All monotheist religions go back to the Old Testament. The Old Testament was accumulated over the course of 7000 years by oral Tradition, hand written copies when writing began, and printed copies from acceptable hand written manuscripts. Neither Jesus nor any of his Apostles wrote a word of the New Testament. What we have are oral recollecitions of what some holy man said, and printed copies when the many manscripted copies were deemed to be reasonably authentic after some 1500 years of copying. Is this what your religious beliefs rest upon? Think about it. Read Where Is God? “Man shall not see me and live”(Exodus33:20) Go to the blog for “Where Is God William Jannen.”
THERE IS NOTHING WE ARE CONSCIOUS OF BEFORE WE ARE CONCEIVED. THEN WE LIVE BRIEFLY AND DIE. WHY WOULD THERE BE MORE AFTR WE DIE THAN THERE WAS BEFORE? AFTER ALL, WE DID NOT ASK TO BE CONCEIVED AND BORN. WE ARE THEN ASKED TO LIVE ACCORDING TO RULES WE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH. SAYING THAT GOD MADE THE RULES DOES NOT CHANGE THE PICTURE. THE PICTURE IS THAT WE ARE HERE, WE DO WHAT WE CAN,IN A WORLD WE NEVER MADE.
We are born. We live We die. It is then just like before we were born: there is nothing that we are conscious of. What is the problem? What meaning can there be? What can any religion add to this Scenario? Be human! Live!
What makes ancient documentss, tales and myths scripture? In all religions scripture is an amalgam of mythis and stories that were passed on orally for centuries before they were ever written down. How did any of this become the word of God? How do we know that any of these are even close to what God said or wants? The usual scholarly procedure is to perl away later lsayers to get close to an original source. But since religious traditions evolved orallay, there may never have been a unique original source.
How can we be sure there is an original source?
The International Herald Tribune of Monday August 22, 2011, reports the discovery of Fossils of single cell Organismus that lived as early as 3.4billion years ago. The Vatican now concedes that Evolution is a science. If that means the Genesis story of creation, the garden, the eating of the apple and the end of original sin, then there was no reasosn for Jesus to retourn to remedy the fall. If Genesis is sheer myth, then we have to face up to the fact tut we are all alone in a huge, violent and freezing universe. We have only one another. If we have only one another, it is only common sense to stop the killing and make the life we have as decent as possible.
What makes an ancient document “scritpure”?
In all religions, “scripture” is an amalgam of myths and stories that were passed on orally for centuries before they were ever written down. Before printing, the stories were simply copied from earlier versions. How do these haphazard collections of tales become the word of God? How do we know they are even close to what this incomprehensible God has said?
For example, Mormonism relies on the word of a teen-aged boy who says he had a vision of two figures in brilliant white who showed him where the Book of Mormon lay hidden. Later that boy, now a man, wrote what he called the Book of Abraham. This Book of Abraham entered into Mormon scripture as biblical literature, but iwas based on nothing more than Egyptian funerary Documents that had nothing to do with the story of Abraham that Smith claimed to be copying.
After such a blatant fraud, one would have expected adherents of Mormonism to abandon it in droves. Nothing of the sort happened. “Questions of literal historicity are not central to Mormon religion” writes one scholar. What about other religions? What about you?
The New Testament says that when Jesus died on the cross “the tombs were opened and many bodies of the sleeping saints came back to life and went into the holy city, where they appeared to many?” (Matt.27:51-53) Is there any record of that anywhere outside the New Testament?
Eventually the traditions of a community of believers settle on what would be regarded as scripture. Isn’t that what we do with out secular laws? We make them. We may or may not obey them. But we make them. How do these laws, whether regarded as ascripture, myth or secular law come to be treated as the sacred word of God when we do not even know what God is or wants. “Where Is God” explores this problem by pointing out that it is always a human being who claims a piece of paper or a phrase comes from God. God has yet to bothered to tell us what God’s word is.