10 Spiritual Questions and Their Answers

Written by Rick Warren

voidQuestion 1: Why is there evil in the world?

If God exists, why is there evil in the world? You know, this is a difficult stumbling block and question for many people. The simplest way to look at this question is to examine God’s nature and his desire for mankind. Look at the logic. God loves us and wants us to love him back. And how could we love him back unless we have the freedom to not love?

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God could have made us like robots who do nothing more than say, “I love you. I love you. I love you.” But we’d be forced to do that and that wouldn’t be real love. Love is a choice. And if you have a choice you have to be able to choose not to love and that in itself is the nature of evil. Evil is choosing not to love. So when God gave us the freedom to choose, he gave us not only our greatest blessing, but he also gave us our greatest curse because we can choose to do right or choose to do wrong.

The reason there’s evil in the world is not because of God, but because God gave us the freedom to choose. Now the potential for love outweighs the existence of evil, because you see, evil is only going to exist for a short time, but love is going to go on forever. And all of the suffering and all of the death that we see in the world today are the result because man has chosen to make wrong choices.

God could have taken our freedom, but He didn’t. I hope you’ll use your freedom to choose God.

Question 2: Is Jesus really God?

Well when you think about it you only have three options as to who Jesus Christ was. You see, Jesus claimed to be God. He said things like, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.” He claimed to be God many, many times. Now, that means either:

  1. He is who he says He was
  2. He was the biggest liar in history or
  3. He was crazy, He was a lunatic on the order of the man who calls himself a fried egg.

You see, you can’t just say Jesus was a good man. I’ve had many friends who said, “Oh, I believe Jesus was a good man.” Well He couldn’t have been a good man and said those things He said. For instance, if I said to you, “I’m Rick Warren and I’m a good teacher and a good husband.” You might say, “Okay, I buy that.” But if I said to you, “I’m Rick Warren and I’m God and I’m the only way to heaven.” Well, you would have to make a decision. You couldn’t say I was a good person because a good person wouldn’t say that. You’d either say, “He is who he says he was, or he’s a liar or he’s crazy.”

Now Jesus didn’t just expect us to believe Him and take Him at His word. He said, “I’m going to prove the claim that I am God.” He said, “I’m going to let people kill me on a cross, then let them bury me. I’ll be dead for three days and then I’ll come back to life.” And, of course, that was the event that changed history. The resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every person since then refers to Jesus Christ, whether they believe in Him or not, every time you right a date, A.D. or B.C., what’s the reference point? Jesus Christ. Because it was the event that split history when Jesus proved that He was who He said He was, He is God.

Question 3: Do all religions lead to God?

Well now think about the logic of this. Can I go into a phone booth and dial any phone number and get home? No, there’s only one number that’ll get me home. I could be sincere, but I could be sincerely wrong. The truth is, all roads don’t lead to Rome and all roads and all religions don’t lead to God.

You see, it all depends on which direction you take. Jesus said this, “I am the way and the truth and the light. No one comes to the Father except through me.” I’m betting my life on the fact that He was right because I figured Jesus knows more about it than I did.

The Bible tells us that on the road to heaven, there are only two directions, toward Christ or away from Him. You can accept it or you can reject it, that’s your choice. You can make Jesus the Lord of your life, that means the manager, the ceo, the person in charge of your life, or you can call Him a liar, but that’s what the Bible declares.

You know a lot of people sincerely believe that even though they’ve broken God’s rules that they can earn God’s forgiveness by doing good works, by observing the Five Pillars of Islam or the Buddhist Eightfold Path or the Hindu Doctrine of Karma, for example. But I don’t get it. How will doing some good works that we should have done all our lives, make up for all the countless times we failed? You see, heaven is a perfect place and that means only perfect people get to go there. If not-perfect people were allowed in, it wouldn’t be perfect anymore. Well I don’t know about you, but I stopped being perfect a long time ago. So God came up with plan b. He came to earth in human form, Jesus Christ, and He lived a perfect life and now He offers to let us go to heaven on His ticket. And I pray that you will trust Jesus Christ and stop trying to bat a thousand because you ended up not doing that a long time ago and accept God’s free ticket through Jesus Christ.

Question 4: What’s going to happen to those people in the world who’ve never heard about Jesus Christ?

You may have heard this question put this way: “What about the person living in the jungle somewhere who’s never heard the good news about Jesus Christ? Are you christians saying that a person won’t go to heaven based solely on where he lives?” No, we’re not saying that. The Bible tells us that God doesn’t work that way. We understand that God is perfect in His love and perfect in His holiness and He’s perfectly just and fair. Therefore, it’s against God’s nature to be unfair. It’s against God’s nature to hide the ball on salvation or to condemn somebody who’s ignorant of his truth. In fact the scripture, the bible declares that God is loving and patient and not willing that anybody should perish. But He wants everybody to come to repentance, to come to know Him.

So if God is a perfectly loving and righteous God, then He will figure out ways to help people understand Him. He somehow reveals the simple truth of the gospel to people throughout the world. You know, I’ve talked to people who were missionaries in Africa who’ve told me that Jesus has revealed Himself through nature. When you look at nature you learn that God is organized, that God is creative, that God likes variety. But it’s when we look at Jesus Christ we realize that God is loving.

And as Christians we are called to tell the good news to other people. It’s God’s decision to decide what happens to people who haven’t heard about Him. But it is our decision to take that news to as many people as possible. And the bible says we will be held more responsible because we have heard and we have known that God is love, that God wants a relationship to us and that God will forgive us if we give our lives to Jesus Christ.

So, what do we do about those who haven’t heard? We tell them. First we accept God’s good news and then we tell them and we leave the result in the hands of a fair, loving and just God.

Question 5: What about all the wars that are caused in the name of Christianity?

Well first, let me say that a lot of things have been done in the name of Christianity that Jesus Christ would totally disavow. And just because someone claims to be a Christian doesn’t necessarily make him a follower of Christ, nor does it make him a representative of Jesus. It’s very, very important to distinguish between the bible kind of Christianity and the actions that have been taken throughout history by people who claim to be Christians but really didn’t know.

You see there’s a difference between religion and a relationship with God. Jesus is not interested in the religion of Christianity. He’s interested in you having a relationship to Him. Jesus never said, “I’ve come that you might have religion.” He said, “I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly.”

Now a lot of people have claimed to be followers of Christ but they’ve lived their lives contrary to His teaching. And we shouldn’t label that group Christian. But let me say this, have you ever seen a counterfeit dollar? Well, maybe you haven’t, but maybe you’ve heard of them. Why are there counterfeit dollars in the world? Well, I’ll tell you why. Because there are real dollars in the world. If there were no real dollars, there would be no counterfeits. And if you find counterfeit Christianity in the world, it must mean that somewhere there must be the real thing. The point is we don’t identify Jesus by claiming that all the things that were done in His name were done by Him. In fact, Jesus proffended His own disciples from defending themselves against the enemies when He said on a personal basis, He said, “I want you to turn the other cheek.”

So a lot of wars have been done in the name of Christianity that Jesus probably would have disavowed. The real issue is do you know Jesus Christ? You see, it doesn’t matter so much what has been done by hypocrites or phonies or false followers of Christ. What matters is do you know the real, true, genuine item? Have you ever turned your life over to Jesus Christ? If you haven’t, I would encourage you to investigate Him today.

Question 6: Is there any real right or wrong?

