Every time I decide to keep my mind off the subject of religion, something exciting pops up that makes me want to decry the fallacy of religion even more. Two stories comes to mind. Story one:
There was existed a man, powerful, wasn’t born naturally, he descended from the heavens. He commands the rain at will, he is an intermediary to the higher powers. He is human but not really human because he has supernatural power, does supernatural things. One of the most attributed to him is his ability to spew fire off his mouth (usually when angry). In person, he is a good man.
And story two:
There once existed another, he was born [naturally] of a virgin without the mother having complications. Before he was born, an angel predicted he will be born and in fact gave specific instructions down to the name the child should be called; after his birth, some king felt threatened by this new born and wanted to kill him by all means causing a infantile massacre.
We know nothing of this newly-born until he becomes a boy of twelve where he went to a temple with his parent supposedly already filled with so much knowledge he was teaching the teachers. Again, we know nothing of this boy until he became a man of thrity-three years.
Suddenly, this man gets superhuman. He can turn water into wine, heal the sick, raise dead, walk on water — defying laws of nature which his father created (as he always claimed). At some point we started teaching that he was God which the people he lived with didn’t buy into and decided to kill him.
Of course, he is superhuman and can only die for a little while. ON the third day, he’s back on the streets and this time he is done with his time on earth and need to go back to God, and promised to send another persona, the Holy Spirit and don’t you worry that’s all confusing, he is also God and the Holy Spirit.
I’ve discussed two men. If I ask, most wouldn’t believe my first story but might likely believe the second though it has the same logic has the first, it sounds more familiar and plausible. I thinking constantly retelling this story has turned it true.
And to today’s point, I’ve thought seriously about it and often I try to point out the flaw in the Jesus story to the adamant religious who think this man must have existed (I’m almost certain he never did). Considering the barbarity of the bible it is hard enough to consider it an evidence of this man’s existence (consider stopping by a this two similar post there ), the inconsistency on the stories, let’s take a look the genealogy of Jesus (as usually, I’m using the Amplified Bible which seems written in modern and understandable English):
1THE BOOK of the ancestry (genealogy) of Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed), the son (descendant) of David, the son (descendant) of Abraham.(A)
2Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Aram,
4Aram the father of Aminadab, Aminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse,
6Jesse the father of King David, King David the father of Solomon, whose mother had been the wife of Uriah,(B)
7Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa,
8Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram [Jehoram], Joram the father of Uzziah,
9Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah,
11And Josiah became the father of Jeconiah [also called Coniah and Jehoiachin] and his brothers about the time of the removal (deportation) to Babylon. [II Kings 24:14; I Chron. 3:15, 16.]
12After the exile to Babylon, Jeconiah became the father of Shealtiel [Salathiel], Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, Abiud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor,
14Azor the father of Sadoc, Sadoc the father of Achim, Achim the father of Eliud,
15Eliud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob,
16Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, Who is called the Christ. (the Messiah, the Anointed)
17So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen, from David to the Babylonian exile (deportation) fourteen generations, from the Babylonian exile to the Christ fourteen generations.
And let’s look into the same book and here we go, few chapters later:
23Jesus Himself, when He began [His ministry], was about thirty years of age, being the Son, as was supposed, of Joseph, the son of Heli,
24The son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph,
25The son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai,
26The son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda,
27The son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri,
28The son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er,
29The son of Jesus, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi,
30The son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim,
31The son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David,
32The son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon (Sala), the son of Nahshon,
33The son of Aminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,
34The son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,
35The son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah,
36The son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,
37The son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan,
38The son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.(C)
Maybe we’re talking about two different Jesus here, you be the judge.
Moving on, this man was so great how come no one knew about him, did everyone forget about him so soon. I will not want to repeat an already discussed point, let’s continue the discuss here.
Allow me conclude this way, religion is a sect against reason because when reason is engaged, religion falls apart.