Nicely said Robert!
"This denial of Christ come in the flesh—recorded in the canonical epistles of John (1 Jn 4:3; 2 Jn 1:7)—would constitute an admission that the gospel story is essentially mythical and therefore no more historical than the myths of other cultures. Adding to this air of mythicalness, in his First Apology,..."
"...And when we say also that the Word, who is the first-birth of God, was produced without sexual union, and that He, Jesus Christ, our Teacher, was crucified and died, and rose again, and ascended into heaven, we propound nothing different from what you believe regarding those whom you esteem sons of Jupiter...."
- Christ in Egypt, 340/341
1 John 4:3 "but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world."
2 John 1:7 "Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist."
As Acharya always points out, why such a need to go after those who see no reason to believe Jesus was historical and even going so far as to accuse them of being "deceivers
" and "antichrists
" if there's credible evidence to counter it? I can't help but notice how the NT makes no effort to substantiate a real historical Jesus. Instead of providing us with valid evidence, they go for a very defensive tactic of assorted accusations. It's so over-the-top that it should make you immediately suspicious. It's "you're either with us or against us," and we all know how well that turned out during the crusades, Inquisitions and DARK AGES.
It just comes down to discrimination
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God
Psalm 14:1 The fool says in his heart, 'There is no god.' they are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none that does good.
Here again we see that if you don't agree with their beliefs then, you are "condemned," "corrupt," and worse. Thanks to this type of peer pressure you become an outcast to be looked down upon & abused.
No real god with even just a human IQ would ever allow such a low level of integrity stand. Just more evidence of how the god of the Abrahamic religions is a joke. It helps us make the case for the mythicist position.
"No, I don't know that Atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God."
- George H.W. Bush, when he was candidate for president
"Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land - for Jesus Christ - to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect life & godliness. It is dominion we're after not just a voice. It is dominion we're after not just influence. It is dominion we're after not just equal time. It is dominion we're after. World conquest. That's what Christ has commissioned us to do."
- George Grant, "changing of the guard" pg 50-51
"Our goal, as christians, is to dominate society"
- Pat Robertson
"Christianity & Democracy are inevitably enemies"
- R.J. Rushdoony "Independent Republic" pg 122, 1964
"The church should be a disciplined charging army christians, like slaves & solders ask no questions. We are fighting a holy war"
- Jerry Falwell
"Our job is to reclaim America for Christ, whatever the cost. As the vice regents of God, we are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government, our literature and arts, our sports arenas, our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors -- in short, over every aspect and institution of human society."
- D. James Kennedy
"Secular schools can never be tolerated because such a school has no religious instruction and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith ... We need believing people."
- Adolf Hitler, April 26, 1933, from a speech made during negotiations leading to the Nazi-Vatican Concordat of 1933.