Originally posted by badmedia
But you said history. And the rule of History is that it is written by the victors. Most of the taught history is propaganda. My apologies if I misunderstood.
Originally posted by zamolxis
badmedia, I'm afraid I don't have time for a detailed reply right now - I'll just write quickly that your "moral system" is based on double standards. You are prepared to imagine any excuse possible to forgive God acts of evil! Would you do the same if that child was killed instead by a pedofile? Would you say that was not a crime and offer some "out of this world" excuse ("that we don't know the end and God's final purpose, blah-blah-blah) for the psycho killer as well, the way you do it when you try to save God from "embarrassment"?
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Originally posted by kevintorvalds
About the "stealing" from Sumeria:
If you actually study the bible, you'll see that Abram (as Abraham was formerly called, or so say the translations) originally came from a city called Ur, located in.... drum roll.... yep, you guessed it, Sumeria! The writings that the christians hold so sacred say themselves that this whole thing originated in Sumeria!
It was the custom of these people to choose one of the MANY gods to worship for life. They would devote their lives to this one god, so that the whole civilization had all their bases covered, so to speak. Abram did nothing different. He simply chose one of the Sumerian gods and went with it. That's where things got funny. They spent some time in Egypt, where their religious beliefs were affected by that culture as well. On and on the story goes, picking up little religious tidbits on the fly, until, today, we get "the bible".