Rather than having one mega post, here is part 2 of the post about juries, etc. Part one is here.
I have said that there are only stories that Paul existed as claimed. That includes his supposed conversion. I can also say that there are only stories that Simon Magus flew around since that also cannot be shown as true either. There are many stories that have no evidence supporting them. We have the claims that King Solomon used demons to build the Temple of Solomon. I ask our Christians: Is that a story or is it the truth? How can you tell? We have no evidence of such a temple so who knows how it was built, if it existed at all. This also applies to the supposed empty tomb. We have no tomb so we have no idea if anyone was in it, or if anyone disappeared from it.
Acts is a story, and again, we have nothing more than it to claim that someone named Luke traveled with someone named Paul who could do miracles. In this, SS assumes both men existed as described in the bible with no evidence of such a thing. If this is simply a story, then there was no information exchanged “first hand”. It is claimed that “Paul refers numerous times to his conversion experience numerous times in his letters”. No he does not. We have these two passages that mention a conversion but no details:
1 Galatians: 15 But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased 16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being.
1 Corinthians 15: 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
We have Acts where the story gets different details when it’s told. It is claimed that as long as we have accounts written by someone themselves, then their claims should be considered evidence of an occurrence. Hmmm, so when I claim that Daleks have landed in my backyard and are enjoying pina coladas, that should be taken as evidence that this really did happen? What? Someone doesn’t believe me when I’ve written this down myself? Darn, I guess “once again, sometimes nothing is good enough”. Continue reading “Not So Pleasant Dinner Conversation – Juries, etc (Postzilla) part 2”