How many of you think that our faith stands or falls on the Scriptures--if the Bible is proven to be false, then Christianity falls? Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks. By the way. I thank God for the kind and polite replies many of you have given in the face of the condescending mockery that has been leveled at you in the blogs.
I think that whether or not the scriptures are true or not is irrelevent. Christianity is a mindset, a philosophy, a way of living, that depends on the practitioners/believers practicing it more than anything.
Even if we found smoking gun evidence that the gospels were fakes, people would still believe the Bible, and believers would continue to try to live up to the high standards that they aspire to, because your faith transcends the need to prove things.
You may think that it would be great if everyone thought exactly like you do -- if there was only one denomination of Christianity, and every Christian agreed totally on how every scripture is to be interpreted. I say such an ideal is not a good thing. For one thing, there would never be anything to discuss if everyone agreed all the time. People have to have diverse opinions on things, because by having diversity of opinion, we actually discuss things, and by discussing things, you actually are performing the role of a church. When I was a Christian, I went to Bible studies made up of people from about 6 different denominations, many of whom were former Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Catholics, various fundamentalist sects, and the thing that was great was these different backgrounds created an atmosphere that made our readings memorable.
If everyone agreed on everything, church would just be one guy talking to everyone else, and everyone just nodding in agreement -- it would be boring and pointless.
But back to whether Christianity hinges on the Bible being true -- Again, I say no, because the principles taught by the Bible are actually older than the Bible, and a bit more universal. "Be kind to one another... Honor your parents... be hospitable to strangers... help one another... virginity/purity... be truthful..." these are values that most religions have, including the Roman Pagan religions. They are some pretty universal human values. Whether you believe the gospels are true or not does not alter what most people already believe is a good set of principles.
I don't know if this view trivializes anything in your opinion, but I don't think it should. I've heard some people speak of having no hope outside of their faith -- that if the Bible were not true, they would have no reason to live. I think that's a terrible way of thinking, because it's like putting all of your eggs in one basket. I think it's wise to have backup plans in case of a "philosophical disaster" (like losing faith or hope). It may be wise to start thinking "why is it important to believe this... that... the other thing," and then try to search for rational justifications. If there is a good reason to believe "thou shall not murder" outside of the Christian context, then you have lost nothing. You have gained reason. You have justified your beliefs in spite of things.