It's all fiction

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 (in this article and related articles).


Conclusions 

The claims of Christianity are false. The Bible is mostly fiction (and it's impossible to sort out accidental true statements from the others).

Here's what I mean when I say I reject the truth claims of Christianity:

  1. I reject every sentence of the "statements of faith" of these kinds of churches: conservative, orthodox, evangelical, fundamentalist.
  2. Christianity contradicts science. This is especially true for young earth creationism and intelligent design; including the global flood, the origin of humans and other animals, earth geology.
  3. Historical claims in the Bible and of Christians are largely untrue (except for general info about the kings of Israel, the Persian captivity, the subjugation by the Greeks and Romans, and some background events of the New Testament accounts).
  4. In the Bible, there are books and passages having historically true statements, such as the authentic letters of Paul which probably accurately represent his views.
  5. Claims about Archaeology by Christians in support for extraordinary Biblical events are generally biased, misleading, and false.
  6. Claims by Christians about the Biblical texts and other related documents are generally biased, misleading, and false.
  7. When there are multiple accounts in the Bible of the same event, they contradict and cannot be reconciled. Combining them together into one larger account is not a valid procedure, and usually doesn't help anyway.
  8. The moral teachings of the Bible are atrocious and barbaric.
  9. Prophetic passages are either: (1) unfulfilled, or (2) they occurred in history (because they were written after the fact).
  10. Who even knows what Christians believe anyway? They disagree about nearly everything including: inerrancy of the scripture (whether inerrancy allows for errors), moral truths, Christology, soteriology, Calvinism, end time prophecy, and etc.
  11. Miracles don't occur. The laws of physics don't allow for them, and miracles have never been demonstrated in controlled repeatable conditions. It's all hearsay and merely probabilistically rare events. (Someone always wins the lottery even with odds of hundreds of millions to one — is winning the lottery a miracle?)

While it may be fun to try to figure out whether there was a historical Jesus or not, and what kind of person he was, and which of the statements of the Bible he actually said; this whole enterprise is irrelevant.


Truth

Christians think they've found truth — but they've found delusion.

In believing the Bible is the word of God, you must believe in Biblical inerrancy. But upon defending the errors of the Bible, some will relax the standards of inerrancy to allow for "small" errors, but this doesn't work (and invalidates inerrancy):

  1. They assume the errors are due to discrepancies in eyewitness testimony. But this doesn't explain big errors.
  2. Many events have no eyewitnesses. These, therefore, can only be revealed supernaturally to the writer by God and should be free from error. But if God reveals some things, why does he rely on eyewitness testimony with its errors for other things?
  3. They assume eyewitnesses can remember long speeches verbatim but this is not possible; and so therefore, the details of these are invented by the writer.
  4. The only way to have Biblical inerrancy is to assume that God dictates every word to the writers. Allowing for the errors of eyewitness testimony is an admission that inerrancy is false.

Since the Bible is not true, then Christianity is false.


Worldview / life stance

Religion changes your thinking, your mood, the way you think about things, your thought processes, how you come to conclusions about things, how you feel about things. Materialistic atheistic science does the same.

The most important things in life are those of the spirit: love, happiness, fulfillment, accomplishment, etc. Scientists often use words such as "soul" and "mind", without specifically referring to an entity residing in a spiritual realm. In generating consciousness with its contents, the brain generates these kinds of mental constructs which form the basis of our day to day existence.


God

Without Christianity, you don't have God as a constant companion and source of comfort and hope. (But since God doesn't exist, these feelings are merely psychological tricks generated by the brain.) Even without belief in God, various kinds of mental thinking provide life's values, and these exist apart from religious conviction.

Also missing without religion: the comradery of having an in-group to belong to. But believing something that isn't true seems like a steep price to pay for this benefit.


Fear

Religions use fear tactics (eternal hell and shunning) to dominate and control people. Shame on them!

John Lennon is right about the badness of fear:

  1. When you can't really function you're so full of fear (Working Class Hero)
  2. Why in the world are we here / Surely not to live in pain and fear (Instant Karma)
  3. And a happy New Year / Let's hope it's a good one / Without any fear (Happy Xmas — War Is Over)
  4. Close your eyes / Have no fear (Beautiful Boy)