Patsy49 is a self-proclaimed atheist who still has an interest in investigating religious issues. Perhaps she is looking for answers she hasn’t been able to find or happiness that has evaded her. Patsy49 has agreed to write letters sharing her feelings and doubts about Jesus, the bible and God. She is literate, thoughtful, and deserving of a voice.Her views might make all of us think a little deeper and search a little harder for the truth. Hopefully they will serve to strengthen our faith. Her letters will appear from time to time, as long as she chooses to continue writing.
“I’ve been reading your articles almost every day for the past few years, and sometimes they really make me think. I thought I had everything figured out so it made pretty good sense, but wonder if you found something that doesn’t make sense at all that’s even better.
I’ve always has credibility issues with the bible. It’s a beautifully written book, and often credited with being the only grammatically perfect book ever printed. It consistently remains a bestseller, regardless of the best fiction and non-fiction publications.
But nobody really knows who wrote it. It would be humanly impossible for Paul to have written more than half the New Testament. If he spent every day of a normal lifespan writing, he could not have completed it using the tools available at the time. Even with a modern computer, it would be a daunting task.
The phrases and verses you write about often have genuine meaning, but that meaning is in a real-life situation in real time. I can see myself as envious, greedy, giving, welcoming, or whatever it’s about on a particular day.
But why did Jesus not write even one word of the bible? If he was supposed to be God incarnate, he could have miraculously written the whole thing in a millisecond if he wanted to. Jesus was supposedly schooled at a temple and called rabbi, which leads me to assume he was an educated and knowledgeable man. Yet he wrote nothing.
There seems to be nothing to really prove that Jesus even really existed. I saw your article about people who lived before Jesus last week. They were real. They left portraits, writings, busts and artifacts. Why is there no facsimile of Jesus? No portrait? No bust? If he was revered as the only son of God almighty, wouldn’t someone have wanted to paint his portrait or cast or sculpt a bust? Wouldn’t he have been something of a celebrity of his time?
There’s a little piece of me that wants to believe in something, but a great big piece that needs concrete proof. I need anthropological evidence that’s convincing and unequivocal. I need the tangible rather than the intangible.
Right now, I see the bible much as I do ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ a well-written and extremely popular book with little or no basis in fact. It’s filled with interesting concepts and valuable lessons, but is there something more? Does anybody really know? I don’t.”
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