I feel that it’s reasonable to ask you to post this article / book review underneath – as there is a lot said about Christianity on the tap recently, mostly by dissenters. Please allow me this rebuttal.
Anyway, the ‘Luciferian agenda’ is perhaps the ultimate conspiracy theory !
It’s seems all criticism of Christianity is from by those who seek to undermine and refute the Christian faith and the teachings of Jesus Christ – the result being that a lot unsubstantiated, deliberately misleading and totally bonkers ideas are flying around. So, here his my response in defence of Christianity, Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible.
With regard to what is real and what is not, or what has been invented, misrepresented, etc of Christianity, please see this very good book that I’ve just read.
A Case For Christ by Lee Strobel
The author’s wife announces one day in 1979 that she’s become a Christian, so as an atheist and an award winning journalist with the Chicago Tribune, Strobel decides to investigate the claims of Christianity and the Bible.
“Leslie stunned me in the autumn of 1979 by announcing that she had become a Christian. I rolled my eyes and braced for the worst, feeling like the victim of a scam. I had married one Leslie – the fun Leslie, the care free, risk taking Leslie – and now I feared she was going to turn in to some sort of sexually repressed prude who would trade our upwardly mobile lifestyle for all night prayer vigils and volunteer work in grimy soup kitchens” (A Case For Christ, Lee Strobel, p16)
So, we are starting from the position of the author being a non-believer. Needless to say, by the end of his two year long investigation, after travelling all over the USA and interviewing many respected academics, Strobel becomes a Christian himself.
The last chapter of the book is called The Verdict of History, Strobel addresses the following questions:
– Can the biographies of Jesus be trusted?
– Do the biographies of Jesus stand up to scrutiny?
– Were Jesus’ biographies reliably preserved for us?
– Is there credible evidence for Jesus outside his biographies?
– Does archaeology confirm or contradict Jesus’ biographies?
– Is the Jesus of history the same as the Jesus of faith?
– Was Jesus really convinced that he was the son of God?
– Was Jesus insane when he claimed to be the son of God?
– Did Jesus fulfil the attributes of God?
– Did Jesus match the identity of the Messiah?
– Was Jesus’ death a sham and his death a hoax?
– Was Jesus’ body really absent from the tomb?
– Was Jesus seen alive after his death on the cross
– Are there any supporting facts which point to the Resurrection?
Here are some great quotes from this book.
“Increasingly, I want Jesus’ motive and perspective to be my own; to paraphrase Martin Luther King Jr., I may not yet be the man I should be, or the man with Christ’s help, I someday will be – but thank God I’m not the man I used to be” (A Case For Christ, Lee Strobel, p364)
“…the truth is, I had been living an profane, drunken, self-absorbed and immoral lifestyle. I was sacrificing my wife and children on the alter of success. I was a liar, a cheater and a deceiver. My heart had shrunk to the point where it was rock hard towards anyone else. My main motivation was personal pleasure – and, ironically, the more I hungrily sought after it, the more elusive and self-destructive it became” (A Case For Christ, Lee Strobel, p362)
Cave Cave Deus Videt
Tap – The sad fact is he’d sell a lot more books describing his years of debauchery and dishonesty. He sounds like a man who woke up one day and found he wanted to stay married. To me, detailed enquiry into the events of two thousand years ago don’t add to or subtract from what one’s own conscience instinctively knows to be good and evil.
The battle between good and evil requires the presence of the human soul – and the awareness of the difference between the two. As Marshall Vian Summers called it, all we need is ‘that part of us that cannot be corrupted’, and to give prominence to that in our aspirations and the worlds that we build.
Irsigler in recommended books, pointed out that the Christianity absorbed into the Roman Empire, and which we have inherited, was a heavily watered down version of the original. Slavery and warfare were permitted, while Christ in the original probably stood against these elements on which the Empire was run, which is why he was executed.
Christianity needs to be put back to what it was in the original, and the compromise deal of the 4th century AD done away with.
The book shows that (some?) people need to have the solid basis of religious belief to find that better side of their humanity. They can’t get there alone.