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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #58 on: January 06, 2011, 11:41:50 PM »
Pliny's Letters to Trajan and other extra-biblical sources such as Tacitus' Annals, book XV (I can find more if you want) confirm that anyone professing to be a Christian were to be put to death.
Funny thing that you should mention Tacitus' Annals...

There are two very important things about this passage in Tacitus' Annals:

1) This passage in the Annals is about the persecution of Christians by Nero. It is strange however, that this is the only passage in all of Tacitus' numerous works, where he mentions this. Nowhere else in all his writings does he write so much as a single sentence about this.
It is even stranger, that early Christians, who did have access to his works, never mention this. Clement of Alexandria or Tertullian, two of the great early apologists, simply don't know about this passage or any persecution of Christians by Nero despite having access to Tacitus' works (including the Annals).
The earliest point in history, that this passage in the Annals is mentioned is in the fifteenth century. Strangely nobody ever noticed it before...

2)Assuming the passage is genuine and written by Tacitus himself, his sources are likely of christian origin instead of any official records, because there are a number of flaws in the passage in question:
a)Pilate was a prefect and not a procurator. (and if he had been a procurator then Tacitus would have written his title as “procurator of XYZ” and not just called him “procurator”)
b) Tacitus does not use Jesus' name but writes “a man called Christ was executed.” “Christ” is a title, not a name. Why should the Roman records say that “the Messiah” was executed?


Seriously, JT812. You need to look a little more closely at what you reference as "evidence"

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Certainly the apostles would have been at the top of this list and certainly nobody would have continued to believe if the apostles themselves renounced their beliefs.
If they existed in the first place, which still has not been established.

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Further, if the apostles had renounced their beliefs this certainly would have been written down and any rumors of their martyrs would have been crushed because there was a large movement to stop the spread of Christianity.
If the apostles never existed, they can not renounce their beliefs and there would be now records of them doing so.
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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #59 on: January 07, 2011, 12:03:08 AM »
As for scientific reasons God exists. More and more scientists who now believe in the Big Bang are beginning to believe in The Singularity. This was (as I understand it) an infinitely small, infinitely powerful, source of energy that exceeded time and space, created everything we now know, and was not controlled by our current scientific laws.

 I find it amazing that scientists would recognize this as the cause of the universe (exactly what God is without emotions) but refuse to even acknowledge the existence of an Intelligent Designer. That's irrelevant though.

 The most important scientific problem with evolution is creation itself. In order for the Big Bang (or any other theory I know of for that matter) to take place it would require that the Laws of Conservation in every way (mass, matter, energy, momentum, etc) be broken in this one instance.

It also required a source of energy that did not exist at one time to begin to exist (spontaneous generation). This phenomenon would be considered impossible to happen at another time in our universe and in order for it to happen whatever created all that we know must have exceeded the physical limits of everything we know. That entity would have to be a divine or at least supernatural presence, namely God.

I've heard some make the claim that the Universe could be eternal but that is impossible because the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics states that there is a gradual loss of energy in our universe meaning at some point there will be no energy left and at another point there had to be a "full" amount of energy (the beginning of the universe).

I've had many people argue that the impossibility of creation by evolution does not equal creation by God. But my argument is not that evolution simply did not create the universe, it's that a supernatural force is the only possibility to the creation of our universe. That supernatural force is the author and creator of everything, the one whom we call God.

Don’t worry, I went ahead and added spacing so it’s easier to read your quote for everyone….

I love it when scientists can’t explain something to the christian liking they go directly to “god did it” or “See, that’s god”.  Anyways, you’re also forgetting the fact that scientists and cosmologists largely agree that at this singularity and moments after the big bang, that physics as we know it was probably very different and did break most laws if not all currently known laws.  Also agreed upon and breaking the rule is that the universe expanded faster than the speed of light at the very early stage.

I could go into more detail but you seem to be content taking the unknown and regurgitating it only to be another liar for god.  You may be able to falsely dupe other people around you like that but people in this forum are smarter than that.  Real nice though, the imaginary god would be proud but I’m sickened.

Is there any other science that we've learned in the last few 100 hundred years or so that would like to attribute to god!?  When you see a large flying plane in the air do you tell others around you that in no way are the wings on that plane large enough for air pressure to generate enough lift force per square inch of surface area to be able to fly and therefore god exists and is flying the plane.....
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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #60 on: January 07, 2011, 12:15:06 AM »
Why does god hate figs?

