I am a non-believer and have been for some time. I began having issues with Christianity many years ago, when I was a student at a college in Charlotte, NC taking various classes towards a fine art degree I never completed (because I feel that talent can’t be taught, it’s a gift one is born with). I took 2 classes one Fall semester that really got the cogwheels in my mind to spinning rapidly: Humanities (Classical to the Renaissance) and World Literature 101, which consisted of the Epic of Gilgamesh, John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, and a selection or 2 from that most celebrated of bards, William Shakespeare, among others.
The Epic of Gilgamesh is an ancient story from Mesopotamia that actually contains a flood story that predates the similar tale in the Bible – but this hasn’t stopped the fanatics from proclaiming that Noah’s Ark was true and now sits atop Mount Ararat in modern day Turkey. This is one reason I began to question the truth and validity of the Bible, as I was already flirting with atheism, often calling myself either a Seeker or an Agnostic.
The older I have got and the more knowledge I have been able to devour through online university and free courses, the more I have come to feel that all religion is a fallacy, a placebo created by man in an attempt to answer some of life’s most basic inquiries: Why are we here?, Who am I?, What is our purpose for being? and most importantly of all, Why must we die? and Where do we go when we die? Humans pondered these questions, obviously not in the exact English form as mine, before there was a Bible and Christianity, and will ponder them long after if this religion should ever disappear.
Jesus was a Jew. His purpose in life, as those who read and truly understand the New Testament can see, was to help his people – the Jews – to keep close at heart the laws of their God. His mission on earth was not to convert the Gentiles – people he actually avoided and disdained, as many of his ilk often do – to Christianity, as there was no Christian religion to be converted to. Why on earth would people take this Jewish missionary and plant him as the head of their new religion and try to say that he was the Messiah?
Christianity bullied its way into existence. Pagan shrines and temples were taken over by the early fanatics and turned into places of worship for their own use, same as with the holidays today’s Christians know as Easter, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day – yes, even that! as well as images one thinks of as Christian, such as the cross & fish, beliefs like the Trinity, and rituals like Eucharist. Even aspects of Jesus’s life, the virgin birth included, show echoes of early Pagan beliefs.
Check out the following from 1148 REASONS CHRISTIANITY IS FALSE.
Most of the miracles discussed in the Gospels were common elements of pre-Christian pagan religions including:
- miraculous foretelling of a deity
- virgin birth
- a guiding star
- a nativity visit by royalty
- the baby god threatened by a jealous ruler
- manifesting extraordinary wisdom in childhood
- turning water into wine
- walking on water
- enabling the lame to walk
- healing the sick
- raising up dead persons
- restoring sight to the blind
- allaying storms on the sea
- casting out devils
- communion with a holy meal representing the god’s body
- being put to death
- the sun becoming dark after the death
- rising from the dead
- talking to disciples after resurrecting
- ascension into heaven
- providing salvation for mankind.
It is unfortunate that the very misguided sheeple who should be reading this probably won’t.