Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Hearsay for sale! Get your hearsay here!

A reader with shaky faith asks if there is any way to be sure if God exists. Billy Graham's spectacularly poor answer? Read the Bible!
The Bible can wipe always your doubts about the existence of God


DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Sometimes I really believe in God, but then my belief fades and I end up thinking that maybe I just talked myself into believing, and that God doesn’t exist after all. Is there any way to be sure? — A.P.
DEAR A.P.: The most important thing I can tell you is that God doesn’t want you to have a shaky, insecure faith. He wants you to know beyond all doubt that he exists — and not only that he exists, but that you can know him and have a personal relationship with him.
It’s possible because God did something that staggers our imagination: He became a man. That man was Jesus Christ, and one reason he left heaven and came into the world was so we could know what God is like. He proved he was God by doing something no one else had ever done, or ever will do: He conquered death’s power and came back from the grave.
Do you want to know what God is like? Look at Jesus Christ as he is found in the Gospels of the New Testament. And when you do, you’ll discover not only that God exists, but that he loves you and has opened the way for you to be with him in heaven forever. The Bible says, “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:18).
By a simple prayer of faith, confess your doubts and your sins to God, and then ask Jesus Christ to come into your life — and he will. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). 
 The Bible will remove any doubts about the Christian God's existence? Really? Well, if that's the case, let me share some more breaking news!

The Bible has two testaments? Isn't that cute.
The Qur'an will remove all doubts about the existence of Allah!

The Egyptian Book of the Dead removes all doubt about Set, Ra, Horus and the rest!

The Greek traditions remove all doubt about Zeus and his pantheon!

The Norse stories will make you sure about Odin, Thor, Loki and the others!

The Upinishads and Mahaburata show Krishna and Ganesha true beyond all doubt!

The Tripitaka Proves the Buddha beyond all doubt!

The Kojiki and Nihongi are irrefutable proof of the  truth of Shintoism!

The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster will reveal you to him noodley truth!

As I hope you can see, we could make the very same argument that Billy Graham is making for every singe religion there has ever been. What all these books (and the Bible) have in common, is that none have ever been found to be 100% historically and factually accurate. And even if we were to relax out standards, the Bible isn't even mostly accurate. So When Graham references the Bible when he mentions Jesus and his resurrection, he's really not saying much at all. He's just repeating a story. A story that is a fable as far as the facts are concerned. So he is speaking so surely of hearsay, and trying to sell it as truth. In my opinion, that's dishonest.

But as for his actual advice to AP... To read the Bible. In a way, I hope he does it. I hope he sits down and reads it cover to cover. No study guide, no one twisting the meaning of verses. Just him, the
book, and an honest and unbiased understanding. I hope he does this because, in a way Billy Graham is right... reading the Bible can make you sure about God's existence. But not in the way Graham thinks, because when honestly read, the Bible has probably created more atheists than any other book.


-Brain Hulk

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