Thanks Heather: troll or not (he is pretty trollish with his distraction and misrepresentation!) he is truly obnoxious. The early attempt to link the Norway attacks with his multicultuarlism/islamaphonic rantings were depraved. When called on it, he then tried to take some moral high ground claiming others were doing precisely what he'd just been called on. He is really quite unaware of himself I think.
I've got strong links to Norway and was particularly disgusted by that one. But his tactics generally are horrible. He is clearly intelligent, but also very narrow minded and just tried to bulldoze his boringly familiar views into every conversation.
So - yes: he really detracts from the site. But then...so does Arcus. And it isn't because I disagree with them: it's because their debating style is so horrible.
Jul 25, 2011
By the way Heather...I've appreciated your clear posts since I've joined. It's good that there is clarity and precision somewhere here in the jumble of nonsense and rubbish.
Sure - they really are are pretty mindless and I just don't want to reply to them any more.
It's interesting how much the Norwegian extremist's polemic overlaps with theirs...
Jul 26, 2011
Sure - they really are are pretty mindless and I just don't want to reply to them any more. It's interesting how much the Norwegian extremist's polemic overlaps with theirs...
Still: there are plenty of open minds and intelligent and informed ones here too, and I learn something new every time I visit which is great. There aren't many atheists where I live (I did see a Darwin fish yesterday and nearly fell off my motorbike! Wanted to chase the car and introduce myself) so this strange online life is really where I "meet" other free thinkers. Thanks for chatting Heather.
Thank you for being my friend Heather
Jul 28, 2011
Your welcome and thank you!
Aug 7, 2011
I just read your exchange with the santa jesus dude on youtube. Im curious now... what did he offer to send you?
"Alright, I'm on the way out and will need a little time to think about what to send perhaps later this evening or tomorrow. I'm going to erase your post to protect your privacy."
Aug 23, 2011
Thanks for accepting!
Sep 7, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
Thanks Heather, love your profile page!
Sep 28, 2011
The edit button disappeared - again - the other thing that left my jaw on the floor was your little discussion with the vegan. :)
Oct 15, 2011
Hope you are doing well Heather.
Doing well, took a break from the forum for a bit of family time.
Oct 16, 2011
Hi Heather! I'm i passed by to shamelessly promote the blog i talked to you about: http://mydeconversion.blogspot.com/
Updated the email, so is no longer a personal email and posted my deconversion :) Hope you enjoy it!
Dec 18, 2011
yep. I'm amused by how these guys can ramble on about nothing and somehow consider it as an argument for god. I guess the more intelligent apologists figure they have better shit to do than troll atheist forums. I hope our atheist counterparts don't do the same thing.
Jan 7, 2012
Hello Heather, glad to make your aquaintance. What's on your mind most these days?
Jan 8, 2012
What is your criteria for "evidence"? Before there was "science" as the doctine of a sub-culture, humans knew most of the laws of physics pertaining to what was unseen as in gravity, what goes up comes down, the power in wind, airflight in the birds, requirements for healthy life on all evolutionary strata fuel in sunlight, water, elements, that unseen stuff, air & environmental security all of which were somehow just here and in precise proportions. Genetically those same humans who in their ancestry thought about such things came to not be surprised when tangible evidence (from experimentation (the results of with thought to be absolutes)) showed up the naysayers who always stuck to their guns (the absolutes of times past) against what others somehow had this sense of knowing. At this time, we see scientists world wide puzzelled though most will deny while religionists, spiritualists, paranormalists, pagans and the list goes on, well the same story really. Most everyone is quick to say what's not real or not true if they even pay mind to anything that's going on around them.
Who among us does not need medication of some sort, be it some substance or love or sense of being special and needed.
Your are right. If spamming is contacting a group with an agenda, I am guilty though my agenda is normal. It's not monetary, not narsacistic though I am aware I can at times be overly pleased with myself, what I count as a weekness because of how it promotes delusion. I am fishing but I've succeeded by throwing out the bait. I was caught myself at one time but was thrown back as too young, but I was looking to be caught, though I was very particular of which bait I was willing to comit to consuming as I would expect you must be or you've already made up your mind to not touch much if at all.
I'm not normally so cryptic and I know I'm not witty but the evidence is from two people who went crazy together, a Female and a Male, who have since passed, yet remain, who stand out among everyone else, hated with a passion or avoided like the plague, lied about, cried about, laughed about, con-spiri-tized and for a tiny few, considered and a tiny few more believed and their message was out of this world and clearly beyond the human evolutional kingdom.
The names they last used and are active labels to use now should anyone get an inkling to experiment are Ti and Do, yes like the song notes!
lol vvv. They're drawn to you like moths to a flame.
