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That way, I guess a christian could read the Bible as saying that Jesus only metaphorically died for peoples sins and was only symbolically raised from the dead.
Only according to the Nicene Creed. But we know there were Christians long before the NC.
How can you pick and choose? What grants you the authority? It's either the word/will of god or a complete fairy tale. Pretending there's a middle ground is just a cop out.
Taking 2Kings as an example, god sends two bears to murder 32 children just because they called a man bald - if you worship that god, I want nothing do with you.
I personally doubt the Bible is the word of God.
The word of God is the immaculate 'conception' - it is what is seen and heard prior to concepts (prior to words and names and labels and ideas).
There is only ever presence (the present).
God is seeing (all seeing and all knowing and ever present) the presently arising appearance (that which is appearing is Christ - the immaculate conception).
There is only presence.
Just a pile of rubbish. I am sorry to be so harsh, but I do not have much patience with those who spout these mixtures of philosophy and garbage as devine truth.
Who here thinks that every word in the bible is the divinely inspired words of god? Old and new testament. Now i know some people dont. People have various ideas of how to interpret these books to get the meaning which they can agree with the most, but for those who do believe that every word is the divine word of god, i have a few questions. Do you think god and jesus are one and the same? If so then does jesus condone the horrible murders, rapes, slavery, and sacrifices attributed to god in the old testament? Do you think the hundreds of commandments given to the jewish people in the old testament are still relevant to modern christians? If you dont believe that every word in the bible is divine revelation, Then how can you tell which words are divine, and which are to be seen as metaphor, or symbolic? Are you allowed to interpret that for yourself? So is every interpretation correct?
And then your last sentence, what a gem. Let me repeat. "God is seeing the presently arising appearance."
Presence has NOTHING to do with "the present" apart from the fact that they sound kinda similar.