It’s time for Hitchens, again

There has been a lot of debate over at Nate’s Blog , Finding Truth, Which Nativity Story . First unkleE tries to dazzle everyone with the “overwhelming consensus ” of scholars routine.  Then Colorstorm comes storming in with his circular reasoning that there is irrefutable evidence for God and it can be found throughout the Bible.  And the Bible is true because God wrote it.

I decided it was time to listen to a voice of reason, so I spent a couple of hours last night watching Christopher Hitchens videos.  I don’t agree with everything he says, but he sure makes many compelling arguments.

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What is wrong with this ?

I have had many Christian friends post things similar to this on Facebook and of course they get a “like” from other Christians.

Dear God,

Bless my 2017 with turn arounds.  Turn my lack into plenty.  Turn my confusion into clarity.  Turn my test into a testimony.  Lord bless my 2017 with breakthroughs, miracles, and change.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen

My question to these Christians is where is their responsibility in this ?  They don’t seem to have any skin in the game.  And yet these same Christians will post all sorts of comments about those undeserving of welfare and how they should get a job.  I consider the plea above Christian Welfare.   They forgot to put the words “Help me” in front of these sentences in their plea to their God.

I’m not trying to bash Christians here, but they need to take a hard look at what they are posting.

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DNA Part II

I want to thank those of you who commented on my DNA post.  The more I thought about the post and your comments , additional thoughts keep coming up, so I decided to post “DNA Part II”

In my Ancestry work, I have always tried to verify members of my Tree with 3 sources.  If you have ever searched for ancestors you will notice there may be 3 different people with the same name, birth date and location.  Yet only one of them is your ancestor.  This is where records come into play.  Census, birth & death, etc.

I did my homework with my Grandfather.  I was able to substantiate his birth, where he lived, who he married, and when he died.  I confirmed his parents, his siblings, his children.  He was my Grandfather.  There was no question about it.  Everyone in my family was convinced of the same.

Then this fairly recent science called DNA came into play and destroyed all of my work and my preconceived notions.  All of the records I had at my disposal meant nothing.  Yes, they verified who my Grandfather was, but DNA proved he wasn’t my biological Grandfather.

There are lots of things humans tend to be so certain of .  Our religion, politics,  etc.   My bet is a new science will change our certainty about them too.

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5,000 year old Nativity Scene ?

I saw this on TV this morning and found this article about the discovery  of a 5,000 year old piece of cave art which resembles the Nativity Scene.

 

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Along came DNA

I have always had an interest in my family roots.  My maternal grandfather came to America from Germany when he was 6.  I have been able to visit the German village where he was born and see the record of his birth and baptism kept in a 750 year old church.

My paternal grandfather was born in Kentucky and lived to be 104 years old.  We also have a documented trail of his lineage.

I have spent 100’s of hours gathering this “evidence” which I was convinced cast in stone our family’s heritage.  Then along came dna.  I had a dna test about 3 years ago.  When the results came back they showed matches I shared with other people’s dna.  The only problem was the last names of these people were not the same as my last name.  So I had another dna test performed by a different company.  Again I wasn’t finding any names that I could trace to mine.  I was so convinced of my family records that not once did I consider my ancestors might not be who I thought they were.  Why ?  Because I had so much historical evidence for my family  but NOT for the individual players.

It wasn’t until a few months ago with the help of someone who knows a lot more about dna than I , that I understood the scientific evidence before me had destroyed all of the 100’s of hours of research and the 100’s of documents which I thought was concrete evidence for my existence .

With this scientific evidence (dna) and the database of the millions of other dna tests, I was able to discover “The Truth” .  My paternal Grandmother had my Father with a man other than my Grandfather.

I had been indoctrinated with my parents’ version of the Christian religion and my de-conversion took almost a decade for me to realize it was a myth.  With scientific dna, it still took nearly 3 years for my eyes to be opened to the real truth of my lineage.  Was I this dense ? Some of you might think so   🙂    I would like to think I had convinced myself with historical evidence and this was the reason I never considered another scenario .

I think people of faith also believe the evidence they are given as “historical” is so convincing and/or comforting to them, they have no reason to consider anything else .  Science keeps chipping away at these stories .  The more people embrace science the faster this process will happen.

 

 

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