You know, you might have heard somebody say, “I don’t believe there’s such a thing as right or wrong.” Or maybe you’ve heard a professor say, “There are no absolutes.” Whenever I hear that I want to say, “Are you absolutely sure?” You have to ask yourself, “Is this statement even logical? Is there any right or wrong?” Because when people say, “There is no right or wrong, or it’s wrong for you to impose your morals on me,” think about it, by them telling you that, they are imposing their morals on you.

The fact is we all inheritantly know right from wrong and we just have this weird tendency to disregard it. To disregard morality when it conflicts with our desires for pleasure or personal gain. Now, sure, you might justify having an affair, but certainly you wouldn’t condone your spouse having one. Or you might justify taking something without permission, but if you were the one being robbed you wouldn’t think it was okay. You see the fact is, there isn’t a person alive today who’d come home from work and discover that their entire house had been robbed and say, “Oh, how wonderful that this burglar is able to enjoy all my things without my permission. And who am I to impose my view of right or wrong on this poor burglar?” You see how ridiculous that is? Of course.

Even those who claim there is no right or wrong have their own moral conscious, they’ve just set their own standards. Here’s a good way to determine right from wrong. Turn the situation around on yourself. Jesus said it best. He said, “Treat people the same way you want people to treat you.” You see we all know that murder and rape and lying and stealing and torture and injustice are absolutely wrong. Why? Because we wouldn’t want any of these things to happen to us. The person who would say, “there is no right or wrong,” would not agree that it was okay for them to be raped. No, when you turn it on yourself, you realize that even inside ourselves God has placed a moral conscious and that conscious tells us when we do right and when we do wrong. And when we violate our conscious, we need forgiveness. That’s why the bible said, “God sent Jesus to earth so that we might be forgiven of all of our wrong.”

Question 7: Why do I exist?

That’s the most fundamental question of life. What on earth am I here for?

Well, you need to understand God to answer that question. You see, the bible says, “God is love.” It doesn’t say He has love, it says He is love. It’s part of His nature, His character, it is the essence of His being. God is love. Now, love isn’t very valuable unless you bestow it on something and the bible says, “God made you to love you.” You were created as an object of God’s love. If you want to know why you’re taking breath right now, why your heart is beating, it’s because God made you to love you. It’s the sole reason. You were made to be loved by God and to bring Him pleasure.

Now God wants you to learn to love Him back and that’s the first purpose of your life, to get to know and love Him back. One day Jesus was walking down the street and a man came up and said, “What’s the most important command in the bible?” And Jesus said, “I’m going to summarize the entire bible in one sentence. Love God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength.” That’s called the great commandment. And God wants you to get to know and love Him back. So that means when you get up in the morning, you should sit on the side of your bed and say, “God, if I don’t get anything else done today, I want to know you a little bit better and I want to love you a little bit more.” Because if at the end of the day you know God more and you love Him more, you have just fulfilled one of the purposes of your life.

If, on the other hand, you’ve accomplished all kinds of things and achieved many, many successes in life, but at the end of the day you don’t know God better or love Him more, you have missed the primary purpose of your life. Because God didn’t put you on this earth just to mark things off your to-do list. He put you here to know Him and love Him. That’s why you exist.

Question 8: What is my purpose in life?

Well the truth is, God created you for five purposes. You see, you were made by God and you were made for God. And until you understand that, life isn’t going to make sense. When you come to this question, what is my purpose, you only have three alternatives.

  1. First is what I call the mystical approach, and that is look within. You find this in a lot of talk shows, a lot of new age books a lot of seminars. They say, “look within to discover your purpose.” The only problem is that doesn’t work. We’ve all looked within and I didn’t like what I saw. It’s quite confusing. In fact, if you could know the purpose of your life by looking within, we’d all know it by now. It doesn’t work.
  2. The second way you can try to discover your purpose is called the intellectual or philosophical approach. And that’s where you go to a seminary class or university class and you sit there with a pipe and your latte and your coffee and you ask questions like, “Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going?” I once read a book by professor John Morehead, the Head of the Department of Philosophy at Northeastern University in Illinois. And he wrote to 250 well-known intellectuals and asked them, “What is the meaning and purpose of life?” These were novelists, scientists, well-known intellectuals, and I read the book, it’s now out of print, it was quite depressing because most of the people said, “I have no idea what the purpose of life is.” Some of them admitted they just made up a purpose. And some of the admitted they guessed. And some of them said, “If you know the purpose, please tell me.”
  3. You see, there’s a better answer to speculation and that’s revelation. If I were to hold up an invention that you have never seen before, you wouldn’t know its purpose. The only way you’d know its purpose was either talk to the inventor, the creator who made it or read the owner’s manual. The owner’s manual of life is the bible and your Creator is God. And it is only as you get to know God you will discover his five purposes for your life. I hope you’ll begin that journey today.

Question 9: Does my life really matter?

Well, it’s a good question. You know, today we teach our kids that we’re all just one big cosmic accident. We came from the goo through the zoo to you over billions of years. Well, if that is true, in a nutshell it teaches that your life really doesn’t matter, you’re just the freak accident of random chance, you’re complex slime and you were an accident. And if you get accidentally killed, well, of course, that doesn’t matter. And that creates a lot of our sociological problems and a lot of our self-esteem issues.

But the truth is you are not an accident. You were created by a loving God who loves you and designed you with intricate detail in your life and when you understand that God made you to love you and that God made you to be a part of His family and that God made you to last forever, then you’re never going to have a problem with low self-esteem again.

It was Bertram Russell the atheist who once said, “Unless you assume the existence of God, then the purpose and meaning of life is irrelevant.” The truth is, if there is no God your life doesn’t matter. But because there is a God, God had a specific purpose in mind when He created you and you do matter. You matter because God created you. You matter because he sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross. If you want to know how much you matter, think of Jesus Christ with his arms outstretched saying, “I love you this much.”

Now, if you had to chose between a loved one and a material thing, even if that thing was priceless, you’d chose your loved one in a heartbeat. And when you’re on your deathbed, you’re not going to surround yourself with material possessions, you’re not going to say, “Bring me my trophies. Bring me my credentials. Bring me my certificates so I can look one more time at my grade point average.” No, you’re going to surround yourself with loved ones and everybody’s going to be crying because they’re going to miss you. You see, that’s how much you matter.

Personal relationships to God and to other people are the most important thing in life. And God wants you to know Him and He wants you to have a relationship with Him because you’re worth so much in God’s eyes that he sent His Son to die for you. I hope you’ll get to know Him very soon.

Question 10: Is there a real hell and why would a loving God send anyone there?

Well, first I believe in hell because Jesus talked about it. In fact, Jesus talked more about hell then He did heaven. He said it is a real place and it is a place of eternal torment. And I believe Jesus knows more about it than either you or I.

But second, I believe in hell because logic and fairness demand it. Think of all the atrocities and evil that have been done throughout history by evildoers in this world. For God to allow those crimes to go unpunished would mean that God is not worthy of our worship and love.

Now why would a loving God send anyone to hell? Well in a nutshell, God doesn’t. God doesn’t send anybody to hell. We choose to go there when we reject the love of God. If I were to say to my right is a door heading to heaven, and to my left is a door heading to hell, if you walk out the door heading to hell, you don’t have anybody to blame but yourself.

In fact, the bible tells us that God does almost everything – well everything possible to keep us out of hell. He cared so much to keep us out of hell that he sent Jesus Christ to come to earth, to die on the cross, to pay for our sins so that we don’t have to pay for them. He wants to set us free. He wants to give us forgiveness. God made us in his image and He gave us the ultimate power to say yes or no.

