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Old 02-12-2009, 02:06 PM
 
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The problem that Christianity created for itself, was to make the historical life of Jesus unbeliveable to logical thinking people.
But the same applies to every religion. All religions are filled with things that might be considered unbelievable to logical thinking people. That's why they are beliefs. They speak of miracles, "unnatural" events and people with extraordinary/supernatural powers. Was Mary a virgin? Did Paul see Jesus on his way to Damascus? Did Moses depart the sea? Most of these events happened many years ago, which makes confirming them virtually impossible. These are the questions at the heart of the matter, not some mismatch in dates.
Most people do not become religious starting with a neutral position, then learning, evaluating the data rationally and finally accepting Christianity. In most cases you either grew up as Christian, or were educated as child and influenced by parents/ teachers/ friends. In other cases a deep shock may bring people closer to religion. Something that had a significant mental impact on them. Then there are people doing it for personal or financial interest (but that's a different story).

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Old 02-12-2009, 02:11 PM
 
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This I agree with, like I said in my last post, any one can manufacture event to support prophecies if they have an understanding of the prophecies in the first place. To assume that the writers of the gospels had no information of these is very hard to believe, due to the culture they were raised in.
And it was very easy to pass off these "fulfilled prophecies" during a time when there were no checks and balances. Just imagine if we did not have the internet today; to be able to quickly verify some things (this is NOT to say that everything we read on the net is true). Can you imagine the amount of "urban legends" that will still be floating around the place today.

I remember when I first started browsing the net over 10 years ago, one of the very first e-mails I received was an urban legend claiming some child was bitten by a snake and died in one of those romper cages at Burger King/McDonald's. I believed it wholeheartedly and refused to let my son in there. It was not until a few years later I found out, via the net, that it was an urban legend. In the same way, we have more material readily at hand to check these so-called "prophecies."
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