Why does archeology not support christianity?
I asked this question earlier and people said give more information. Suppose adam and eve were the first human couple. Wouldn't christianity be the first practiced religion? However, archeologic findings show animalistic worshiping and idolicism in the oldest religions. Shaumanism was founded in france around 30000 years ago. Half animal and man paintings were discovered in dordogma france. Also, rituals performed by paleoistic people showed a bear ritually killed and buried next to a clay figurine of a bear. There was also the clay venus figurine symbolizing fertility. Burial sites in the middle east showed ritualistic killing of humans by crime forensic investigation. Signs of christianity didn't exist until WAY later. The oldest religion still being practised is hinduism. Doesn't all this not support christianity?
- ArtemisLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
It is retold and misinterpreted ancient Sumerian mythology.
“Even if we could read the Bible in Hebrew, we would still be reading a highly selective and edited version of events. It is not disputed that the bishops in the earliest Christian councils decided which texts should be included and which not. Texts which were considered unacceptable then, for whatever reasons, have always been regarded as outside the canon and therefore “apocryphal” rather than the canonised “holy” books.’ The 39 books of the Old Testament were the result of a protracted process of editing and collation.
In the nineteenth century, a group of German scholars, studying various Biblical inconsistencies, came to the conclusion that there were four sources behind the Pentateuch, and their explanation is regarded by many as the best available. The word of Moses, which was supposedly written in the Sinai desert in the fourteenth or fifteenth century BC, was thus being edited hundreds of years later, whilst the Book of Genesis was an edited account of much earlier material.
The first parts of Genesis, from the tale of Creation through the tales of Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden, the Tower of Babel, the Great Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, the Wars of the Kings in which Abraham was involved -- are all based on earlier Sumerian records. The origin of the Biblical seven days of creation is almost certainly the seven tablets on which the Enuma Elish was written. This is evident from the contrast between the first six Babylonian tablets describing Marduk’s acts of creation and the seventh tablet which is dedicated to a general exaltation of the god (and thus a parallel to the Biblical seventh day when God rested).
During the last one hundred years, tens of thousands of clay tablets have been excavated in ancient Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) dating back to 6,000 years ago. Archaeological and linguistic studies trace the origin of the Elohim concept to a Babylonian epic text known as the Enuma Elish, which deals with the creation of the heavens and Earth by a Babylonian God named Marduk. There is amazing similarity between Genesis and the Enuma Elish except that one credits the creation of heavens and Earth to God, whilst the other credits it to Marduk.
The HEBREW, EXILED IN BABYLON, WERE INFLUENCED BY THE ENUMA ELISH, which had been the most sacred Babylonian ritual text for over a thousand years.”
The earliest books of Genesis were handed down from generation to generation by oral tradition, before the Hebrew people developed a system of Phoenician writing, around 1000 BCE. So the Hebrews remembered bits and pieces of the Sumerian texts and wrote them down ADDING THEIR TWISTS AND SPIN ON IT when they learnt how to write.
Read up on the origins and history of Christianity.
“The oldest surviving complete text of the New Testament is the Codex Sinaiticus, dating back to the middle of the fourth century. The oldest fragments, the Bodmer and Beatty Papyri and Papyrus 52, date back to the second century but only contain bits of the Gospel of John. All of these texts are Greek.
Jesus's native tongue was Aramaic, and even if he knew Greek, he certainly did not speak it to his apostles, many of whom were uneducated fishermen. Without any surviving Aramaic texts, the actual words of Christ are lost forever, mired in a sea of subjective translation by ancient scribes.
There are three hundred years between the composition of a text and our surviving copies. In a world without a printing press, texts would often undergo drastic evolution through centuries of handwritten duplication.
Our four canonical gospels did not begin their lives as the gospels of "Matthew," "Mark," "Luke" and "John." Different groups of early Christians maintained their own oral traditions of Jesus's wisdom, as writing was a specialized skill and not every fellowship enjoyed the services of a scribe. When written accounts of Jesus's teachings began to circulate (i.e., the theoretical "sayings" gospel Q and the Semeia or Signs source), the independent groups WOULD SUPPLEMENT THEM WITH THEIR OWN TRADITIONS about the savior, each believing their own versions to be "the Gospel." Eventually, as these expanded writings spread through other communities, some versions were viewed as having more authority than others. It was not until the pronouncement of Bishop Irenus (185 C.E.) that Christians began to accept only the four familiar gospels as authoritative, and to refer to them by their modern titles.
