REV. BILLY GRAHAM MISLED MILLIONS ABOUT THE 'AFTERLIFE'?
LAWYER'S OPEN LETTER TO CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISTS
the Bible have enforceable AUTHORITY?
a number of decades, as a charismatic Christian Bible crusader
Dr. Graham influenced and attracted a huge number of people
not only in the United States, but around the world. He
swayed the multitude with his eloquence, with Biblical authority
and told them what to think, told them what is right, what
is wrong, how to behave.
He advised some of the world's leading religious and secular
leaders. He used his Biblical expertise to advise even American
His honesty, sincerity and integrity are not in question.
Nor is his character or intention or motivation in question.
There is a universal perception that he is passionate about
directing the multitude to the Bible as the ultimate authority.
He has a fundamental right to his beliefs, his religion
and to his Bible. I do respect that.
But when he, and other evangelists, cite Biblical authority
to support their claim that empiricism about the afterlife
is wrong, then I have to respond to your most definitively
And undoubtedly, while he, and other fundamentalists, claim
expertise in the Bible, that expertise cannot be equated
with having objective, enforceable universal authority about
what you state or how you interpret the Bible.
Two thousand years of Christian crusading, two thousand
years of aggressively dominating the hearts and minds of
the unaware, two thousand years of brutal censorship and
cruel manipulation of the peoples' minds, your decades of
Biblical preaching and being a Christian minister - and
repeating 'faith' and 'belief' in the Bible a million times,
do NOT amount to you or the Bible having objective authority.
(Empiricism means measuring phenomena using scientific method).
I state with great emphasis that there is no dispute that
scientific-empirical authority about the afterlife, negates
and invalidates inconsistent subjective Biblical 'faith'
and 'belief'. In an inconsistency between 'faith' and 'science',
inevitably, science prevails.
is because Biblical 'subjective' authority is NO authority
I state there are five grounds why evangelists and fundamental
Christians do NOT and can never have universally acceptable,
enforceable authority emanating from the Bible.
the subjectivity of the Biblical texts (as against empiricism);
ii) the original Biblical texts do NOT
iii) many of the contents cannot be attributed
iv) the records show that many of the contents
have been plagiarized from previous spiritual writings and
v) the Bible has been changed a number
of times - without proper authority - greatly reducing its
Subjectivity - your authority is subjective
With the greatest
respect, the authority you cite is personal, subjective
authority. This means that your Biblical authority extends
only to those who want to believe in the Bible and to those
who want to accept your interpretation of the Bible.
authority is not and cannot be empirically- scientifically
tested for validity. I guarantee you that all accredited
universities will agree with that statement.
Ultimately you may state that your authority comes from
God. Again, that is also an untested interpretation and
inevitably a subjective statement NOT independently supported
by science, empiricism or by any objectivity.
And you know
and all empiricists and scientists around the world know,
anything subjective is itself subject to fundamental errors
and to complete invalidation.
'Faith' and 'belief'
- which are intrinsically most subjective - appear to be
the most important words for evangelists and fundamental
Christians. They occur in nearly every chapter of the New
Testament and are used more than 200 times.
At one time the
Church in the middle ages taught that faith and belief are
more powerful than science and were to be stated dogmatically
and to be accepted without questioning. I submit, judging
by 'content analysis' of what they preach and by their conduct,
that most evangelists, clergy, priests and ministers still
erroneously believe this to-day.
Church with an alleged hundreds of millions followers has
a practice of NOT encouraging Catholics to study the Bible
for themselves; they have a policy of referring them to
a limited number of "safe" passages knowing there
are huge irreconcilable problems with many other passages.
Humans are given
the power to critically THINK, to ANALYZE, to EVALUATE,
to INVESTIGATE, to
information for validity. I submit that any evangelist or
anyone who tries to take away these things is himself committing
a most heinous transgression, is violating Natural Law.
is an inconsistency between theology and empiricism (using
science to measure phenomena - i.e. scientific reasoning),
between a personal religious belief and science, theology
and personal beliefs inevitably are made invalid by empiricism.
the Bible talks about the geocentric view of cosmology -
the sun revolving around the earth. You know, I know - and
the whole world knows- that this is not correct. The episode
where Joshua claimed God stopped the sun is but one where
the Bible misleads, misinforms, misguides and is blatantly
fundamentally inconsistent with science.
