So recently I’ve been doubting the faith that I was raised in like a lot of people on this forum. I’ve read the case for christ, William Lane Craig a few years ago, and recently Tim Keller’s the Reason for God. I really felt confident in the arguments about the accuracy of the new testament for a while until I started for fun getting into a podcast about supernatural stories (Lore, it’s very popular) and I started feeling uncomfortable with some of the seeming similarities between monster/alien sightings I heard and the New Testament accounts. Now, don’t get me wrong, I realize alien abduction stories and stories about the Jersey Devil did not inspire a religion that lasted 2,000 years. However, a couple of these stories have logged in my brain as being quite similar. Take for instance, one of the first ever alien abduction stories, I don’t remember the couple’s name but they both had a very clear story about what happened and stuck to that story for the rest of their lives. They truly seemed to believe their story and never wavered in it which made me think about how the apostles truly believed they’d seen the risen christ the rest of their lives and never wavered from their stories about it. Obviously, the apostles died for this belief and this couple did not get tortured for believing in aliens, but it sill kinda bothers me. The other example is that of the times the Jersey Devil was spotted by multiple people, at least three or four, in one town including policemen and such in a single day. This bothers me even more because there are multiple eyewitnesses in a single day like with the accounts of seeing Jesus again. Sometimes I think the people of this town must have just seen a strange animal they thought was the Jersey Devil, the fact that there are multiple witnesses makes it seem strangely credible. I think I’m just bothered by the fact that there is this huge phenomena of people truly truly believing that they’ve seen things that don’t exist for their entire lives and then wondering if that’s what happened to the apostles and Jesus’ other followers. What are your thoughts on this? Any thoughts on mass hallucination type psychological phenomena? What’s so different about the biblical accounts to these stories?
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