It's All About the Premise

It is 100% about the premise. The details basically don't matter. Yet people keep getting caught up on the details. I've alluded to this in the past but want to state it explicitly. When people nitpick details from the Bible and say, "How can you believe this actually happened?" they're really questioning the premise. Because nothing else matters.

Premise possibility #1: There is no God.

If this is the case, the _entire_ Bible is utter foolishness. And the life of the Christian is a joke—a slow painful joke, but a joke nonetheless. If this is the case, nitpicking a single story and calling it foolishness is foolishness in and of itself. The Bible should be burned as outright lies and the stories in it should no longer even be considered as stories of literary or historical value. If there is no God, these stories have been used for unbelievable harm and led countless people astray. The book should cease to exist.

Premise possibility #2: There is an almighty creator God and this is his word supernaturally revealed to man.

If there is indeed a God, then none of the rest of it is a leap. The tower of Babel is a pretty nutty story, and maybe it _is_ allegorical and we're not supposed to take it literally. But if it is a completely literal story, an all powerful God can easily spread mankind across the earth and confuse their language. If there is a God that can speak the world in to being, spreading people and confusing their language just simply isn't that big of a leap.

A savior who comes down incarnate and lives a perfect life followed by self sacrifice to save all mankind? Again, it just isn't that big of a leap if you've accepted this premise.

Stop nitpicking details. It's a fools errand. Decide what you believe about the premise, because then the rest just isn't that difficult to accept. The acceptance of premise #2 also does not require having neat answers for every single thing. Maybe some scripture is meant to be interpreted differently, but if we one day find out that something the Lord did defies physics and somehow goes against our understanding of the historical record of the earth.... it just isn't that difficult to accept.

It's all about the premise. Nothing else matters. It's either all true, and therefore pretty damn easy to accept. Or none of it's true, and we who believe it are utter fools.