Now if we chose to reject God here on earth, then we, at the same time, are choosing to spend eternity separated from Him. You see, there are only two people in the world – two kinds of people. Those who say, “Thy will be done here to God on earth” and those to whom God says, “Your will be done,” when we say, “I want to do it my way.” And if we say, “God I don’t want you in my life while I’m here on earth,” then God says, “I don’t want you in my heaven for eternity.”

You don’t have to go to hell. In fact, Jesus Christ has made it possible for you to go to heaven. Open your heart to Him and say, “Jesus Christ, I need you, I want you, I trust you and I ask you to forgive me.” And He’ll come in and save you.

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503 Responses to “10 Spiritual Questions and Their Answers”

  • Sharon says:

    to Calysta good question I think God heals physically and spiritually I feel for you my dad died of Alzheimer’s my dad didn’t of evil either you are right in even though people might die in horrible pain you are right God doesn’t cause it there is evil in the world when Adam and Eve in genesis 2 sinned there was sickness and evil and pain unfortunately that is life here on this earth we can look at maybe if possible the good things of the person’s life and our joys of that person who died in heaven with God if they believed no illness is a punishment its just this world I pray this helps you– sharon

  • Calysta says:

    First, I want to thank the author for this very helpful article. I also very much appreciate the commenters for their questions. I have some other questions. Does God heal physical illness, or does he only heal spiritual illness? I understand why evil exists and why we must die physically, but why do some humans have to die horrific deaths than can last decades? Why do we die from genetic mutations? Certainly, my mother who died with Alzheimer’s did not die because of any evil. She suffered 10 years. I don’t believe God would torture her to test me, teach me, or make me stronger, as torturing her to do something for me, would not be just. I don’t believe her illness was a punishment. My father also has Alzheimer’s. I am their only child and POA, and I can tell you it just isn’t possible for one person to manage this type of tragedy. I’ve asked many Christian pastors these questions. I have come to believe that God doesn’t cause our pain and suffering, but the Holy Spirit tries to persuade us to look for something positive in the tragedies. Perhaps Satan creates the tragedies and perhaps sometimes they result from dumb luck? At any rate, some tragedies seem unavoidable, so I don’t ask anymore why they occur. I have grown closer to some of my relatives and neighbors, and I have needed to rely on someone else besides myself, as a result of my parents’ illness. While that doesn’t make up for my loss, it is something beneficial. I turn to the Holy Spirit to prevent me from giving in to terror, panic, and anger. If I did not rely on God, my family’s tragedy would certainly injured us even more than it has. After 10 long years of living with his horrible disease, I have developed my own medical issues. I’m thankful that my doctors have been able to help me, as I am still quite busy with my father. I seem to be commenting more than questioning, but I would still like to know if you agree with my interpretation. I think the healing that God promises is spiritual healing. It’s certainly something we can’t get from anyone else.

  • Tom Tom says:

    Fahad Hassan–
    Does a prophet of Allah ever lie?

  • Fahad Hassan says:

    As our holy Quran Jesus is known as Hazrat ISSA alai Salam and He was ALLAH’s prophet.

  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    Hi Ken,
    Thanks for visiting our website and taking the time to ask your question. When you say that you are trying to be a good person and trying to love God but you are concerned about your motives and whether you are really doing it.

    We cannot love God enough or try hard enough to be a good person on our own. That’s why the Bible tells us in John 1:12 “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” The word “believe” means to believe with the mind, trust with the heart, and commit with your life. This gift is received through prayer. It isn’t enough just to believe with your head that God is who He says He is, but you need to commit to Him with your heart and trust Him to take over control of your life. It’s a three part meaning to the word ‘Believe’

    Ken, God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:

    Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life. Mold me into the kind of person You want me to be. Amen

    I don’t know if you have ever prayed a prayer like that before Ken, but now might be a good time to pray it if you never have! :-)

  • ken says:

    I try to be a good person and try to love God and my neighbor.I try to do good deeds but it bothers me because I think my motives are not what they should be.Sometimes I think I’m trying to buy my way to heaven,sometimes I think my motive is to make myself feel good about my self other times maybe I want others to look at me and say what a great guy I am. I would like to be able to say that my motive is for the love of God but how do I make myself believe that and have it become a reality rather than just a bunch of words ? I can say I like broccoli but if I really don’t ,just saying it doesn’t make it happen,I can say it all day but in the end I will still not like the taste of broccli. So it is if I say I’m doing good deeds for the love of GOD .Saying it doesn’tmake it happen or make me believe that that is really my motive…which I want it to be.Saying I love you all day long to someone doesn’t make you love that person as much as you may want it to be . Oh well I guess this is just another unfinished symphony in life. Any comments ?

  • Chris says:

    betsegaw….the state of innocence of Adam and eve did not prohibit them from fellowshipping with God, walking with God, receiving Gods love, following his instructions, just as a child does with his father and mother. one simple request came from God to not eat of a certain tree. that was not a hard instruction. it was not something that interfered with their free will to choose to obey rather than disobey. they chose the latter. you can choose the former by choosing jesus and his new life for you. John 10.10. praying that you do. blessings!

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Betsegaw, thanks for your question. It is good to dig deep on philosophical questions like this because it helps to better understand the nature of God. Like darkness and cold, evil is measured by the absence of something else; darkness is made by the absence of light, cold is made by the absence of heat, and evil is made by the absence of good. God is morally perfect; in fact, goodness is not some standard that He is measured by, but instead He is the measure by which we know what good is. So it may even be more appropriate to say that evil is the absence of God. When Adam and Eve made their choice in the Garden of Eden, to eat the fruit which God had instructed against, they were choosing to rebel against God. Look at the words of Satan to them, “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God” (Genesis 3:5) How could Adam and Eve be like God? They did not have the power to create a universe like He has; they did not have infinite knowledge that He has; they were limited in every way that He is unlimited…except that they could choose to be independent of His authority over them. And so they choose the absence of God and thus evil was born into the human race.

    Have you ever asked yourself where children learn to be selfish? What insane parent would teach their child to lie, steal, hurt, etc? Parents don’t have to teach their children that because they have that spirit of rebellion against God within them. That is why we each need God to transform us from rebels into those who choose to follow His perfection. Jesus died on the cross in order to pay the penalty for our rebellion against God, and then He rose again and now leads us to follow God’s perfect way.

    So God did not create evil, we did; but God does rescue us from ourselves and leads us into His perfection as we submit to His authority over us.

  • Betsegaw says:

    Regarding your response to the first question, i have some other questions to you also. If I ask where does the knowledge of love comes from? I know your answer will be from God. So give me answer for this one also: Who gave the knowledge of “not to love” to a man? Or if the knowledge of doing right comes from God, where does the knowledge of doing wrong comes from? We need to know something very important here. Choice couldn’t exist without the options to choose. So unless God gave the choice to do right and wrong to a man or angels how could they know which choice they going to choose? So if the choices are already there the knowledge of doing right and wrong emanates from God. If that is the case God is the first to know doing right and wrong. If God is the first to know right and wrong, right and wrong are already existed before man and angels receive the command to choose among them (right and wrong). So where does these right and wrong comes from? By whom are they caused (created)? Was there any creator other than God? So you don’t think both right and wrong (evil) are created by God?

  • Sharon says:

    great comments thank you for posting these

  • Tom Tom says:

    Marla—
    You didn’t include in your note what your relationship with God is other than to say you are “a faithful Christian.” What do you mean by that?

    You seem to think God owes you certain things including a husband. Why would you think that?

    Did you have a husband at one time?

    Why do you think becoming a Muslim would change things for the better?

