>No other religion today has as much vituperation directed towards it in the media than Traditional (dare I say “fundamental”) Christianity.
Case in point: The Discovery Channel. They should change their name to The Discover Atheism Channel. I looked at their lineup last night, and they had two programs on in primetime.
The first program was a one hour dissection of the biblical flood account. It was called, “Noah’s Ark: The True Story,” as if the Bible isn’t sufficient for “truth”, but must be validated by the “experts” at the Discovery Channel. When I say dissection, I mean that they took the biblical story of the flood, and cut it into pieces, showing with their “logic” that
a. the ark would never have floated if built as described, but would have broken apart, therefore the ark (IF it even existed) was much smaller.
b. there are thirty million species of animal on the earth, so how could Noah have fit over sixty million animals onto a boat the size of the titanic, even though it wasn’t that big (see point a). It went on and on.
Nevermind that the “Ark-itect” of the whole thing was God, and therefore cannot be explained in natural ways. In other words, it would be impossible for the flood to happen naturally, as told in the Bible. But IT DIDN’T happen naturally….it happened supernaturally.
My answer to these points listed above: a. We don’t know what materials they used to build the ark, other than wood and pitch. I assume they used fasteners of some kind, yet the Bible doesn’t mention them. Nor does it mention hammers, saws, axes, etc.
b. A great deal of those 30 million species (or however many there are) are bugs. Many are ocean dwellers, which would not need to be on the ark. How many animals do we have that are bigger than a horse? Not many.
The second program was a two hour display of biblical ignorance called, “The Lost Tomb of Jesus.” Discovery.com gives a description of the program,
With the help of archaeologists, DNA analysts, biblical scholars and statisticians, join Academy award-winning filmmaker, James Cameron as he follows the trail of clues that could lead to the greatest discovery of all time.
These people are claiming to have found boxes with the bones of Jesus and His family. This is not what the Bible says.
So on the one hand, we have (in the Bible): eyewitnesses, government collusion to cover up, and the Word of God…i.e. God is telling us that THIS is the way it happened. On the other hand, we have people who dig up things and look at them, scientists who study DNA, people who read the BIBLE, math experts, and JAMES CAMERON! Hmmm. Who to trust?
If we assume that the biblical account of the resurrection is true, then we have
1. The archaeologists: nothing to dig up, since Jesus isn’t dead.
2. The DNA analysts. Nobody knows who is related to Jesus physically (other than the basic: “Jewish”, and what are the odds of finding bones in Jerusalem that happen to be Jewish? Staggering.).
As far as I understand DNA evidence, they have a sample, and then they have something to compare it to. They find DNA at a crime scene, and then they compare that DNA to the DNA that they get from the suspect. So, assuming that they get some DNA, they would then need Jesus to come down from heaven to compare it to. If He came down, woudn’t that pretty much invalidate their claim that He is dead???
3. Biblical scholars. These guys should know better. Notice they didn’t say “Christians.” Not people who believe the Bible is true, but people who study the Bible with no faith. The Bible itself calls these people, “Blind.”
4. Math experts. Got me on this one, I don’t know HOW they could help…maybe by adding the years?
5. The king of the world…wait, isn’t that SATAN? Seriously, we should believe Cameron rather than God?
If you want to know the truth of Noah’s Flood, it’s in Genesis chapters 6-9. If you want to know the truth about the Resurrection of Christ, it’s in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (NOT Thomas, Judas etc).