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Talking points are a form of doctrine, usually employed in an authoritative manner and repeated over and over until they become perceived as facts regardless of whether or not they actually are factual.
Examples of this are readily apparent in politics, corporate advertising, nationalism, and religion.
These enterprises thrive because they extract energy and resources from others and use them to expand themselves in both size and influence.
Political parties, corporations, countries, and institutionalized religion all depend on a constant stream of attention, money, and energy from others in order to realize their dream of perpetual growth and domination of the particular market they seek to influence and control.
In the case of fundamentalist Christianity, control over others relies heavily on the use of talking points.
These talking points are claimed to be authoritative because they're supposed to be directly connected to the Bible, which in turn is the product of a supreme entity called "God".
Most people have been bombarded by these religious talking points practically from birth, having constant exposure throughout childhood and during their adult lives.
The doctrine is repeated over and over, pounding the message into the minds of people until it becomes an automatic axiom, as if people were naturally born with it.
The goal is to make the talking points absolute and factual, a form of universal law that can be no more denied than gravity.
The goal is to create "reality" for others.
Perceptions and assertions are far more important than substance in the fundamentalist Christian world because creating a perception involves virtually no validation of facts.
Using the Bible to concoct a doctrine and foist it on others is fairly easy because the Bible itself is automatically assumed to be the very Word of God.
This theological system consists of layer upon layer of assumptions, served up as divine truth.
Repetition takes the place of validation because the talking points are equated to being directly from God.
To deny the talking points is to deny God and incur his wrath, which results in damnation.
Fundamentalist Christianity is an amazingly successful use of repetitive argument by assertion, employing circular logic, fear, and reward to cajole and intimidate people into believing whatever clerics want them to believe.
Ironically, the shallow nature of fundamentalist Christian talking points can be revealed by looking at the Bible, which is the very tool used to create the talking points in the first place.
According to fundamentalist Christians, the Bible is to be taken seriously as the authoritative word of a supreme, all powerful being.
And yet, the Bible does not confirm the talking points as being reliable or truthful.
One definition of a myth is as follows,
A person or thing having only an imaginary or unverifiable existence
The key word here is unverifiable.
It cannot be established as reality, factual, or binding on others.
Some popular talking points are listed below, and all of them have more holes in them than a Swiss cheese.
This is the doctrine of the "Trinity", which is one
of the most popular talking points and also one of the most
convoluted, unsubstantiated claims in the Christian stable of
To be fully God and fully man at the same time is the theological equivalent of a shirt that is made out of 100% wool and 100% cotton.
A son by definition must also be younger than his father.
Christians parrot this "Trinity" canard constantly in an attempt to turn it into reality and a universal fact.
It is nothing of the sort.
The Athanasian Creed, which assertively sets forth the doctrine of the Trinity, also declares it to be incomprehensible.
So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God;
And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.
the whole three persons are coeternal, and coequal.
The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Spirit incomprehensible.
This doctrine is a monument to religious propaganda, a
testimony to the mind wrecking power of zealots in frocks that
will use any means to raise themselves up over others and control
On the one hand, this man-made doctrine makes very specific claims about a "triune God" while at the same time asserts that the elements of the "God" cannot be comprehended.
To make matters worse, none of it has actually been validated as real and much of it is actually inconsistent with the Bible, particularly the Old Testament.
Yet, the Trinity is promoted as an obvious, certain, universal fact that's binding on all people.
However, the Trinity, a doctrine that evolved over time with oversight by the Catholic Church, whose teachings Protestants reject when they see fit, is "obvious" only to those that want to create reality out of subjective cloth and then parade it to the world as the only true "God".
Most Christians lap up this dreamy tale and proclaim it to others, wanting them to join them in a headlong fall into a pit of utterly convoluted doctrine creation and wishful thinking.
The Hebrew scriptures (commonly referred to by Christians as the "Old Testament") renounce God becoming a man, and they do not support the Trinity construction.
God is not a man (Num 23:19 Hos 11:9, 1 Sam 15:29, Psa 146:3, Isa 2:22), does not change (Mal 3:6), is a singular being, and there are no others besides him:
(Deut 4:35, Deut 32:39, 1 Sam 2:2, 1 Kings 8:60, Isa 40:18,25, Isa 42:8, Isa 43:10-11, Isa 44:6-8,24, Isa 45:5-6, Isa 45:21-22, Isa 46:5,9, Hos 13:4, 1 Chron 17:20).
