Thursday, January 13, 2011

FacePalm #47 - Debunking Christianity: Why Should Anyone Believe?

John Loftus posted the following statement

I maintain there is no way to conclude Jesus bodily arose from the grave even if he did. I can even grant you for the sake of your argument the existence of Yahweh and that he does miracles, but this changes very little. For the evidence shows us that an overwhelming large percentage of the Jews in Jesus' day did not believe even though they knew their Scriptures and even though they were there. So why should I believe? Why should anyone?

Totally silly. He states this as if no one has ever raised this objection and that there has never been an answer given. The Bible itself not only raises the objection but answers it.

30 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. 33 As it is written: “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall,
and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame.” - Romans 9: 31-33


1 Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3 Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. - Romans 10:1-4

Debunking Christianity: Why Should Anyone Believe?
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  1. The Bible itself not only raises the objection but answers it.

    That statement certainly sounds like it should carry a lot of weight. THE BIBLE. But in fact, it was a letter by man trying to start a church that raised and "answered" this objection.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but most Jews today don't recognize Paul's writing as part of their holy texts?

  2. No, the situation is much the same among Jews today as when Paul wrote Romans - if not worse now because some Jews have secularized and embraced atheism. But Paul does give an answer why. Just because you disagree doesn't mean that God didn't inspire him to write it or that the reason is wrong.