I only brought up the observations of flying, etc. to demonstrate the evidence of what is possible we have been provided by no effort of our own. Instincts certainly can be flawed and so can various scientifically determinations. For instance how do scientists account for seeing objects in space in orbit about one another when the orbiting objects are much, much larger t han the object seemingly being orbited around? And how do scientists explain witnessing an object that appears tiny seeming to go into the sun and coming out the other side without being drawn into considering that the sun is holding the entire solar system in orbit from a vast difference and if such object is considered to be a comet as one report suggested, and these are from spaceweather.com a JPL/Nasa site, and they say a comet is made of rock and ice, how is it that it could survive the suns heat? Then there is recent evidence on two fronts that light isnt' the fastest something can move. And gravity is of late in question s to whether it's a force pushing down on us or a force field from within or both. My intuition is that it's both. I am an atheist when it comes to Religius depictions of what is Above HUman as it's at this time in particular full of holes, yet the holes I see I'm wager would not be ones others see.YOu seem to have made up your mind about a bunch of things and that's really fine with me. As I've said, I have no personal interest in proving anything to anyone but I guarantee if anyone does take the time to look at Ti and Do they will know one thing for sure. They were unlike anyone else and they were clearly operating outside the human norm so of course would be considered crazy. And as for their students. I was one for 19 years and yet though from the start I knew I'd be giving my life, even literally, I was seen by Ti, (the woman) as needing more lessons and so circumstances came about that I decided to leave, a long story I have posted on my youtube channel name: 3spm , in case anyone cares to examine that. I am quite used to being ridiculed yet it still does pain me some but if anyone had been in my shoes since I was 13 or so and first began to have experiences with the "unseen" world, rebelling from the catholic church, blah, blah, blah to receiving visits in dreams from Ti, then Do, then some fellow students who were all physically deceased where they have told me stuff and some fo it predictions that seem to have come true and the years of getting to know these two amazing people first hand and seeing how they knew stuff way before science yet were not scientitsts (though that's not what drew me to them), well all I can say is that it's mindblowing. Christians are among my greatest oppoents though I can easily shoot down virtually every one of their limited viewpoints. It's not that it's all wrong, waht they think, it's that there is a great deal MORE and I say that to atheists who I respect for discarding religion, while see so many also reject common sense with it. Adn those that are new age spiritualists are in many ways most primed to be seekers of what more t here is, yet most fear looking and especially when they have found a comfort zone. I know for a fact that humans have onkly barely scratched the surface of all that will be revealed in the next months, however many there are before the planet's surface is recyled to allow for a new planting. It really is just that objective, yet I don't say this with the fearfullness many expect. I have no death wish. I have a teenage daugher and friends and family that have degrees of perspective while most don't seem to have much of a clue but even if they do, dont''t express it to me as I am considered crazy for the most part yet at the same time it's clear to them I'm not. But please don't respond further unless you want to see my responses. Unlike most, I KNOW there is a ton to learn and should someone, anyone tell me something that peaks my interest, I'm going to look it over and as long as it peaks my interst I will look it over. But so far, though I stay pretty aware of all the fringe groups nothing even comes close to all the things Ti and Do gave us to think about and I can prove by years and years of first hand examples of Them as leaders, knowing most all of the 38 +3 that laid down theri lives that they knew exactly what they were doing and had to convince Do over years of consideration that they knew the ramifications. I can prove this and have offered lots of it on my youtube channel and blog at: sawyerhg.wordpress.com and it's not hokus pokus proof, like supernatural stuff. For one tiny instance: In 1976 having just formed spontaneously into a group called by the US national press that all cover the story for months, the UFO Two, who had attracted some 96 serious followers over a year on the road, then sent 19 of these out of the group because they felt they weren't ready. I've got tons of examples.
Jan 9, 2012
From my limited view thus far, you are very quick to think you've seen all and call a spade a spade. I understand that. The FACT is I did not make an end of the world statement. I said that there would be a recycling and is that not a scientifically proven series of events that has occurred on earth at least one or more times past, according to leading archologists and geologists who have documented seas and plates having been evident where they are not now? Your responses to me are very little different that what I get from Christians. You appear to assume a great deal about yourself and what you know or believe in and that there is no way your going to be tricked to change. LIke I said, that's fine but if you want to fight, I'm game but let's lose the retorick and unfounded accusations as I have brought up. Be specific please. Comment to what I say and ask questions if it's not clear what I am saying please. I know I often say too much or get off topic.
