chadlincoln wrote:Do you have any comments on the validity or the non-Christian historical records that reference Jesus and Christianity?josebach wrote:chadlincoln wrote:I'm not sure if I would have been a Christian if I was born in the Middle East or not, but that doesn't mean that Islam is right just because I believe it.
That's just what the other 4 billion people on the planet say about Christianity.
Considering the technolgy available 2,000 years ago, and the lack of writing implements and/or paper, I wouldn't put a significant amout of faith or belief in anything written that long ago. You know how the grape vine works, right? Essentially that's how stories were told back then. Word of mouth is hardly the most efficient way of remembering things and if the gospel of Jesus wasn't written for 30-40 years after his death like what's estimated, how much truth survived?
In case I didn't mention it, I was raised Christian, went to church througout my childhood and attended a Christian middle/high school. I used to think the way you do and let me just say that neither one of us is going to change the other's mind. I've always had doubt, but only when I was able to truly look at Christianity objectively (like you may look at other religions) was I able to come to the conclusion I've reached. You have to conquer your fear of Christianity not being true before you can reach true objectivity in my opinion. Fear was always the biggest hurdle for me in questioning my faith. I'm very glad that I did as now I'm finally being honest with myself. There's nothing at all wrong with saying "I don't know." I realize that now.
(Sorry if I sound like a broken record, Knapp. )