Recently, a letter writer in the Times-Daily referred to the religious myths of Near-Eastern tribes in a derogatory manner.
Please pity this poor individual who has decided his pseudo-intellectualism is superior to millions of brilliant men and women who spent their entire lifetime studying facts based, not on folklore, but on documented and provable history.
Apparently, this individual believes what he has been told by some other confused pseudo-intellectual rather than trying to gather information for himself. I doubt he has read the Bible or has done serious research into what he pontificates as myth because way too much documented information exists to validate the Bible to those serious enough to look for it. Anyone can besmirch that which he knows little about, it takes genuine intellectual honesty to do serious research and find real truth. Is it possible this individual has not read or properly researched the Bible afraid of what he will find? \The Bible contains 66 books written by 45 or more writers from varied occupations - kings, shepherds, soldiers, slaves, lawyers, farmers (to name a few). These writings cover more than 1,000 years, but they have a constant recurring theme. They tell both the good and bad of the persons written about, and not one fact has been proven incorrect.
The historical facts mentioned in the Bible have been documented by outside sources. Copies of both the Old Testament and New Testament exist in numbers well beyond any other contemporary writings. For example, of all the famous old writings, Homer’s Odyssey exists in 16 copies, all dated 500 years after his life; the Koran’s oldest copy in existence is dated 200 years after the writer’s death. Every book in the New Testament was written by a participant during the life of Jesus or by the very next generation, and there are more than 2,700 copies of these writings in existence.
There are more than 43 Biblical prophesies concerning Jesus, 39 of which he has fulfilled to date. Statisticians chose eight of those over which Jesus had no control, and they determined there was only a 1 in 10 raised to the 17th power chance of those 8 being fulfilled by chance.
Betting against those odds should challenge those who pontificate about myths, either out of fear of pseudo-intellectualism.
If one does not start with a preconceived notion and then work to make facts or myths fit that notion, i.e., information today pretty much removes Biblical information, both scientific and human from the realm of myth. It challenges those intellectually honest enough to read it to change their lifestyle and follow Jesus - not for cowards and pseudo-intellectuals.