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March 18, 2013

Biblical Shuck and Jive

Filed under: Religion — Steve Ruis @ 12:07 pm
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Since the History Channel is airing a mini series on the Bible this week (mercifully called “The Bible” and produced by the people who brought you “Survivor”), it moves me to address some of the issues not raised in that series.

First, do you believe in the doctrine of the Trinity? According to Wikipedia: “Almost all Christian denominations and Churches hold Trinitarian beliefs.” This belief is that God “the Father,” and Jesus “the son,” and the Holy Spirit are three manifestations of one being.

So, if you are an American Protestant, odds are that either you believe this or your church wants you to.

It is also a given in theological circles is that if there were no resurrection, there would be no Christianity. Jesus would then be one of a large number of ordinary apocalyptical Jewish preachers who suffered for their faith (or big mouth or both) and there would be nothing to distinguish him from the others.

Now if you believe in the Trinity and you believe that “God sent his only begotten son to be sacrificed to save you from your sins, etc., etc.” then you have a problem. God didn’t send his “son” even though the Bible claims he can make them out of ordinary mud, without even the need of “covering” some poor woman. God came himself. (For those of you thinking that God would not do that because he couldn’t be away from his desk for that long (30+ years), try explaining how God can’t do something to these Protestant folks.)

Because God came himself, he didn’t sacrifice anything because, well, God can’t be killed (not much of a god if he can be) so he only pretended to be killed, so he must also have pretended to be resurrected. Therefore, Christianity (at least the Protestant trinitarian versions) falls on its own sword.

Hey, they aren’t my beliefs, don’t blame me.

And, if you are a Unitarian, you are kind of off the hook, and you now know the reason most other Protestants despise you: you got it more right than they did. I kind of like you Unitarians: you don’t believe the Trinity nonsense or in original sin or predestination. You seem to be fun-loving and life-affirming and on the right track. Just a little more baggage to leave behind at the station and you’ll be there.

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6 Comments »

  1. The christian god sacrificed himself, to himself, to save human beings from himself…. makes perect sense

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    Comment by john zande — March 18, 2013 @ 12:18 pm | Reply

    • Awesome comment. I howled. My partner howled. Brilliant I tells yuh! (I kind of wrote that post hoping to amuse you which sounds kind of sick, but morivations aren’t always easy to find!)

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      Comment by stephenpruis — March 18, 2013 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

      • I’m so easily amused. Christianity is a gift that just keeps on giving

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        Comment by john zande — March 18, 2013 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

  2. Checkmate!

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    Comment by Robert Nielsen — March 20, 2013 @ 3:46 pm | Reply

    • Well, this is just one of a few “minor” inconsistencies in Christian mythology.

      Been enjoying your blog a great deal of late. I hope you are finding it worthwhile.

      Steve

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      Comment by stephenpruis — March 20, 2013 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

      • Thank you very much and I’ve been enjoying yours as well, though we agree so much I feel I have little to add to your great posts

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        Comment by Robert Nielsen — March 20, 2013 @ 3:56 pm | Reply


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