My point is that there are not one, but TWO events that defy everything that rational observation tells us ... the Trinity, and the Ascension. Christianity subscribes to both, but even Islam subscribes to one of these.<quoted text>
01. Yes we Rubbish the concept of Trinity (Holy or Unholy), because Jesus never taught or believed in it. It was a Pagan concept that crept into Christianity because of that "self appointed 13th Apostle of Jesus Christ" whom people know as St. Paul.
02. We do not explain "how" God took up Jesus into heavens. He is the Creator of Universe and He can get things done the way He wants it.
If you cannot assume that One who moves Galaxies and Stars and Cosmos, CANNOT get His prophet and messenger away from earth, then YOU have a very limited understanding of His powers.
03. I can say that beliefs and teachings of ALL prophets of God were rational and reasonable. But since their followers, inserted their own teachings into it (like Trinity , Divinity and Original Sin, which St. Paul inserted into Christianity)…. So they became unreasonable.
Since teachings of Islam are available in their purest form, so Islam is the ONLY religion on the face of earth now, which has rational and reasonable teachings and beliefs.
04. Which way is Up and which is Down, is known to the Creator of the Universe. You need not have to explain that to Him!!
So Islam can hardly lay claim to a monopoly on sane and rational belief.
The ONLY way that solid physical objects (including Human bodies) detach from the ground and ascend without man-made apparatus, is via a spectacular natural event such as a Tornado. And if a Tornado had lifted Jesus aloft then you and I can be sure that THAT would have been enthusiastically reported in Scripture! It was not reported.
Sorry MUQ, but no matter how pious any person may be they cannot legitimately expect to dive for refuge behind the claim that "God can do anything". That is an intellectually lazy cop-out. The Laws of Physics are Universal and utterly uncompromising. NO exceptions to them are EVER made.
The modern version of Jesus' "Ascension" would be StarTrek's "Beam me up, Scotty". Everyone knows that is Science Fiction and will never be anything else, because Laws of Physics simply cannot be harnessed in such a way without destroying the object being 'transported'.
Faith is all very well, but there comes a point where reality comes surging in and cannot be denied.
I agree that many man-made "interpretations" may have over-decorated Scriptures of all religions. But even if all of those aberrations were successfully stripped away, what would be left would still be riddled with fundamental errors. Humanity will not mature until we all face up to that fact, unpleasing though it would be for many of us.