Also, why hasn't your god eliminated cancer and other diseases? For my 16th birthday in February, I got something starting with a ca-- but it wasn't the Kia Forte I wanted, but cancer.

For my 16th birthday, I was in a hospital getting chemotherapy.  My mom had cancer when I was in 7th grade. My uncle just got diagnosed with cancer (very likely to be deadly). Their family is very religious, and yet their prayer did nothing.

How do you reconcile this with god creating man in his image? Did god die of leukemia billions of years ago? It would fit with your view of how the universe began.
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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #61 on: January 07, 2011, 01:52:55 AM »
I like how people use words like "creationism" or "creator" in an attempt to sound neutral even though the only creator they're thinking of is their own god.

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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #62 on: January 07, 2011, 07:37:37 AM »
I like how people use words like "creationism" or "creator" in an attempt to sound neutral even though the only creator they're thinking of is their own god.

Yes, this happens to me a lot in conversations with certain friends.  The words "we're not talking about God here, we're talking about natural law, and science."  Too funny...it's as though they are perfectly aware of how it sounds to try to claim they are being scientific, when in the end, they have only one choice left - God did it.

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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #63 on: January 07, 2011, 07:42:19 AM »
I believe it was Eugene Scott who quipped that creationists IDers like to claim they do not know the identity of "the Designer" but his resume only fits a god.

But it is not as if lying is beyond these people.

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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #64 on: January 07, 2011, 07:56:15 AM »
To the OP:

Does god have a poopie hole? If not, where does Holy Shit come from?
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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #65 on: January 07, 2011, 02:28:26 PM »
This thread is just all over the place! JT, can´t you start a thread with a particular subject (for example, did Jesus exist?) instead of trying to cover everything?

JT, I have tried somewhat unsuccesfully to claim that Jesus really existed in another thread. What is your evidence that he ever existed?

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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #66 on: January 07, 2011, 03:03:26 PM »
To the OP: Please describe your god's demonstrable attributes ( if any). 
rhocam ~ I guess there are several trillion cells in a man, and one in an amoeba, so to be generous, lets say that there were a billion. That is one every fifteen years. So in my lifetime I should have seen two evolutionary changes.

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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #67 on: January 07, 2011, 03:27:18 PM »
Also agreed upon and breaking the rule is that the universe expanded faster than the speed of light at the very early stage.

My bolding.

This caught my eye, so I did a little search and came up with this, apparently no rule/law is broken.

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[The] answer lies in the subtle difference between expansion that is faster than the speed of light and the propagation of information that is faster than the speed of light. The latter is forbidden by fundamental physical laws, but the former is allowed; that is, as long as you are not transmitting any information (like a light pulse), you can make something happen at a speed that is faster than that of light.

rhocam ~ I guess there are several trillion cells in a man, and one in an amoeba, so to be generous, lets say that there were a billion. That is one every fifteen years. So in my lifetime I should have seen two evolutionary changes.

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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #68 on: January 07, 2011, 03:34:26 PM »
^^^ Right, I may have misworded a bit.  I meant that most people think that absolutely "nothing" can travel faster than light, but space/universe itself actually can.  Thanks for catching that.
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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #69 on: January 07, 2011, 03:41:49 PM »

To the OP.  Why do christians grieve so badly when they loose a loved one if they are supposed to be off with god in a the paradise of heaven?  They should be filled with happiness.  This emotion of saddness is either selfishness and/or your actual lack of belief in action for a period of time.

Why do christians fight tooth and nail to stay alive if they are diagnosed with terminal illness?  They seek out people who practice medice and science to save them from their of belief of not eternal nothingness, but absolute paradise with god.

Funny how even believers don't even believe when it comes right down to the actual reality of meeting their maker....
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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #70 on: January 07, 2011, 04:32:40 PM »
To DVZ3- Does this mean that there are *only* atheists in foxholes? I'd love to break that cliche once and for all.
On why Christians and non-Christians have the same rate of divorce:

He would rather it that they worship Him, instead of spending their time on family.

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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #71 on: January 07, 2011, 04:36:35 PM »
To DVZ3- Does this mean that there are *only* atheists in foxholes? I'd love to break that cliche once and for all.

