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Reddit Said What? Part I

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One blogger’s attempt to flesh out the best of the worst r/atheism arguments against Christianity on Reddit.

BELLY BUTTON

bellybutton

Boom, you got us.

Here we have photographic evidence that Adam and Eve had belly buttons, which definitively proves they were born and not created. Oh wait, what’s that? This isn’t a photograph? It’s actually a Renaissance painting by an artist named Titian? …never mind.

Look, just because 16th century European artists painted belly buttons on Adam and Eve doesn’t mean A.) that they actually had them, B.) that the Bible claims they had them, or C.) that whether or not they had belly buttons even matters.

Also, why does Satan look like the baby from the E-Trade commercials?

BIBLE NAMES

picard

First of all Picard, watch your language. That’s not very Captain-y of you…

Secondly, Jesus didn’t find guys names Peter, John, James, Matthew, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, and Simon in the Middle East. This meme ignorantly (and I mean ignorantly) assumes that English was a widely utilized language by first century Jews living in Palestine. (Think about that… Take as much time as you need.)

Instead, Yehosua (good catch there, meme creator) found guys named Simōn Petros (Peter), Iōannēs (John), Iakōbos (James), Maththaios (Matthew), Andreas (Andrew), Philippos (Philip), Thōmas (Thomas), and Simōn (Simon), in addition to four others – but the meme seems content without Bartholomew, Thaddeus, and Judas Iscariot.

So, why are they different? Because we translate names from one language to another. This is why your friend John isn’t called Iōannēs, or why your grandma Irene isn’t called ‘peace’. For a more in-depth look at this, check out Jesus vs. Yehosua.

Nice try, Picard. This is exactly why I like Kirk better.

BORN AGAIN

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Great question, I wish someone in the Bible asked a similar question. Oh, wait!

“Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?’” – John 3:4

The answer? You’re missing the point…

We cannot enter the kingdom of God without being spiritually born again. Of course, this begs the question – why do we need to be spiritually born again?

We are all spiritually dead. This shouldn’t be surprising considering the world we live in. Lying, stealing, wars, deception, murder, betrayal – all these things stem from spiritual death. Even on a smaller scale of the self, we must admit that we know we’re not perfect.

The solution, then, is not to simply “grow up.” We’ve been trying that for ages, while self-improvement gurus and religious leaders feed off that useless idea. Can a dead person just grow up? No, of course not. Neither can a spiritually dead person just grow up. Instead, like Jesus says, we need to be spiritually born again.

If you have suggestions for ‘Reddit Said What?’, email dearephesusblog@gmail.com with your ideas.

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