I have friends who could argue the point citing evidence of Jesus' life far better than I can. But if everything has to be empirically proven point by point, it relegates faith as meaningless. I choose to believe the Biblical record. Most who have ever tried to disprove the Bible have ended up being ardent supporters of it. I believe in accounts of Adam and Eve, Noah and the flood, Elijah praying down fire from the sky, Jesus dying for the sins for mankind then rising from the dead, etc. I don't expect to change anyone's mind in a paragraph or two. I'm not a model Christian, just someone who chooses to believe in the goodness, mercy, and therefore existence of God. If that makes me simple or naive, that's okay.
You know, I find it quite ironic that one place that *may* have held some empirical evidence of Jesus' existence - the Library of Alexandria - was destroyed by fanatical Christians. :a24:
Robert Gray, thank you for making such brilliant comments. Everything you wrote I ended up nodding "yes" as I read. There is really nothing I could add, so thanks.
Everyone honestly just needs to let others believe however they want to believe. If you want to believe in God then do so. If it be Buddha, ok. Or if nothing, fine. All is a choice. But don't go and start bashing on other's beliefs or try to change something that has been what it was created as and to be. That's just like me changing for someone because they don't like how I dress. No. That is what's wrong. If you are offended by something then walk away. Ignore it. Be an adult about it. I mean what if I were to go to someone and tell them they need to change because I don't agree with how they were made? I would probably get a face full of fist. But this is all my opinion. I mean take it or leave it. It's totally up to you.