A question for Christians


In the last post where we had questions for theists, the response we received from the only theist who participated was that the bible is a collection of myths [  and we here agree]. We don’t know how many believers agree with the above assessment and how they continue to hold on to the said beliefs. How is it possible to consider the bible myth and still believe in the god it talks about? How is this different from knowing Harry Potter is fiction and believing that Hogwarts is a real place/ school.

With that background, our question comes from a reading of Ezekiel 37:1-10. We ask you to put this questions in light of the ending of Mark where the believers are told they will move mountains, hold venomous snakes and so and consider, too, that with the faith of a mustard seed they can move mountains.

1. Did the animated bones die again?

2. If this god could animate bones, why do we have sick people in hospitals who would appreciate such animation?

3. Does the bible god have ego issues that it had to assuage it by performing such acts of magic?

4. Where did god disappear to? He seems to have stopped leading people in valleys full of bones.

“The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ I said, ‘O Sovereign LORD, you alone know.’ Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’ So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’ So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet – a vast army. [Ez 37:1-10]

 

 

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

27 thoughts on “A question for Christians

  1. After reading that passage, all I can think of is the raising of the undead in the movie Army of Darkness.

    Many Christians seem to think that they can claim the weirder parts of the bible as myth, but they all seem to insist that the character Jesus Christ has to be real, even though that’s pretty strange too.

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  2. Christ is only strange if you don’t believe in things like virgin births, rising from the dead (self), raising others from the dead, then abandoning them (Lazarus), and levitating your whole resurrected body into the heavens a few weeks after it returned from said “dead.” If you find this stuff hard to believe, and I’m guessing many do, then yes, the whole Jesus business is far more myth than reality. Wow. now that I put it this way, I myself must admit, it is VERY hard to believe. Maybe because it’s not real?

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  3. john zande says:

    The god of the Pentateuch really is a fine circus performer, isn’t he?

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  4. aguywithoutboxers says:

    Terrific questions, my Nairobi brother. It will be interesting to see what type of responses you have to these! I hope you are well! 🙂

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  5. Shinashi says:

    Whenever I hear people regard parts of the Bible as myth or metaphor, I become enamored with the fact that the stuff that makes the Bible important (Jesus, Ten Commandments) aren’t regarded as myth or metaphor while all the other stuff is. I wonder how the regular Christian separates the two.

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  6. Sonel says:

    Very good article and questions Mak. Would be interesting to see the answers. 😀

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  7. Ron says:

    Yeah, Zeke said and did some crazy shit.

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    • makagutu says:

      I think the only appropriate comment is WTF!

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    • makagutu says:

      And this comment is right on the money

      Ezekiel. One of the weirdest books in the whole bible. Mortal man! That one was written by a psychopath. The. Saddest thing is that that book made the cut when they were choosing books to go in the bible. Insane

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  8. Aquileana says:

    Hello dear Makagutu.

    Such an eloquent passage over here. After reading and writing about greek mythology I just want to say that we can see remarkable similarities among the stories of the Bible and the ones of greek myths. Such as for example the Flood of deucalion and Pyrrha and the simbol of the apple in Paris’ judgement.
    Maybe there are just ways to explain genesis in a metaphorical way.
    BTW have you watched Bill Maher’s “Religulous”. If you haven’t checked it out. You’ll find it truly interesting
    Happy weekend ahead to you.
    Best wishes, Aquileana 😛

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