Originally Posted by KingOfSomewhereHot
His god chose to anhililate the entire human pollution with a world flood (Noah). His god chose to wipe out an entire city of humans (Sodom and Gomorrah). His god awarded Lot with survival after he offered up his virgin daughters to a gang-rape. (but killed his wife for merely looking over her shoulder.) The bible is full of examples where the people god favored were involved with murder, incest, warmongering, etc.
My take is that there are humans and there is God (bear with me for arguments sake).
If God communicates or acts then by definition the act or communication will not remain intact - it will be subject to human interpretation.
Sometimes, perhaps many times, believers may feel that God want them to do something, has told them something and it is just coming from their own ego or desire.
This is not an argument against God. It is an argument against the human condition.
Imo the Bible was written by humans. Humans almost 4000 years ago or more in some cases. Can you really claim to hold their interpretations up to a modern standard - it's unworthy imo.
You might as well find some document from a citizen of the Lower Delta in Egypt at the same time if you could and haul it before a forensic enquiry on the charge it does not square with modern rational knowledge.
It's silly. Why don't you take the Bible for what it is.
Besides, to discard something because someone else has misused it might be the height of folly.
Didn't god himself rape Mary to create Jesus?
Disingenuous...is a bit of an unworthy comment I think.
I would like to know how Christians are able to wrap their minds around such things and still tell themselves god loves humans. Really... I would.
I would rephrase this personally as to how humans have this capacity.
If you are right and this is a real problem then if you solved it in the case of the Christians somehow it would still exist in virtually every other human area.
So really, do you want to understand this? Or just understand it in relation to religion?
If it is the former then you might need to broaden your field of research into psychology.