At the core of Christianity is the belief that Jesus is the Messiah who was prophesised would come and save the people of Israel and the world. Christian’s claim that Jesus fulfilled many prophesies in his life and proved in this way that he was the saviour. There are claimed to be hundreds of fulfilled prophesies proving Jesus was the Messiah, so how do these claims stand up? Continue reading “Did Jesus Fulfil The Messianic Prophesises?”
When trying to determine whether something is true or not, it is common in statistics to run two tests. One if it is true and if it is not (called the null hypothesis). I think it would be useful to examine the life of Jesus using this approach. I’ll take two possible hypotheses, one that Jesus was the Son of God and God in human form, performed miracles and rose from the dead in the standard Christian view. The null hypothesis is that Jesus was just an ordinary teacher with no superhuman powers. I think that a lot can be gained from comparing the two hypotheses and seeing which is the more plausible. Continue reading “Jesus And The Null Hypothesis”
One of my favourite bloggers to debate with is Prayson Daniel, an Evangelical Christian who I have been interacting with since I first set up my blog. Despite our differences we still respect each other and keep it civil. Surprisingly, he was open enough to ask me to write a guest post on his blog and an Atheist one at that. Fair play to him for that and his blog is well work checking out regardless of your religious beliefs.
Probably the core belief of Christianity is the concept of forgiveness. It is the central teaching of Jesus and held aloft as the prime virtue of God himself. However nice a virtue it is in small doses, it is completely impracticable and worse still undesirable even if it was possible. Both the forgiveness Jesus told us to show to one another and the forgiveness God supposedly has for us are fundamentally flawed and rife with problems.
If I was to ask a random person what the most important teaching of Jesus was, they would probably answer the importance of forgiveness. The quotes are well know, “Treat others as you would like them to treat you” (Luke 6:31) and “If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well” (Matthew…
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The Resurrection is the key event of Christianity. If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead then Christianity simply wouldn’t exist as a religion. I have elsewhere discussed the contradictions in the crucifixion narrative and how claiming Jesus died for our sins doesn’t make any sense, so today being Easter Sunday, I thought I’d investigate whether the core of Christianity is actually true. Did Jesus really rise from the dead or is it just a myth? Continue reading “Did Jesus Really Rise From The Dead?”
In my last post I addressed 10 questions Atheists are commonly asked. I decided it was only fair to follow up with 10 questions for Christians. After all if someone says they are an Atheist, they are often called upon to give an explanation of themselves and to argue their case. Yet being a Christian requires no explanation or proof. In fact most people live their entire lives without anyone questioning their beliefs. Few if any Catholics ever wonder why they are Catholic and not Protestant. Few know anything about non-Christian religions and therefore no thought is given to the religion of their birth. Hardly any ever sit down and ponder the arguments for and against the existence of God, it is simply assumed. Hopefully these questions will make people at least think. Continue reading “10 Questions For Christians”
Jesus is best known for his commandments to love and forgive others. He is widely admired for his appeal to “love your enemies” and forgive your enemies no matter what they do. Even secular people admire these noble aims. However, even these are deeply flawed. Whatever the intention, they have rarely been actually followed. Even if they were it wouldn’t work. You see however well intentioned his words sound, they are deeply unrealistic to the point of impracticality. Continue reading “Jesus Wasn’t Great Part 3”
Yesterday I spoke about the problem with what Jesus didn’t say. Today, I will talk about the problems with what he did say. While Jesus is generally thought of as being kind, considerate and forgiving, there is another side to him that is rarely mentioned. Contrary to popular perception Jesus is a warmonger, racist, a proponent of thought crime, a defender of the Old Testament, a believer in devils, someone who made failed prophecies and a man who threw hissy fits when he didn’t get his way. Continue reading “Jesus Wasn’t Great Part 2”
Jesus is one of the most influential figures of all time. Even those who aren’t religious presume he was a pretty good guy, while the religious devote their lives to him. However, I started thinking about it and I realised Jesus wasn’t that great. In fact, I could fill three posts about why he wasn’t great. Firstly, there is a lot he didn’t say, secondly he said some terrible things, and thirdly his main points and rules for life would never work. This has been called “Christianity’s God awfully awkward, nightmarish question”, namely why did Jesus not say anything useful? Continue reading “Jesus Wasn’t Great Part 1”
Have you ever noticed the similarities between Santa and Jesus? I don’t mean that in a smart arsed or mocking way, I’m genuinely surprised at all the overlap between the two. In the run up to Christmas (a day they both share) I thought I’d examine the similarities between the two (Note: this is as Christmassy as this blog will get). Both are the symbols of good and both can achieve anything. And of course, neither is real. Continue reading “Santa And Jesus”
The central belief of Christianity is that God sent his only son Jesus to die on the cross for us and by doing so freed the world from sin. But how does that work? How can, God, who does not have a physical form, have a son? How does Jesus’ death take away my sin? Especially as I had not even committed the sin at the time, nor had I even been born. How can one person save the whole world? If we are removed from sin, does that mean no one goes to Hell? Continue reading “If Jesus Died For Our Sins . . . How Did It Work?”