This is coming from the viewpoint of an atheist and isnt meant to bash your relgion.
2 days ago in school we were talking about how many stories in the bible are supposed to be taken metaphorically, not literally. Like the story of
Noah and Adam and Eve. They have hidden meanings that we are supposed to see and understand (what they are off the top of my head, i cant remember).
What I think the bible is, is just a big entire metaphor upon in itself. If Noahs Ark and the Great Flood can be a metaphor, why not the story of
Jesus? Im thinking that the Gospels, since that is where the life of Jesus is located, is just meant to show us not just the Christian way to live,
but just the way we shoudl treat each other in general. People take the story of Jesus and all that crap too literally, and that we should all try and
be EXACTLY like that. I for one do not believe in there bieng a guy named Jesus, that turned water into wine, or rose form the dead, or rose OTHER
people from the dead, or in any of the other stories in the Gospels about Jesus (although some of the events in the Gospels and other books are true).
I believe that we should all just respect one another and get along and try to be good people. Alot of the teachings in the bible are actually very
good, like MOST of the 10 Comandments, Thou Shalt Not Steal, Kill, Commit Adultery, and so on and so on. But they are not words from God or words
inspired by God. They are just words written down by someone that wanted to try and make the world a better place
In Noah the meaning was if we do wrong and sin is we will be punished, I believe that. In the days of Noah everyone was having a great time, sinning,
and they paid, but it was a local flood, I believe.
As you have stated, how you believe that is we are good to others, that is exactly what I too believe, treat others as you would want them to treat
you. If we do that there would be less "I'm right -You're wrong in your beliefs" over religion, and in the world,........ and the constant fight
over religions would stop if everyone only listened to their own heart. We all know what is wrong,and what is the right thing to do, and what we
choose to do, shows the type of person, and the kind of heart we have.
Well said dreamland and very deep. That was an excelent post