VI. Appellant's Responses
- Believing in Jesus requires believing in "magic"! VII. Magic
- There exists a strong negative correlation between education level (especially in the sciences and mathematics) and belief in Jesus. (Education and Bias)
- It is easy to think of the Jesus c/s as nothing more than a foolish myth originating in ancient Judaism, and eventually attaching to a real person – AT BEST.
- Yeah. But if we slow down and zoom in, we can see that there is much more to the c/s than first meets the eye. (Keep on reading.)
- Almost all of the story comes from a book written 2000, and more, years ago (and, reeking of miracles). Are we supposed to take such a thing at its word?
No. But maybe it really is "inspired" (follow #2, above). And then, if we read and study carefully, the Jesus concept begins to make a lot of sense, and the Jesus story is actually well-evidenced.
- Even if there is such a thing as “God,” would he, or it, “come to us” in the flesh? No way…
- Well, maybe way...
- That a God would come to us in the flesh, as a human, shouldn’t be a problem either. Each of us, as I try to explain under "XI. Immortality" – each human -- would seem to be an absolute miracle anyway -- and supposedly, we are made in God's image anyway. In addition (as noted in "lot of sense" link from #4 above) for most of us, the triggering stimulus has to be “personal,” and an abstract God just doesn’t do it for most of us…
- Further, we should probably think of the Messiah (if there be such a thing) as, simply, God's projection of Himself (or Itself) into our four dimensional reality.
And finally, my aim here is not to evaluate Christianity; my aim here is to evaluate the possibility that Jesus was the Messiah. Jesus could still be the Messiah without being "God" or even "God's Son."
- What's with this "story,” and stories? The Jesus concept/story is much too specific and concrete... What we need is universal truth.
- It is also much too complicated. The basic truth should be simple.
- To believe that something is true is not something we "do" -- it is something that happens to us. Why should we be told that this is something we need to do? Why should we be rewarded (with Heaven, for heaven's sake) for something that happens to us?
- If there is a God, how can there be only one arbitrary, narrow path to Him/It other than effort to do the right?
- Why should the God of MY particular ancestors be the real thing? How likely is that?
- And somehow, the Eastern religions/philosophies make a lot more sense anyway.
- And then, Christians don't tend to be Rocket Scientists, nor well thought of by Rocket Scientists.
- They say all these nonsensical things -- like, "I took Jesus as my Lord and Savior."
- And, in all honesty, they don't seem to be all that happy, or nice, either.
- The NT Jesus does not fulfill all the OT prophecies anyway (if he actually fulfills any of them). And then,
- There really is such a thing as G-d?
- The supernatural, and in particular prophecy, are real?
- The Old Testament (OT, Hebrew Bible, Tanakh) is prophetic?
- The OT predicts a Messiah (not just a Messianic age). (Link)
- G-d would “come to us” in the flesh. (Link)
- Jesus is G-d. (Link)
- He is also the son of G-d. (Link)
- We are born as “sinners.” (Link)
- There is such a thing as Heaven. (Link)
- The only way to Heaven is through “believing in” Jesus. (Link)
- By believing in Jesus, he pays for our sins. (Link)
- There is such a thing as Hell. (Link)
- Those of us who do not believe in Jesus will go to Hell. (Link)