First, God created his naïve humans, put them in a garden, then placed a tree with tempting fruit in there, and told them not to eat it. But he did everything he could to make them eat it, which included:
1) Creating A+E without any concept of good and evil, therefore incapable of making right moral choices, thus insuring they would eventually make a wrong choice, such as eating the forbidden fruit;
2) Sending Satan in to tempt them, and doing nothing to stop him;
3) Lying to A+E about the consequences of eating the fruit, which he said would cause them to die the day they ate it (which did not happen), but failing to tell them about the more serious consequences of eating the fruit, which include the curses he planned to inflict on them and their progeny for all generations, not to mention his failure to tell them about eternal hell, and how their one fruit-eating act would ensure most of their progeny ended up there.
So once his two morally defective children ate the fruit (His plan all along) this gave Him the opportunity to correct the situation by some means of atonement. In his wisdom, he decided the best way to go about this was to sacrifice himself to himself to appease his anger over the fruit-eating incident. But He was in no hurry to bring about this great atoning act. He waited 4000 years - plenty of time for mankind to really regret the fruit-eating incident via various God-inflicted genocides, plagues and a worldwide flood - and then incarnated himself as a man/god in some backwater part of the world. He then arranged to have himself crucified, then rose from the dead, witnessed by a handful of devoted followers, none of whom managed to record anything about it, probably because they were illiterate.
It was another 150 years before complete (but anonymously written) accounts appeared, detailing what transpired on that most eventful day. Unfortunately, however, no one bothered to remember the day or even the year of this most holy and significant event in the history of the world. Nor did they even commemorate the event on a yearly basis until someone eventually chose a date for it - the same date when other pagan deities celebrated their resurrections. Nor did the early Christians take note of the location of the most holy of all relics - the tomb. If they had, maybe the story would appear a little more like a genuine historical event, and a little less like a fairy tale.
Nevertheless, you must believe all the above in order for the Christian atonement to work for you. It is ineffective for non-believers, who must be content with an eternity spent in hell, along with billions of others who similarly found the doctrine too absurd to believe. So it would appear that gullibility coupled with a low IQ may be the best means of ensuring a place in the Christian heaven.
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