Doing my research
Most of my free time is tied up in working on a new pro-thinking book so I don’t have much time for blogging at the moment. However, I wanted to reply to this e-mail that I received through the IAmAnAtheist.com submission form:
first off the Bible doesn’t say Atheism is wrong. i don’t know where you got that info. and i am saying it is wrong. second God did not command moses to kill babies. moses was born during the time that they were killing babies. third Jesus’ divinity is not a theory most of the stories in the Bible come from Eye witnesses. so when Jesus healed people and when he rose again and showed up at mary’s door and showed her the nail marks in his hands. please get your facts right before you publish them to the internet.
Regarding atheism: Psalm 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
If that isn’t saying that atheism is wrong, then it’s not very clear.
About God commanding Moses to kill babies, one example: Deuteronomy 3:2-6: And the Lord said unto me, Fear him not: for I will deliver him, and all his people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou shalt do unto him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon. So the Lord our God delivered into our hands Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people: and we smote him until none was left to him remaining. And we took all his cities at that time, there was not a city which we took not from them, threescore cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan. All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates, and bars; beside unwalled towns a great many. And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women, and children, of every city.
I suppose you could argue that Moses was just around at the time that all of this baby killing was going on but that God didn’t order Moses to personally kill any babies. That’s more special pleading than anything, though.
I disagree that the stories in the Bible are largely from eye witnesses. If you’re just talking about the Gospels, they weren’t attributed until long after they were written (and if I remember correctly, even in the traditional view, Luke wasn’t a witness to anything he wrote about in his Gospel since he was a companion of Paul, not a disciple of Jesus).
As for the part of the Bible where Jesus “showed up at Mary’s door and showed her the nail marks in his hands,” please cite the source for that story. I’m not familiar with it and want to make sure I have my facts straight.
After I replied, the original writer replied as follows:
forgive me it was actually thomas and can be found in john 20:27
I appreciate that he admitted his mistake instead of somehow trying to weasel his way out of it. That shows integrity.
On the other hand, I’m sure we can all admit the irony of his mistaking Mary for Thomas, talking about Jesus showing up at her door when the story in question makes a big point that Jesus appeared without using a door, and saying that I should get my facts straight before misreporting what may be the most famous Bible story about the risen Jesus.