Now, before you go getting your panties in a bunch, don’t worry. I am not going to be slamming The Bible or pointing out it’s faults or inconsistencies. This blog post will consist of questions that I have on The Bible that have never been fully or properly answered for me. With each question I will give some sort of description or thought on it as I can.
One thing I have not really mentioned in this blog before is the fact that I am not really Anti-Christian. I fully believe that everyone is entitled to their own thoughts and beliefs and if they are right for them,then so be it. The only time that it becomes wrong is when you attempt to force those thoughts and beliefs on other people. I do not know the ultimate answer of what is out there controlling everything that happens, I am only a simple man and that is far beyond my purview. I know what I believe in, and it is sufficient to me.
Now, to the best ability of my research, The Bible spans an amount of time approximately 4100 years long. That is from the first moments of creation to when the Jews were scattered throughout the world. Many may argue over some of the finer points, but this will suffice for a rough estimation of time. Now if you add on from 70 A.D. to present day, that is 1,939 years, for a grand total of 6,000 years, approximately. This is the first of my confusions, 6,000 years is an incredibly short amount of time, history wise at any rate.
We have dinosaur bones and other archaeological finds that date back over millions upon millions of years, how is this possible? Is it as the Christians say and God put all of that there during the creation of the world as a test? Why would he do that? Why would any “benevolent” creator do that to his creation? If you wanted your creations to love and honor you, why trick them, why cause confusion and doubt? If we were to practice these same things as parents we would be considered bad parents…
During the course of The Bible, that 4,000 year span of time, we see a lot of miracles and God proclaiming his existence to the people. Now, it was not a daily occurrence but it happened often enough and definitively enough that we are lead to believe that the people had no doubt that God existed and who he was and their place before him. Now in the almost 2000 years since the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ we have not had any of these appearances, why is that? It is said that he is watching us and waiting for the “right moment” to come back to Earth and judge us all then, but again, using the same analogy as before if we did something similar as parents our children would wind up in a lot of trouble with use getting the blame.
Now, 6000 years… that very small amount of time, please keep it in mind. From extrapolation of The Bible stories we now that the middle east had people living in it, as well as parts of Africa and Europe. But it really does not say anything about the American continents. Were there people there at the time of The Bible or did they appear after? If they appeared after, where did they come from? If they were there already, how come God did not make his presence known to them, and also the entire world at the same time? We have Christian Missionaries that “bring” the word of God to the savages, but wouldn’t it have been easier for God to announce himself to all of his creations at the same time and instead of many bloody wars and deaths from people arguing over his word, having a peaceful and harmonious world that shares in the love and bond of God as professed by The Bible? Yes, I understand there is work involved to being a faithful Christian, knowing the Bible, believing in the love and word of God, but it seems wrong to me that only a few “know” the word and everyone else are the savages…
There are several stories in the Bible that cause concern for me and lay the foundation for my doubts in the Christian religion. At the top of this list is the story of the hereditary line draw up about Jesus. Through the bloodline of Joseph they should the lineage of Jesus all the way back to Adam… umm, the Bible says that Jesus was the son of God, therefore to do a hereditary bloodline of him through man would mean using Mary’s family line, not Joseph’s.
“Mark 11:12-14 and 20-22 “The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig-tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, ‘May no-one ever eat fruit from you again.’ And his disciples heard him say it. . . . In the morning as they went along, they saw the fig-tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus. ‘Rabbi, look! The fig-tree you cursed has withered!’ Have faith in God,’ Jesus answered.”
The above is another of those passages from the Bible that make me cock my head and go, what? The Savior had a temper tantrum? Now many have argued over the lesson that this presents, but let’s face it folks, Jesus was having a bad day and flipped out. Wouldn’t it have been much easier to merely use his powers to cause the tree to blossom into fruit?
2 Kings 2:23-24 (King James Version)
23And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.
24And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.
These verses were brought to my attention a few years ago in a book I was reading, Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein, and it caused me to chuckle. Now kids are kids, we all know that and because they teased one of God’s prophets they were torn apart by bears. How is this a loving and caring God? I think it would have been better for God to laugh at Elisha, tell him to grow a pair and give him a Holy wedgie.
There are many such examples as these in The Bible, things that just really do not make sense to me at all. Call it what you like, parables, different accounts, the literal word of God, it all boils down to one very simple concept:
If you want me to believe, give me a basic clear system to believe in. Don’t make me question that belief system in its basic cores and do not give me puzzles and questions that cause me to doubt in the faith.
P.S. Just a quick note here; for those that call yourselves faithful Christians, keep in mind the following things the Bible says:
You cannot eat swine
You cannot eat shellfish
If your wife displeases you, you can stone her
Misbehaving children should be stoned
You can sell your daughter into slavery
It is the duty of a man to impregnate his Brother’s widow
Leviticus 20:13 clearly states “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”
Don’t cut your hair nor shave. (Leviticus 19:27)
Kill anyone with a different religion. (Deuteronomy 17:2-7)