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Message 291 of 341 (693744)
03-19-2013 7:30 PM
Reply to: Message 289 by foreveryoung
03-19-2013 7:16 PM

Re: Chimpanzee-human last common ancestor
I believe there is a God. I believe he has revealed what he wants us to know about himself in the Bible. Just because I have thrown out old interpretations of the Bible doesn't mean that the Bible itself is a pack of lies. Much of what the bible says historically has been revealed to be true through archaelogy. Obviously the book is not equivalent to Alice in Wonderland.

The verification of some historical and geographical context does not lend support to the remaining claims of a text, however.

For instance, the Harry Potter novels contain references to real cities like London, and also refers to WWII. Many works of fiction refer to real historical figures, real cities, real events.

But that doesn't add support for the remainde3r of those novels being true.

The existence of various cities, the accurate identification of governors and monarchs, these sorts of things are all well and good...but whether Pontius Pilate was or was not actually governor of Judea circa 30AD has nothing to do with whether Jesus actually existed, whether he was crucified, whether he rose from the dead, etc.

It has even less to do with whether or not god is real, or whether human beings did or did not evolve from ancestor species.

Obviously the book is not equivalent to Alice in Wonderland.

In what regard, specifically? Both contain fanciful tales of the impossible; the only difference is the number of people who believe that the events in question actually happened, and that the characters actually exist.

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