I’m writing about religion again. Some of my views are controversial and I’ve had people get mad at me. But I believe the truth is important so I feel compelled to tell it. Here goes.
I was having a conversation about religion with a friend and he said, in answer to what we were talking about, “It’s true, because it’s in the Bible.” I said, “Not everything in the Bible is true, so you can’t use the Bible alone to prove anything.” He said, “Prove something in the Bible isn’t true. You can’t do it.” So I did. This is what I showed him.
Ecclesiastes, 1:5 says this: ‘The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.’ (New International Version) The King James Version says it this way” ‘The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.’ Now today, we say the ‘sun rises’ but we know that it isn’t actually rising. We know this because of Galileo. Galileo Galilei, was born 02/15/1564 and died 01/08/1642. He discovered through scientific research that the Earth spins on it’s axis and revolves around the sun. Every grade school child is taught this because it is true. Ecclesiastes is believed to have been written no later that 180 BCE. (I’m not going into how that is known. Biblical scholars know better than I. You can look it up.) My friend said that saying ‘the sun rises’ is just an expression we use while knowing that it’s not actually rising. It’s just an expression. I told him he was right. He smiled. Then I told him, that it’s just an expression for us, today. When Ecclesiastes was written, it was not an expression. It was believed to be true because people hadn’t discovered the truth of it yet. So the writer of Ecclesiastes was writing what he believed to be true. Now if God created the universe and everything in it , then God knows that Ecclesiastes 1:5 is not true. And yet it’s in the Bible where everything is believed to be the word of God, and true.
So you have to ask yourself, if you’re reasonable, if there is one thing that can be proven to be untrue in the Bible, how many other things might there be that are untrue that you didn’t realize? If you look at a high school text book and find some obvious mistakes doesn’t it seem reasonable that there are others that you didn’t find? Besides that, if the Bible is the word of God, what the heck is Ecclesiastes 1:5 doing in there? The Catholic church during Galileo’s time sure believed it was true. They hauled him before the Pope in chains and told him that if he didn’t tell the world that his discoveries about the earth were wrong they would kill him. He decided that he wanted to live so he recanted what he said and the church kept him under house arrest for the rest of his life, never again being allowed to publish any scientific findings. It makes it pretty obvious what the church thought about anyone saying that something in the Bible wasn’t true. They were pissed.
Well my friend said something like ‘God will have all the answers’ or something like that. It drives me crazy when peoples beliefs get in the way of being reasonable. And reading the Bible answers almost no questions for me and actually raises many more. Well I told you this would be controversial. The only thing I’m saying here is what I already said. You can’t use the Bible alone to prove anything. How about that, folks?