  • Marla Herzog says:

    If God had not answered my question in over 15years…say you pray for a Christian mate…never happens…I am really pissed at God..do not give me some sugar coated answer..I will spit it out and just deal the way I am..I am strongly considering becoming a Muslim (I am a woman) WHY DID HE NOT PROVIDE, I WAS A FAITHFUL CHRISITAN..I miss sex, I want companionship…I have no family members to help me in life…

  • princelink says:

    If you want to know that Jesus christ is Lord over all,can you just stand up now and mention His Name over that sickness,demon possessed,dead man,lame,blind,and it practically work..at the mention of HIS NAME EVERY KNEEL MUST BOW, no other name can save you from accident,except His name,when you run out of options just mention His name and say ‘LORD HELP ME’ IT WORKS..I am a withness and nothing in this world can make me depart From Him.The devil is at work to make men ignorant of this truth,but glory to God that,He lives forever,Jesus christ is alive,the king of glory and the Lord of lords..ooh..I spoke with Him this morning…when you run out of option,no other name can help you except Jesus christ..am lost without Him,d hope of d minority..Lord you reign,Heaven is real,and we shall see Jesus someday

  • Tom Tom says:

    Hi Khadijah—

    I would like to respond to your comments, but before I do say may I ask you what your religious beliefs are based upon?

  • Khadijah says:

    God does exist but Jesus is not God. He is only a messenger and a prophet of God.check John 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me” In John 4:34 “”My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work” Mathew 19:16-17 “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

  • Tom Tom says:

    Steve—
    I agree with your basic observation on Pascal’s Wager but not for the reasons you present. You see, it’s not simply a matter of “believing” in God in order to be right with him. That would be like “believing” in the judge and expecting him to let you go free even though you’ve broken the law.

    Is it unjust for a judge to only consider what you as a law-breaker did wrong while excluding whatever “good” things you may have done?

    I don’t agree that we have to “guess” which religion is true. Doesn’t it make sense that a god who created all things, including us, would want for us to know about Him and what is expected of us, etc.? Therefore, wouldn’t the starting point be to look for how He has revealed Himself to us in order to narrow down the field to just one?

    As for the Atheist’s Wager, how would an atheist know what a “good life” is or what it means to be a “nice person”? What would the atheist use for an absolute standard of good or nice?

  • Steve Tapia says:

    The Flaws Of Pascal’s Wager | Robert Nielsen

    https://robertnielsen21.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/the-flaws-of-pascals-wager/

    The Flaws Of Pascal’s Wager

    An argument often used by religious people is that they have nothing to lose by believing in God and that Atheists are risking eternity in Hell for no gain. This is known as Pascal’s Wager. On the face of it, it is quite convincing but it falls apart once you seriously examine it.

    The argument basically is you have 2 choices. Either believe in God or don’t. There are only 2 results. Either God exists or he/it doesn’t.

    If you believe and God exists, you gain eternal reward.

    If you don’t believe and God does exist, you face eternal torment.

    If you believe and God does not exist, then you had wasted your time going to church etc.

    If you don’t believe and God does not exist, then you have saved yourself time and effort.

    The conclusion usually is that the risks of not believing outweigh the benefits and it’s safer to believe in God.

    However, there are several problems. First of all, this wager does not in itself prove God exists. It merely says it is safer to presume he/it does. Secondly, it presumes you can force yourself to believe something you believe to be false. I fail to see how living a lie is the preferable option. Surely God could see through this dishonesty (and possibly punish you for it). A similar criticism is that if we are all designed by God, we are therefore designed so as not to believe in God. Atheists can hardly be blamed for being what God designed them.

    Also, which God should we worship? There are thousands of religions each with their own God. What if we choose the wrong one? After all each religion believes that only its members are rewarded in the afterlife. Imagine if a Christian dies but is greeted by Muhammad (or Zeus or Odin etc) in the afterlife. Despite being very religious they are condemned to Hell because they choose the wrong religion. What if a Catholic dies and finds that the Presbyterians were right. Or a Baptist dies and finds the Mormons were right. The laws of probability say we have only one in several thousand chance of guessing the correct religion. Maybe God would forgive you for not choosing the right religion, but if he/it would do that surely he/it would forgive you for having no religion at all?

    Instead let me replace this with what is known as the Atheist’s Wager. This states that you should live a good life and be a nice person, but leave religion alone. If God is loving and kind, he will forgive you for not believing in him and reward you in the afterlife. If God punishes you despite having been a good person all your life then god is unjust and you shouldn’t worship him.

    The odds that your god is THE god is less than 5000:1.

  • Sorry again, but this website just won’t do columns and/or indentions. The context is lost without the proper format. Again, sorry….

  • Rita F Martin says:

    Sorry, but it seems that the context of my comment got mixed up when I submitted it, so I will try once more…..

    He is a rather simple/logical (but very profound way to help you decide whether or not to believe that God exists:

    IF YOU BELIEVE THAT AND THEN

    He does He doesn’t You’ve lost nothing (+)
    He doesn’t He doesn’t You’ve lost nothing (+)
    He does HE does You’ve gained everything (+)
    He doesn’t He does You”ve lost everything (-)

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Rita, Sorry that the formatting you were trying doesn’t work here. I think what you were trying to say was:

    If you believe that God exists and He doesn’t then you’ve lost nothing
    If you believe that God doesn’t exist and He doesn’t you’ve lost nothing
    If you believe that God exists and He does then you’ve gained everything
    If you believe that God doesn’t exists and He does you’ve lost everything

    The wonderful promise from Jesus is that we don’t have to wait to THE END OF THE WORLD to find out if we have made the right choice. Jesus said that eternal life is knowing the one true God (John 17:3). As a follower of Jesus we can have that right now: a life full of new discovery of the wonders of who God is. Jesus also said that He came so that we could have life in all of its fullness (John 10:10). So ‘gaining everything’ is a present reality for those who put their trust in Jesus; there is no nervous waiting to see if it was the right choice.

    Thanks for sharing this here.

  • Rita F Martin says:

    Here is a rather simple/logical, (but very profound) way of deciding to believe whether or not God exists:

    IF YOU BELIEVE AND…. THEN….

    He does He does You’ve lost nothing (+)
    He doesn’t He doesn’t You’ve lost nothing (+)
    He does He does You’ve gained everything (+)
    He doesn’t He does You’ve lost everything (-)

  • Susan says:

    Tom,

    Thank you for posting for those two links.

  • Susan says:

    Niko,

    I am so sorry to say this. You have two choices. Whether you believe the truth that, Jesus is God or not to believe. One thing is very very clear. SALVATION IS ONLY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. If you want to go to heaven, you have to believe on Jesus Christ otherwise…….?

  • Susan says:

    CamSel,

    Thank you for your comment and I am glad that you have found the real and true God. Yes, we are the blessed people on this earth.

  • CamSel says:

    Oh my gosh this was such a very and I stress very interesting site. I was looking for answers concerning a feeling I have burdening me inside and I came across all this information that caused my mind to go back and forth. What is the truth? I can confirm the truth is the Jesus Christ is real. We often say in life ” no one helped me” but in life living amongst people someone ought to help you at some point in your life…..Jesus is one that has helped me thus far. The solutions to my problems is me hearing from God. I can’t write on the level many has but I am sold out for this man called JESUS CHRIST. Humanity fails so much at different levels but when my mind starts to travel and I just come to this place of peace it causes me to find strength to face this world of many disappoints. This life has to be endured because who is to say where exactly we are heading for sure. Logic tells me live good so good shall follow me. Wow….this is amazing. Thank you Lord for confirmation that you are the real and mighty one. You outshine the doubts in my mind. There is no one that can step in your shoe and do what you did. Easier said than done.

