In the upcoming weeks I will be putting out a series of articles on the subject of the New Testament of the Christian bible. It's important to note that the idea behind this is solely to ask believers to take a closer look at their religious text (and thus the foundation of their beliefs) as well as to give a new (for some) perspective on how this book came about. I'm fully aware that this is not going to force believers to drop their faith, and this is not my point. I merely wish to have people take a deeper look at what their beliefs entail.
I will be shining an unblinking light on the whole book and be addressing key issues which will include but are not limited to:
In this portion I will explore the authors of each Gospel as well as Paul. I will look at and address inconsistencies within these books and point out the irreconcilable issues each author has. I will examine the Synoptic Gospels and juxtapose them will John and Paul as well as examine the stories which they all share and look for inconsistencies there as well. I will also discuss what purpose each author had for writing what they did.
- Historical Accuracy
In this portion I will examine the historical accuracy of the bible. This will include what the Gospel writers say about timelines and how they stack up to extra biblical accounts as well as against each other. I will also explore what people outside of the canonical bible say about events and see how these stack up with biblical accounts. There will also be a short digression here regarding the Council of Nicaea and there hand in what is considered canon material and thus how they shaped the bible we see today.
- Alternate Resurrection Myths
Here I will take a short look at the similarities with other Mediterranean resurrection myths and try to answer where they came from and what is their significance, if any, to the bible.
This is a short list of what I will be discussing and each article will be open for discussion to have a better guided discussion and debate in each forum. I will be breaking it down into a series so that I may speak in a somewhat more lengthy manner on each topic. There is no timeline for this as I do have to work unfortunately, but I will be putting them out in as timely a manner as I can.
Again I want to point out that this is not an attempt to lead people from Christianity only a means to better educate the lay person on the historical bible, how it came about, and what it really says. This will be, I'm sure, a vastly different look than you will get from your local church and hopefully a breath of fresh air. I fully understand that there are many people who don't rely on the bible for their faith, and that is perfectly fine. I merely aim to address issues with the group that claim to know gods mind through the bible, who claim it is divinely inspired (and therefore, infallible) , and who would quote it for their own ends as proof that god is against group A and for group B, etc (whether it be to suppress homosexuals, feminists, or to pass legislation that would affect the lives of non believers) ...
I hope you will all enjoy this series if for nothing more than a good talking point. I look forward to open discussions on these topics and am always open to new ideas. Feel free to share your thoughts and thanks for reading!