If those claims are not true, the concept of sin vanishes.
I recommend information from these people:
Richard Carrier: My favorite. His analysis of the nature and scope of science and philosophy is spot on. Has a Ph.D. in ancient history. Proposes a theory of mythicism (that Jesus was not a historical person).
Bart Ehrman: Scholar of New Testament and early Christianity. His analysis of the evolution of the ideas about Jesus being God is very intuitive.
Christine Hayes: Yale professor. Has a course on the YouTube channel "YaleCourses" called "Introduction to the Old Testament".
Dale Martin: Yale professor. Has a course on the YouTube channel "YaleCourses" called "New Testament History and Literature".
Tim McGrew: A Christian philosopher who tries to support the New Testament by claiming it's only as accurate as witness testimony; in other words, it has errors. This view mangles inerrancy, and fails miserably to validate the claims of Christianity.