Nah, it just means that they dont really and truly believe the delusion.
Actually it doesn't. One could conceivably be all-powerful but not exceptionally intelligent.

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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #72 on: January 07, 2011, 04:44:39 PM »
This thread is just all over the place! JT, can´t you start a thread with a particular subject (for example, did Jesus exist?) instead of trying to cover everything?

JT, I have tried somewhat unsuccesfully to claim that Jesus really existed in another thread. What is your evidence that he ever existed?

This I like!    :D



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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #73 on: January 07, 2011, 05:05:01 PM »
To DVZ3- Does this mean that there are *only* atheists in foxholes? I'd love to break that cliche once and for all.

Not quite sure what you mean here but Dante's reponse it what I was getting at.  Christians don't even really buy into it when the circumstances are such that they should accept their fate of their god, especially on their deathbed.
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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #74 on: January 07, 2011, 05:09:24 PM »
To DVZ3- Does this mean that there are *only* atheists in foxholes? I'd love to break that cliche once and for all.

Not quite sure what you mean here but Dante's reponse it what I was getting at.  Christians don't even really buy into it when the circumstances are such that they should accept their fate of their god, especially on their deathbed.

There is a cliche saying "There are no atheists in foxholes" which basically means that when you are in a life or death situation, you default to believing in God. I remember being on a plane as a theist and being super worried when the plane hit pretty bad turbulence. Then later, after I deconverted, I had a bad flight. I just sat in the seat calmly, knowing that if it was the end, I was okay with that.
On why Christians and non-Christians have the same rate of divorce:

He would rather it that they worship Him, instead of spending their time on family.

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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #75 on: January 07, 2011, 05:19:20 PM »

To the OP.  Why do christians grieve so badly when they loose a loved one if they are supposed to be off with god in a the paradise of heaven?  They should be filled with happiness.  This emotion of saddness is either selfishness and/or your actual lack of belief in action for a period of time.

Why do christians fight tooth and nail to stay alive if they are diagnosed with terminal illness?  They seek out people who practice medice and science to save them from their of belief of not eternal nothingness, but absolute paradise with god.

Funny how even believers don't even believe when it comes right down to the actual reality of meeting their maker....

Likewise the attitude towards miscarriage (god's abortion method) and legal medical abortion. The fetus/baby goes straight to heaven, nowadays does not even have to park at Limbo. No original sin or nothing, plus no chance to screw up and pick the wrong parents and thus the wrong culture and religion.  If they really believed, Christians would be the ones escorting women into the clinics..... &)
Extraordinary claims of the bible don't even have ordinary evidence.

Kids aren't paying attention most of the time in science classes so it seems silly to get worked up over ID being taught in schools.

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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #76 on: January 07, 2011, 05:24:03 PM »
To the OP:

Does god have a poopie hole? If not, where does Holy Shit come from?

I laughed so hard that I snorted!!  :laugh:

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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #77 on: January 07, 2011, 05:40:00 PM »


As for scientific reasons God exists. More and more scientists who now believe in the Big Bang are beginning to believe in The Singularity. This was (as I understand it) an infinitely small, infinitely powerful, source of energy that exceeded time and space, created everything we now know, and was not controlled by our current scientific laws. I find it amazing that scientists would recognize this as the cause of the universe (exactly what God is without emotions) but refuse to even acknowledge the existence of an Intelligent Designer.

I think this comes down to the same thing I've heard so many times: If you go back far enough (pre-Big Bang), then it must be god.  But just because we don't *yet* understand it, doesn't mean it must be god (Goddidit).

I've toyed with the notion that the singularity that we cannot explain at the center of black holes may be something akin to the singularity at the beginning of *our* universe.  Perhaps all singularities open on the other side to a Big Bang, or another universe? 

The point is - WE DON'T KNOW.
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« Reply #78 on: January 07, 2011, 05:44:27 PM »
The point is - WE DON'T KNOW.

Which is, of course, enough justification for me to legislate my religion and set on fire all who disagree.

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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #79 on: January 07, 2011, 05:58:47 PM »
I can argue scientifically why he must exist if you'd like but I won't do that this time

Please do! There are thousands of scientist and brilliant minds that would love to hear this "scientific" argument!

