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  1. Good one. Also I’ve always wondered if the people Jesus grew up with knew about the virgin birth and how Jesus was actually God.

  2. Cute 🙂
    I made it out immediately, David…great cartoon!
    “I’ve always wondered if the people Jesus grew up with knew about the virgin birth and how Jesus was actually God.”
    I’ll stay away from the whole “Jesus was actually God” comment as I am a guest.
    In regards to the virgin birth thing, however, I have a few questions.
    If they (Jesus’ neighbors, etc.)didn’t know, how did the virgin birth get into the New Testament? Also, why wasn’t it (the virgin birth)mentioned in Mark and John? Did they not know about the virgin birth? If they did know about the virgin birth, why wasn’t such a spectacular miracle worth mentioning?

  3. The Godless Monster ( is that a name you chose for this blog, and why?) I am currently reading an interesting novel by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear called “The Betrayal— The Lost life of Jesus.” It covers those questions you ask about the virgin birth and even the paternity of Jesus, plus a whole lot of controversial matters. Even though it is a historical novel, the Gears are note worthy archaeologists, Kathleen being a biblical archaeologist and historian.

    They put over thirty years of research into this book, getting their material from the gnostic gospels, and other writings which were excluded from the King James Bible.( Man again, interfering)

    Now, I’m not saying that anything in this book contradicts what we are taught about Jesus. It’s simply a detour I’m on, and it’s fascinating. I always rely on the Holy Spirit to guide me in these things. That is also a personal thing which I never impose on any other believer, so all I’m doing is throwing this out in case you wish to delve into it. I believe that God wants us to search and understand these things for ourselves. He will not ever be angry with us for seeking the truth, will he?—–Crystal.

  4. @Crystal,
    Hi! As a guest atheist on a theist blog, I do my best to avoid pitching my own weltanshauung to believers. However, sometimes (as in this case)I am asked point blank questions and I cannot avoid some type of response.
    To answer your first question, no I did not choose my moniker for this blog. I chose it for my blog. I am taking a sabbatical of sorts from it, due to a business start-up and some temporary stress-related issues.
    If you have any further questions about me and/or atheism, please feel free to write me at admin@thegodlessmonster.com
    Despite my moniker, I don’t bite – most of the time. 🙂

  5. Godless Monster: I would not claim to be a theist. As in Spong’s definition of theism: “The fires of anxiety, born in self-consciousness, are thus banked by religion and we are content, if not grateful, to live inside the theistic definition of God that we created. Theism, therefore, is not who God is. Theism is a human definition of who God is. There is a vast difference.” I would go even further than Spong who says we need to strip away our theism to get to the true God by suggesting that this “true God” is still a theistic concept that is bankrupt.

  6. Agreement on common terms is necessary for meaningful discourse to take place. If you believe in a supernatural being such as you have been referring to, you are indeed a theist. Theism, in the in the most general and commonly accepted definition, is the belief that at least one deity exists.
    You are referring to a doctrine concerning the nature of a god and this alleged god’s relationship to the universe. Since I do not believe in a god or gods, this definition carries no meaning for me outside of a historical or academic context.
    At any rate, I must decline to carry this further on David’s blog or at the very least, this post.

  7. Godless Monster, I had no idea that you were an atheist when I wrote about the book I’m currently reading. Now I feel that I stirred things up a little between you and David. Didn’t mean to do that.

    I suppose that most people who read or comment on this blog are believers in some sort of deity, although we probably all have been seriously let down by the deity we have been fed, hence the search for the real truth. For me, I have no choice but to believe in Jesus, as he came to me once and revealed himself, a long time ago when I was very young and lost.(Can’t give you the details as I’m writing a memoir and don’t wish to give the good bits away in case it gets published) Even though I have doubted all the other stuff along the years – promises etc that didn’t come to pass, despite my diligent prayer and obedience, I still cry out to “something out there” because I am spirit in a human body, and know that I am on a journey that has to mean more than simply this earthly plain. That’s me, I can’t deny it.

    Perhaps it is more courageous to be an atheist than to believe that “someone” will ultimately be there for you when you leave this earth. To disappear forever is rather frightening for me, and perhaps that is a weakness I have—Crystal.

  8. Hi Crystal,
    Nobody stirred anything up.:-)
    You were merely reaching out to another person. I took no offense, and I’m sure that David took no offense to my misdirected response.
    I could comment quite a bit on what you’ve written; so many interesting subjects to explore!
    Life is a gift. Love is a gift. Enjoy your journey while trying to find meaning in life instead of searching only for the meaning of life. Blink your eyes and you’ll miss it.

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