  • Niko Bellic says:

    Have you done adequate research and involved yourself in critical thinking and come to your belief based upon scientific scrutiny, logic and common sense that Jesus Christ was a real person? Or do you just blindly accept that which you have been spoon fed your entire life based upon “faith”? Faith in what exactly? 2+2=4 and no matter how much “faith” you have it does not = 5. Faith is fine and good, but if it contradicts proven facts then we have a problem. I can “believe” in Santa Claus (St. Nicholas) and have all the faith in the world, but that does not prove that he was/is a real person. There is only one thing that could prove that, evidence. So let’s do a critical analysis of the “Jesus was a real person” theory and see what the facts and evidence tell us!

    What evidence do you have to show that Jesus was a real person? Had Jesus Christ existed as a real person I think it’s reasonable to say that we would have massive volumes of material written by contemporary historians. Why would they not write about him? Why would a historical writer fail to address the “one and only son of God”? There should also be plenty of ancient artifacts and other forms of concrete, primary source evidence as well, but the fact is that there is nothing, period. There is simply no evidence of any kind to suggest that Jesus Christ was a real person who walked the face of this earth, not a shred. Sorry.

    According to the “four gospels” Jesus was supposedly known “far and wide” and performed more than a handful of wonderful miracles in front of thousands of people, but for some odd reason all of the historical writers of his purported time on earth totally ignored him and failed to write ONE WORD about him! Now, why would a historical writer blatantly ignore such an amazing person? There are literally zero contemporary writings that mention Jesus Christ. Philo Judaeus lived and wrote in Jerusalem and in nearby Alexandria, Egypt at exactly the same time that Jesus supposedly lived, and wrote extensively on the Hebrew scriptures and other Jewish topics, but he never mentioned Jesus Christ once. Not a single word! This fact, my friends, is a very big deal. This is a huge fact that most certainly cannot be ignored and made excusable. Had Jesus been a real person, surely Philo would have been writing massive volumes on his life. But he did not. He made not a single peep about Jesus. Christians typically use the excuse that “Jesus was an obscure rabbi, not very well known” but that’s not what the “four gospels” say! According to what the Bible says he was very well known, having three wise men attend his birth bearing gifts, King Herod felt threatened by his birth and wanted him dead, he walked around performing earth shaking miracles in front of thousands of people and even rose from the dead! But he wasn’t very well known? Nonsense! That claim is contradictory to the four gospels. How could a historical writer miss or fail to write about such miraculous events? King Herod’s “massacre of the innocents” received zero mention in history. Nothing surrounding the entire Jesus story received any mention in history, nothing. There is simply no excuse for this! In my mind the lack of evidence for Jesus along with the conflicting gospel “reports” (all four contradict each other, we’ll get into that soon) and the mountains of evidence for plagiarism in the gospels is the best evidence for the non-existence of Jesus. And of course, there are many other famous people from the same time period (both Biblical and non-Biblical) and long before that who are easily verified utilizing historical writings, artifacts, busts of their facial features, etc. (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Julius Caesar) but we don’t even know what this “Jesus Christ” character really looked like! Christian art works of him are never the same and they most often portray a light skinned man with blonde hair and blue eyes. Wasn’t Jesus supposed to have been Middle Eastern? He should have had a dark complexion, with dark hair and eyes, correct? And how come the first eight hundred years of Christian art work depicts an actual lamb on the cross, rather than a human being? It wasn’t until the 9th century that Christianity finally started depicting Jesus as a man, as opposed to a lamb. Some paintings before then actually had a lamb with a human head, holding a cross. Others had a lamb at the foot of a cross, a lamb carrying a cross, etc. So if Jesus Christ was a real person and the story of Jesus is true, why did it take 800 years to portray him as a man instead of a lamb? Do the research, don’t take my word for it, go see it for yourselves.

    The point is that outside of the Bible we know absolutely nothing about this “Jesus Christ” character. There is literally no documentation for his life, no evidence of any kind, at all, period, which is mighty odd don’t you think? Every other famous person who lived back then is verifiable. It’s no problem to verify King Herod, Pontius Pilate, the ancient philosophers, etc. so why is it so difficult to verify the “savior of all mankind,” the most famous person in the history of the world? There shouldn’t be any problems with finding proof for his purported existence and it’s absolutely ludicrous that nothing can be found to back up the claim that he existed as a human being.

    There are, of course, Christian excuses for “sources of proof” that he was a “historical figure”, but these “sources” are all “hear·say: n 1. Unverified information heard or received from another; rumor. 2. Evidence based upon the reports of others, rather than the personal knowledge of a witness, therefore generally not admissible as testimony.” They are all non-contemporary second-hand sources! Nothing concrete! I just love how Christians try to use writers who weren’t even born until many years after Jesus supposedly died, and then claim it as “proof.” I was reading a Christian book called “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel, which claims to be a book by a lawyer who conducted an investigation into the historical Jesus and found adequate evidence to prove him to be a real person, but he was quoting writers from the second and third centuries, guys who weren’t even born until hundreds of years after Jesus supposedly died, and calling that “proof” which is absolutely ridiculous. His sources would never hold up in a real court of law, and I invite all of my readers to read the book or watch the DVD of the same title to see exactly what I’m talking about. How those “sources” can constitute real “proof” that Jesus Christ walked the earth is beyond me, these Christian writers are just desperate liars. I’ve looked at many similar books written by Christians such as Josh McDowell, I’ve listened to radio interviews, watched documentaries and things like that claiming that the proof for Jesus exists and they’re all the same sources, including the main four that I’ll present here, plus they typically use the “proving the Bible with the Bible” manipulation and try to claim the four gospels as “proof” as well, which I will also address here. They never provide anything useful and it was very disappointing to me after being raised a Christian to see how biased and dishonest these Christians are in making their claims. I am an honest person and I was conducting an honest, unbiased investigation and making an authentic attempt to find evidence for the historical existence of Jesus Christ, and all I found was a pack of rehashed lies as told by various biased, dishonest, Christian apologists. But don’t take my word for it, do your own research and watch the films, read the books, find yourself some Christian apologists and analyze their “sources of proof” sometime. Unless you’re completely biased yourself, you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about.

    And their best “source” was?

    Josephus: Jesus supposedly left this earth sometime around 33 AD. Josephus wasn’t even born until 37 AD! Anyone with second grade math skills can figure out the problem with this “source of proof.” Jesus purportedly died 4 years before Josephus was even born! This is proof that Jesus Christ walked the earth? And don’t forget, this is the best “source of proof” that Christians have to offer. This is the earliest “source.” There are no eye witness accounts or concrete documentation such as court records, etc. Considering the fact that Josephus couldn’t possibly have been an eye witness, what was his source of information about Jesus? No other documented source existed at the time that this passage was purportedly written by Josephus, therefore how did Josephus learn of Jesus? Word of mouth via second-hand hearsay is the best that we can hope for, which is, of course, inadmissible evidence in a court of law because hearsay proves nothing. The passage, if genuine, is very odd considering that Josephus was an orthodox Jew. The passage speaks as if Jesus is the “messiah.” Jews don’t believe in Jesus.

    As written in “The Antiquities of the Jews” the passage entitled the “Testimonium Flavianum” reads as follows:

    “Now, there was about this time, Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works,–a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.”

