Please consider carefully this point of view from a skeptic/unbeliever/so-called atheist- and tell me it is not painful to read. (From a file of ‘interesting’ quotes, can’t remember where it came from, but I do know who said it)
‘I see the Judeo/Christian religion as an onion with many layers. The layer involving the creation has been stripped away and discarded, then the non-existent global flood is gone, then the Abraham/Isaac/Jacob-Israel fables, then Moses and his Exodus, Joshua and his conquest of the Levant – slowly these are peeled away, down to the center, where we find-nothing.’
From a believer-
Cry me a river, geezo, use you God-given brain. Creation has been stripped away? Uh, last time I checked, the sun, moon, and stars are still above, water still flows, the compass points north, the hinds calve by the voice of the Creator, ducks produce ducks, monkeys produce monkeys, whales produce whales, the oak tree produces oak trees, mothers still give birth to their baby boys and girls, songbirds sing in the daylight, owls hunt at night, seeds still produce crops, it rains from above, the earth quakes below, and men still have dominion over all the beasts of the earth. Sure, uh huh, creation has been stripped away though.
Creation discarded? Yeah, uh huh, sure, and you can make the sun hotter by flickin your bic. Yep, and you can make it darker by putting the match out. Creation discarded? Yeah, surely worth repeating to accentuate the absurdity. No further comment needed.
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob a fable eh? Sure, just like Isaac Stern was not a violinist, Abraham Twerski was not a fine doctor, and Jacob Miller was not an excellent Amish carpenter.
So truth is peeled away eh, down to the center, where you find nothing? Uh, perhaps in the delusions of reality, and maybe in the mind of the unlearned or immature, but you may want to have another look at that onion, as you no doubt have not peeled away enough selfishness, arrogance, petulance, cold heartedness, foolishness, blindness, and stiff-necked rebellion which points directly and clearly to the scriptures and the true God of creation. Keep peeling.
Next thing you know, people will be griping that Nazareth, Bethlehem, Joppa, and Jerusalem were myths, the Tigris and the Euphrates were constructs, and the son of Mary and Joseph was not also David’s greater son, and the same Lord Jesus Christ of Golgotha’s hill who died once, was also not He who arose in the power of an endless life.
And yeah, ‘We are witnesses to these things,’ was spoken by delusional liars who had an agenda which included their own lives of persecution and untimely deaths. But sure, creation has been stripped away, discarded, and the truth peeled away. Uh huh, sure, you keep cryin, and the truth will still keep being the truth.
ALL hammers by the way, have been discarded, you know, the ones used to pound away at the anvil of truth, the scriptures, and that is a massive heap of scrap metal, now there is a sight worth cryin about.
But that onion? Ah, now there is some lesson on the depth upon depth, layer upon layer of truth, wisdom, and understanding to be found in the scriptures. Here a little, there a little. And with God, there is nothing insignificant or little.