November 13, 2008 4:15pm
|Firstly, to SK.
Modern handwriting analysis have proven that the entire section of the works of Josephus referencing or regarding Christ Jesus of Nazareth, are in fact a forgery, as the handwriting does not match up with any of the rest of the texts.
Secondly, to Winston,
Do you really think for yourself? It would seem that your thinking is influenced by your religion, which makes you, in fact, part of the hive mind indeed. The only difference between Catholics, Baptists, Lutherans, and the other over 3,000 sects of christianity is a slight disagreement in the dogmas that allow on into heaven, and the varying degree of corruption and greed amongst each sect's leaders.
The new testament is NOT accurate, it is NOT reliable, and there is no level of corroboration between other non-fictional historical documentation to prove that it is. There's a few coincidental hits, but as I've stated before, I could write a long mythos and include such names as George W. Bush and make vague predictions that some could say have come true in some future time, as a religiously dogmatic text. That doesn't make it accurate or true.
I know quite well the difference between purgatory, hell, hades, and many other "punishment" afterlife, although purgatory is more like the waiting room than anything else. There are over 10,000 different ideas about what happens when we die. For all we know you could come back as a snail in your next life, Winston. We all know this is absurd, and yet it's just as plausible as every other version of an afterlife.
Since someone brought up Occam's Razor a long time ago in this debate, I figure I might as well use it here in this one example because it actually applies in all reality this time. All things being relative, the simplest answers are the right ones, correct? Well, since there are 10,000 religions, each with a differing idea of what happens when we die, the easiest and obviously the correct answer is that they are all wrong, and we simply rot in the ground. We're finite, just like everything in the universe. To believe that we aren't is mere arrogance.