    First of all, this passage breaks the narrative and had nothing to do with anything in the passages before it or after it. It is also far too brief to have been written by Josephus, giving tons of information in one short passage, which was not the style of Josephus who wrote in a “long handed” style. This passage was never quoted by anybody, not even the early church fathers, until the 4th century, which is oddly suspicious. Had the passage existed before then the church fathers surely would have quoted it during the defense of their faith, but they did not. This is a list of Church fathers who studied Josephus but never mentioned the “Jesus” passage:

    · Justin Martyr (100 CE – 165 CE) mentioned Josephus all the time, no mention of “Jesus” passage.

    · Theophilus (180 AD)

    · Irenaeus (120/140 CE – 200/203 CE)

    · Clement of Alexandria (150 CE – 211/215 CE)

    · Origen (185 CE – 254 CE)

    · Hippolytus (170 CE – 235 CE)

    · Minucius Felix (250 AD)

    · Anatolius (230 CE – 270/280 CE)

    · Chrysostom (347 CE – 407 CE)

    The first “Christian defender” to mention the passage was Eusebius, known as the “Father of Church History,” who is commonly believed to be the one who wrote the passage and inserted it into Josephus’s work. The passage is written in his style not to mention that he is notorious for his dishonesty, and can be quoted as such:

    1) “I have repeated whatever may rebound to the glory, and suppressed all that could tend to the disgrace of our religion.”

    2) “It will sometimes be necessary to use falsehood for the benefit of those who need such a treatment.”

    3) “We shall introduce into this history in general only those events which may be useful first to ourselves and afterwards to posterity.”

    This passage is admitted to be a forgery and (4th century) interpolation by many early, as well as modern, Christian church fathers and even the Catholic Encyclopedia states: “The passage seems to suffer from repeated interpolations” but unfortunately many Christians still attempt to pass this nonsense off as “proof for Jesus” which is very dishonest of them and illustrates how desperate they are. And I’ll repeat: Even if it’s an authentic Josephus passage, which it’s obviously not, it’s a secondhand, hearsay source from a non-contemporary which doesn’t prove anything in the first place.

    Tacitus: Tacitus wasn’t even born until 23 years after Jesus supposedly died (56 CE), and this passage, if genuinely written by Tacitus, which is questionable, wasn’t even written until 66 years after Jesus supposedly died (107 CE), therefore this also constitutes a non eye-witness secondhand hearsay “source of proof” which is inadmissible evidence in a court of law and, once again, proves nothing. This passage was supposedly written in the early second century, but for some odd reason not a single person makes mention of this passage until the 15th century! What are the chances of that happening? None of the early church fathers ever mentioned this passage in the defense of their faith as they surely would have, had the passage existed back then. Not even Eusebius, the “Father of Church History” (see Josephus section above) mentions it. And Tertullian, who read and quoted Tacitus quite frequently, never mentioned it either, which he surely would have had he known of it. Pretty much the only explanation for the 1300-1400 years of absolute silence concerning this passage is that it simply didn’t exist during that period. In his Annals, which are suspicious even within themselves, also having never been mentioned by any contemporary or early writers, Tacitus supposedly wrote:

    “Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilate.”

    First of all, Pontius Pilate was not a “procurator” he was a “prefect” and Tacitus would have known this. Also, if this passage proves anything at all it only proves the existence of Christians in the early second century, not a historical Jesus Christ in the early first century. Also, the remaining body of work by Tacitus is huge yet it lacks all mention of Jesus (or anyone similar) and Christians. If “Christus” (Christos) was Jesus, and had “suffered the extreme penalty” under Pilate, then how did Tacitus know this? What was his source? Considering that the Josephus passage hadn’t been forged yet, how did Tacitus get this information, hearsay? If Tacitus got the information from Josephus, where did Josephus get his information? Clearly we can see the problem, and that is that there is no verifiable source of eye-witness to Jesus Christ to be relied upon.

    Pliny the Younger: This writer wasn’t even born until 29 years after Jesus supposedly died (62 CE), and this “source” consists of a letter than was supposedly written by him 77 years after Jesus supposedly died (110 CE), to the Emperor Trajan asking him what the proper punishment was for a group of “Christiani” who were causing trouble and refused to renounce “Christo” as their God. And that is supposedly “proof” for a “historical Jesus Christ” according to Christians. Can we get any cheesier than that? Yes, we can, let’s take a look at…

    Suetonius: He wasn’t even born until 36 years after Jesus supposedly died (69 CE) and these writings weren’t even written until 77 years after Jesus supposedly died (110 CE). They consist of only 2 very brief passages, one in which he mentions “Christiani” calling their beliefs “superstition.” If he thought Jesus was a real person why did he call it a “superstition”? The other passage merely mentions the word “Chrestos” which was a widely used epithet meaning “good,” “virtuous,” “useful” or “easy.” No mention of a physical existence of a “Jesus Christ” at all, and nothing else that cold even remotely be considered “evidence” or “proof” for a “historical Jesus Christ” yet Christians pathetically attempt to use this in their list of standard “proofs” for Jesus!

    Is everyone reading this book beginning to see why I am calling these Christian apologists “dishonest” now? Their claims are bogus, dishonest, misleading and ridiculous at the very best.

    There are more “sources” than just these typical four such as Thallus, Phlegon, Mara Bar-Serapion, etc. but they’re so blatantly idiotic that there’s no use in even mentioning them, any second grader could recognize that they prove nothing.

    The Four Gospels: Trying to use the “four gospels” as “proof” for Jesus is also a ridiculous notion which is equivalent to trying to prove that Harry Potter is a real person by using a Harry Potter book, or trying to prove that Superman is a real person by using a Superman comic book. You simply cannot “prove” the Bible with the Bible. That is a retarded idea at the very best. But even if it was acceptable to claim the Bible as “proof” for Jesus being a real person, the four gospels are so riddled with contradictions, impossibilities and proven to be plagiarized in many places from ancient Egypt that there is simply no way that they have any credibility at all.

    Here is a small/partial list of contradictions in the four gospels:

    1) Matthew says there were 41 generations from Abraham to Jesus while Luke says there were 56.

    2) The genealogies in Matthew and Mark disagree on every name except for 2.

    3) Matthew says Christ was born when Herod was King of Judea. Luke says he was born when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. But Herod died in 4 BC and Cyrenius didn’t become governor until 10 years later.

    4) Matthew, Mark and Luke state that the public career of Jesus lasted about a year mainly in the city of Galilee and that he went to Jerusalem only once, while John asserts that his public career lasted for three years mainly in Judea, and that he was in Jerusalem many times.

    5) John says that the driving of the money changers from the temple occurred early in Christ’s ministry, while Matthew, Mark and Luke declare that it happened at the end of his ministry.

    6) What time did the resurrection story begin? Matthew says dawn, Mark and Luke say very early in the morning, and John says when it was dark.

    7) Who witnessed the resurrection? John says only Mary Magdalene, Matthew says both Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene, Mark says the two Marys as well as one other lady and Luke says there was a flock of many women.

    8) …and like the energizer bunny, the contradictions continue on and on, but I’ve made my point clear and there’s no need to carry on with this list.

