First off, don’t take this as a guy trying to piss off and flame you because you’re Christian. I’m looking for a good discussion…
There is not a single shred of anthropological or scientific evidence supporting many of the stories and beliefs associated with Christianity:
Noah’s Ark - Do you honestly believe that the oceans of the world suddenly increased in size astronomically, engulfing all land on Earth? Furthermore, do you believe that 2 of EVERY species on Earth were taken onto one ship, then were later released, once the waters suddenly disappeared? That would be a boat filled with millions of animals, big and small, very impossible…
Why is it that the accounts of miracles so often quoted and glamorized in Churches today only exist in the Bible? It seems like SOMEONE would’ve noticed those amazing things that supposedly were occuring, and that someone would have wrote about it. Yet still, the only ones who attested to that being true were the ones who wrote in the Bible.
Creation - So God was around forever, but sometime during this ‘forever’ he suddenly decided, “Hey, I’m gonna make some light.” Then, “Hey, It’d be cool if there was a rock in space called Earth. I better throw in water and land to. Maybe some plants and animals and humans to entertain me further…” etc…
Some Christians now believe in creationism through evolution, that is, God created the world as we know it through the process that wasn’t theorized until 150 years ago by an athiest. I kind of see this as rationalizing “well, evolutionary theory is gaining more evidence and proof every year, why don’t we just mix it with what we believe?”
Others deny it completely. Some even believe that the Earth, and every form of life living on it, were created only 10,000 or so years ago. The very rocks we walk on attest to the Earth being BILLIONS of years old. In addition to that, the fossilized remains of millions of species that lived in the past litter the Earth. Most of these fossils are carbon-dated to millions of years ago, pretty far reaching compared to 10,000. Also, even if God created the world through this long evolutionary method, who were Adam and Eve? Some speculate those names to symbolize the 2 origional groups of humans. But there were no 2 origional groups of humans. From anthropological evidence, it appears that primates emerged from the rest of the mammals roughly 50 million years ago or so(these dates may be a bit off from what’s agreed on by most of the experts in the area). These creatures were very smart compared to the other organisms on the Earth at the time. As they continues to evolve, some became more and more intelligent. The line that formed the great apes broke away from the other primates 25-30 million years ago. Think of the main line of the great apes as the chimpanzee line. From 25-30 million years ago to now, the great ape species broke away from the chimp line one by one. First, orangutans did, then gorillas, then humans, then bonobos, and modern chimps are the evolutionary result of that origional line(this is the accepted figure among most expert anthropologists). We broke from the chimp like about 5 million years ago. It was a slow progression to our modern state, and it can be followed by fossils. The human like that broke off started, of course, as the same apes chimps were 5 million years ago. They slowly moved from quadrupedalism to bipedalism(walking on 2 legs), and the size of the brain slowly increased. Those physiological changes became more and more like us, till we reach the point we’re at today. How does the Bible explain those fossils? Why doesn’t the Bible have similar critical evidence to support its claims/stories/beliefs?
It appears to me that the only ‘evidence’ Christians can throw out to support their beliefs is their faith, which is, of course, not evidence.
If you think it is evidence, what about the hundreds of other religions around the world? Every culture and social group created some form of religion, what makes yours so special? They are all founded on and carried on by faith. If faith is such a powerful true force, then all of them are founded on truth. If your religion is true because of your faith, theirs is true because of theirs. Oh, maybe its because Christians’ faith are worth more than, say, Muslims’ faith.