Genesis fundamentally contradicts science - the earth is
said to be older than the stars. That is definitively NOT
the case. Is the Rev. Billy Graham asking us to close our
minds when we open the Bible?
shows that the Biblical writings of the fourth century reflected
the restricted epistemology (the known knowledge) of the
time. Certainly the writers did not have the benefit of
at least two hundred years of science, empiricism, advanced
technology and the advanced methods of observation we have
to-day. Especially, when research into the afterlife has
now been taken over by paranormal scientists and empiricists.
that faith and beliefs are irrelevant and immaterial as
to evaluation of your worth on crossing over. Empiricists
state that selfless service, doing anything to alleviate
suffering, hardship, adversity of another person will be
a million times more beneficial on crossing over than all
the hallelujahs, amens and hymns sung and uttered during
one's lifetime. Selfless good works have an immediate positive
impact on the spirit's vibrations.
anything critical to man's understanding of his role in
the universe has to come under the strictest empirical scrutiny
to assess its validity. Biblical experts agree the Bible
has egregious, insurmountable, irreconcilable problems when
empirically tested. All these hugely reduce any alleged
authority the Bible has. While the Bible has some very powerful
poetry and inspiration, it cannot and must not be cited
as the ultimate, infallible authority for universal spiritual
Original Biblical documents do not exist
It is procedural
that any writings allegedly inspired by God have to be stringently
tested and subjected to the toughest scrutiny. Now we find
that the original New Testament Biblical texts are not original
documents - i.e. the Biblical texts we have are NOT the
authentic ones. No one knows who actually wrote them, they
are not historical documents and no one has ever stated
he or she ever saw the originals. Nobody knows when they
were written. What remains are copies of copies, unsigned
with no guarantee the contexts have not been altered.
Even to-day the
courts will not allow me or anybody else to submit into
evidence copies of original documents. Copies of
the originals are unreliable, reduce or negate authority,
are open to suspicion of internal changes and are subject
to a presumption of fraud which must be rebutted. This is
usually done by presenting the authentic, original documents.
This is something no evangelist can do concerning the Bible,
now or in the future.
Many of the Biblical contents cannot be attributed to God
You will agree
that there are too many parts in the Bible which are unspiritual
in the extreme. God is made out to be a cursing God of vengeance,
of hatred, of war. God is made out to be really heinously
evil with unconscionable determination to eliminate large
numbers of innocent people for trivial deeds by someone
relatively insignificant. God is made out to indiscriminately
kill innocent human beings, hate men, women and children.That
cannot be right!
You know Deuteronomy,
Leviticus, Isaiah and other parts in the Bible are too vicious
even to mention.
All the horror,
all the bizarreness, the cruelty and brutality in the Bible
cannot be the 'word of God'. Therefore the Bible shows itself
to be a reflection of man's own primitive thinking in the
early ages and certainly not God's. Below are some passages
in the Bible which attribute to God a morality less than
an informed, spiritually advanced human being. In fact they
are vulgar in the extreme, most horrible and only a fool
would accept that these came from or were inspired by God
- in justification of murder, hatred, genocide, fratricide
and other conduct prohibited by law to-day. For example,
(a most bizarre, unacceptable description
of God). Ezek 1:4-21
2. When God is angry 'smoke and fire' comes
out of his body. Ps 18:7-8
He (God) will shoot them with arrows, suddenly they will
be struck down Ps 64:7
God travels on a cloud Is 19:1
I (God) will corrupt your seed and spread dung (cow's shit)
upon your faces. Malachi 2:3
Lo I (God) have given thee cow's dung for man's dung and
thou shalt prepare thy bread herewith. Ex 4:15
Serve the Lord with fear and trembling, kiss his feet or
else he will get angry and you will perish in the way
the Lord is a devouring firer, a jealous God Deut. 4:24
If your brother
daughter serve other gods
shall kill him (her). Deut 13:6
No man can be Jesus' disciple unless he hates his parents,
brethren ..Luke 14:26
Lord is a man of war Ex 15:3
And you shall destroy all the peoples that the Lord your
God gives over to you, your eyes shall not pity them. Deut
the Lord your God gives them over to you and you defeat
them you must utterly destroy them and show no mercy to
them Det 7:2
'God' orders a man to be stoned to death because he collected
firewood on a Sunday Num 15:32-36.
