obvious falsehoods – an appeal to Christians
One advantage of believing obvious falsehoods is that one is not tempted to imagine one could know the Truth. Clare Flourish
Most Christian denominations seem to think they know the Truth about what the god God wants from belief in him and worship of him. As atheists are fond of pointing out, there are over 42,000 Christian denominations in the world, each with their own diverse practices and wildly varying beliefs. Bore down to within a single denomination, beliefs are all over the place, and are subject to constant change. Even the Catholic Church, which claims to be unchanging over the centuries, has changed its stance on Latin masses, usary, married priests and slavery, to name but a few key areas. No one group could surely claim to the know the Truth by any stretch of the imagination, and yet in every church you visit there will a man, almost always a man, telling people what to believe, telling people what the Truth is.
This is an appeal to Christians to acknowledge that you believe obvious falsehoods. Please do not be tempted to imagine you could possibly know the Truth. You don’t need to bring yourselves to give up on your religion or your belief in the god called God, but try to have some humility about the rock solid foundations you believe your Truth is based on, and encourage the questioning of every Truth you’re told is True.
- Christian churches claim to be based on the teachings of the character Jesus, as portrayed in the Bible. One of his key messages, which was described as being enacted by all his followers in the years following his life-death-life, was to give up all possessions. How many denominations follow this basic teaching? None as far as I know. It is an obvious falsehood that Christianity is based on the core teachings of Jesus.
Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21
- Almost all Christian churches subscribe to the 4th century invention of the Trinity – three gods in one. There is no mention of this in the Bible. It was an afterthought belief that had to be invented by church fathers in an attempt to keep one divine authority figure. It is an obvious falsehood that the Bible teaches there are three equal gods in one being.
“If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” John 14:28
Yahweh is our God; Yahweh is one. Deuteronomy 6:4
So, here I submit two, yet two HUGE obvious falsehoods that face all Christian denominations. Jehovah’s Witnesses may have rejected the Trinity, but they sure have fancy cars and nice clothes when they’re handing out their leaflets on the streets. The pious monks and nuns who gave up all their possessions to follow Jesus pray on a daily basis to the false Trinity invention. No-one is immune to even these two basic Christian falsehoods.
Once again, I appeal to Christians out there to take these falsehoods to heart and accept that if they are wrong about one or both of these major parts of the Christian religion, they are likely to wrong about a whole lot more. Let’s all take a slice of humble pie with our strongly held beliefs and accept that we can never be sure we’re right about anything.