Originally Posted by BR
The Jews were never mass-enslaved in Egypt. The Exodus story is patently false. Moses and the Ten Commandments never happened, crumbling the foundation of Judaism, taking Christianity, Islam, and Mormonism with it. Whoops.http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/...-myth-1.420844
Please don't perpetuate the lies that were fed to me when I was young. Denying and vilifying Egyptian cultural heritage, even for a metaphor, is wrong.
Assume every bit of that is true, which you've done. Is that proof
that there is no experience after death, or that a higher power than yourself does not exist? All those things you're attacking are simply symbols and acknowledgements. You're using symbols of an idea in an attempt to disprove an idea itself. I'm quite certain you recognize the flaw in your argument.
You made a statement in another thread today:
"I do not trust faith because anything is justifiable if the burden of proof is merely "I really really really super-duper really believe it."
Have you ever had faith that your parents would do the right thing, or that your children would do as they say? That those you love would not intentionally harm you? Can you touch the faith you've put in those you've chosen to surround you?
Are people simply a odd collection of somewhat organized molecules with no real reason to exist other than chance? Is each day (an invented time period) just an transformation of energy carrying no importance in the universe. Is our idea of a meaningful life, and the need for rules to govern and protect ourselves from ourselves a display of faith that we have a reason to be? For someone who would believe that their opinions and feelings are of immense importance, it obvious that you must have faith that you are more than a slowly expiring entity. If there is personality, isn't there also uniqueness and therefor what some regard as a soul?
Hopefully you haven't become so bitter, self-absorbed or selfish that you can no longer find comfort in believing in an idea larger than yourself no matter how intangible or lacking in proof. Faith gives us a reason to look forward to tomorrow and the tomorrow after that.
Don't get so caught up in refuting details to disprove an idea that you cannot that you lose sight of the much bigger picture and the reason that faith exists.