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Other lies along these lines are that scholars all agree that the bible is factual, there is historical evidence for the miracles in the bible, and that there are plenty of good proofs that God exists. When I was a kid I heard these types of lies a lot, and I believed them because people whom I trusted brought me this information. I think that is why these types of statements really drive me crazy, part of me is embarrassed that I fell for them when I was younger, and I am angered that I believed a lie for so long. I don't want anyone else to experience the same thing, and it pisses me off when I see people spreading misinformation.
The real question becomes whether or not the people perpetuating these lies believe it themselves, or if they realize it is false but they spread it anyway because it is good for spreading their religion. Although we can never know for sure, my suspicion is that most people spreading these lies believe them, they have just never thought about it critically or looked into the claims themselves with any depth. Of course there had to be someone who started the lie, who had no evidence but just claimed it was there (fuck that guy), but I bet most people just trusted the word of someone else and perpetuated the lie on accident.
How much does faith play into this? I think that the idea that believing things without evidence definitely has a hand in how easy it is to perpetuate these types of lies. Anytime I hear a new claim, one of the first things I want to know if how they got to that claim. Depending on how much I care and how much time I have, I may or may not ask them for their evidence, but it is way up high on my list of standard follow up questions. I don't think this is true for people who are used to operating on faith. If your standard operating procedure is to accept things with no good reason, you are much less likely to ask how someone else reached their conclusions. As far as I'm concerned, faith is mental poison.