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Christianity is also the only religion I know of where people aren't sent to Hell by God; instead they are offered grace from Him

Who created hell and who decides what criteria condemn a person to hell?? That being SENDS people to hell.

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How can a holy and perfect God accept sinful/bad people into Heaven without a form of redemption?

How can a holy and perfect God create imperfect beings?

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How can your works save you if they are the very thing that condemn you?

They don't. God condemns people.

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Also, another huge difference is that our God is alive.

How do you know this? Can you provide evidence?

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That supernatural force is the author and creator of everything, the one whom we call God.

Who is we? If it is the creator of everything, did it create itself? How do you know which god it is? How do you know that it is not Zeus?

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There is no need for a creator of God because he is eternal. But we know that the universe cannot be eternal.

Again, who is this we? How do you know that the universe cannot be eternal? How can you say that the universe, something that you can observe and study, cannot be eternal but your God, something that cannot be observed or studied, can be eternal? And again, how do you know which god?
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Re: I'm a Christian Open to Questions
« Reply #80 on: January 07, 2011, 11:31:06 PM »
Sorry, I have no time to answer posts right now. :'( Hopefully I'll have some time tomorrow night. We'll just have to see.

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« Reply #81 on: January 07, 2011, 11:35:52 PM »
JT.. you have a lot on your plate right now, here, and from the sound of it, not much time to answer. Might I recommend the advice that you might ask for some time to deal with all of this? It is, admittedly, a bit 'one against a hundred,' so if you really want to keep at this, don't be afraid to ask for some breathing room. (Now, if you'll actually take such advice as offered to many others who (unfortunately) haven't is up to you.)

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« Reply #82 on: January 08, 2011, 01:21:11 PM »
Sorry, I'm not going to be able to respond as often as I'd like or as specifically as I like.

Sorry, I have no time to answer posts right now. :'( Hopefully I'll have some time tomorrow night. We'll just have to see.


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« Reply #83 on: January 08, 2011, 01:41:31 PM »
I propose that JT812 pray to his god, and ask for a miraculous span of time to be opened up for him; for an increased ability to read text, understand theory and arguments, and formulate rapid (but accurate and referenced) responses; and lastly, that his typing speed be somewhere near 120 WPM.   

God is real and and answers prayers, after all.  Surely, this is a "worthy" cause . . .

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« Reply #84 on: January 08, 2011, 03:09:54 PM »
^ That is easier than stopping the sun
like he did for Josua.
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« Reply #85 on: January 08, 2011, 05:36:03 PM »
As for scientific reasons God exists. More and more scientists who now believe in the Big Bang are beginning to believe in The Singularity. This was (as I understand it) an infinitely small, infinitely powerful, source of energy that exceeded time and space, created everything we now know, and was not controlled by our current scientific laws. I find it amazing that scientists would recognize this as the cause of the universe (exactly what God is without emotions) but refuse to even acknowledge the existence of an Intelligent Designer. That's irrelevant though. The most important scientific problem with evolution is creation itself. In order for the Big Bang (or any other theory I know of for that matter) to take place it would require that the Laws of Conservation in every way (mass, matter, energy, momentum, etc) be broken in this one instance. It also required a source of energy that did not exist at one time to begin to exist (spontaneous generation). This phenomenon would be considered impossible to happen at another time in our universe and in order for it to happen whatever created all that we know must have exceeded the physical limits of everything we know. That entity would have to be a divine or at least supernatural presence, namely God. I've heard some make the claim that the Universe could be eternal but that is impossible because the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics states that there is a gradual loss of energy in our universe meaning at some point there will be no energy left and at another point there had to be a "full" amount of energy (the beginning of the universe). I've had many people argue that the impossibility of creation by evolution does not equal creation by God. But my argument is not that evolution simply did not create the universe, it's that a supernatural force is the only possibility to the creation of our universe. That supernatural force is the author and creator of everything, the one whom we call God.

