ZAMMIT LAWYER REPLIES REV. BILLY GRAHAM
A LAWYER'S OPEN LETTER TO
DR BILLY GRAHAM - (and CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISTS).
Does the Bible have enforeable AUTHORITY?
Over a number of decades, as a charismatic Christian
Bible crusader you influenced
and you have attracted a huge number of people not only
in the United States, but around the world. You swayed the
multitude with your Biblical eloquence, with Biblical authority
and you told them what to think, told them what is right,
what is wrong, how to behave.
You have advised some of the world's leading religious and secular
leaders. You have used your Biblical expertise to advise even American Presidents.
Your honesty, your sincerity and your integrity are not in question.
Nor is your character or your intention or your motivation in question.
is a universal perception that you are passionate about directing the multitude
to the Bible as the ultimate authority. You have a fundamental right to your beliefs,
your religion and to your Bible. I do respect that.
But when you
cite Biblical authority to support your claim that empiricism about the afterlife
is wrong, then I have to respond to your most definitively erroneous assumptions.
undoubtedly, while you do have 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.
I state with
great emphasis that there is no dispute that empirical authority negates and invalidates
inconsistent Biblical faith and belief. Empirical reasoning is irretrievably replacing
Because Biblical 'subjective' authority is NO authority
Accordingly, 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.
i) the subjectivity of the Biblical
texts (as against empiricism);
ii) the original Biblical texts do not exist;
iii) many of the contents cannot be attributed to God;
iv) contents have
been plagiarized from previous spiritual writings and
v) the Bible has been
changed a number of times greatly reducing its credibility.
Subjectivity - your authority is subjective
With the greatest
respect, the authority you cite is 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.
Biblical authority is not and cannot be empirically tested for validity. I guarantee
you that all accredited universities will agree with that statement.
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.
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.
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
When you ask people to believe in something purely on
the basis of faith, you are robbing them of the fundamental right to question
anything which is NOT supported by evidence.
The Catholic Church
with an alleged billion 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 TEST all 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.
(measuring phenomena using scientific method)
Whenever there is
an inconsistency between theology and empiricism, between a personal religious
belief and science, theology and personal beliefs inevitably are made invalid
For example, 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.
example: Genesis fundamentally contradicts science - the earth is said to be older
than the stars. That is definitively NOT the case. Is Dr Graham asking us to close
our minds when we open the Bible?
This unequivocally shows that
the Biblical writings of the fourth century reflected the restricted epistemology
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 psi empiricists.
Empiricists state 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
Accordingly, 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
ii) Original Biblical documents do not exist
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.
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.
iii) 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.
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 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
is angry 'smoke and fire' comes out of his body. Ps 18:7-8
will shoot them with arrows, suddenly they will be struck down Ps 64:7
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
the Lord with fear and trembling, kiss his feet or else he will get angry and
you will perish in the way
For the Lord is a devouring
firer, a jealous God Deut. 4:24
If your brother
you 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
When 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
orders a man to be stoned to death because he collected firewood on a Sunday Num
'God' 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)
"Wives, submit to your husbands as to
the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the
" Ephesians 5:22-4
"Slaves, submit yourselves
to your masters
" 1 Peter 2:18
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)
God commands you to be a cannibal.
Show no mercy to your enemies. (Deuteronomy 20:16)
Whosever 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!'
Accordingly, these would
destroy any claim that the Bible it is the word of God.
the Bible is inundated with fundamental irreconcilable inconsistencies. The Internet
lists hundreds of these- see Biblical inconsistencies. For example:
earth to abide for ever Ps 104:5 Eccles 1:4: The earth to be destroyed He 1:10-11
Peter 3:10Man is not justified by faith alone. James 2:21, 24
is justified by faith alone. Rom 3:20 Ga 2:16
Salvation secured through
good works Mark 10:17-19
Salvation is 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
iv) Contents are based on previous spiritual writings.
same 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.
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.
Buddhism 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
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 India -
the God or Savior in each case is the second person of the Trinity.
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
- The father of Chrishna as well as that of Christ was a carpenter,
God is claimed as the real father in both cases.
- A spirit or ghost was the
author of the conception of each.
- Both were (allegedly) born on the 25th
- Both at birth were visited by both men and shepherds.
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
- Both proclaimed, "I am the resurrection."
mission of each was to deliver from sin.
- The doctrine of atonement is practically
realized in each case.
- 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
There are another three hundred and twenty four similarities
between Krishna and Christ one could find the in the above mentioned Kersey Graves'
The science of statistics tells us it is statistically impossible
for the above mentioned similarities to have come by chance.
Graves, 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
Some critical 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.
the Bible has been changed a number of times greatly reducing its credibility.
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, authoratative 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.
Notwithstanding 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 findings.
Accordingly, I urge the continuous
removal of the parts in the Bible which are blatantly 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.
Attorney of the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court
of Australia (retired) . Corporations Law consultant
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