In the Hebrew scriptures, God was revealed by voice to all his people in a national revelation at Mt. Sinai or Horeb (Deut 4:10-12,15,32-35, Deut 5:1-4, Exo 19:9,11, Exo 20:19-20).
There was no indication whatsoever that God was a "Trinity" nor was any presentation, inclusion, or mention of Jesus given to the people.
There were none besides God, no equals.
None means none, it does not mean not three persons, or three entities, and it does not include a son that's also God.
Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.
God also gave a warning not to be seduced by other concepts of God.
Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;
Declaring Jesus to be God is exactly what God warned his people not to do, and Christians that take it upon themselves to do that are doing so in disregard to these instructions repeatedly given in the Bible.
Such hypocrisy and "God-mocking" is typical because the Bible will end up meaning whatever a believer wants it to mean.
It has nothing to do with absolute truth, but rather has everything to do with subjective theological preferences and the desires of men to be connected to a powerful being that gives them authority to dominate others.
The New Testament does contain several verses that can be used advance the position that Jesus is God.
However, for every verse that is friendly to Jesus also being God, there are other verses that clearly refute that possibility.
Jesus claimed to have a God, and he claimed this even after he was resurrected and ascended.
Paul and Peter also made this claim.
The list of New Testament verses refuting the Trinity is quite extensive and the following are only a sample of statements made after the resurrection, a time when Jesus was supposed to have been transformed into his glory, and not simply playing the role of a man.
(Acts 2:32-36, Acts 3:21, Rev 1:1-6, Rev 3:12, 1 Peter 1:3, Eph 1:3,17, John 20:17, 1 Cor 8:6, 1 Cor 11:3, 1 Cor 15 20-28,45-49, 1 Tim 2:5, Rom 15:6, 2 Cor 1:3, 2 Cor 11:31 )
Jesus clearly has a God and is subservient to God, even after the resurrection and ascension.
Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my Go, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
1 Cor 8:6
But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
1 Cor 11:3
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
2 Cor 11:31
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
It should be noted that Jesus is declared to be subservient to God, sitting at the right hand of God, Jesus does not know everything that God knows, and must rely on God for his power.
Not all Christians are Trinitarians and their refutations and denial of the Trinity earn them the wrath of those that believe in God as a triune deity.
For every argument or verse that "proves" the Trinity, there are a multitude of arguments and verses that refute it.
In other words, there is no universal agreement among Christians about Jesus being God or God being a Trinity.
In reality, the verses that can be used to define Jesus as being God are canceled out by the many verses that clearly establish him as not being God.
This popular talking point about a triune God has no meaningful validation and should be assigned in the category of theological gibberish and propaganda.
Both of these talking points are extremely popular myths.
The free will claim is bogus because there are instances in the Bible where God manipulates human behavior to produce certain outcomes (Exo 4:21, Deut 2:30).
Claims about universal free will are also demolished by the New Testament, where Rom 8 and Rom 9 show that God predestines things according to his plans, not the plans of humans.
Predestination voids free will as the matter in question has already been decided in advance by God.
If God predestines some people to their ultimate belief, then free will is moot.
The following verses crush claims about universal free will, as they clearly state that God predestines some things according to the pleasure of his will and purpose, not the will of the individual.
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
There is no way to determine to what degree God may have imposed his will on the actions or decisions of any person.
The claim about salvation being a free gift is also false.
Truly free gifts require nothing in return.
Christian salvation is not free because it's an ultimatum.
Failure to comply with the demand results in damnation and a trip to hell.
Christian salvation is actually a barter arrangement where worship and performance of some works is exchanged for salvation.
The requirements for salvation are:
-Belief is required. (Mark 16:16, John 3:16,18,36, John 16:9)
-A confession of belief is required. (Rom 10:9-10)
-Maintaining belief is required. (Heb 6:4-6, 2 Peter 2:20-21)
-Repenting is required. (Acts 2:38,, Acts 3:19, Luke 13:3)
-Being baptized is required. (Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16)
-Doing some good works is required. (Matt 25:41-46)
These two popular talking points, about free will and salvation being a free gift, are examples of false advertising used to create an impression that simply isn't true.
It's nothing more than a tool to suck people into thinking this religion is founded in liberty and generous behavior on the part of the Christian god.
