Thursday, October 12, 2006

Ressurreição

Bem, eu queria dizer duas coisas.

Primeiro, que geralmente quem questiona a Bíblia, se ateu, é um mala. Nunca conheci um ateu, ateuzão mesmo, que fosse sério. Conheço um monte de ateus que são ateus porque vacilam, não sabem muito bem onde fundamentar a fé, essas coisas. Ok, esses eu respeito, gosto. Agora, aquele ateu ateuzão, ah, esses são um saaaaaco! Quando você discute com eles, começam a citar livros de trocentos anos atrás e que nenhum estudioso da história da religião leva mais em consideração, ou então partem para uma teologia dogmática de porta de cadeia. Puta merda, me dá raiva. Raiva tanta que não consigo na hora tocar no nervo da questão. O problema todo do ateu ateuzão é que seu argumento só é bem lógico e bem amarradinho porque ele joga fora tudo que parecer contraditório. Um cara que é religioso vive vacilando, trombando, caindo, perdido. Lá na Bíblia está cheio de histórias assim. O ateu ateuzão não. Ele segue naquele caminhozinho estreito porque de antemão joga no lixo tudo que pareça contradizê-lo. Talvez ele fique todo bobo por nunca ter tido crise de fé em seu ateísmo. Se fosse comigo, eu ia é ficar toda desesperada, porque isso significaria que eu estava ficando pirada! Só os doidos e os burros metem uma idéia na cabeça, sem que nada nesse mundo consiga modificá-la. Corações duros...

Segundo, que quem defende a religião é sensato. Você lembra do módulo? Então, mete o ateu no módulo que vai sair o religioso. Quando o religioso diz que a fé não está em oposição à razão, se ouço isso fico dando pulinhos. Isso faz sentido. Se dizem que Deus é tão enorme que é difícil de explicar, também dou pulinhos. Faz sentido também. Se dizem que ciência é boa, mas não serve para explicar tudo, dou mais pulinhos ainda. Praticamente todo ateu que conheci e que ficava lambendo o saco da ciência era um tremendo dum ignorantão em matéria científica, principalmente filosofia de ciência e - aff, desculpa aí a expressão - questões de metodologia, epistemologia. Queria ver a cara deles quando lessem aquele discurso do Einstein onde ele afirma que não há o menor nexo lógico entre a teoria e o dado.

Vou colocar aqui um exemplo da sensatez de um religioso. Você pode notar como o argumento é sereno, não tem forçação nenhuma de barra e é simples. O problema é se você o ler com má vontade. Vai fazer aquela leitura de mobral. Acho que até um muçulmano ia ficar coçando o queixinho depois de lê-lo. E só para constar, tirei daqui. Bye, bye. (OBS: Me perdoem a cagada da formatação. Não sei mexer direito nisso aqui.)

Published: April 13, 2006 12:34 pm

Solid evidence of resurrection

Apparently So
By Craig Harris
HERALD-PRESS (PALESTINE, Texas)

Today is Easter Sunday - the day we Christians celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. But did he really rise again? If he didn't, then he was a liar — or a madman. If he didn't rise again, then our faith is useless and there is no life after death. The whole Bible is a lie, in fact, if Jesus didn't rise again.So, is there any real evidence that the resurrection of Jesus actually happened – or is it just a myth? I want to share some of the solid evidence that Jesus’ resurrection really did happen:

• First, the reliability of the Scriptures. Did you know that we have more than 25,000 manuscripts of the Greek New Testament? That is a huge amount. Some manuscripts date to within 100 years of the autographs (the original writings) and all agree with each other. (Yes, there are minor differences, but there are so many copies available we can look at them and get a very accurate picture of what the New Testament writers said.) What this means is that the Bible is extremely reliable
as a historical document.

• Second, we have writings of historians outside the Bible that corroborate the stories within it. These historians, like Pliny the Younger, Ptolemy, Tacitus and Josephus, not only mention kings, governors, dates and places found in the Bible, they also mention the disciples and Jesus himself.

• Third, the empty tomb. The Gospel writers all mention that the tomb was empty Easter Sunday morning. If there had been a body there, the Romans or Jewish leaders could have shown it and that would have ended Christianity right then and there. Remember, the tomb was well guarded. Also, in the Bible, women saw the empty tomb first — that would never happen in Jewish fiction of that day, so it must have been true.

• Fourth, Paul wrote in First Corinthians that 500 people saw Jesus after his resurrection. Paul wrote this about 20 years after the resurrection and points out that most of them were still alive and could verify what they saw. No one disputes the validity and historicity of Paul or First Corinthians, and 500 people do not have the same hallucination.

• Fifth, why would the early Christians have celebrated Communion and Baptism if Jesus had remained dead? History teaches that the Christians began celebrating The Lord’s Supper within 20 years of Jesus’ resurrection. Communion commemorates the sacrificial death of Jesus by celebrating the blood he shed and how his body was
broken. Why would they do this if Jesus’ death had been meaningless? This would be like a John F. Kennedy fan club celebrating his death instead of his life and legacy. Further, the early Christians changed the meaning of baptism from a Jewish cleansing ritual to mean "buried with Christ and raised to life with him." (Romans 6:4).

• Sixth, why would the disciples die for a lie? We see in the Gospels that they were basically cowards. Why did these timid lambs suddenly change into the lions of the faith? Yes, people die for what they believe is true, but people do not die for what they know is NOT true. History says all of the disciples died for their faith except John.

• Seventh, the emergence and growth of the church. The church started with a small rag tag group of mostly poor people who were murdered and persecuted for their belief. Within two hundred years, it conquered Rome. We name our dogs Nero and Caesar and our children John and Paul. Thousands of churches and changed lives stand as a testament to the resurrection.

• Eighth, the conversion of skeptics. Scores of non-believers, including Jesus’ own brothers, Paul and atheists, have put their faith in Christ after seeing him alive or examining the evidence.

• Finally, the ongoing encounters with Jesus today. Millions of us throughout history have had a conversion experience. We know Jesus is alive because we have felt, known and experienced him.This is the good news: that God came to earth, redeemed us and can be experienced by us. This Sunday morning, remember, we don’t celebrate the good life of a dead man, we celebrate the resurrection of a living Savior who made us, loves us, and wants to know us. Happy Easter from my family to yours.

The Rev. Craig Harris is pastor at Montalba Christian Church in Montalba, Texas, and is employed as the parent involvement coordinator for Palestine Independent School District in Palestine, Texas. Contact Harris at http://www.sycamoretreepublishing.com. His parenting column, Apparently So, runs regularly in the Herald-Press in Palestine, Texas.

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