Oldbear wrote about the Bible: In Alex Malarkey’s words: “They should read the Bible, which is enough. The Bible is the only source of truth.”
I wrote back: No, Oldbear, I have studied the Bible better than you apparently. It is an inconsistent bunch of tales. It took 400 years to fine tune the Christian message….by guys calling anybody who disagreed as having demons. Marcion for example said that there were actually two Gods, one of the old testament….vengeful, jealous, wrathful, etc,…and one of the New Testament….kind, loving, forgiving. He was the first to recommend a canon of books. Hmm, that’s funny for the book of God….interesting how men determined its contents. He only wanted one gospel, and loved anything Paul wrote. But the guy declared a heretic by the men in power, don’t even mention women. Later the wonderful foul-mouthed Luther said revelation and James should be taken out./…hmm, how could this be with the word of God.
No Oldbear, I’ll admit the Bible has some good stuff, but it also has dubious stuff. To quote Malarkey’s words…”They should read the Bible, which is enough. The Bible is the only source of truth.” is just that, a lot of malarkey.
Oldbear wrote back: I read the Bible, and believed. You read it, and denied. That is the essential difference, INB.
I answered: Yes, but Oldbear, how do you reconcile God telling Moses to kill everybody in cites….babies, old men, pregnant women… and only spare the maiden for themselves? Sounds like a mean thing to do….since everybody on earth were God’s children anyway. Phew, he mad if you don’t worship HIM. HE later told Joshua to kill everything that breathed….sounds like genocide to me, old friend. Don’t tell me a wise man like you can merely overlook this stuff. If so, please let me know, I have hundreds of more examples…..maybe a thousand, just too many to count. I’ll send them to you to look at and try to justify.
When are you going to say the word of God is man-made….that is the question for me. To defend this stuff is just not tenable for an adult. Yes, be good, but admit it’s just because that is just you, not due to Jesus…an invented character that true serves as a good model, but God, never. Why would God or anybody accept his own son be crucified? What good does that do?
Don’t answer these questions here, just think about them. I have had your doctrinal answers before, and they don’t add up to a thinker like me. Maybe it’s a demon in me?