And regarding Do and students laying down their lives, your saying many have done that, unless I am misreading you, I suppose you are referring to anyone who commits suicide and/or the Jim Jones and Solar Temple ppeople, but to compare these and think they are the same because there was some degree of otherworldliness consideration to their retorick and they died and seemingly by their own hands shows you know little to nothing about these situations. Do you know that there is evidence that many or most were actually forced by gunpoint to drink the poisoned kool aid in the jim jones case and there were children in both their camps and the solar temple people in Quebec and France and some were forced there as well. It wasn't presumed forcing. There were ones who survived both who testified how they were cohersed and forced and there are tapes of jim jones yelling at his followers to do it while his body guards with rifles were standing there with guns aimed on the people and some hunted down those who tried to escape into the woods. And in the Jim jones case there were zero indications he had anything to say that remotely coincided with what Jesus said, which can be said of most christians as well. Now with Do and the 38 + 3 students, it was very, very well documented by video tapes of those students that wanted to express themselves. Though there were many x-members and some who didn't believe none had anything to say against Ti and Do. No abuse, no cohersion at all. We were always free to leave.Do Do offerred us $1000 to leave at one point since it becamse a very, very comfortable life style. I have testimony to all of it. So if you are really a reasonable minded person wouldn't you want to ask some questions before you jump on the condemnation bandwagon?
Oh, there is lots more but here's an important distinction: Ti and Do would not allow children or minors to join them. They said that this kind of decision to join and this was before they knew that they would exit their task by their own hand, because it was from the beginning exactly as 2000 years ago in that it was a detachment from our human roots and behaviors to evolutionarily make application to an Evolutionary Level Above Human, where there are physical beings who have physical bodies that they can grow on a vine the way humans grow tomatoes, but that live on a type of photosynthesis whereby their "mind" is grown to actually have more power by a type of metamorphosis in the human vehicle becoming the chrysalis, to build the strength of the mind to a degree that could provide the power supply to one of these non-mammalian vehicles. They are not space aliens as some think though. There is lots more on this and they were talking like this in the early 1970's before star trek though they didn't know all they knew all at once. They gradually pulled the new information into their human brains so to only be a step ahead of their student body because otherwise the human brain can have some adverse responses when reality comes into question. In the past this metamorphic process was called "conquering our carnal nature" as we see repeated in many cultures because this is always what they, the gardeners require to graduate into their environment and Family. But children can't make such a decision. Now there is a ton more to say on all this but perhaps you have no interest so until you care to converse on this or something else, I will consider that I attempted to offer my experience to some of you here on think atheist. But on a closing note. The Level Above Human doesn't need new members. They don't need nor want anything from humans. They can grow humans on many planets in the Universe. Nor do they want robots. However they do have something to offer and they know it's very, very special but that few will seek it out, though they would be glad if it was many. It looks to us that those who laid down their lives were naive and/or nuts or needy but looks are deceiving. But because They don't need us, it's up to us to prove to them we can be trusted, so we have to be willing to give our total self to them eventually. That's not the standard now. As after the one called Jesus, belief alone in Ti and Do gets your soul pocket/container "put on ice" (not literally) to be brought back for the next opportunity. Thus there is no one on earth to believe in, no one to cow tow to, no one to impress, no one to trust, no books to by as all the info Ti and Do left behind is free, no organization to subscribe to, no need to visit my sites or to tell me you believe or don't and until we each die we can choose to petition Ti and Do in secret (in our closet so to speak) to ask their help and to know their will for us, who want to become their students. So if you really want PROOF, give it a shot. Ask Ti and Do to show you some proof they are real and are who They said they were - the promised return of FAther and Son, the woman being the one called the Father and the Son being the same Soul who played the the role of Jesus. And they never ranted and raved or raised their voice or treated any of us poorly. There is a reason they made world headlines for months on two occasions. They were clearly above and beyond human in every way, but you can't know that unless you take a good look to see.
You are correct. I am long winded. If you are ever in my shoes, you may do a better job but at least I'm not drawing all the absolutely wrong conclusions as you appear to do by your statements. You probably think I'm lying to trick people into becoming my students when I absolutely could care less about such. YOu would actually learn that as a fact if you weren't so defensive. YOu want facts - evidence - clear statements and I guess published writings by successful scholors. (and by the way I know I'm a lousy speller and don't care), but like I said in the first comment, in so many words, why bother.
