reply to post by arpgme
Well... if it really were divine containing eternal laws/words of God, you'd think it'd stay in the same condition and clear for all
people without the need for earlier texts. What if you are a Christian and you are following an error without realizing it?
The, in accordance with the rest of my faith - I would only be held accountable for walking in the light I was given. It's intent that matters, the
spirit of the law as compared to the letter. It's not much I'm concerned with, however, as we have a general continuous passing-down of tradition
in addition to great textual support.
Looking into the textual integrity of the bible - which pretty much far surpasses any and all other ancient works by an order of magnitudes by
whatever benchmark you choose to review - may do you well.
Ok, you can not see it. You think that loving the smell of a burning flesh (animal or human [jesus] sacrifice) is ok...
Personally no, as regards animal or human sacrifice. Then again, I'm sure test subjects of all stripe, insects and other animals killed without much
of a second thought by humans, and so on also find such cases disagreeable - but that doesn't mean there isn't some very valid and approvable reason
for them when one has proper perspective on the matter.
Yes, as to liking the smell of burning flesh...sometimes. And you'll also want to consider possibilities as to WHY it was considered a pleasing
aroma to god - since god doesn't have olfactory receptors, as far as I'm aware. I would imagine the significance of the act, the obedience
entailed, and various other factors are what caused the metaphorical "pleasing aroma".
And according to the "faith", what is the punishment of such disrespect? Or right... stoning them...
A valid point - now can you tell me exactly what Jesus taught about stoning in the case of the adulterous woman, and why she survived? Or about
Christ's elucidations on the intent of Mosaic law, and authoritative commandments enhancing it (Matthew 5)?
I think your thoughts on both matters would be quite enlightening...
This is one of the most disgusting things I have ever read. Even if it were true, that God can do whatever he want since we are just his
"toys" that doesn't make it FAIR. If you don't know what "justice" (fairness) is, it is in the dictionary. A simple concept to understand
whether there is moral absolutes or not.
Sometimes truth is disgusting, especially to one who lacks perspective and proper context.
Your definition of justice is also quite incomplete, there. You may want to look into the fullness of the term to gain a proper understanding,
especially in light of your status as a lab rat trying to understand the motivations of a scientist. It's not a matter of toys, it's a matter of
minor beings involved in something with a being or beings so far beyond themselves and their understanding as to effectively be entirely alien. A
fair review of the fullness of the biblical accounts will attest quite clearly that we're not dealing with a matter of some cosmic child playing with
So, her free-will is irrelevant. How evil!
As it is every time someone makes a decision that, inadvertantly or not, affects someone else. What, in your view god is supposed to directly
intervene in every human transaction to ensure we never do something stupid, unkind, or destructive to one another?
You may want to be wrapped up in swaddling cloth and pulled around on puppeteer's strings, but I sure don't!
No, the general message is "Accept Jesus who love you - or burn in hell", this is the way most preach to non-believers, most refer to John
3:16... It is fear-based, not love-based.
Agreed - as to the way MOST PREACH and not the message of the bible itself. Death is the natural lot of man - death and non-existence, as we're not
created immortal (the common teaching on hell is not found in the bible, aside from one or two choice verses, as usual, taken greatly out of context.
The gift of god, for those who accept it, is eternal life. The wages of sin, however, are death - not eternal flaming agony). God, through Christ,
gives us a way to live forever.
Since you referred to John 3.16, do you know what the next verse says? "For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world, but that
through him the world might be saved," if I recall correctly. I may have gotten that slightly off.