reply to post by curtish
Hi curtish, and welcome to ATS!
I enjoyed reading what you had to say, and I respect every view.. I too was around 7th grade when I started to ask questions.. My father was a
minister and owns/operates a Christian printing company, as well as many other outreach programs for the poor/under-priviledged.
I see what good religion can do, but I also see the bad.. I have never been one to see a point of view and immediately agree with it, even if a
credible person had told me. It is in my nature to see the other side and never blindly accept something due to someone elses views.
My parents were very much in the Roman Catholic community, as well as myself and my 6 siblings.. but besides the morals and virtues it instilled in
me.. it also made me very critical of everyone else.. for a while I was very much like the Christian trolls on here, blindly stating facts from the
bible, which I now see as more of a book of virtues, than the infallible word of God.
If God's word is written by man, then it is man's interpretation of God's word. And we all know that man is flawed.. and after hundreds of
re-interpretations and transcribing into different languages.. it all gets blurred and the true nature of the bible ceases to exist..
I have found MANY a flaw in the Bible, the one I will never forget is when Moses parts the Red Sea.
The problem is that the biblical account never refers to the Red Sea by name. In fact, nowhere in the entire Old Testament Hebrew text is the body of
water associated with the exodus ever called the "Red Sea." Instead in the Hebrew text the reference is to the "yam suph." The word "yam" in
Hebrew is the ordinary word for "sea," although in Hebrew it is used for any large body of water whether fresh or salt. The word "suph" is the
word for "reeds" or "rushes," the word used in Ex. 2:3, to describe where Moses' basket was placed in the Nile. So, the biblical reference
throughout the Old Testament is to the "sea of reeds" (e.g., Num 14:25, Deut 1:40, Josh 4:23, Psa 106:7. etc.)
So they evidently crossed a shallow swamp, from what I can gather, during the dry season.
Not a massive body of water.
Even though I have denounced my faith in Roman Catholicism, I still know my bible
[edit on 31-3-2010 by Dank513]