is the creator of evil
Is 45:7-8 Rom 11:32
the head of every woman is man Corinthians 1 11:3
A woman shall not wear men's clothes (ie no trousers) and
a man shall not wear women's clothes. Deuteronomy 22:5 (KJV)
submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband
is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the Church
"Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters
1 Peter 2:18
20. Kill the witches. (Exodus 22:18) (Note,
a 'God' morality inferior to a spiritually advanced human
on earth: no unconditional love, no unconditional forgiveness!)
Kill your enemies - except virgins (Numbers 31:17-18)
commands you to be a cannibal. (Deuteronomy 28:53)
Show no mercy to your enemies. (Deuteronomy 20:16)
Whosoever lieth with a beast surely be put to death and
you shall slay the beast Lev 22:15
The earth has pillars and foundation. Sam 1 2:8 Ps 104:5
These are just but a fraction of the absurdities and primitive,
bizarre directions and reflections to be found in the Bible
which evangelists claim is 'the word of God!'
these would destroy any claim that the Bible it is the word
Further, the Bible is inundated with fundamental irreconcilable
inconsistencies. The Internet lists hundreds of these- see
Biblical inconsistencies. For example:
The earth to
abide for ever Ps 104:5 Eccles 1:4: The earth to be destroyed
He 1:10-11 Peter 3:10 Man is not justified by faith alone.
James 2:21, 24
Man is justified
by faith alone. Rom 3:20 Ga 2:16
through good works Mark 10:17-19
to be gained only through belief in Jesus as Saviour John
3:16 ff Eph 2:8
I state that
the Bible may be highly religious but not spiritual. These
inconsistencies inevitably further reduce and even remove
any notion that the Bible is God's authority to be disseminated
Contents are based on previous spiritual writings.
thing which is now called CHRISTIAN RELIGION existed among
the Ancients. They have begun to call Christian the true
religion which EXISTED before." St Augustine - one
of the founding fathers of Christian theology.
It may or may
not surprise you that there is much in the Bible which is
not original. Research shows that much of what is in the
Bible comes from Eastern and Middle Eastern spiritual writings:
for example, the Creation and the Fall of Man was a belief
in Babylon some 1500 years before the Hebrews claimed they
originated these beliefs. The Ten Commandments, the Trinity,
Jonah and the Big Fish, Samson and his Exploits, The Flood,
Jacob's Ladder, Ascension of Jesus - and many other items
found in the Bible have been taken over from ancient beliefs.
we get the stories of the Prodigal Son, the Loaves and the
Fishes, and the admonition as to the plucking out of the
right eye if it gives offence, 'Peter' walking on the sea,
the woman at the well. The Last Supper and other customs
and rites originated with the Essenes who can be traced
first to Alexandria in Egypt then to India. Other ceremonies
and beliefs were taken from Mithraism which originated in
But what is devastatingly
critical evidence is the presentation made by Kersey Graves
in his book THE WORLD'S SIXTEEN CRUCIFIED SAVIOURS, chapter
XXXIL entitled Three hundred and forty six striking analogies
between Christ and Chrishna. This shows how the early Christian
writers plagiarized from the then existing Eastern spiritual
beliefs. The following are just a fraction of the similarities
between Christianity and Eastern spiritual writings from
BETWEEN INDIAN RELIGIOUS WRITINGS (PRE DATES CHRISTIANITY)
AND CHRISTIAN WRITINGS
- the God or Savior in each case is the second person of
- Chrishna as well as Christ was held to be really God incarnate.
- Chrishna as well as Jesus (Christ) were 'Christ' incarnate.
- The mother in each case was a holy virgin.
- The father of Chrishna as well as that of Christ was a
- God is claimed as the real father in both cases.
- A spirit or ghost was the author of the conception of
- Both were (allegedly) born on the 25th December.
- Both at birth were visited by both men and shepherds.
- Each Savior had a forerunner - John the Baptist in the
one case, Bali Rama in the other.
