6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
In Christianity, if you don't accept Jesus you're going to hell. It's literally the only criteria, good deeds have nothing to do with it.
Ephisians 2: 8-9
|8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.|
| then you still have the historical transcripts that talk about crucifying a man claiming to be God's son and allegedly healing the blind. Several things from the Bible have historical accounts outside of that (parting the sea for example, walking on water). You remove the church and you still get a mythical story of a man claiming to be the son of a great being that made man, healed the sick, and then dying for his claims. |
Actually no, we don't. Parting the red sea never happened and there's no historical evidence that the Jews were even ever slaves in Egypt, the Egyptians took meticulous records about everything, including the bad things, and there's no record about Jewish slaves. It's highly doubtful that Moses was ever a real person.
Any extra-biblical sources referring to Jesus appeared nearly 4 *decades* after his supposed death, through word of mouth transcripts by people that never actually met the guy. There are also no extra-biblical historical references to Jesus that mention any miracles at all; they only appear in the Bible. One of the earliest non-biblical sources we have is Josephus, in year 93. 60 freaking years, by someone who never met the guy.
We know that Mark's gospel came first, and it's dated to at *least* 70 AD, because it mentions the destruction of the Jewish temple. That's a long time after Jesus supposedly died in 33 A.D Hell, we don't even know who the actual authors of the original gospels were.
At best, there was a charismatic Jewish rabbie that lived in 1st century Palestine name Yeshua. Hardly a sound critera for worshipping him as a deity.
|When did that become a qualifier?|
See John and Ephisians references above. Accepting Jesus is *the only* criteria for getting into Heaven according to the Bible.
|the only thing I've ever been told at any of them was to accept God into my heart and do His Will (treating your fellow man like an equal, turn the other cheek, etc). |
You do know there have been thousands of religions with thousands of different gods that all want different things throughout history. Christianity isn't the only religion. Which God are you talking about? The one described in the Bible that you so conveniently ignore? The one in the Q'uran? The ones in the Vedas? Why aren't you a muslim? Did you know in the Q'uran it says if you don't accept Allah as the only true God and that Mohammad is his prophet you will burn for eternity? Better learn the secret Mormon handshakes, just in case, or you'll never get into heaven.
How do you know what God wants without going to the bible? You learned it in church or someone else told you and you're just going to take their word for it just like that? Guess where they got that info...THE BIBLE. How can you be so sure that they know the correct interpretation of what God wants. Did they speak directly to god? I want whatever their smoking (or they need a straight-jacket).
|I said I felt it was fine to believe in them, didn't say they had to logically back up their belief.|
Why should anyone believe *anything* without a reason to back it up? That's not fine, that makes them a gullible fool.
|After all until we are about nine years old or so we believe in Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Witches, and such without question.|
So that makes it perfectly ok for grown adults to believe a sky-wizard created the universe out of nothing with magic, and I can't marry my boyfriend because said wizard says so, seems legit.
|Scientists could come out tomorrow and say "We have indisputable proof God doesn't exist and we are alone in the universe!"|
No, they wouldn't. You can't prove a god doesn't exist because, because you can't prove non-existence. But just because you can't prove it doesn't exist, doesn't mean it does exist by default. The theists are tasked with the burdern of proof, so until they back up their claims with some actual evidence, I call BS. Scientists would never claim that we're alone in the Universe either. Because that would mean we have scoured every millimetre of the universe and never found a single other bacteria ANYWHERE. Do you even understand how the scientific method works?
Don't make ridiculous strawman arguments, you look bad and you should feel bad.
|Even now people are claiming our past civilizations were helped by extraterrestrials through out history.|
And it's very easy to demonstrate that these people are actually incorrect, have mistinterpreted facts, or deliberately lying to support their delusions. You probably dismiss those people as crazy. I do the same for religious belief.
I contend that we are both atheists. You are an atheist for all religions but one, I just go one that one god further. If you take the logic that you apply to your disbelief to other religions, and apply it to your own, you'll understand why I don't believe in your religion either.