    Christians claim that the four gospels are “eye witness accounts” written by 4 of Jesus’ apostles, but every major Christian scholar since Erasmus has said that they were originally written in Greek and not translated from any other language. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were Greek? Jesus and his apostles were supposedly Jews. Jews and Palestinians back then spoke Aramaic, not Greek! Shouldn’t those original manuscripts be in Aramaic? Also, the First New Testament, which was published in 145 AD by Marcion of Pontus, well over a full century after Jesus supposedly left this earth, did not contain Matthew, Mark, Luke or John, it contained only “The Gospel of the Lord.” The first historical mention of any of the four gospels was in the year 180 AD by Theopholis of Antioch, who mentioned only the gospel of John, not Matthew, not Mark, not Luke. The other three weren’t ever mentioned historically until 10 years later by the Christian Father, St. Irenaeus. And so, here we have a period of over 150 years after the purported events took place, nobody has heard of the four gospels, and when they finally do show up in history they are written in Greek, not Aramaic. Hmm and nobody knows for sure who really authored the four books, there is certainly no way to prove who wrote them and surely no way to find out. The four apostles who supposedly wrote them were surely long dead before their first historical mentions, and the books didn’t exist when the first New Testament was published, obviously, therefore the four gospels are definitely not concrete evidence and certainly not acceptable! Who wrote them? Even Christians will admit that nobody knows for sure. Furthermore, those gospels, which were originally written in the second century, have been lost or destroyed and the only ones that we have, the oldest ones that we have now, are copies of copies of copies that were made from the lost originals. Nobody knows who copied them or if they preserved what was in the originals, and the oldest surviving documents are over 300 years newer than the originals. There are also many phony (non-canonical) “gospels” that didn’t make it into the Bible, which include the “Gospel of Paul,” the “Gospel of Bartholomew,” the “Gospel of Judas Iscariot,” the “Gospel of the Egyptians,” the “Gospel or Recollections of Peter,” the “Oracles or Sayings of Christ,” and many others, all of which contradict each other and all of which can still be read in “The Apocryphal New Testament.” We can’t even be sure if the ones that made it into the Bible are genuine. The logical answer is no, certainly not. The four gospels are worthless “sources of proof” for a “historical” Jesus Christ. Question: If Jesus Christ was a real person, then why did all of contemporary history ignore him, why was he depicted in Christian art as a sheep, not a man for the first 800 years of Christianty, and why were so many people in the business of forging “gospels”? Obviously they are forgeries because they all contradict each other. Has anyone ever forged a life story for a real person? So why do it for Jesus? If he was a real person then we’d have genuine non-conflicting accounts, but as it is we have phonies galore. We don’t have phony life stories for Josephus, Philo, Socrates, Plato, Julius Caesar, King Herod, Pontius Pilate or any other authentic historical figure from that time in history but we have an overflowing library of extra-Biblical “gospels” floating around all of which are obviously phony because they all tell different “life stories” of Jesus. Repeat, there is no need to make up phony life stories for real people, only mythic characters need to have their life stories invented! It seems to me that they had a “gospel” writing contest, and there were 4 lucky winners who had the best fictitious stories. And furthermore, as far as the fictitious “Greatest Story Ever Told” is concerned, along with the unverifiable Jesus Christ, there are many tall tales in those books, which are also historically unverifiable:

    1) There is no historical evidence for Joseph, Mother Mary or Mary Magdalene.

    2) There is no historical evidence for the King Herod “Massacre of the Innocents” tale. Herod is a verified real person, but the massacre is a tall tale invented by the same people who invented Jesus Christ. And by the way, King Herod died in the year 4 BC, which means that he was dead when Jesus was supposedly born, which makes this whole story impossible. (Another contradiction)

    3) There is no historical evidence for King David, which is ludicrous. Had he been a real King then there should be more than adequate evidence to verify his existence like there is for Julius Caesar, King Herod and Pontius Pilate. “Kings” don’t just disappear from history or fail to get mentioned. If historians don’t document political leaders/rulers then who do they document?

    4) They called Jesus “Jesus of Nazareth” but there is no historical verification for a town or a city named “Nazareth” during the same time period that Jesus Christ supposedly lived. The first historical/geographical mention of that place is in the early 4th century.

    5) There is no historical evidence for the Apostle Paul or any of Jesus’ other apostles and the “Thirteen Epistles of Paul” contradicts all four of the “gospels.” He doesn’t mention a single aspect of the Jesus story that is common knowledge today. No virgin birth, no miracles, no sayings, no teachings, no trial, no crucifixion, no resurrection, no nothing. Paul doesn’t seem to know who Jesus Christ was, yet he was the one who should have known the most!

    6) There is no evidence or historical documentation for all of those dead zombies supposedly rising out of their graves, as written in (Matthew 27:52-53) – “and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.” “Appeared to many”? How come no outside of the Bible sources for this to verify it then?

    7) There is no historical mention of 2000 pigs drowning as mentioned in (Mark 5:13) – “And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.” Surely, this story would have made the press had it been a real event.

    8) No evidence for a trial, crucifixion or resurrection of Jesus Christ, or anyone similar to that, and of course there’s not because there’s no evidence for Jesus himself. (But there is historical documentation for Pontius Pilate, he’s a verified historical figure, no question about that.)

    The “four gospels” is full of tall tales, myths and legends which only exist in the Bible itself, not in “history.” Had they been real people and real events there would be evidence/documentation for them, especially for Jesus Christ, but there’s not. The “four gospels is history” theory is so full of gaping holes that it clearly disqualifies itself as a “source of proof” for a historical Jesus Christ.

    If the Bible “proves” that Jesus was a real person, then a Superman comic book proves that Superman is a real person! The Super Hero of the planet earth, the most important man of all time, the most famous man that ever lived, the one and only “Son of God” the “Almighty Messiah,” the “Greatest Story Ever Told” but no HISTORIAN wanted to write about him and there is no EVIDENCE for his existence!

    There is simply nothing solid to prove the historical existence of the super hero of the planet Earth. Don’t you find that a bit odd considering the fact that this is one of the best documented periods in history and that there are hundreds of people from the same time period and long before, both Biblical and non-Biblical, that are perfectly verifiable with no problem whatsoever? Socrates, Plato, Julius Caesar, King Herod, Pontius Pilate, the list goes on and on like the energizer bunny, but nothing for Jesus Christ! Repeat: Why are pretty much all of the other famous people of the same time period VERIFIABLE with concrete evidence but Jesus Christ is NOT? Don’t just shine that on like it doesn’t mean anything, that’s very significant! Surely “God” could have made sure we had verifiable facts and concrete evidence! Yet there is nothing to verify the existence of “God’s only begotten Son.” That is pretty ridiculous if you ask me! Are you going to try to make excuses for this? Are you going to keep on having illogical, irrational blind “faith” despite all of this?

  • Elkay says:

    Niko, Jesus Christ, as He is presented to us in the New Testament is too singular and too great to have been invented so uniformly by all those writers. The force of Jesus Christ unleashed those writings; the writings did not create the force. Something stupendous unleashed those diverse witnesses to tell these stunning and varied, yet unified, stories of Jesus Christ.

    Nobody has ever explained the empty tomb of Jesus in the hostile environment of Jerusalem where the enemies of Jesus would have given anything to produce the corpse, but could not. The earliest attempts to cover the scandal of resurrection were manifestly almost silly. Modern theories that Jesus didn’t die but swooned, and then awoke in the tomb and moved the stone and tricked his skeptical disciples into believing he was risen as the Lord of the universe don’t persuade.

    Cynical opponents of Christianity abounded where claims were made that many eyewitnesses were available to consult concerning the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. “After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:6). Such claims would be exposed as immediate falsehood if they could.

    The early church was an indomitable force of faith and love and sacrifice on the basis of the reality of Jesus Christ. The character of this church, and the nature of the gospel of grace and forgiveness, and the undaunted courage of men and women – even unto death – do not fit your hypothesis of mass hysteria.. That something was Jesus Christ, as all of them testified, even as they died singing.

    The prophesies of the Old Testament find stunning fulfillment in the history of Jesus Christ. The witness to these fulfillments are too many, too diverse, too subtle and too interwoven into the history of the New Testament church and its many writings to be fabricated by some great conspiracy.