This is an absurd claim when one considers that Christians
also declare that God is the source of moral absolutes and sets
the standard for proper human behavior.
The goal is to replace the obedience to the law with faith in a human sacrifice called Jesus.
In Christian theology, particularly the teachings of the Jewish apostate called "Paul", the law is a yoke that stands in the way of people being reconciled to God.
That opposite is true if the Old Testament is to be taken seriously.
The law provides blessings, is eternal (Psa 119:152,160), and is perfect as it stands (Psa 19:7).
Psa 119 may be the longest chapter in the entire Bible and it's entirely devoted to praising the law and the importance of adhering to it, in order to find favor and receive blessings from God.
The new covenant is defined in Jer 31, and it says nothing about the law being ended or done away with.
It states that the existing law would be reaffirmed under a new contract or covenant.
The expected king messiah was to bring people into great compliance with the law (Ezek 37:24).
Jesus did not do that and Paul's antics about the law being a burden and curse on people is pure rubbish if the Old Testament is to be regarded as accurate and true.
The New Testament fully supports this but the Old Testament
According to the Hebrew scriptures, every person has the ability to save themselves.
There is no need for Jesus or for a human sacrifice, which isn't even a valid sacrifice for sin according to the law of God.
The formula for salvation is to repent and keep the law of God (Ezek 18:20-27).
This was written long before Christianity came along and changed the rules.
When presented with this revelation, Christians will insist that God changed the rules because nobody can keep the law.
However, this is a lie because the Bible shows that some people could keep the law (Gen 26:5, Deut 30:11, Luke 1:5-6, 2 Chron 34:29-33, 2 Chron 14:2, Psa 119:55).
The ultimate cure for failing to keep the law was also outlined by God in (Jer 3:15-17, Jer 24:7, Jer 31:33, Ezek 11:19-20, and Ezek 36:26-27) where God states his plan to infuse his laws directly into the hearts of his people so that they will obey them.
An expected king messiah would also help lead people into great compliance with the law (Ezek 37:24).
The divine plan has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus, who did not qualify to be messiah, nor does the plan involve canceling the law and replacing it with faith in a god-man that is sacrificed for sin.
The intentional disinformation on the part of Christians is a necessity because if there is no need for Jesus in order to be saved, Jesus and Christianity are rendered irrelevant.
This Christian chicanery also creates the absurd scenario of an all-powerful, loving God who is incompetent and an outright liar that deceived his most trusted prophets.
This is not true according to the Old Testament Bible.
Jesus lacked the pedigree to qualify as a king messiah because Jesus had no paternal blood link to David, which is a requirement (Psa 89:3-4,34-37, Psa 132:10-12, 2 Sam 7:12-13).
Jesus never sat on the throne of David, which is an obvious requirement.
The king messiah was also supposed to accomplish his task during his lifetime, not through multiple appearances separated by thousands of years (Jer 23:5-6).
Jesus was never anointed king by a prophet or high priest, which was done throughout the Old Testament.
Physical anointing with special anointing oil was even performed to settle a dispute between Solomon and his brother, when both claimed the throne for themselves.
Jesus never performed the various tasks of a king messiah, which are required for authenticity of the candidate in order to claim the title of "King of the Jews".
This is a mainstay claim for those in the business of
promoting fluffy, feel good Christianity.
It's the type of thing that is constantly repeated to little children, hoping to ensnare them in the illusion before they are old enough to employ critical thinking.
The love of Jesus is actually conditional, repressive, and represents a very human thug mentality.
According to Jesus, simple unbelief in him is a "sin" worthy of punishment and eternal damnation.
This is made very clear in Mark 16:16, John 3:18,36, John 16:9, and Rev 21:8.
Jesus will send the Holy Spirit to convict people of sin if they fail to believe in him.
John 16:8-9(Jesus speaking)
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Of sin, because they believe not on me;
Jesus will send out his angelic drones to purge the world of all that is offensive to him.
The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Jesus will engage in a killing spree when he sets up his kingdom on earth.
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Christians often complain about brutal, repressive regimes in countries that do not embrace Christianity.
Yet, the regime of Jesus is just as dictatorial, intolerant, and repressive, condemning people to torment and death for failure to believe in him and kiss his holy buttocks.
Yes indeed, Jesus is love as long as you do what he says and believe what he tells you to believe.
The popular Christian "Jesus is love" talking point is based on special pleading.
