By Jack Richter, Sartell
There have been a number of
letters in the Times recently about atheism that accuse or imply
atheists “have not done their research” when it comes to religion.
the contrary, all of the atheists, agnostics and secular humanists I
know across the country have done extensive reading, research and
investigation into the origins of not only Christianity, but also
Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism and many other
In addition to researching all of the world’s
religions, we have also delved with a critical thinking mind into the
areas of paleoanthropology, DNA research, biology and world history. We
have studied the ancient civilizations of not only Israel and Rome, but
the Persian, Greek and Babylonian empires. My personal studies have
taken 10 years of research.
What have atheists found after many
years of critical and discerning study of the Bible and its origins? We
have found that the mythological figure of “Jesus Christ” was based on
other mythical pagan savior gods from Egypt, Babylonia, Greece and
The mythical gods of “Horus,” “Krishna,” “Mithra” and
“Dionysus” all had the same crucified and rising from the dead
“experience” “Jesus” did. They were all supposedly “born” in a cave,
attended by “shepherds” and were born from a “virgin impregnated by a
ghost.” They all had a “star” to announce that birth, which was also
Dec. 25, which was the date assigned to the Jesus myth based on the
Winter Solstice, which was originally celebrated by the pagans who were
murdered by the Christians when they refused to conform to the new
Christian “belief system.” All of the mythical gods were attended by
three wise men or kings.
Atheists do not believe in a heaven or a
hell because the entire concept of an afterlife was invented along with
gods and goddesses by the Egyptians and the Greeks.
myth the river “Hades” became the concept of “Hell.” The persona of
“Satan” is from the Egyptian God “SET” who was the God Horus’
(prototype for Jesus) mortal enemy.
It is no coincidence that the
Israelites borrowed heavily from the ancient Egyptians in the areas of
mythology when they set up their belief system and wrote the myths,
fables and lies that compose the Bible. The Israelites were neighbors
to Egypt after all.
I would like to ask Christians critical of
atheists if they are aware of all of the errors and contradictions in
the Bible? Errors such as the fact that the four synoptic gospels of
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John differ in their accounts of the
resurrection story? Contradictions like Judas hanging himself in the
Gospel, but throwing himself into a field in the Book of Acts? Why
would we have no record of Jesus’ life from the age of 12 all the way
to the age of 30?
And then there are the beliefs about women
being created from a man’s rib, and that the earth is only 6,000 years
old as well and dinosaurs lived here at the same time as “Adam and
Eve.” Or more currently, if there was a god “blessing the Iraq war” why
is it failing so miserably?
I believe in “Lucy,” a skeleton,
carbon dated and scientifically authenticated I can see with my own
eyes, rather than “Eve” or “Mary,” who were obvious literary creations.
believe in humans working together and helping each other for the
betterment of this world. Because I believe in the seen rather than the
unseen and unproven, I can face death with bravery and more
importantly, I can face life with honesty, clear thinking, human
empathy and more passion than I ever could when I was a “believer.”
consider honesty and integrity the highest value, and they find
Christianity and other religions seriously lacking in both.
I have actually read some of the works these writers have suggested.
I invite these believers to read “The Christ Conspiracy” by Acharya S
and “Deceptions and Myths of the Bible,” by Lloyd Graham.
They should provide a good start on a journey of critical and rational thinking.
is the opinion of Jack Richter, a Sartell resident who is a former
Catholic and fundamentalist Baptist who now embraces atheism and is a
member of Minnesota atheists and American Atheists.
Reprinted by permission of the author. Original article printed at the St. Cloud Times