As we have seen in other works of Nietzsche, he continues his onslaught on christianity with the same determination. In this aphorism, he deals with the question of evidence that is indeed lacking to support the god belief.
When we hear the old bells ringing out on a Sunday morning, we ask ourselves: can it be possible? This is for a Jew, crucified two thousand years ago, who said he was the son of god. The proof for such a claim is wanting.
Can we really believe the creation story and the fall of man and the at-one-moment story of the NT? That the priests tells us sin entered the world through one
man woman and through the acts of another man we have been forgiven. How the christian religion has survived to date with such active critique this far is a matter that we need to spend much more time looking into.
Within our times the christian religion is surely an antiquity jutting out from a far-distant olden time; and the fact that people believe such a claim is perhaps the oldest part of this heritage. a god who conceives children with the a mortal woman, a wise man who calls upon us to work no more, judge no more, but to heed the signs of the imminent apocalypse: a justice that accepts the innocent man as a proxy sacrifice; someone who has his disciples drink his blood; prayers for miraculous interventions; sins against a god, atoned for by a god; fear of the afterlife, to which death is the gate; the figure of the cross as a symbol, in a time that no longer knows the purpose and shame of the cross- how horridly all this wafts over us, as from the grave of the ancient past! Are we to believe that such things are still believed?