There is even a story where one god defeats Yahweh! (I bet you didn't know that.)
Hey Graybeard, I'm curious as to which "story" you are referring to here.
Yahweh makes it clear that he is not a god to be "interpreted", he is a god to be obeyed. How can you obey him if you have no idea what he is saying?
It is hard to obey Yahweh when people have no idea what he is saying. I struggled with this as a Christian. Luke 18:29 states:
"Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal life".
To be obedient, should I have interpreted these verses literally and left my wife and child to follow this glorified cult leader? Or are these verses supposed to be interpreted metaphorically?
Out of the thousands of sermons I have heard I have never heard a pastor interpret these verses literally and encourage their flock to leave their families for the sake of the kingdom of God. Even hard-core fundamentalist pastors draw the line when it comes to interpreting these verses literally. I love to hear the spin doctoring when pastors preach on this section of scripture.