You are correct, the one youtube you're looking at does not state 'Lyn is a Christian and she killed her children'. The polic did report Lyn tried to kill her children as she believed the 'Tribulation' was coming. I think it is far to draw that, considering she is American, the Tribulation referred to is the is the Christian one.
Whether you believe she has a poor understanding of Christianity or not is the crux of the matter. There is the concept of the trib in the religion, it has been the focus of lots of rubbish predictions and for some reason, is actually more of a focus of christians in the US than elsewhere.
We have recently seen what (IMHO) the largest PR for the end of the world ever. $3M in advertising it! Some unfortunate events such as Japan only adding fuel to the fire.
The evidence points to a woman suffering a mental illness has found justification within the dominant religion in her society to justify her actions. These were further supported by some terrible real events and a nutjob with a lot of money to advertise his personal rubbish.
Whether it is the correct view of christianity or a contorted one, her motivation has origins in the religion.
In response to hypothetical curiosity & logic:
Yes, if a being that created the universe and all in it, it would not be far fetched to believe that this being could communicate with its creations.
However, there is no evidence of either.
But when we look at the development of civilisation, we see strong patterns. Animism, polytheism, monotheism etc So, we can see that our ideas have changed and evolved over time.
Ok, So when Zoroaster turned up, we invented monotheism. Then Yahweh. Then we get the splits from there. Then within the major abrahamics, we get splits. Then more... and more... and more. Of course, none of these were global, so there are still plenty that don't believe any of this and have their own sets of gods.
All that kind of works against an all-creating God talking to us. If it were the case, we'd have got it right first go, been global and would have been able to maintain consistency since, wouldn't we?
So apart from lack of evidence at all, the evidence suggests strongly otherwise.
Agreed okay you can partially blame religion in this story. On the other not sure if I agree in your order of development of religious ideals, and yes we would have "gotten it right the first time globally" unless people decided to leave or disobey that god and and stop communicating with that god and started doing things however they wished, then they would have children who knew less of the original truth and so on and so on and it would be like the game in school where one person is told a sentence then they whisper to the next and so on until it gets to the last person and its totally different than when it started
well regardless you know what i meant by dying and coming back to life. also, thanks for telling stories about your life. goodnite
You can disagree with them but they are real. Thats how our ideas on religion developed. Go back 2,500 years and you will find nothing about monotheism. You'll find lots about polytheism tho.
The argument of 'chinese whispers' precludes a god that actively communicates. If you think that a rock has a soul and animals are embodiments of gods, then god, if it wanted to be acknowledged, would have corrected that pretty quick. At every point in history, it could have been corrected. Yet instead of consistency, the real world offers the opposite.
Lets have a quick look at the bible. Jesus. I'm sure he lived. That isn't exactly an unlikely event. What is, is that he is the son of god. We have a world were superstition and ignorance prevail. We don't have a clue about how the world works and are inclined to believe in the supernatural because we don't have anything else. Also, the jews seemed to be particularly troublesome to the romans.
The events that transpired as recorded in the bible are supposed to fill us with awe. A crucifixion. As horrible as it was, do you have any idea of how many people were killed that way? Of course, with the details of Jesus, no-one outside the bible corroborate any of it. In fact, the gospels themselves can't get the story straight all the time. In the 5th century, we have the council of Nicaea. They came together and decided, 400 years after the events, what was canon and what wasn't. Gnosticism went out the window as did a number of other unpopular views in christianity.
So, in summary, we have a real, recorded 'evolution' of thought in regards to religion. We have a situation which the claims are within the believable in the context of their time. We have an organised group deciding, many hundreds of years afterwards what is and what isn't the real story.
So supporting your argument of chinese whispers, how do you know any of it at all its gods idea? Particularly when we live in an age where we have a much better understanding of the world and we can see much more mundane explanations for all of it.
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