However, I don't blame you for wanting more of what you consider substansive proof, so I ask you, can you think of 2-3 things you'd consider proof of Ti and Do being the Two Witnesses in rev 11, the return of the FAther and Son, the Woman in rev 12 being the FAther/Ti and the white horse in rev 6 being the male, Do, riding the vehicle named AppleWhite, and their taking names that represent notes in a song as in rev. 14, and requireing of their students the same exact things Jesus required and demonstrated no human characteristics of seeking ofpower or money or fame or ego or intellectual recognition - Serving Mammon, and told us as did Jesus, that we'd have to "give our lives" right from day 1 and how they "spoke plainly of the Father" as prophesized, not using parables/stories to illustrate their points and how they both returned to "make our abode (live with) you" thus were both "sons of humans/woman" which is an undercover operation, which the jews missed 2000 yrs ago and christians are largely missing now as they always are led to expect some supernatural phenomena of some being floating in the clouds on their white horse blowing a trumphet so all can rise up to meet him in the air, as Paul said, but by the way I have tons of scriptural proof that Pauls' vision was as Luciferian styled space alien who was allowed by the Level Above Human to present a challenge to students at the departure of the one called Jesus, and Ti and Do fulfilled the rev 11 prophecy by delivering their new information having new names, (first guinea and pig, and then Bo and Peep and then after the first global public notorority Ti and Do), though not exactly the way it was written because what was written was without understanding just how literal even prophecy can be. The greek word they translated to kill is apokteino which means "kill or hault in ANY way" while translators went on to add words to fill out the meaning around a largely misunderstood beginning to their translation. However, it could also have taken the exact path of their translation (like in the king james for instance) that is if the Next Level (what Ti called the Kingdom of God) - because it's the way of the Next Level to not predetermine all their steps as they change according to the response, tough don't change their requirements to make application to become a member of their crew. Now I can go through 100 more illustrations using bible and even certain core hindu (vedas) and buddhist texts that can be shown to be teachign the same lessons as we saw taught by the historic jesus as the jesus of the religious christian sects don't resemble the real Jesus. He was NOT a human family guy, and was not into prosperity and abundance materialistically and was NOT intellectual and there is lots of evidece he did exist but simply not in the form he's thought to have existed now, so in that sense Jesus doesn't exist. Like I said I have lots more of this kind of evidence and if you want to my site on http://www.youtube.com/user/3spm and/or http://www.sawyerhg.wordpress.com you will see lots of pieces of "evidence" that in any real court of law would be considered and a jury would have a hard time not agreeing point to ti and do as the total fulfillment of ALL prophecy.
Jan 10, 2012
I guess I stuck my foot in my mouth right from the getgo in this forum by not stating my intention more directly. I tried but I know I didn't just lay it out as I would if someone was genuinly interested, though even then I shoot from the hip.
My excuse is that I didn't know what a bible reading atheist was. Perhaps some in this group read the biblefor a laugh or to find things to use to mock others, or to get ammo to show christians their limited thinking to get them back for all the persecution many so called Christians did to pagans and atheists and anyone who challenged them - Luther, etc. Because if that's the case, no wonder nothing I say means anything to you.
I don't really have to talk "bible" at all. Jesus didn't write the bible, but I don't even know if you think the Jesus story was all made up as some atheists like to throw out there - the Zeitgeist people in particular. I have had "supernatural" experiences but how can I prove what I think they were to anyone who has not had something at least similar or doesn't consider that there does exist a dimension of existence and even life that we simply can't detect in a way that we can easily repeat so to call it a scientific discovery. Actually there has been considerable science around the unseen world and lots of evidence of seemingly miraculous events. To me nothing is "magic" except things David Blaine does and Houdini and such, though even the things they have done, some of them can be attributed to "spirts" - discarnate humans which I have seen on many occasions and while in a "straight" frame of mind.
I have a friend who is a staunch atheist and also a physics teacher and is also very progressive and liberal in ways and in other ways very conservative, not unlike many people I know. I've got him to admit that there will be new discoveries, yet when I suggest an area in which something new might come along, and I even bring so called "evidence" like in the form of a doctor who wrote a book or something, he calls that doctor a quack doctor. When I suggest that I beleive there is a great deal of evidence of Space Aliens among us, not necessarily walking around, except in how they can influence humans to do their bidding, he thinks that's quackery and that I have no proof. I have seen flying objects that other physics teachers thought could have been somethuing out of this world, but for this fellow, it's impossible and what tops the cake is that he says he doesn't have the time to look into what I say is evidence. It's the same way, with all this talk I do about Ti and Do and the REAL Jesus as evidenced by what he was quoted to have said in the historic records we have. When I got banned from an atheist meetup it was because they wanted to have their club and didnt' like someone like me appearing to bust in and perhaps that's how you feel about me now. But I don't know if there are any in this group who do have an open mind really as it's increasingly rare I find.
Sure there are plenty that think they have it and think they are free thinkers until they meet the likes of, well, "me" because I happen to be one who had the most contact with Ti and Do for the longest period that didn't lay down my life with them and I'm talking about it far and wide. (and by the way I've been banned from many Christian blogs as well and from certain new age talk radio and other related sites). In my opinion you are very quick to draw conclusions about me that are not at all correct. As I have said, I have zero interest in followers, even if there were some, and there are actually a few who have suggested to me that I'm their teacher, but I have told them I am not in that way as if they believe this information then Ti and Do are their most immedieate teachers, the last ones incarnate, thus not yet distorted into myth as Jesus has morphfed into, which is a predictible circumstance to happen. And they can simply talk to them by thinking of them by their names and asking them what they want to ask for. Names in the unseen grids (like the matrix story) serve as an address, just like computers have memory and hard disk addresses and They have an assigned crew to receive requests and pass they up the chain of mind of their Family unit, to decide how to handle. Some requests the crew have instructions to handle.
