Forget everything and just have faith.
Forget the moral problems with a god commanding and committing mass killings throughout the old Testament.
Forget the numerous problems with canonization, textual transmission, and oral traditions.
Forget the historical, political and ecumenical forces that shaped Jewish and Christian belief systems.
Forget the unscientific nature of the poetry of Genesis.
Forget the mention of unicorns and giants born to angels in the bible.
Forget the support of slavery and polygamy.
Forget the selling of women and the stoning of disobedient children.
Forget the lack of historical and archaeological evidence for the exodus by Israel’s own archeologist.
Forget the enormous amount of contradictions within the bible and failed apologetical attempts to reconcile them.
Forget the probability problems with dating biblical texts, their omissions, copying, differing accounts and interpolations.
Forget the likelihood of first century, bronze-age peasants within a Hellenistic culture trying to make sense of their one-among-many-apocalyptic prophet, his claims and demise.
Forget the probability factors of comporting Jesus birth and life events with Old Testament non-prophecies and coronation literature.
Forget the important contradictions of the resurrection accounts among the gospels and the walking zombies in Jerusalem never mentioned anywhere else.
Forget that the mustard seed is not the smallest seed in the world.
Forget that Jesus said he would return before the disciples would die, and they believed it literally.
Forget that no serious believer today is picking up poisonous snakes and drinking poison. Snakes yes, poison no.
Forget the parallels of Jesus with other preceding dying and rising mythologies through the Greco-roman world.
Forget that your geography, ecology and general ethnocentric factors have more to do with your religious views than any other one factor.
Forget that the infinite interpretations of scripture used to support all manner of views and behavior among believers.
Forget the absence of unexplainable miracles in todays world.
Forget the inactiveness of god in the face of random and natural anomalies in the universe.
Forget the correlation of personal views with views of what gods are like and how they think.
Forget that literal readings of scriptures are only held when convenient to a personal likings and theological persuasions.
Forget that all superstitious claims are defended with similar epistemological existentialism and personal subjective experiences.
Forget all these very normal questions when faced with such extraordinary claims and just have faith, the willingness to believe without evidence..
……..or better, simply ask yourself why.
Why is an important question to ask in everything. Stepping back from the details of this story and looking at the global narrative of any faith system, particularly Christianity, ask yourself why.
Why, if the god of the bible was having such a nice time in the perfect garden, of his perfect creation, with his perfect creatures did he feel the need to introduce imperfection?
Why, would a being with foreknowledge who was having a perfect fellowship, and getting all the glory, feel the need to promote evil, through deceit and delusions?
Why would a perfect creator decide to shake things up with millions of human descendants to demonstrate his power through their destruction?
Why then, after introducing this choice-which apparently created a problem with himself-did he decide that this problem could only be solved with shedding of blood-his own blood?
Why would the creator of all things, the most creative disembodied mind only be able to imagine what every barbaric culture could imagine as a solution?
Why would he create the goal or reward of this whole cosmic experiment to then be a garden like paradise, just like how the whole thing started?
And why would anyone be reasonably sure in this future paradise, this arbitrary power might not introduce yet another future problem? If angels can fall out of favor, might heaven still be a gamble?
And why if he really exist as the bible portrays, does he choose to hide himself away, asking us to muck through this foggy, obfuscating, debatable and ancient evidence? Evidence his own followers have diverse convictions over. Evidences that when viewed in detail, even among those that claim to just “know” he’s up there, has to be taken on faith, the least of all epistemological way to know anything for sure.
If we are to look at his creation (Romans 1) and use our intuitions that he exist, should we then ignore the plain reading of Romans 9, ignoring our intuitions that this being does not reflect our natural sense of justice? This being who determines to pleasure himself through the torture of some, and the exaltation of others; like a mad potter, unaffected and unmoved by his clay creations, for his own selfish desires.
And once you seek to find a comforting answer to why, ask yourself how this promotes love over fear, good over evil and justice over injustice?
For me, the answers led me to inevitable conclusion of a much more comforting belief that this being does not exist at all, but was formed by the minds of superstitious men in a prescientific world seeking answers to our existence. So many of their conclusions turned out to be wrong, it is more likely the whole story is a flawed view of the universe around us.
Having faith in the face of reasonable questions that provide many minds with doubt, is willful ignorance at best, lacking courage at worst. It leads to dogmatic ignorance of self righteous where the plural of anecdotes maser wade as facts used to support bigotry.
A life without this dogma is a truly free life. Free to love without fear. Free to be mindful of the fragility of life and the priceless ness of each moment.