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Are our pastors telling us the truth regarding the authorship of the Gospels and the evidence for the Resurrection?
 
Is there really a "mountain of evidence" for the Resurrection as our pastors claim or is the belief in the Resurrection based on nothing more than assumptions, second century hearsay, superstitions, and giant leaps of faith?
 
You MUST read this Christian pastor's defense of the Resurrection and a review by one of his former parishioners, a man who lost his faith and is now a nonbeliever primarily due to the lack of good evidence for the Resurrection:
 
---A Review of LCMS Pastor John Bombaro's Defense of the Resurrection---
 
(copy and paste this article title into your browser to find and read this fascinating review of the evidence for the Resurrection)

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Are our pastors telling us the truth?
 
Are Christian pastors honest with their congregations regarding the evidence for the Resurrection?  Is there really a "mountain of evidence" for the Resurrection as our pastors claim or is the belief in the Resurrection based on nothing more than assumptions, second century hearsay, superstitions, and giant leaps of faith?
 
You MUST read this Christian pastor's defense of the Resurrection and a review by one of his former parishioners, a man who lost his faith and is now a nonbeliever primarily due to the lack of good evidence for the Resurrection:
 
---A Review of LCMS Pastor John Bombaro's Defense of the Resurrection---
 
(copy and paste this article title into your browser to find and read this fascinating review of the evidence for the Resurrection)

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Two of the biggest assumptions that many Christians make regarding the truth claims of Christianity is that, one, eyewitnesses wrote the four gospels. The problem is, however, that the majority of scholars today do not believe this is true. The second big assumption many Christians make is that it would have been impossible for whoever wrote these four books to have invented details in their books, especially in regards to the Empty Tomb and the Resurrection appearances, due to the fact that eyewitnesses to these events would have still been alive when the gospels were written and distributed.

But consider this, dear Reader: Most scholars date the writing of the first gospel, Mark, as circa 70 AD. Who of the eyewitnesses to the death of Jesus and the alleged events after his death were still alive in 70 AD? That is four decades after Jesus' death. During that time period, tens of thousands of people living in Palestine were killed in the Jewish-Roman wars of the mid and late 60's, culminating in the destruction of Jerusalem.

How do we know that any eyewitness to the death of Jesus in circa 30 AD was still alive when the first gospel was written and distributed in circa 70 AD? How do we know that any eyewitness to the death of Jesus ever had the opportunity to read the Gospel of Mark and proof read it for accuracy?

I challenge Christians to list the name of even ONE eyewitness to the death of Jesus who was still alive in 70 AD along with the evidence to support your claim.

If you can't list any names, dear Christian, how can you be sure that details such as the Empty Tomb, the detailed resurrection appearances, and the Ascension ever really occurred? How can you be sure that these details were not simply theological hyperbole...or...the exaggerations and embellishments of superstitious, first century, mostly uneducated people, who had retold these stories thousands of times, between thousands of people, from one language to another, from one country to another, over a period of many decades?

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Two of the biggest assumptions that many Christians make regarding the truth claims of Christianity is that, one, eyewitnesses wrote the four gospels.  The problem is, however, that the majority of scholars today do not believe this is true. The second big assumption many Christians make is that it would have been impossible for whoever wrote these four books to have invented details in their books, especially in regards to the Empty Tomb and the Resurrection appearances, due to the fact that eyewitnesses to these events would have still been alive when the gospels were written and distributed.

 But consider this, dear Reader:  Most scholars date the writing of the first gospel, Mark, as circa 70 AD.  Who of the eyewitnesses to the death of Jesus and the alleged events after his death were still alive in 70 AD?  That is four decades after Jesus' death.  During that time period, tens of thousands of people living in Palestine were killed in the Jewish-Roman wars of the mid and late 60's, culminating in the destruction of Jerusalem.

 How do we know that any eyewitness to the death of Jesus in circa 30 AD was still alive when the first gospel was written and distributed in circa 70 AD?  How do we know that any eyewitness to the death of Jesus ever had the opportunity to read the Gospel of Mark and proof read it for accuracy?

I challenge Christians to list the name of even ONE eyewitness to the death of Jesus who was still alive in 70 AD along with the evidence to support your claim.
 If you can't list any names, dear Christian, how can you be sure that details such as the Empty Tomb, the detailed resurrection appearances, and the Ascension ever really occurred?  How can you be sure that these details were not simply theological hyperbole...or...the exaggerations and embellishments of superstitious, first century, mostly uneducated people, who had retold these stories thousands of times, between thousands of people, from one language to another, from one country to another, over a period of many decades?

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Noah's Flood: The Most Immoral Story Ever Told
Dear Christian,
 I challenge you to watch this short but very provocative video clip regarding the morality of your God's act of killing millions of little children in the Great Flood.  After watching this film, if you can still claim that your God and your belief system are moral and good I will strongly and sincerely encourage you to seek help from a mental health professional.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lmi4YJo1tU

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No one today should believe that virgins magically have babies, that humans walk on water, or that dead men walk out of their graves to eat broiled fish sandwiches with their former fishing buddies.  The whole Christian story is superstitious nonsense.
If there is a Creator, he/she/it gave us a brain.  Let's use it!  Trust in reason and science, not in the tall tales of ancient, middle-eastern holy books.

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Here is the dilemma:  Every Christian Old Testament Bible scholar, pastor, and priest on the planet says that the Old Testament prophesies the birth and death of Jesus of Nazareth as the Jewish Messiah (ben David).  However, every (non-messianic) Jewish "Old Testament" scholar and rabbi adamantly states that there is not one single prophesy in the Hebrew Bible about Jesus.

So who are we poor, ignorant, non-Hebrew speaking, non-Bible scholar, saps to believe?

In lieu of spending the next 10 -15 years becoming a fluent Hebrew-speaking Old Testament Bible scholar yourself, I would suggest using some good ol' common sense.  Who is more likely to be correct:

1.)  Jewish sages and rabbis who have spent their entire lives immersed in Jewish culture, the Jewish Faith, the Hebrew language, and the Hebrew Bible---for the last 2,000 years--- or, 2.)  seminary graduates from Christian Bible colleges in Dallas, Texas and Lynchburg, Virginia?

Sorry, Christian scholars, but using good ol' common sense, I have to go with the Jewish scholars.   And Jewish scholars say that Christian translators deliberately mistranslated and distorted the Hebrew Bible to say things in the Christian Bible that is never said in the original Hebrew---all for the purpose of inventing prophesies into which they can "shoehorn" Jesus!
 
I strongly recommend that every Christian read orthodox Jewish author, Asher Norman's book, "Twenty-Six Reasons Why Jews Don't Believe in Jesus".    This fascinating, easy-to read book written for the layperson/non-scholar, demonstrates, step by step, how the alleged "prophecies" about Jesus in the Old Testament were manufactured by the authors of the New Testament.  You will be shocked by the strong evidence that Jews present for their belief that Jesus absolutely could not have been the Jewish Messiah.
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