    The witnesses to Jesus Christ who wrote the New Testament Gospels and letters are not gullible or deceitful or demented. This is manifest from the writings themselves. The books bear the marks of intelligence and clear-headedness and maturity and a moral vision that is compelling.

    The worldview that emerges from the writings of the New Testament makes more sense out of more reality than any other worldview. It not only fits the human heart, but also the cosmos and history and God as he reveals himself in nature and conscience.

    When we see and believe the glory of God in the Gospel, the Holy Spirit is given to us so that the love of God might be “poured out in our hearts” (Romans 5:5). I thank God that I have had the Holy Spirit experience of knowing the love of God in my heart through the Gospel of Him who died for me while I was an ungodly person and I pray that for you too.

  • Chris says:

    andriej…well the bible does teach that satan does have much influence in our world and is actually called the god of it. 2 corinthians 4.4, luke 4, 1 John 5.19, efesians 6, 2 corinthians 2.9 to 11. that doesnt mean that individually we can blame satan for us sinning, james 1, but in general, the world is under his dominion yes.

  • Andriej says:

    Thank you Elkay and Nico Bellic, your consideration and attention are very much appreciated, may God continue to bless you both!!!

  • Niko Bellic says:

    Elkay – No man named Jesus actually lived 2,000 years ago. Jesus was a prototype created after Yashua who was in the embodiment of a melanite. The letter “J” didn’t even come into human existence until the 1500’s… He doesn’t know what he speaks… He is just an angry, jealous, confused and wicked liar of a mouth piece.

  • Elkay says:

    Andriej, let’s just say “absolutely not”. Jesus Himself said that all to whom He gives eternal life will never perish and that His Father who gave them to Him is greater than all and no one can snatch them from His hand. John 10:28-29. The fact that Satan is defeated and yet continues to plague us may be a bit of a mystery but remember that God exists “outside” of time and He can see Satan defeated and us tempted at the same “time”. Furthermore, all Christians are indwelt by the Holy Spirit ((John 14:17) and the Spirit is greater/stronger than he (the enemy) who is the world. (1 John 4:4). Always go to Scripture when you have questions like this and do not depend on your own thinking/questioning/rational.

  • Andriej says:

    If someone who considers and calls herself/herself a Christian in both name and practice, questions only one critical teaching of the Christian faith, does that make them automatically a non-Christian?

    For instance, let’s assume a Christian comes to believe the only reason bad things happen to good people in this life is that the devil has successfully convinced Christians that s/he had been defeated in this world via Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for us all. And this in turn triggered many of us to let our guards down against the evils we know the devil brings (again we do this only because we’re taught the devil has already been beaten so there’s no threat there, right). And further what happens is that we slowly proceed to allow the devil to poison our world to the point of total destruction. If a Christian actually believed this then would God consider this person to be a Christian?

  • Chris says:

    Nicole prosper…no. we dont have the power to choose right over wrong because our sinful nature will not permit us to one hundred percent of the time make the right spiritual decisions although we know we know we should. romans 7. jesus, by giving us a new born again nature, then gives us the power to choose right over wrong by the power of the holy spirit who lives within us. blessings!!

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Thanks for all the time you put into your posts Niko. I appreciate your concern for sharing what you have found through all your research.

    I am curious, the God who created everything, that you have said is revealed as The One in Reverse Speech, why has He allowed the Reptilians to have such free access to deceive humanity? Why has He destroyed them or at least clearly revealed their deceptions and revealed Himself to humanity? That is one of the questions you asked about the God of the Bible, and found the answer inadequate. Have you found a better answer for the reason behind The One’s involvement in defeating the deception and destructive intents of the Reptilians?

  • Nicole Prosper says:

    We have the power to choose right from wrong? How so?

  • Niko Bellic says:

    Dream, Everything in the universe is consciousness. Space and time in all planes of reality are only projections within universal consciousness. There really is no here or there for everything is at one place where Mind is. Mind does not move at all. Mind simply Is. Mind is everywhere yet nowhere. Mind is nowhere but Here, Now. We are all existing together as a singularity in one place and time. Everything is one, Here and Now.

    Several events in different places that are moving in synchronization may actually be the movements of the same event. Imagine a fighter jet flying in the sky, with several video cameras recording its movements from different angles. Each recording is displayed on different screens. When the fighter jet displayed on one screen turns or moves in a different direction, all other fighter jets in the other screens simultaneously move in a correlated manner.

    Every day experience is a projected reality where things only appear to be separated in time and space. In a deeper reality, we are all members of the same body. When one part of the body moves, every other part is instantly affected. Separation is an illusion. There is a dimension of reality where we are all inseparably one. When we feel love in any form, it has the effect of beginning to shatter that illusion.

    When two electrons collide, they exchange energy and information with each other. From then onwards, no matter where one electron is, you will be able to tell the location and momentum of the other. When a change occurs in one electron, it will immediately be reflected in the other. You are always able to know in one, what is going on in the other. When you cause change in one, you cause change in the other. We exchange portions of our energy fields with each other when we come into contact, therefore we remain inseparably connected at all times.

    Imagine the universe is an ocean and each of us is a wave in that ocean. The wave and the ocean are the same. We are the universe localized in a single point in spacetime. The soul has two parts. It is both local and nonlocal. Part of you is localized and part of you is nonlocal, and connected to everything. You are the universe, located in your body. Not all your thoughts, wishes and desires are actually your thoughts, wishes and desires. Part of them are the very intentions of the universe.

    The spirit in me is the same as the spirit in you, and the spirit in all beings. Enlightenment is the realization that you are the universal spirit observing from a particular point of view. Each of us is the universal spirit projecting a particular point of view. My self is inseparable from all that exists, just as your self is inseparable from all that exists. You are an aspect of infinite intelligence, and infinite intelligence is the source of all that exist. Therefore you are the source of all that exist and you create your own experience. Everything is possible because everything exists within you. The same unbounded potential of the infinite spirit also resides in each and every one of us.

    Your soul is the reflection of all souls. You are the Other. Without the other, you would not exist. You are defined by your relationships with others. You would need to describe the whole universe in order to define a single person. Therefore every single person is the whole universe. Your soul is both personal and universal at the same time. Everyone is a reflection of yourself. You are in a hall of mirrors where every reflection of yourself appears different. Others you admire reflect the qualities you most cherish in yourself. Others you detest reflect the qualities you most deny in yourself. Each person you see is a different version of you.

    All the cells in your body start from just one cell. That one cell in the womb is fertilized, grows and divides into two. The two cells grow and divide into four. This process happens fifty times until there are one hundred thousand billion cells in your body. That’s where the replication stops. Just as a single cell in the womb differentiates into brain cells, nerve cells and retinal cells, and through them give us experience of the world, so does the single spirit differentiates into all observers and observations, inner world and outer world.

    The outer world is a mirror of yourself at any place and time. If you want to know the state of your personal consciousness, just look around and see what is happening to you. If you want to know the state of the collective consciousness, just look around at what is happening in the world. Your personal reality is synchronistically orchestrated by your sense of self at all times. If a critical mass of people expressed their higher selves, they would cause a transformation in collective consciousness and the world reality. Every time a person rises in personal consciousness, he moves the state of the world towards a higher one than before.

    The whole universe is one reality which is pure consciousness. Pure consciousness is absolute existence. God makes things through the direct act of becoming the things which He creates. In the beginning the One differentiated into the many. The One entered into the many and became the Self of each. The being within everything is the One. When you merge with this nonlocal self, you become one with the Self of all that exist. The One is the Higher Self of all. You are the One.

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