From: rohan@nmc.NoSubdomain.NoDomain (Rohan Oberoi)
Do you think we should judge the Branch Davidians by
conducting a theological analysis of their ridiculous cult
and their mad leader? Pointing out that the Bible is full
of holes is one way in which people have tried to attack
Christianity; it has been going on since, oh, Julian
Augustus's "Against the Galileans".
The approach has, however, been more or less rejected by
intelligent people (like Bertrand Russell) because it has
become painfully obvious that Christians are not troubled
in the least by the fact that their holy book is cockeyed
and logically indefensible.
There is no evidence against the divinity of Jesus because
there is none for it. It rests on the word of a few
uneducated good-for-nothings (Paul was one of the worst)
who cobbled together a cult on the strength of their story
that Jesus came back to life after he had been executed.
Great and wise? Jesus was the inspiration for a cult
which proceeded to burn every scrap of the learning of
classical civilisation that it could lay its hands on.
It dealt with every semblance of free inquiry with fire and
sword for the next fifteen hundred years.
Jesus may have been a really nice guy if you met him in
person, but empirically he and his followers rank way up
above Hitler and Stalin as the most dangerous idiots of
We understand that your faith comes from a disinclination
to question certain basic axioms: the existence of God
and the resurrection of Jesus. Don't expect us to take
these on faith. We are not interested in the nitty-gritty
of the Bible because it is interesting only if you accept
the first two axioms.
Look, I think I've explained above where Christians are
coming from. We don't expect you to be open minded
about it, because anyone who takes such a momentous
claim as the existence of God on nothing less tenuous
than the say-so of a bunch of crazies like "Mathew," "Mark"
"Luke" and "John" is unlikely to be appealed to by reason.
Just don't make ignorant statements about open-mindedness
is all we ask.