If the bible is true and the word of God – and you believe in it – then everything in it must be fact. Is that correct?
A lot is direct truth and a lot of it is parables with a truth for a lesson. Like the story of the little boy who cried wolf would be a parable to
teach you not to pretend
you're in danger, or extremely burdened - it is not meant to say there was an actual boy and he actually cried
Do you believe in creation as depicted in Genesis? How old do you think the Earth is?
I do believe the story of Genesis to be direct truth. However, how old something is, is relative to the person or thing experiencing it. To God, our
universe's time at that moment would be considered day 1 of the universe and it probably went through some evolution and changes, and then on day 2
he changed something again and it too probably went through evolution and changed more, etc. But from our perspective, or modern sciences perspective,
it could be equivalent to something like 15.3 billion years - not that our solar system is 15.3 billion years, but in our frame of reference it would
be something like that.
Instead of thinking of it like you are, a more proper way of looking at time is the unfolding of time or the evolution of time. The measurement of
time is done between the motion of two objects but that's just a measurement and not meant to be considered absolute time.
I love your personal faith in the bible, but sometimes even you must question it, you must say to yourself "Actually, this is simple man's
idea of creation as it is abundantly clear that life didn't start this way". Do you? Or is your faith absolutely blind? Blind to evidence you can
see and touch?
All you can have is faith. And faith is a Good good good good thing - faith is the most powerful thing, we as humans, have.
Faith gives you mind over matter by enabling your will, thus allowing you to:
heal the sick (placebo effect)
move your body
help you become who you want to be
end arguments, questions, and doubt,
If you had no faith in man, his measurements would do nothing for you. If you had no faith in your friends or lovers you would never have happiness
together. It is with faith in others, and yourself, that you are even able to have understanding of something. And I believe it is because of our lack
of faith, that we must evolve and learn to be faithful, because nothing is going to be 100% factual except the trinity - all else is faith.
To answer your question, though, I think those ancient men you address understood God in terms they understood, but no less of a understanding than we
have today. I mean, they walked with God. It would be to our err to believe they didn't understand what was real, or to believe we have a better
understanding of God and reality than than they did. Sure, we understand the images he creates in a different way because we want to exploit them for
progress towards self-obsoletion, but our more detailed understanding of the images might not be a good thing. Just look at how the work force is
nowadays - we can already create self-sustainability, but we keep pushing forward with no purpose beyond greed. It will only be our downfall to
increase knowledge without directly proportionate increments of faith and understanding. e.g Look at the mess Japan has caused with those reactors.
Or is it that bible scholars keep respinning the words to interpret modern science over and over again, often using the same passages to interpret
different things and selling it to gullible people who desperately NEED to believe in something bigger than them. Please tell me you do see this? You
MUST see this – everybody else does which is why there is very little credibility given to you.
This one you're half right on. There are some very bad religions and "religious" people out there who exploit others' faith in God for bad
purposes. But on the other hand, we of little faith, in large part, are just as limited to the understandings of reality as the less faithful (because
God puts a veil over our eyes so that we cannot have understandings without faith.) However, the way you are inferring it is as if all advancements in
understanding belong to the faithless - you are trying to make yourself feel good by reaffirming atheism is good, but no, advancements in
understanding do not make good atheists, it makes good faithful people. It is the faith in your measurements or faith in something that is giving
understanding - it isn't because you are an atheist or not.
How does God explain mitachondria, for example?
This I don't know. I have never tried to study the bible to see if God mentions cellular anything, but I get the point you are trying to make about
new discoveries being tied into religion; and it isn't a problem of the faithful or the faithless, and it is certainty no fault of God - it is just a
reaction of the faithful who would like to better understand scripture with more modern understandings. The offense is made only because you empower
understandings which are potentially made by those you identify with. You want to feel good by reaffirming that atheist equals good and theist equals
bad so you are again good. It's concept reproduction - just try to have faith and you'll begin to understand your emotional urge to find fault
within someone all the time.