Jan 11, 2012
Before Do and the 38 students layed down their lives - what most call "killed themselves" but for any who consider that Jesus was someone special, he was not hardly at all that caring about the physical body, so wouldnt' consider that they killed themselves because He knew they had a "soul body" that would still exist and be in the keeping of the Evolutionary Level Above Human (Ti and Do's terms for what has become known in religious circles as the Kingdom of God from/in the literal Heaven's., aka Outer space.), Do said, through one of his students that did a great deal of writing on his behalf that those that believed after they left could appeal to become Their followers/students but they had to accept all they taught and did and share that same information with others and accept the ramifications for doing so, that is very apparant is generally hostile or condescending and beyond belief for most. And by performing the task of disseminating the information they brought, when we died (not by our own hand as that was for those that had already disconnected from their humans roots and prepared and convinced Do that they were acting on what they wanted to do, which is a long story to actually prove but which I have written about on my blog and youtube channel.
Thus when these few who believe at this time die, their physical vehicle that is, the soul implant that was given them (as all humans are not seeded with a container that holds only Next Level mindstuff) will be in Do's words, "put on ice" what Christians call being "saved". Saved from what? Saved from the fate of all those who don't gravitate in that direction, their end which to most was not at all unexpected anyway so there really is no threat to it. Now it is threatening to those who have received soul implants before, even in a previous civilzation and know the recycling is underway. These are behind the motivating of humans to do their bidding as they too want to escape their fate which last time for many meant finding a cavern to drive their limited space craft into or to team up with the humans who had the technology to build underground bases or to find a location off the Earth that could provide some sustainence. The space aliens are all human or human equivilents. They need to eat and drink and breath some type/mixture of oxygen and they reproduce in a mammalian way though I'm not saying they can't be reptilian and would then reproduce the way reptiles do. But members of the Level Above Human (who are above only because they have been taken through the program that weaned them from their humanness by their efforts to follow the guidelines for doing so, as provided by the Next Level though a "son of man" - an Older Member from that Next Level who as service to their Older Member chooses to engage humans they prepared to become "fruit" for their gardening efforts, the entire purpose for the planet's existtence to begin with.
The Luciferans twisted the truth to make it into a country club belief system. Live a good life, sticking to a few moral rules and believe in Jesus and walla, you'll wake up in a rose garden. It's not at all that simple because the Next Level doesnt' need any new members so they are very, very selective and thereby we need to prove to them we want to be on their crew. They really don't have to prove anything to us. They don't need me either. It's for my growth that I have the task to deliever this info to others, to prove to Them I am trustworthy and will try to do the task they way they would which is a learning/apprentising process.
Well, I've just about said most of the bottom lines so I will move on, though am around for questions. An email anyone can use is email@example.com . And if you ever get in a jam that you are fearful about, you can try to call the names Ti and Do for help and perhaps you will witness a miricle. I know there is no other names that at this time can provide much help.
Hey we chat everyday it was about time!
Jan 13, 2012
Welcome friend. It is amazing. Everyone FAILS to see we are born lacking belief, product of coitus & mutations following the creature plan of a DNA toolkit....iow we are related to every living thin on the planet, proven by DNA...and the BRAIN is the creator of the bizarre metnagical beliefs at the ROOT of ALL religions and also Schizophreni making GOD FAITH by educated people a mental disorder...Amazing...and like schizophrenics the deluded God Believer DO NOT see it...always in denial at their disorder. Shame on blind intellectual atheist like Dawkins et all that do NOT see it...they keep treating the symptoms ignoring the ROOT of the disorder....Blisn fools.All the best friend.
Not sure what happened to my last comment. Your idea for Hitch reminded me of this
Jan 20, 2012
Thanks, Heather! I enjoyed meeting you and listening to those wonderful videos. =P
Feb 10, 2012
Thx for the welcome & for accepting @ add.
I really enjoyed some of the things u were saying in chat. Nice meeting someone that knows their stuff =)
May 29, 2012
I accepted your friend request. I enjoy your posts.
Jul 3, 2012
i wrote my message replying to " can anyone answer me please ??"
let me know your opinion
Sep 3, 2012
Are you asking an objective question? I can address that when you answer my questions you suppressed. You see you seem to suppress those things that do point to God and only hang on to those that you deem as opposing Him. So when you want to look at this objectively, I am open to discuss. And until you answer my previous questions, no need to move to science where there is evidence that the existence of God is possible. No I can't absolutely prove Him just as you cannot absolutely disprove Him. That is where reason comes into play.
