Thursday 21 May 2015

If The Bible Is True, Why So Many Religions?

Let's assume for the moment that the Bible is true in its substantive claim that there was once a single couple from whom we are all descended and that, some time later, the population of the Earth was reduced again to a single family. This family all believed in and worshipped the 'one true god' and had even spoken to this god and witnessed his powers first hand in ways in which few people could have any doubts.

This all happened just a few thousand years ago. Although there is no common agreement about exactly when, most Bible literalists put 'creation' somewhere between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago and the flood somewhere between 4,000 and 6,000 years.

So, if our assumption is true, we would have had the entire population of Earth descended from this one surviving family all of whom were convinced and devout believers in the 'one true god' - and nothing else. They would have seen the world exactly as the Bible describes it, no more and no less. What then should we expect of their descendants of just a few hundred or maybe a thousand years, around about say, 3000 BCE?

What we actually see when we look at the evidence, is Earth populated by people not only differing considerably in physical appearance and from DNA evidence, showing signs of considerable genetic diversity, but, most importantly, we see Earth populated by people with entirely different languages, religions and cultures, and even entirely different beliefs about their origins, some living within a few days journey of where this all supposedly took place.

Not only have all other people, apart from one small Middle Eastern tribe, apparently forgotten all about Noah and his family, they have also forgotten all about this 'one true god' and his awesome powers and have invented whole pantheons of different gods in many cases. Some worship the Sun and/or the Moon. Some have local gods of water sources, woods, volcanoes, natural phenomena such as thunder, rain and/or wind. Some have male and female gods marrying and producing daughters and son gods. Many of them also have stories about these gods speaking to them, manifesting themselves in different forms and definitely answering prayers.

In fact, as Europeans explored the world from the early Middle Ages onwards, never once did they find a new group of Noah's supposed descendants (if we are to believe the Bible) who actually remembered any of this supposedly true history in the Bible. Not a single person outside the cultural sphere of influence of Europe and the Middle East, and even many of those with a long history of contact, had the same religion and the same set of stories of their origins. Not one!

None of them remembered Adam and Eve or 'original sin' or used it as a reason to treat women as inferior to men or to make humans the owners of the Earth and everything on it. If they held these beliefs at all, they had invented other reasons for them.

So, if the Bible is true we have to explain why everyone else throughout the entire world forgot every detail 'known' to Noah and his family with such absolute certainty, yet just one small Middle Eastern tribe remembered it in absolute detail, including, word perfectly, exactly what was said to whom by whom, where and when.

Since the god of the Bible, if we are to believe it, took steps to ensure the Hebrews remembered this all with such perfect clarity, presumably it could have ensured everyone else did, but chose not to. Maybe this mass amnesia was all part of its plan - which raises the question of why it planned to have everyone else forget apparently so they could be told about it later.

If it created humanity with poor memories so religions and origin myths would be forgotten within a few generations and needed to be randomly reinvented, why has it apparently reversed that now and religions and origins myths appear to be retained for many hundreds or thousands of years, no matter where the believers migrate to provided they do so in sufficient numbers.

Having allegedly allowed 'evil' to enter the world, then having tried to eradicate it and failed despite being omnipotent, the god of the Bible seems to have facilitated the spread of the 'evil' of the 'wrong religion' and then had to have a book written to reverse this mistake, but has still not yet managed to convince a majority of the world's people. Presumably, Bible literalists can explain this apparent incompetence.

Presumably, Bible literalists not only accept that there is a plausible explanation for all this but can suggest a reason for this mass amnesia which appears to have afflicted the entire human race about 3000 years ago save only for a small band of Middle Eastern hill farmers.

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  1. Need to get your facts together before posting a blog on assumptions and opinions. If you did your homework you would find most major religions have a flood story (interesting considering your point above). Also, God didn't allow evil in the world, the lack of faith in God did. For example, if your mom tells you not to play with fire and you still do and get burned. She didn't allow the fire to burn you, your lack of faith in believe what your mom said to be true did.

    Please do your homework before blogging on opinions about religion. This blog shows me two things, your lack of understanding and that you are trying to reason yourself out of believe because your not 100% sure and there are little to no facts to your points above.

    1. You need to read the article before posting your boiler-plate apologetic. I only pointed out that no other society, religion or culture remembered the name of Noah or the god he and his family had witnessed first hand.

      As most early civilisations were river cultures, floods would have been a regular occurrence, just as they were in Sumeria from whence the Hebrews plagiarised their origin myth. In these cultures the lack of any reference to floods would be remarkable. But perhaps you could run through a few origin myths from later cultures, say, the Austronesia people, the sub-Saharan Africans and the various central Asia and Siberian peoples for me, and tell me what their flood myths were. This would help convince me you have actually researched and checked your facts rather than simply posting the standard creationist evidence-free assertion in the hope that people don't actually check the facts either.

      I note you opted for an ad hominem rather than refuting what I said or offering any explanation for the apparent total amnesia so soon after the supposed biblical flood. Was that because you felt abuse was your only option rather than having to confront the facts?

      I'm bemused that you appear to believe in two creators by the way. Are you sure you've done your homework properly?

    2. You could do a google search or seek out a local pastor to answer these questions rather than an internet blogwhere you will find an inflamatory response. If you are just poking though, keep poking.

    3. Why would I do your research for you? If you think you have answers to the points I raised, post them here. If you don't know the answers, just be honest and say you don't know. I'll then ask you why you believe what you believe when you apparently don't know why, though I rather suspect you you're trying to avoid that one, hence wanting me to do your work for you while you just pretend to know the answers.

  2. The bible is not true. That's why there are so many religions. Next question.


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