Christians often state their proof of God as the Bible. After all, the Bible is non-fiction, thus facts only should be in this document of a belief of Christianity, right? But proof that it is historical and non-fiction is not enough, it seems.
Lots of books are historical. The myths of the Roman, Greek, Egyptian and Norse gods are historical. So are the works of Homer, the story of Atlantis by Plato, the flawed scientific treatises of Aristotle, etc.
But these books are often or always in error, pure fiction (as with myths) or confused about our ultimately determined truths. Similarly, non-fiction books of recent time are also sometimes questionable.
A MILLION LITTLE PIECES by James Frey is the nonfictional biography of the author’s trials with drug addiction. There is one problem however. It is not true. It is made-up fiction.
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF HOWARD HUGHES by Clifford Irving is also not true. Howard Hughes had nothing to do with this effort that built a fictional story on the framework of publically known facts about Hughes.
Parts of the 60 volumes of the HITLER DIARIES were published in April 1983 by the West German magazine Stern after a high price (then $3.8 million US dollars) was paid for them. They were shortly found to be deliberate and deceptive forgeries and complete fiction.
Just because something is “non-fiction” as supposedly is the Bible does not make it true. And there are so many errors, contradictions, evils, flaws, etc, in the Bible and conflicts with historically known facts of the period that it is at the very least very questionable.
Many feel that there is no proof that there is or was a Jesus. There is no positive archeological evidence of a large group of people wandering around in the Sinai for 40 years. The two differing stories of the birth of Jesus in Matthew and Luke take place ten years apart, and vary widely in every other way. The list of errors goes on and on.
If you cannot believe the basics and supposed facts of a book or document, then everything that it purports to “prove” becomes questionable.
Thus if, some of the so-called “facts” of the Bible, of the early Israelite people, of Jesus, or of Christianity become questionable, then the whole faith and belief of a god or God, of miracles, of raising people from the dead, of a great flood covering the earth, of an afterlife, of Jesus walking on water, of snakes and donkeys talking, of a resurrection, of God talking to Moses or anyone else, all become nonsense.
The whole concept of all of this becomes little more than a belief of Winnie the Pooh or Snoopy of Charlie Brown fame being our God and Savior. There is equal validity for either of these beliefs. Jesus or Winnie – whom do you like the best? Sure, Winnie was or is made of straw or bear stuffing, but then all or a lot of Jesus is very questionable also.
We are even missing definitive, strong documentary evidence from Roman or other histories as to the life and adventures of Jesus. We are missing 20 years of his life when he was in Egypt. There are no records or proofs of what he did, how he acted or his religiosity and Godliness – if any – during that time.
Doesn’t that give you just a little pause about validity or accuracy of this belief based on such a shaky foundation?