To me this is your biggest challenge. Convince me why I should trust modern translations of the bible compared to older translations. This dilutes the message, IMO. Also the political gain implications are obvious. Convince me why I need religion at all to find my path to God.
It is not my place to convince you one translation is better than another. I prefer the New International Version Study Bible which I've had for almost 30 years now. I like it because it was the first study Bible I found that gave alternative footnotes. For example, in Revelation 13, it translates the number of the leader as 666 but in the footnotes it adds that many of the earliest manuscripts have 616. But, as Wheels has written, there are many translations out there. If you are going to buy a Bible, I suggest either comparing certain passages that mean something to you just to see if any of them resonate with you. Another idea is to simply buy a Parallel Bible which will have up to 4 translations side-by-side so you an see at a glance how the different translations pan out.
I admit ignorance. What are the obvious political implications with a more current translation?
And it is not my place to convince you that you need religion at all to find your path to God. When you say "religion" I presume you mean a church and/or a denomination? If not, what do you mean by "religion".
I get the impression you were not welcome in your church home when it became known you are a Lesbian. All I can say is that you did NOT fail the church; the church failed you! At least, from my perspective.
1 thing right off the bat, God told either Moses or Abraham that he would not destroy the world again with water. Now Jesus here is saying not only will we suffer the horrors of a world wide flood but be burned to death while doing so. This doesn't even sound like the same man that preached the sermon on the mount. Tell us to love one another as I have loved you is now like saying destroy one another, no?
If any of this is true I hope we never see Jesus again. Do you believe in the second coming of Christ? Why or why not.
It does matter to the gay person. Nobody wants to be left behind.
Regarding Moses, Abraham and Revelation: If you believe all the books of the Bible are intertwined with one set of universal truths then you are correct that there are some real disconnects as you pointed out. The standard answer is that your confusion is due to a lack of faith and that you should pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance. Once that comes, all will become apparent and understandable.
Maybe the prayer and answer has worked for some people. I've known people (myself included) who raised these questions, prayed hard and sincerely, and didn't receive anything they recognized as an answer. In my case, I concluded each of us works out our relationship with God with fear and trembling. The word "Israel" translates as "one who wrestles with God". I think that sums up each theist very well. Each of us is an Israel. Yes, it would be nice if the Bible were clear cut, totally unified, and as logical as a good computer software program. But, that is not the case.
Regarding the Second Coming, I don't necessarily agree with the picture painted in Revelation. Personally, I think each of us experiences a "second coming" at the point of death where we are met by a loving God and escorted to Heaven. It is my sincere hope in Heaven the first thing I see is a sign pointing to a lecture hall and the sign is titled "God Explains It All". Maybe then I can FINALLY get answers.
What is your take on the Second Coming of Christ?
Can I prove any of these beliefs are correct? No. Can I guarantee that I am right? No.
If it turns out God is as petty and vindictive as portrayed, then I am doomed to Hell with billions of others.
End of lecture.
This post is turning into quite an enjoyable theology / Sunday School class.