Sep 10, 2012
Well for starters, you never told me who Jesus is. You did not reply to my comment about all the hundreds of fulfilled prophecies in the OT about What Jesus would do and the precise time he would start his ministry. You ignored the point I made of scientific foreknowledge in the Bible that science is just discovering. By the way, the Josephus quote I sent you was from an Aramaic scroll and corresponds to the other translations in other languages of his writings- hundreds of them. Even Wiki admits his writings are valid. And I was responding to your statement that there was no outside validation of Jesus. I never said it was eye witness accounts- doesn't nee d to be if eye witness accounts are recorded and there is no evidence to the contrary in history. That is how main stream historians view ancient records- they give the benefit of the doubt to the document unless there is errors or contradictions written in the same time period. So it is most reasonable to accept the NT books as valid. But just reply on the questions if you are willing to look at this reasonably and open. My sense is that you have not really met the God I know and have personal experience with. So from one point of view, I do not believe in the God you portray either. I know a different one and he has given me reason to believe. My post-atheist life is so different but you are not interested in personal encounters so far.
Oh by the way, I may be slow responding as work dictates otherwise.
You asked for the questions and I sent them. Who is Jesus is plain I think.You still have not told me who he is.
The hundreds of prophecies about him in the OT written hundreds of years before his life need an explanation.
The context was lsot when you did not respond. But we can move on.
The scientific foreknowledge in the Bible need your explanation as they are reasonable indications there is a God telling men these things.
Did you not get my email. There are 3 topics, the first one is a good start. Who is Jesus?
Sorry but there just was not enough time for a legend to accrue. There is art least 2 generations needed typically. Also, the Jews were not inclined to follow legends or myths. Also, these writings were made by men who were brutally killed for their beliefs. So that indicates to me that they actually saw and heard what they saw and heard. Would you die for a myth? Historians say that teh burden of proof is on the one who contradicts written history. To say he did not exist without anything to support it is not like you. The fact that he did exist is not an issue anymore for man stream historians and even most skeptics. So the burden of proof is on you. You must demonstrate that he did not exist when he is the most attested to historical figure in existence.
The gospel writers claim to be historical. The burden of proof is on the person who thinks they are unreliable. If there weren't such a presumption of reliability, there would be little history left, because many events are attested by only one source. Historians take documents at face value. Although the gospels include the supernatural, the gospels don't appear to be in the genre of legend. The authors claim to be eyewitnesses. 1st John: "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched--this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ." The author says that he saw Jesus. Do you believe he was telling the truth or lying? Luke says that many have undertaken to set down in writing the traditions of Jesus. Luke says that he made a careful investigation and that he depends on eyewitnesses. Luke's words fit the format of a standard scientific preface. Do you believe him or not? The burden of proof is on the doubter.
Is ti reasonable that Jesus existed? The reasonable answer is yes it is reasonable to assume that he existed since there is no evidence to the contrary.
Well Heather, That was what I have been trying to ask all along. The way you answered sounded to me like you did not believe he existed. So I am sorry that I missed that but it is good to know who you think he is. So if he did exist, then do you believe that he died on the Cross? (I am still trying to understand what you believe about him)
Well again I am sorry I missed that. I think I do not get all the responses sometimes. So you say he was crucified or can accept that. Do you know the reason the Romans crucified him? ( And I am not an expert on the others guys being raised and it does not take away from Jesus's possible resurrection but we have not got there yet) And how do you acknowledge he existed unless you accept some part or parts of the NT? That is where I started to wonder about my atheism since I know he existed but that meant i had to believe part of the NT)
By the way, I have to be away for a day or so- work is a bummer!
Limited to 5000 characters so it is in several parts PART 1
First, I am sorry for the delay but I may have to do that for a while as work dictates it. Also, I appreciate your honest, candid words about your belief. In fact, I had to read it twice as I can remember thinking those things a few years ago (except for the dead holy men popping out). So if you will allow me, I would like to present my journey through my thinking from that previous point to now as I think it will address comments your comments.
To do so, I have to make some assumptions about what you do accept as historical. You have mentioned that you believe Jesus was a real person and died on the Cross (crucified). Most historians also accept the historical fact that on Sunday after he died that his tomb was found empty. Also, historians agree that the Disciples experienced a post-mortem appearance of Jesus. I will assume that you to accept these as historically correct. Now I do not mean that you agree with the last point but just that this is what they claimed.
If I am mistaken, I can go back and discuss more these with you.
Also, I have a long discussion to make on this. I may need to do this in parts if that is ok with you. I will also try to keep it short but to the point, so I apologize if I am not clear as I am not a great writer. So please be patient with me as we discuss this with reason and honesty.
On the comment about the “dead holy men popping out of their graves”, I would like to park this for the moment for a couple of reasons- It is not important to the overall story; It cannot be either verified or denied as lack of evidence is not necessarily a denial of it’s truth; lastly, I have not studied this thing enough to make a decision one way or another. At the moment I can only call it a mystery unsolved as it cannot be used to prove or disprove the main story.
