By Robert G. Ingersoll
The phrases 'blasphemy', 'evil' and 'pagan' have been hurled at Robert Ingersoll via the equipped Christian Church from the instant he made his first statement from the pulpit. And, regardless of their unanimous rejection, his phrases live to tell the tale via this day. As proven during this textual content his prose used to be terse, biting, slicing and a bit smug for he felt it was once his objective to convey the sacred scriptures into the glare of a extra life like realm. Deemed as being written 1000s of years after the very fact, he observed the Bible as being not anything greater than an exhaggerated sequence of people stories that have been passed down by means of a handful of people that, for his or her personal harmony and value, self-proclaimed themselves as being 'God's selected ones'. whereas Mr. Ingersoll bargains no medical evidence that his statements have validity (other than basic logic) he asks the questions that experience caused the doubt and anger that religionists have repressed through the centuries. From Galileo although Darwin through...
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If the other three are true, the gospel of John is false. If the gospel of John was written by an inspired man, the writers of the other three were uninspired. From this there is no possible escape. The four cannot be true. It is evident that there are many interpolations in the four gospels. For instance, in the 28th chapter of Matthew is an account to the effect that the soldiers at the tomb of Christ were bribed to say that the disciples of Jesus stole away his body while they, the soldiers, slept.
Now, it must be admitted that if an infinite Being is the author of the Bible, he knew all sciences, all facts, and could not have made a mistake. If, then, there are mistakes, misconceptions, false theories, ignorant myths and blunders in the Bible, it must have been written by finite beings; that is to say, by ignorant and mistaken men. Nothing can be clearer than this. For centuries the church insisted that the Bible was absolutely true; that it contained no mistakes; that the story of creation was true; that its astronomy and geology were in accord with the facts; that the scientists who differed with the Old Testament were infidels and atheists.
Mark gives the last conversation that Christ had with his disciples, as follows: "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.