You guys are rough. if you ask that I disown the bible because of my belief that god saves all good people it is irrelevant to me. God does not reside in a man made thing, much less the bible. It is a man made book that has instructions from god. Those instructions have changed over time, for the times.
Monica, you are on a discussion forum, not a place where you can make pretend you have friends and pontificate from your soap box at them. You were asked what good meant to you. it's up to you to respond with an answer to my questions or say you don't have an answer. Trying to ignore them jsut makes you like like a dishonorable person who has no answers at all.
Answer these: You complain about things being taken as literal when they are inconvenient for you. So, can I say that the resurrection of Jesus was simply a metaphorical story? That Adam and Eve were just a story to try to describe how we got here? That there was no exodus but only a story to make the Jewish people feel good? Can you tell me why or why not?
You try to claim that your god gave instructions for a certain time, but again, we have no evidence of this, nor any evidence of your god changing those rules. Each theist claims that they know what their god "really means" but none of you can show you are wright.
If you are living lovingly, you are being Jesus to people. The God you don't believe in is still living through you. Labels are irrelevant as well. I could spend my entire life trying to learn everything, or I can enjoy it, learning the things that are applicable to my life and helping others and let god handle the rest.
What does "living lovingly" mean, Monica? I've seen these vague claims before and again, nothign to show me that your religion is anything special. YOu make wild-ass claims that this god is some how magically "living through" me. Show me that's true, Monica and not some lie that Christians repeatedly tell to try to claim any beneficial action for their god, an attempt to claim people for their "team".
I expect you to learn about the things you claim, Monica. Keeping yourself willfully ignorant helps no one, especially you. Your god handles nothing, and you need to realize that. You claiming that is just the usual Christian shirking responsiblity so you don't have to worry about doing something for real in a real world with real problems.