Metaluna wrote:On the contrary, I think the Bible is one of our best historical records along with other ancient texts.theseeker wrote:Let me preface this by saying I am not questioning the validity of anyone's religious beliefs. That being said, the bible is far from being a historical record, just like all other religious books. They are filled with spiritual answers, not necessarily factual ones. Each book has fantastical tales that defy all logic, such as Noah's Ark. The weight of the insects alone on a boat would necessitate it be larger than anything we could even build today
The Mahabharata is a veritable gold mine of information relating to conflicts between gods who are said to have settled their differences apparently using weapons as lethal as those we have now. Apart from 'blazing missiles', the poem records the use of other deadly weapons. 'Indra's Dart' (Indravajra) operated via a circular 'reflector'. When switched on, it produced a 'shaft of light' which, when focused on any target, immediately 'consumed it with its power'
I don't think ancient people were science fiction writers, they were writing down what they were seeing, what was going on in their world.
Noah's Ark could have been a a DNA bank. And there is evidence all over the world of a great flood, or the very least waters rising a considerable amount all over the globe. More submerged cites are being found all the time.
Then there is also the The Water Vapor Canopy Theory, if you are not familiar with it here. Sorry I am at work and pressed for time. LOL
http://vinyl2.sentex.net/~tcc/FIRM/RF.p ... anopy.html
And yet, Indra, as is generally accepted now, was a "leader" of what can be termed as demi Gods. HE had some awesome weapons and was the king of demi Gods, but from time to time, when confronted by a particularly powerful enemy of the opponents(called as Rakshahas or demons which was a race of extremely tall, mega tough brutes...or shall we say a competing alien race or at least a race that was certainly different from man of the time), Indra reached out to the 3 elder Gods for help (Vishnu the Protector, Shiva the destroyer and Brahma the creator) who would then either "advice" Him what to do or come to his aid directly by slaying the enemy, usually with a devastating weapon. And yet, these elder Gods also displayed very human like traits - jealousy, envy of each other, and susceptible to emotions such as even imparting "boons" (usually in the form of a powerful weapon) despite knowing full well that the weapon will be used at a later time for the wrong cause (how many of us have, for example, done wrong things despite knowing that what we are doing is wrong?)....apparently, "aliens" could conquer the world with their weapons but couldn't conquer their emotions completely..just like us today when we have the power of science (which btw is used incessantly to make us lazy and fat) and technology and talk about building colonies on the Moon and Mars and what not yet we still believe that colour of skin, religion etc. makes one superior to someone else..then again, we have been created in "their image"
Ancient Indian texts, outside of India, are being rediscovered now and have been usually ignored by most Western folks (and am not saying that just because I'm Indian) because it was dispelled by them as mere fantasies...funny how no one can explain how someone can dream up weapons akin to modern nuclear wepons and flying machines without having seen anything even remotely similar.
There are many very, very weird accounts in there that simply cannot be explained away by being a fantasy because many of these have parallels in the modern world today - which I've already laid out in my previous post.
btw truthseeker, please don't interpret my post as animosity. I am only posing questions to you, the seeker, just like the way you pose questions us, the "believers"