Any other dictator would be criticized for such repressive behavior, but Jesus is special and can do anything he wants because he's holy.
This is the silly, warped mindset that many Christians embrace with gusto.
This is a grand claim, made to impress the unwary with such an
overwhelming number that they conclude Christianity must be
accurate and true.
This talking point is tossed out regularly by missionaries and is often used in recruiting converts.
It's also pounding into the skulls of the faithful by preachers that want to maintain a tight grip on paying customers, those that attend their church or buy their books, or look to them for guidance.
Converting someone into a paying customer is vital, but keeping them in the fold, supplying a steady stream of "tithes" (money!) to the church is also very important.
Some of the most often cited "prophecies" are found in Isaiah 53, Isa 7, and Dan 9.
There are other essays that address the alleged fulfillment of these by Jesus but suffice it to say that all of them are based on highly subjective interpretations of the scriptures involved.
Christians have scoured the Old Testament for anything that can be remotely used to validate Jesus as being foretold or fulfilling something.
The alleged fulfillment often employs taking a small piece of an existing passage in the Old Testament, and then using it out of context to validate Jesus as a genuine messiah.
The author of the Gospel of Matthew was a master at doing this.
When encountering this Christian talking point about 300+ fulfilled prophecies, it's important to realize that there is no prophecy in the Hebrew scriptures that states a king messiah would come once, be killed, and require a second coming thousands of years later to accomplish what he was supposed to do the first time.
A second coming for Jesus is the Christian rationalization of a messianic failure.
While this claim is clearly stated in the New Testament, it is
of very dubious quality in terms of truthfulness.
Although Jesus didn't have an earthly father, he did have a mother who was descended from Adam
According to Rom 5:12 all humans have sin by default via Adam.
Mary was not exempt from this "original sin" because she was descended from Adam.
The birth of Jesus also made her unclean and she had to be purified (Luke 2:22), indicating that the infant Jesus was no more pristine than any other baby.
Jesus did several things that classify as sin or disobedience to God.
In Mark 7:18, Jesus the rabbi (teacher) declared that no eaten foods can defile a person.
This is not true as Lev 11 clearly indicates.
Eating certain foods is abomination to God, and they cannot be consumed for this reason alone.
Teaching otherwise is a sin because it not only displays contempt for the law, it encourages others to ignore the law as well.
Jesus also introduced a blood drinking ritual in John 6:53-55, where the consumption of blood is advocated for people that want to live forever and be blessed by Jesus.
This is a blatant violation of the law (Lev 17:10).
It doesn't matter if the blood is only symbolic and not real.
However, Jesus declared it to be real drink, not symbolic.
Either way, it's still a violation and a sin because God gave strict instructions not to add or subtract from the law (Deut 4:2).
In the area of truthfulness, Jesus came up short again when he was questioned by the high priest about his teaching activity.
Jesus gave false testimony to the priest of God
When arrested and questioned by the high priest about his teachings, Jesus made the following statement:
The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.
Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.
There are three claims presented here:
1. Jesus said he spoke openly to the world.
2. Jesus said that he always taught in the synagogue or Temple.
3. Jesus said that he did not teach anything in secret or privately.
All three of these claims are false if the New Testament is to be taken seriously and are fully discussed in another essay.
Telling lies, or bearing false witness about himself certainly qualifies as sinful behavior.
Jesus also issued false prophecy in Matt 16:27-28 and other places, where he promised a glorious return
within the lifetimes of some of the people living at that time.
God warned his people not to heed such false teachers Deut 13 and Deut 18.
This is another one of those dreamy, fluffy talking points
that has serious problems if the New Testament is to be taken
How often have you heard a Christian proclaim that their dead Christian grandma, or some other Christian is happily cavorting in heaven with Jesus?
Even preachers declare this to be factual, despite the complete lack of validation for such a claim.
Proponents of the "Grandma is in heaven" doctrine will cite (Philip 1:22-23 and 2 Cor 5:6-8) as proof that Christian dead people are in heaven with Jesus.
However, the New Testament casts serious doubt on this because there are verses that conflict with this rosy scenario.
The dead Christians are not in heaven but are sleeping, waiting for Jesus to come and wake them up.
In a spectacular second coming air-show, Jesus will wake up the dead Christians and then lift the living Christians into the air with the formerly dead believers.