The rest of the canon was much slower to develop. For the next two centuries, the four gospels would be coupled with a myriad of different letters, epistles, stories and apocalypses, according to what a particular congregation JUDGED AS RELEVANT TO THEIR UNDERSTANDING of Jesus Christ and his message. Catholicism was only one of the dozens of "denominations" within the early church—Gnosticism was prevalent throughout Egypt, Montanism in Asia Minor, Marcionism in Syria.
Eventually, the Catholic church was adopted as the STATE RELIGION (POLITICS!!!!!) of the Roman Empire, and all other systems of belief were branded as heresies. Following the Epistle of Athanasius in 367 C.E., the Church finally reached agreement upon which writings were truly authentic and representative of apostolic tradition, thus forming what we know today as the canonical New Testament. Although factions of the Church continued to debate the merits of various books for centuries, and many even used other writings in their liturgy, most uncanonical writings were ordered to be destroyed. In many cases, possession of heretical literature was punishable by death.”
- NDMALv 77 years ago
Recorded history does not actually begin until about 2300 to 3000 BC. Anything before that is really mostly speculation. The figurine of the bear and killing could just as easily be a coming of age thing and have no religious connotations.. Carvings of animals were put into a bag. the group entering manhood pulled a figurine out of the bag identifying the creature they were to hunt and kill to prove their manhood. Successful the figurine was buried with the bear as testament of the event. Fully explained with no religious connotation and consistent with other coming of age rituals that are practiced even today. The point is you have artifacts, but nothing to clearly indicate what the artifacts mean...
That men can speculate about the meaning of artifacts, including adding religious interpretations, has no bearing whatsoever on Christianity.
- antoniusLv 77 years ago
Christianity was not started until 96CE right after Domitian was killed. It was started with churches in what is today Asiatic Turkey. There were small groups that likely met in homes of the NT writers just a few years prior to 96CE, but the religion had not been opened at that time. There was never any mention of Jesus prior to 70CE when the book of Matt was written. There was an earlier book called ur Marcus or just 'Q' which was written in the early 60CE, and it is doubtful that a name had been given for Jesus in ur Marcus. It was the father of the chief writer of the NT who spear-headed the writing of ur Marcus. Do not allow yourself to be fooled into accepting that Christianity was handed down verbally long before the 1st century, that is just not true. and is just propaganda. I see your point in asking why Christianity was not the first religion if it is suppose to be the true religion. It is not anymore true than any other religion, as all of them are nothing but dogma used for crowd control.Source(s): Obtain the book "Piso Christ" By Hay Gallus and Roman at anyh bookstore or Amazon. It explain the persons involved in making Christianity and inventing Jesus and when it was done. All information can be learned from Josephus' writings and other ancient Roman writings. BTW, Christianity was not started in Judea and not by the Judeans. The Romans wrote all of it and started the religion.
- MichaelLv 67 years ago
Nothing supports Christianity. The many denominations and Christians that don't know their own religion; many preachers who are now atheist also supports that Christianity doesn't even support Christianity.
It tends to happen when the entire core of it is riddled with lies.
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- AnnaLv 57 years ago
Adam and Eve were the first Christians because when they sinned and God came to them in the garden He gave them the first gospel message." And I will put enmity between thee(Satan) and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." Genesis 3:15 (KJV) That is speaking of Christ's triumphing over Satan and death by dying on the cross.
Believers are not to worship images and pictures so it is not surprising that there are no archeological finds.
- David BLv 67 years ago
The Bible kind of disproves itself with its 6000-year-old earth. Archaeology does not support Christianity because Christianity is not true.
- Anonymous7 years ago
**** man, I don't even know. Come to Christianity, we have cookies.
- ShinigamiLv 77 years ago
um....I am mystified by your lack of knowledge regarding the origin of Christianity.
- anonLv 77 years ago
well for one thing you begin your question with a false statement