3 Reasons ‘The God Who Wasn’t There’ is Bullshit

Posted on October 9, 2013

Faith by definition is confidence that something is true even though it is not empirically verifiable. That of course doesn’t mean it’s isn’t true. Reason can and must provide an adequate basis for faith. A Christian should be a careful thinker, evaluating the Bible’s message on a historical level and for internal consistency. – Our Daily Bread

Just to be straight with you, I have only been to church once in the last 2 years probably- unless you count weddings and funerals. I’m not a devout Christian, but consider myself a Christian nonetheless. And honestly, watching documentaries like The God Who Wasn’t There, make me stronger in my faith. Here’s the description on Netflix: Ex-Christian fundamentalist Brian Flemming’s lively expose shines an unflinching spotlight on Christianity and the existence of Christ.

Argument #1

They ask Christians (and make note below how long they’ve been a Christian) if they’ve ever heard of Dionysus, Osiris, or Mythra. Three deities that they claim have similar attributes to the story of Jesus. They claim they all were born of virgins, performed miracles, died on a tree or cross, and rose again – and other stupid similarities like had dinner with bread and wine which everybody still does today.

Rebuttal

The Wikipedia entry about Dionysus is the only one with the category : Parallels to Christianity.  A couple of scholars are quoted about why they think Dionysus and Jesus are similar. Honestly, all of their reasons seem pretty far fetched to me: 

  • Both were associated with wine
  • Both had a significant dinner of bread and wine
  • Both have similar stories of being tried in front of a court on charges of claiming divinity (Salem Witch trials anyone? This probably happened to quite a few people back in the day)

If you read the Wikipedia entries for Mithra and Osiris, you won’t find any other mention of similarities between these deities and Jesus. Admittedly I didn’t read the entire entries, but even CTRL +F’ing virgin (0), resurrection (Osiris, 1 time), wine (0) and miracles (Mithras a few times), doesn’t come up with anything that closely resembles the story of Jesus in my opinion.

Argument #2

People in ancient times were obsessed with blood sacrifices, so it only makes sense that Christians came up with a violent story for Jesus. Passion of the Christ did so well in the box office because Christians still have a thirst for blood. To further get their point across that Christians still thirst blood, they compare the Passion of the Christ movie sales to Jesus Christ Superstar – dead serious. The documentary then compares the violence in Passion of the Christ to that of other movies and says how unnecessarily gory it is.

Rebuttal

Brian Flemming must not have ever sat in the front row of a boxing match. I used to hate boxing because it was too gross for me- until I sat front row. When you see the sweat drops fly off a fighter’s face, one. by. one. – you feel the intensity. You imagine yourself in the ring, and you scream to cheer them on with all you got- because you know that’s what they have to be giving in the ring. Yes, doing extra special effects just to show the blood flying off the nails may be eccentric to some, but I just think Mel Gibson has probably sat in the front row of a boxing match, unlike Brian Flemming. Mel Gibson knows that Passion of the Christ wasn’t about the violence. It was to make people feel like they are sitting in the front row for the story of Jesus.

Argument #3

The documentary states that religion is bad for humanity. Besides the obvious wars and oppression, they also say it hurts our society in smaller ways, like how homosexuals are treated. they cite Leviticus 18:22: (this is written and held on the screen for a while while they talk about some things ignorant people have said about homosexuals)

If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act. They must be put to death.

Rebuttal

In two of my bibles Leviticus 18:22 states:

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

Nor was there any mention of death anywhere in the Wikipedia entry about Leviticus 18. In my opinion, adding wording as strong as this and claiming it’s from the Bible is just as bad as mistreating homosexuals. It’s purposely trying to further the stereotype that all Christians are straight – simply not true.

After this blatant mis-quoting of the Bible, I couldn’t watch the ‘documentary’ anymore. Feel free to add further ‘arguments’ and your rebuttals if you do finish it though.

 

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