- Each sustained the character of a Messiah.
- Chrishna as well as Christ was a redeemer.
- Both proclaimed, "I am the resurrection."
- The mission of each was to deliver from sin.
- The doctrine of atonement is practically realized in each
- Both were human as well as divine.
- Chrishna performed many miracles as well as Christ.
- One of the first miracles of each was the cure a leper.
- Chrishna as well as Christ was crucified.
- Darkness attended the crucifixion of each.
- Each after giving up the ghost, descends into hell.
- Chrishna and Christ resurrected.
- A great and final day of judgment is taught by each.
There are another
three hundred and twenty four similarities between Krishna
and Christ one could find the in the above mentioned Kersey
The science of
statistics tells us it is statistically impossible for the
above mentioned similarities to have come by chance.
whose research has hitherto not been rebutted, also identifies
there were sixteen "crucified" saviors before
Jesus - all of whom claimed they were sent by God to save
mankind. There is also a plethora of evidence that there
is nothing original in Christianity and all of its concepts
were taken from previous religions.
books so far not rebutted is the classic work of the Rev
Robert Taylor' 437 page book DIEGESIS. There is the 380
page book MYTH, MAGIC AND MORALS by Fred Cornwallis Conybeare
and BIBLE MYTHS and their PARALLELS IN OTHER RELIGIONS by
T W Doane.
All these works
are highly intellectually substantiated by professors and
although these most disturbing books have been around for
nearly a hundred years, no one has been able to rebut the
highly intellectual, most damaging research which shows
the Bible has no authority.
All these show
in unequivocal terms that the Bible's authority is necessarily
subjective, restricted and mostly unreliable. This inevitably
negates any authority anyone claims about the Bible being
the word of God.
Bible has been changed a number of times greatly reducing
We are never
informed why some 'spiritual' writings were selected and
not others. The selection was inevitably subjectively done
and we just cannot go back to the old adage - it was God's
will etc. Biblical scholars such as J.B. Phillips state
even to-day that Matthew's gospel had to have been written
by somebody else. Nor can we accept that Moses Biblical
account was written by himself when he described how he
was buried (Deut. 34:5-6). We do know there were fundamental
Biblical changes throughout the middle ages - see important
research by Peter De Rosa, a former Catholic priest of Monsignor
rank called Vicars of Christ, The Dark Side of the Papacy,
about Papal Biblical changes.
One can understand
the huge problem of having to rely on the subjectivity and
the questionable ecclesiastical discretion of the Popes
of the middle ages as to what Biblical texts should contain.
This was at a time of heightened Churchian dogmatism; even
more sinister was the unspiritual, cruel and ungodly Inquisition
during which the Popes thought of themselves to be omniscient
and infallible. Even Luther had to use these doctored and
manipulated Biblical texts from earlier times. Because of
the great number of changes in the Bible, there is not one
authoritative Bible common to all Christians to-day. Each
sect believes it has the true authorized version.
It is not unreasonable
to state that if Jesus wanted us to have a proper, authoritative
Bible, he would have written one himself. That would inevitably
have saved, the massive slaughter, the genocides, the butchery,
torture and needless suffering - and hundreds of millions
of lives lost over some two thousand years, victims of conflicts
in interpretation of the Bible.
Changes in the
Bible inevitably erode even remove any claim of authority.
All this negative conduct brought about because of the internal
problems of the Bible reduce and even negate any claim the
Bible has any enforceable authority.
hereinbefore stated, it is very much appreciated that you
do accept the afterlife, that you promote the existence
of the afterlife, that the afterlife is eternal and that
conduct on earth will determine the qualitative existence
in the afterlife. All these are consistent with empirical
I urge the continuous removal of the parts in the Bible
which are blatantly offensive, incongruous/inconsistent
with spirituality. I further urge very strongly the joining
of the empirical with a revised Bible which will be purely
spiritual in the endeavor to present to the world a permanent
legacy of spiritual truth. Remove the rubbish from the Bible
retired Attorney of the Supreme Court of NSW and the High
Court of Australia. Corporations Law consultant, lecturer.
A LAWYER PRESENTS THE EVIDENCE FOR THE AFTERLIFE
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