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  1. Walking_Man_Comics

    Walking_Man_Comics said, over 3 years ago

    The Phoenix!

  2. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 3 years ago

    The Bible’s pretty boring until Revelations.

  3. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, over 3 years ago

    ^^^ I wonder if any of you have ever sincerely examined the Life of Christ. There’s a book entitled “Evidence That Demands a Verdict” that lays out the legal, scientific and archeological evidence for Biblical veracity. It’s a " just the facts, ma’am" type of book.
    I believe that the story of a man rising from the dead that has lasted 2 thousand years and has had billions of people believe it is true has earned an honest, personal investigation. I have found that there is far more substantial evidence for the Christ story than, for example, the evolution theory.
    We all have faith in someone or something. No human is completely faithless.
    Christ followers simply believe that where we place our faith has not only eternal but present ramifications. True Christianity isn’t about hellfire and damnation, it’s far more personal and vital than that. Jesus is not at all Zeus-like, waiting to hurl lightning bolts or shower blessings for our behavior.
    Please forgive His human devotees for their inability to express properly who He is.
    I hope you find out yourselves.
    He is risen, indeed.

  4. Nos Nevets

    Nos Nevets said, over 3 years ago

    The Resurrection is the only thing that makes sense of what happened in the 2nd 1/2 of the 2st century.

    These were not dark-age rubes. The Roman empire was populated by very sophisticated cosmopolitans. Gentiles put resurrection myths in the same category as today’s secular humanists do.
    Jews were scattered throughout & comprised about 10% of empire’s population, mostly urban. Although the Jews believed there would be a general resurrection at the end of time, they had no reason to expect for an isolated specific resurrection in the middle of history. Other Messianic claimants had come & gone and their claims died with them or were passed to their heirs.

    No one – NO ONE – not Greek, Jew, nor Roman had any reason to expect or even wish for a Resurrection.

    It shocked Jew & Gentile alike, & turned everything upside down.

  5. corzak

    corzak said, over 3 years ago

    Infinity is everywhere, always. There’s nowhere ‘to go’ when we ‘die’. We’re already ‘there’ now and always.

  6. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    One of my favorite poems:

    Redemption

    Having been tenant long to a rich lord,
    Not thriving, I resolved to be bold,
    And make a suit unto him, to afford
    A new small-rented lease, and cancel the old.
    In heaven at his manor I him sought;
    They told me there that he was lately gone
    About some land, which he had dearly bought
    Long since on earth, to take possession.
    I straight returned, and knowing his great birth,
    Sought him accordingly in great resorts;
    In cities, theaters, gardens, parks, and courts;
    At length I heard a ragged noise and mirth
    Of thieves and murderers; there I him espied,
    Who straight, Your suit is granted, said, and died.

    George Herbert

  7. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 3 years ago

    Happy Easter to all!

  8. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago

    @Nos Nevets

    While I don’t doubt the existence of Jesus, my only problem with the resurrection story is that the Romans never wrote anything about it at the time. Not that they paid a lot of attention to what the Jews did amongst themselves, one would think that someone they had just executed coming back might have been noticed. Even the earliest account was not recorded until 70 years later. It didn’t really “turn the world on its head” at the time. Also, subsequent gospels became more fantastic in their descriptions, and these were kept in the bible while more down to earth apocryphal texts were removed.
    Of course, I wasn’t there, and can only make my judgements based on what has been written by others. The advantage of doing masters level work in theology is you get to read more than most, but it is still an incomplete picture.

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Why would you think it would be “banned” in the 78.5% Christian USA? Only when govt is used to promote it.

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @ConserveGov

    @swr

    So far that mystery of where everything came from isn’t solved by the occultic black box of religion.

  11. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Fourcrows

    I liked Elaine Pagel’s, The Gnostic Gospels, because it raises questions. The Gospel of Thomas among the Nag Hammadi scriptures was enlightening as well.

  12. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @narrowminded

    " I have found that there is far more substantial evidence for the Christ story than, for example, the evolution theory."

    Evolution is no more a “theory” than “gravity”. Neither can be directly observed, but the existence of both is easily seen in the physical world. The “how” of both gravity & evolution are explained by theories.

    I found “Evidence That Demands a Verdict” unconvincing. McDowell makes an assumption, then sets out to prove it. Despite the best efforts to find a contemporary, non-Gospel reference to the existence of Jesus, none have been found. I would say it seems likely that a man lived who was the basis of the Gospels, but there is no independent evidence of this, let alone support for the miraculous claims.

    Archaeologists have found evidence showing Greek myths have some historical basis, but I don’t have to believe Achilles had divine blood.

  13. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, over 3 years ago

    “…I heard a ragged noise and mirth
    Of thieves and murderers; there I HIM espied,
    Who straight, Your suit is granted, said, and died.”
    -
    Lovely post. Although I wonder how many of US will seek let alone find HIM amongst thieves and murderers…
    -

    From my personal and practical experiences, chances of meeting up are better in an ashram or the college lecture circuit. Just saying…

  14. MrSmee

    MrSmee GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @narrowminded

    There were at least two other divinities before Christ who had an almost identical story: son of God,did miracles, killed, rose three days later…if we don’t believe the other two, why believe this one?

  15. Captain Colorado

    Captain Colorado said, over 3 years ago

    He is risen, indeed!

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