Now in my journey, when I was where you are now, I made claims that this was a myth or legend and not true. But I had an empty feeling about this because I had no real reason to support my claim. I am a person that needs reasons for my beliefs. So I went to the history books to look for reasons to support my position. I wanted to find out how historians went about discerning what happened in the past. What I found was several principles that they use to view history. First, the look at a document to see if there is multiple independent attestations to the events described. If there are multiple accounts then it is generally accepted. They also look for the best explanation of those events based on the accounts attested to. So to me that seemed to be a reasonable approach. Part of me wanted to find a valid reason fro my myth belief and part of me wanted to give the account a fair hearing which is the only way I could feel accurate in my reasoning.
So based on that I began to look at the data. I wanted to understand the culture back then and what the Jews were thinking. In my research I found that the Jews of that time (1st century) were under the foot of the Roman government. The Jewish leaders of that day had a “deal” with the Romans where they would let the Jewish leaders be in charge of the Jews as long as they kept them under control. The Jewish leaders had invented hundreds of new rules and had drifted away from their original beliefs and were more concerned with their power than their religion. Now the Jews were expecting a savoir who would take them out from Roman rule and rule the world. They also believer that there was no resurrection of the dead until after the end of the world and then everyone would be resurrected. Also, back then, there was a very strong oral tradition in the Jewish community. From early in childhood they would memorize large quantities of data exactly and some could quote entire chapters of the OT and more. (From that viewpoint, maybe they were better than
Sep 11, 2012
Into this culture walked Jesus. John the Baptist had come out of the “woods” to announce that a savoir was coming now. Then in walks Jesus and the Disciples were thinking that maybe he was the savoir that their teachings talked about. They followed him for 3.5 years until he was crucified. They were devastated. When he died, they were on their way back to their jobs, despondent that they had followed him perhaps. Then on Sunday, several women found Jesus’ tomb to be empty. The empty tomb is generally accepted by most Biblical scholars, even skeptics. The tomb was empty, so the question is what happened to the body. My research convinced me that no one today disputes this event. (So far I think you w are in agreement with me on these facts)
Now I wanted to see what the options were to explain the empty tomb. One was that the Disciples stole the body. Well, I researched that and found that the Jewish leaders, upon finding out that the tomb was empty, gave the guards money to say the Disciples had stolen the body. So did they or why would they? Well, if they did they would have buried him and kept his bones in a small box as it was their custom to do so in order for their bones to be resurrected. But then that would mean that his body would be found, but it has not. There is one account that the Romans posted a “royal” guard (perhaps a dozen or more) around the tomb and sealed it with a Roman seal. This was an elite group of men that could easily thwart the Disciples efforts. The account says the fainted when the tomb stone door rolled open. So this reason did not sound very plausible to me especially since it would have been very easy to dispel any resurrection claims by producing the body. Neither the Romans nor the Jews produced the body. So it seems reasonable to me that this is not a valid reason as it is unsupportable.
Then I found another idea- This idea was that Jesus was not dead and somehow survived the crucifixion and walked out of the tomb. My research on doctor’s analysis of his condition indicated that he was real dead when he was taken off the Cross. Several reasons seem plausible for this: He suffered scourging which was done with leather straps impregnated with glass, rock and other shards. It would literally tear the skin off the body and cause extreme bleeding. He was then crucified with nails in hands and feet by Romans who were experts in this type of death. They verified by puncturing his lungs and water/blood came out- a real indication of death. Death was by suffocating since the body was stretched out and a person had to lift himself up to get a breath of air in his lungs. ) I think you agree that he did die on the Cross). So this idea does not seem plausible.
So it looks like the disappearance of his body could reasonably be attributed to being resurrected by God as no other claim seems reasonable to me.
Now as a historian, there are multiple attestations to his appearance to the Disciples after his death. That can be PART 2 when I get to it hopefully soon. The above seems to me to be reasonable and a best explanation of the events so far. So it seems to me that it fits the requirements for historical accuracy. I will send you more in the next few days. Also, there is more to my belief than just Jesus’ life: The OT, science and other stuff. So this will involve a lot of discussion and your ideas and counter perspectives would be interesting to hear. Thanks for your patience. I left a lot out for brevity.
Response to First paragraph response:
Sorry for the delay and I do not think I will have time at this moment to answer your entire reply. But I will do it in parts. Thanks for you patience. I will reply to para. 3-4 at a later date.
I can give you 2 references with the time I have now: Dr, Gary Habermas who had been working with skeptics for 20+ years. In his book “The case for the resurrection of Jesus” states: that about 75% of critical scholars today accept the historicity of the empty tomb. Also, you can go on Dr. William Lane Craig’s site and read the debates he has had with noted skeptics/atheists and he posits that statement. If you read the debates you will see that the argument is not about the empty tomb itself but the surrounding events. So let’s focus on the empty tomb. The other part we can discuss later. It does make reasonable sense to posit an empty tomb in my view. Here is why: The Disciples “story” after their reported encounter with the resurrected Jesus was that he had risen and was no longer in the grave. Well, if he was not risen or at least “missing” from the tomb, all the Jews or Romans had to do was to go look. They could have produced his body- game over. But they could not because the body was gone. Jesus was not an isolated little known figure by that time. He was well known by folks in many cities, well known by the Jewish leaders and the Roman government. So well known that he made it into the history books. The empty tomb conclusion also has explanatory power (another requirement that historians use for reasonableness of a historical document). It does explain how the Disciples were able to make their claim seem valid- the body was in fact gone.
