Athena comes before Jesus, and democracy is a constant search for truth. Reading only the bible is not a wide enough search for truth. You must be able to compare what is written in the bible with other common ancient beliefs and influences, before you are prepared to discuss what you believe with literate people. Amen is Egyptian and refers to an unseen God. Much was said about this God and much the same is said of the God of the bible.Quote by: Logjam
Consider this, if an alien landed and dictated to Mose the most awesome religion, and people had no concepts to make this religion believable, Mose would be considered a nut case and no one would have paid attention to his religion. All those God concepts were already in people's heads. All those rules and commandments were already in people's heads. There was nothing startling new about the religion. The stories of Adam and Eve and the flood were wide spread and came in several different versions. So one little group separated themselves from everyone else and later Christians pick up the religion and adjust it to suit themselves. It is adjusted again during the Protestant Reformation and adjusted during the Age of Enlightenment, and for awhile everyone intrepreted the bible abstractly and democracy united us. Then we replaced liberal education with education for technology and Christians reverted back to concert thinking. Christianity without education for democracy is what The Republic of Germany had, and today everyone is seeing what was wrong with that Christianity. Democracy is so superior to Christianity, but we can't even discuss this, with people who can do no more than quote the bible.
If you what to debate religion, learn something besides the bible. If you don't want to debate religion, stay out of the forums. Please, I can tell you far more about the bible, than you can tell me of any other beliefs. The problem is, you just don't know enough to have a reasonable discussion of the judge what you believe. Your belief is based on ignorance of everything but the bible.
You can't even explain how Moses got the stories of Adam and Eve and the flood. I am telling you they were common stories. The bible tells only one people's understanding of the stories and God. There was nothing so special to warrent this becoming the sole source of information. Christianity is a terrible preversion of religious thought, because of the mass ignorance that goes with it.