Sorry, Phel, but your ignorance of your own supposed holy book is rather sad. There is nothing in the Bible that says one should only be married to one woman and there is instance after instance where the patriarchs were all about this and God never did anything to tell them otherwise. If it were not okay with God, why did he allow it and indeed encourage it? Christians like you want to pick and choose what is “cultural” and what is approved by God as you find convenient. For example, God gave lots of instructions on how exactly to treat slaves and Christians want to claim that God didn’t approve of slavery. What was God too impotent to just say “I dont’ like slavery stop it!” when he supposedly was able to say “I don’t like other gods, stop worshipping them!” What’s the difference? Why doesn’t god remind Jacob that having Leah and Rebecca isn’t good? Why can Abraham sleep with his wife’s slave? Why does the bible go out of its way to say that
“Deuteronomy 21: 15 If a man has two wives, and he loves one but not the other, and both bear him sons but the firstborn is the son of the wife he does not love, 16 when he wills his property to his sons, he must not give the rights of the firstborn to the son of the wife he loves in preference to his actual firstborn, the son of the wife he does not love. 17 He must acknowledge the son of his unloved wife as the firstborn by giving him a double share of all he has. That son is the first sign of his father’s strength. The right of the firstborn belongs to him.”
Deuteronomy 25 has that a brother must take his brother’s wife if he dies. It wasn’t terribly common for Jewish men to not be married so does he get a second?
Exodus 21: 10 If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights. 11 If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money.”
Lots of laws for something God either approves of or is incapable of changing.
And yep, the bible says that God is okay with killing, soldiers and innocents alike. So, do you want to tell me that children are okay to be slaughtered? I suppose you will, since you will either try to say that 1. everyone deserves to be killed or 2. it was a “mercy” that the children were killed if their parents were too. I’ve seen both from “good Christians”. Funny how little girls can be saved for grown men. And of course I can claim innocence if I didn’t do anything. You also seem to be totally confused about the law. No surprise there. If I was with people who were there to rob and there to kill, that means I wasn’t doing “nothing” and it is not guaranteed that I would get charged with the murder. Nice strawman but you failed. I suppose you mean “original sin” but since I wasn’t there, blaming me and punishing me for it really makes any claims by Christians of free will totally worthless.
I am quite sure you don’t know where it has god lying since it is more than obvious that for such a TrueChristiantm, you haven’t read your bible. God lies to Abraham, God sends lying spirits to deceive people, etc. I’m sure you’ll try to say ‘but it wasn’t god directly” But why does an all good being need to use evil constantly in his own works? We even have God relying on evil to get himself killed for himself *and* god simply *must* release Satan from the pit after he ostensibly wins the war. You want to claim that we can’t understand god but 1. the Bible says we can, right in Genesis, and 2. Christians always pick and choose when they can and can’t undertand God as it’s convenient. Oh, we can’t understand why this god seems inept and stupid but when a Christian wants to claim that they understand how God loves us and how he dispenses “justice” well, all of the understanding in the world is suddenly there. And all religions isn’t hyperbole at all. If you’d like to demonstrate how it is, please do so. Your religion is no better or worse than any other, all with the same lack of evidence that they are “true”. And faith and religion are the same thing. I know, phel, you don’t like the idea of religion since you and your ilk have shat all over the term with your actions and your gods evident impotence. I can rewrite the sentence “If you want to claim that your supposedly holy book is valid since it teaches good, obviously only occasionally, then that means all faiths, are just as good and as real as yours.” You have all of the same claims and no evidence to support them. Christianity is the same as Islam, as Judaism, as Hindusim, Jainism, Sikhism, Shinto, etc. You can show no effect of “faith” other than what humans do when they believe any myths. Christians are not better people not better off, etc than any one else. You only have the baseless belief in a life after death, something that has no evidence. And again, just like other religions. Most, if not all of them, also believe in this magical prize and none have any more evidence that theirs is the “right” one than you. You see, phel, if your faith had any effect on this world more than another religion, I might care but as it stands you are all nuts.
I don’t have to fear being slammed since I didn’t’ make any statements that aren’t true. There is nothing that supports the essential events of the bible. If you have this evidence of these events, present it. The wailing wall is part of what is thought to be the old temple (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Wall
) We also have temples from that time period to a bunch of gods all over the middle east and the Mediterranean. Are you willing to take that as evidence that those gods existed too? Because that’s what you seem to be claiming. No, they haven’t found any evidence of Solomon’s temple (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon%27s_Temple
) , David’s palace (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_David#Archaeological_evidence
) , writings from Solomon from a contemporary source, etc. There is no evidence of twin cities consumed by divine fire. Yep, we see that there are cities mentioned in the Bible that are real. So by this any myth with a mention of a real city should be considred real? Then we have the greek gods as beign real since they mention real cities, Spiderman must be real since he’s in New York City, every political thriller ever is real since they mention real cities.
Its sad that some idiot thinks it's okay to kill pregnant women. I do love how you can't even bring yourself to say murder or kill but just "destroy".
it teaches that soddom and gomorrah were destroyed by God for their wickedness, and to some people it is bad to destroy pregnant women. even though I don't call it bad, others do, and therefore by definition some can say the bible teaches badness. Same for any of the OT destructions.
then you say
yes I think killing pregnant women is bad.
which is it, Phel? You say one thing and then you say another when called on your vileness. YOu ran around the same nonsense in the other thread. And you still are okay with killing women and children.
EDIT: And Phel, I don't really believe you are that distraught that I indicated that you said that the bible only teaches goodness. Since you can't seem to answer the question "Do you think the bible teaches evil?", I really don't think I was far off the mark at all.