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« Reply #86 on: January 09, 2011, 09:42:05 AM »
I'm not going to be able to quote people properly (with references) because some of the quotes are from earlier pages. Sorry about that.
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Pretending something is impossible unless god did it doesn't impress me much. Scientists are gradually whittling down the unknowns in physics and as of yet they haven't found any indication of something so fantastic it has to be called god. Unless you can show me your sources, I'm going to have to just flat say you are wrong.
My argument is not a "god did it" argument, and I hate it when atheists claim this is the argument Christians are using, because those who don't believe in God use the "we don't understand it" argument. There is a reason Scientists don't fully understand the Big Bang. That's because it breaks so many laws of science it's impossible to understand on a deep level because it's not even possible that it could happen due to all the scientific laws we now know, which it breaks. And you say they haven't found any indication of something so fantastic it has to be called god. What about the show Through the Wormhole? In an interview Morgan Freeman stated that some scientists are at the point where they don't know what could be responsible for certain things other than God.
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And anally violating a baby is no worse than, again, CUTTING PIECES OFF OF IT'S GENITALS. It's the exact same level of sick.
No it's not. Circumcision can have health and cleanliness advantages. It's commonly practiced, because it's not that weird. Anally violating a baby has no benefits and it's really really weird. I can't even believe you made that comparison. Why is circumcision an option at hospitals? And raping the baby isn't?
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how bout addressing some of my questions like why god had siblings?
Jesus had siblings because he was God in an earthly form. He was fully God but also fully human. And a lot of humans have siblings. I don't see why this is an issue?
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And wasn't Yahweh married at one point? lol
Nope.
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Were Pliny's letters to Trajan referring to the apostles?  Were they referring to xtians denying the resurrection?  No.  So yes, please find more sources.
Actually, yes, they were. http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/jod/texts/pliny.html
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You have not offered scientific evidence for god.  You have made a false statement (the same "more and more scientists BS) followed by a complete misrepresentation of the big bang and the laws of thermodynamics, and finishing with an argument from incredulity.  Not scientific evidence.
Tell me where I'm wrong. You asserting that I don't understand something with no explanation of why it's wrong is not even a valid point.
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And this whole nonsense of how xtianity is the only religion where you get to heaven by grace is not true.  The same concepts exist in Hinduism and Islam to name two.  And many religions throughout mankinds history did not have a heaven and hell.
Which I said some believe in works to reach enlightenment. Hindus believe in works in order to be reincarnated into different people or things, not grace. Islam does not believe in grace either. I'm not sure why you would claim either of these did.
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Why does Jewish messianic prophecy and eschatology have absolutely nothing to do with Christianity?
It has everything to do with Christianity. All of those quotes were completed with the coming of Christ, either in a physical or symbolic way.
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You operate under the assumption that Jesus existed. Yet a character that never existed can't have a body either. You first have to establish that the story of Jesus in the NT is real.
You obviously haven't done your research. Why did a HUGE movement of the spread of Christianity start if Jesus didn't even exist? You could know Jesus was real without any sources but I'll give you some anyway.
"Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired. Nero offered his gardens for the spectacle, and was exhibiting a show in the circus, while he mingled with the people in the dress of a charioteer or stood aloft on a car." -Cornelius Tacitus
"At this time there was a wise man who was called Jesus. And his conduct was good and he was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die. And those who had become his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that he had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion and that he was alive; accordingly, he was perhaps the messiah concerning whom the prophets have recounted wonders." -Flavius Josephus
"Festus was now dead, and Albinus was but upon the road; so he assembled the sanhedrim of judges, and brought before them the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some others" -Flavius Josephus
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Anyways, you’re also forgetting the fact that scientists and cosmologists largely agree that at this singularity and moments after the big bang, that physics as we know it was probably very different and did break most laws if not all currently known laws.  Also agreed upon and breaking the rule is that the universe expanded faster than the speed of light at the very early stage.
Cool, obviously I don't agree with them. Tell me how it's possible that the Big Bang was able to break all of our current scientific laws but nothing else can.
JT.. you have a lot on your plate right now, here, and from the sound of it, not much time to answer. Might I recommend the advice that you might ask for some time to deal with all of this? It is, admittedly, a bit 'one against a hundred,' so if you really want to keep at this, don't be afraid to ask for some breathing room. (Now, if you'll actually take such advice as offered to many others who (unfortunately) haven't is up to you.)
I appreciate that. It would be nice if the bigger questions/concerns were given here. It's hard to answer everything when small & big questions alike are being asked.
The moderators have asked that we stop posting new questions, and I will honor that.  When you get time, please post a response to me here.  What you have said above is not correct.
Ok, you're good to go now  :)