For you to posit the body was still in the tomb yields no explanatory power as to how the Disciples could claim it was not there and yet be believed. They would be dismissed immediately yet that did not happen. So it is easy for me to see why a skeptic would not try to challenge that in front of a knowledgeable Biblical scholar. It just is not reasonable to say the body was there when the “story” which grew rapidly could have easily been demolished with a filled tomb, whether you believe the 75% number or not. Your reply has no merit given what happened- not explanatory at all because it does not explain how the “story” got accepted and grew so fast.
I asked that it be parked not ignored. There are several reasons for that. First, for you to bring up the “zombies” (I will call that event Z to save words), you posit that it was not true. To posit it was not true means that your pre-supposition is that God does not exist. But what I am going through is an attempt at a fair analysis of these claims to determine that. So if you want to not believe in God, then you will naturally say things like you said because if God did exist, these things are possible. You can only point to your presupposition as the reason and that is faulty logic. Secondly, you have made a logical fallacy mistake in your statements. Let’s say that Z did not happen. That does not mean that the rest of the NT is wrong – a fallacy called hasty generalization. So you want to throw the baby out with the bath water. Lastly, the Z claim is not relevant at all to the information I presented. In fact it is an anecdotal event. Like describing in detail a football game and making a comment about the cheerleaders dress color- not germane to the game but anecdotal. What atheists do not understand is that a believer does not need or use Z as evidence for anything in his/her belief. It is not necessary to the main event. So trying to push it center front does nothing to damage or affect in any way the rest of the NT. So no need to try to make your case on anecdotal stuff, especially when you have no valid reason to do so. If you want to go through this using reason and logic with no pre-suppositions of what is true and use the histo
Sep 13, 2012
I am using this to respond to your reply that started :"Is this book by D. Gary.." since I cannot find that posted now.
I was really disappointed with your response. As I have said, if I misinterpret your remarks, then I would welcome you correcting me so I understand what you believe and why. All you had to say was “You misunderstand what I said. I do not believe in the account at all because I do not think it is historically valid.” (At least that is what I now interpret as your belief). That would have been just fine and we could have had a discussion about the historical validity of the NT. But you then took an unintended misinterpretation and made all kinds of assertions: called me a liar, dishonest, brain twisted, mentally crippled with vile language. So who is really twisting a misunderstanding into something you have no idea about- who I am? This cuts both ways too. I have told you that the Z story is not relevant to my belief and why. So should I call you these names too? I will not. I was hoping to discuss our beliefs in a reasonable, logical way but you obviously want to use illogical statements (even after they were pointed out to you) and do not want to reason together. To call me those things without even knowing me and then to expand that to all Christians only shows that you can not stay away from ad hominem comments, those occur when a person attempts an attack of a persons character without knowledge. It is a recognized sign of weakness.
There is no need to proceed and I will go find an atheist who does want to converse in a reasonable, logical way. By the way, there are atheists who do accept the empty tomb as true and I was one of them. I had others reasons not to believe. In fact the reasons I listed for an empty tomb came from atheists and their reasons why it was empty. So trying to discern your particular atheist belief apart from others was important to me.
Your belief is not new. Skeptics have been around for 2,000 years and your reasons so far have been rebutted since then. There is a reason that the Bible is the best selling book every year and of all time. There is a reason why brilliant people of all types believe. You have a view of God that is not the one I now know and have had personal experiences with (after I started to believe). But you refuse to want to listen without ad hominem and bad logic.
As a side bar, I was reading about why someone would want to be an atheist and ran onto one idea that stated that it was needed in order to escape a bad childhood. I thought about you and your awful childhood and wondered. Thank you for your time and I only hope you will give God a fair hearing before you get as close to death as I am. BYE
Sep 14, 2012
Your sense of humor is obviously needed to offset suppression of a counter perspective. Let me make it simple for you: If God exists, Z is possible. I said that but you ignored it because it is logical. So continue on in your flawed methods of thinking without logic or reason. I have already found another who wants to discuss with reason and logic and is open to examine all sides.. BYE for sure but I am still goung to pray for you.
Sep 15, 2012
Oct 2, 2012
Oh you are from Canada! Awesome country! I confess I will love to live in Canada... Perhaps someday...
Thought you were on the eastern seaboard when you said the time, but I had to check your profile for province when you said dépanneur!
Nov 21, 2012