Learning to think critically is a key aspect of education

Education does not mean going to school or to university and then start engaging in dialog that is clearly unreasonable or illogical in approach. Education is thinking rationally or logically.

The irrationality or illogicality of some propositions, as evidenced in this dialog:

A. Jesus died for my sins.

B. But you were born long after Jesus supposedly lived and died.

A. By doctrine of the original sin of disobedience, committed by Adam and Eve, all their descendants, and this means everyone of us, those already born, are deemed to have been blemished with the taint of this sin, and all those still unborn will carry with them the taint of original sin.

B. Am I correct in saying that you believe in the Genesis account as reported in the Bible as a true account happened as alleged?

A. Yes, and as a Christian, a Catholic, I also believe in the other Old Testament accounts as narrated in the Bible as true accounts happened as written. And mind you, all the passages in the Bible, Old Testament and New Testament, were written with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. On 18 Nov 1893 Pope Leo Xlll issued an encyclical which reads:

“For all the books which the Church receives as sacred and canonical, are written wholly and entirely, with all their parts, at the dictation of the Holy Ghost: and so far is it from being possible that any error can co-exist with inspiration, that inspiration not only is essentially incompatible with error, but excludes and rejects it as absolutely and necessarily as it is impossible that God Himself, the supreme Truth, can utter that which is not true.”

On September 30, 1943 Pope Pius XII issued an encyclical – Divino Afflante Spiritu – insubstantiation of the encyclical issued by Pope Leo XIII on Nov 18, 1893. Divino Afflante Spiritu states, inter alia:

“In our own time the Vatican Council, with the object of condemning false doctrines regarding inspiration, declared that these same books were to be regarded by the Church as sacred and canonical “not because, having been composed by human industry, they were afterwards approved by her authority, nor merely because they contain revelation without error, but because, having been written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have God for their author, and as such were handed down to the Church herself.”

And on November 18, 1965, the Second Vatican Council [SVC], through Pope Paul VI issued the Dei Verbum, one of 16 documents culminating from a series of meetings of SVC members held over a period of approximately three years, from Oct 11, 1962 to December 8, 1965. The Dei Verbum can be expressed, in a nutshell, as a dogmatic document, stating what is already stated in the encyclicals:

“the Bible is a representation of God’s revelations to humans.”

B. I have to congratulate you for your terrific knowledge of some of the ecclesiastical matters of your Church. Would you mind if I were to raise some pointers relating to the Genesis account of Adam and Eve?

A. Not at all, please go ahead.

B. Am I correct to say that you and all Christians for that matter believe in Yahweh/God being omniscient and omnipotent, although in the context of empiricism, there is no evidence for his existence; it’s all nothing more than written text on dead wood? On top of that, there is a huge volume of narrative in the Bible that speaks against the notion of Yahweh being omniscience or omnipotent; I shall come to that.

A. Yes, I believe my God, Yahweh, is omniscient and omnipotent.

B. OK, thanks. If Yahweh “is/was” omniscient, then he “knew” that Eve and Adam would end up eating from so-called Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, right? So, why did he put this tree there, in so-called Garden of Eden, knowing full well what would happen?

A. Yahweh “knows/knew” what would unfold but there can be no logic in this, even if the concept of “free will” is adduced, as even with our so-called free will, he knows/knew in advance what will happen or would happen.

B. Would you accept that omniscience is a seriously flawed concept arising not from empirical observation of reality but from irrational human imagination?

A. To be honest, if you have a valid point.

B. Cain, sometime after the killing of Abel, went to live in the land of Nod, married and produced a son called Enoch, vide Genesis 4.17:

“Cain lay with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch.”

B. Who was this female person Cain married, since Adam and Eve according to script had given birth to sons only?

B. According to Genesis 4.26:

“Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh.”

B. Who was Enosh’s mother? Could it have been Eve? If not, who?

A. Sorry, you have me stumped there, I don’t really know and I don’t have the answers.

B. Then, how can it be true of the belief in the Bible being the word of God for such silly inconsistencies and/or contradictions?

A. I shall have to think this over; perhaps we can continue our discussion another time?

B. Ok, anytime. Thank you, you have shown some honesty in your dialog but I am afraid you are grossly ignorant of biblical narratives. Time to immerse yourself in Bible-reading?

 

 

 

 

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