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At any rate, I'm sure Jesus never followed any of his allegories with, "but you will futilely try to understand it because you lack critical thinking skills."
I will also disagree with the fact that God is love. From my position all the "God is love" crowd has done is throw out all the nasty parts of the Bible that doesn't agree with that. Keep going, you're almost there!
And because your God is love it makes him real? What makes him any more real than any other faith based view of a God?
originally posted by: Akragon
a reply to: WakeUpBeer
You'll have to pardon my short temper these days... been going through some stuff at home...
the bible is not one book, its many books complied over a very long period of time... The OT does not line up with the God Jesus spoke of... its as simple as that
Personally I do believe the God Jesus spoke of is quite different then the so called god of the OT... this is based on what he said, as compared to what is written in the books of the OT...
A few of the gnostic writers knew this... and they were labeled heretics by the church and deleted from history...
in my personal opinion when something or someone gets deleted or covered up, someone is trying to hide some truth...
originally posted by: borntowatch
See, I became a Christian to avoid righteous justice.
originally posted by: graphuto
Most do. The main thing that holds people back from accepting God is pride, and a (false) sense that their morals are somehow higher than those of the Creator of the universe.
originally posted by: arpgme
If your god is an excuse to avoid justice (doing what's right) then your god doesn't even have any morals.
You are probably thinking of Hebrews 9:22
Why is it so hard to understand that the shedding of blood is the only way that sin can be forgiven,
I think you are being just a bit shrill here, like the only way to fix the earth was with a flood, which is something that is promised to not be repeated.
that death is the only true and valid recourse for sin.
Yahweh laws can be no other way, sin is so detestable that sinners must be separated from life.
Show me in the bible where sin can be admonished some other way.
"Ransom" in the New Testament is always used in a figurative sense.
Only Jesus as a separate unique being paid the ransom by actually dieing . . .