Most of the time the impression is that somehow, in some weird way, SOME parts of it still apply while others should be ignored.
All right, why not... the only problem being... who is there to know WHICH ONES and why?
Here is a good table illustrating the contradicting quotes in the bible on this subject http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/contra/otlaw.html
Couldn't resist swearing a little in this video. But hey, some book is calling for my and my friends extermination and I'm not even supposed to express my emotions about that? They keep yapping about religious peoples feelings. What are they a privilleged group? We all have feelings and mine are hurt when others take the genocidal hateful book from our dumb ancestors seriously and insist we study it in schools and on tv.
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I do not debate privately, over email (even if I did, you haven't left an address to emai you at).
Why don't you simply list your objections here?
So far you've used the 'finite can not understand the infinite' argument. Why not just add another one of the kind - 'god works in mysterious ways' - and we can all just stop thinking and talking about religion? Certainly makes life easier for popes and preachers, relieving them of the neccessity to explain the atrocities and injustices in their scriptures.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Spencer. And for the compliment.
I think I get the place where you are right now. Not a bad one! I've been there for a while. First I was a believer in the god of the bible, then - in the more abstract god you're describing. I'm rarely sure of anything these days, but with a pretty high degree of certainty I can say that there is no way for me to come back to those days of faith.
I know that whoever wants to find god - finds it. Some people feel his presence, his love, his ...whatever. The ability to feel things that aren't there works like a charm in people. Some are certain and truly feel their spouse loves them, thei 'feel their love', while that may be not true at all. The feeling is real, however, no doubt about it. But the feeling of something being true is no evidence, even on a subjective personal level it's not.
My hope for you is that you will listen to your spirit and heart to find God.
Even if I met him/her/it tomorrow, I wouldn't ask to shake their hand. Earth populated with organisms surviving by eating each other, sometimes eating alive? I'm totally unimpressed. So why even look for 'a designer' of it all. I don't wear my rose-tinted glasses any more (so I'm not sure you're going to like many of my other videos ot blog posts).
Best of luck to you, too.