1 Thess 4:14-17
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
If these dead people were already in heaven, there would be no need to wake them up and lift them anywhere for they would already be in a conscience united state with Jesus, enjoying everlasting life.
Grandma would already have her new form and would be doing somersaults in heaven if she had actually gone there immediately after she died.
While it could still be argued that Jesus is only resurrecting and lifting their dead bodies and is rejoining their already ascended heavenly souls to those bodies, the text gives no such indication.
Some people are cremated, leaving only ashes, which further compounds the problem.
It makes little sense to go through this elaborate procedure of resurrection if it only involves animating and levitating a dead corpse.
A new body could easily be created in heaven by divine power.
The text says that dead people are sleeping, which implies a complete being, not just a rotting corpse.
Another passage that speaks of the resurrection of the dead is 1 Cor 15:35-54, where dead bodies are described as being transformed into new bodies.
However, there is nothing that indicates the soul is already in heaven while the body is rotting in the grave.
Once again the dead person is said to be sleeping, or in stasis.
In John 5:28-29, all of the dead will hear the voice of Jesus and be raised together.
Rotting corpses don't hear divine voices, but a sleeping soul might.
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
In John 6:40, Christian dead believers are raised up to everlasting life when Jesus returns.
And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
There is no indication that Jesus was referring to raising only the dead bodies and not the souls as well.
Eternal life is promised to some of those that are raised and if these people's souls were already in heaven there would be little need to raise a soul-less corpse just to give it eternal life.
In John 11:43-44 Jesus raised the sleeping Lazarus from the dead, not simply his lifeless body.
There is no indication that the soul of Lazarus was in heaven with God immediately after his death.
If it were, then it would have had to come back to earth to rejoin his corpse so that Jesus could bring him to life again.
In Acts 2:29,34 the noble King David was declared to dead and buried and has not ascended to heaven.
If King David, one of God's favorites isn't in heaven yet, why should lessor figures such as someone's Grandma get there ahead of him?
Rev 20:4-5,13 speaks of multiple resurrections of the dead but the context indicates that these are not simply dead bodies but the totality of the person, body and soul.
The popular claim about dead believers being in heaven with Jesus is constructed on a platform of wishful thinking that is inconsistent with scripture.
It should be noted that the number of New Testament resurrections is inconsistent.
In John, Jesus said there would be only one last day at an appointed hour, when the dead would be raised, not multiple resurrections at different times.
Also, the mainstream Christian teaching about the "rapture", which involves separate resurrections, contradicts scripture.
This teaching may sell books and movies like the "Left Behind" series, but it is deeply flawed if the Gospel of John is to be taken seriously.
This claim is also built on a platform of wishful thinking.
The evidence for the character known as "Jesus of Nazareth" is found in selected New Testament cult writings that were designed to promote the cult leader (Jesus) and the religion.
The determination of what was to be included in the New Testament was made by male clerics that lived hundreds of years after the facts.
Christians will assert that the clerics carefully researched everything and only included the facts that lined up with traditional oral teachings handed down from the Apostles.
The Catholic Church was the determining factor in establishing the canon of the New Testament.
This is the same Catholic Church that Protestants claim does not represent Godly authority because of the rampant corruption and faulty doctrines it promotes.
In other words, you have to trust that the New Testament is accurate history, even though the Catholic Church was untrustworthy.
The New Testament shows signs of containing embellishments that were used to promote the credibility of the story.
These embellishments, along with contradictions in the stories, are simply waved away as inconsequential by Christians.
Outside of the cult writings in the New Testament there is virtually no contemporary evidence that "Jesus of Nazareth" existed.
Remember, it is not simply a man called Jesus that was supposed to have existed, but a god-man specifically known as "Jesus of Nazareth", the wonder working famous rabbi and healer that Christians promote as a historical fact.
A cult leader called Jesus could certainly have existed in that time period, but that does not establish the New Testament version of this character as reliable, objective, or factual.
See the essay "The Fame Of Jesus" for more on this subject.
These are some of the popular talking points used by Christian
clerics and operatives in order to expand the influence of their
beliefs, with the ultimate goal being to dominate not only the
religious landscape but all other aspects of society as well.
By repeatedly pounding talking points like these into the minds of people, the issues of validity, accuracy, and truthfulness are obscured.
In this way, highly subjective teachings and doctrines become "truth" simply because they are repeated so many times.
An air of authority is established, not based on objective reality, but on perception alone.
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