Indeed I do see the conflict LRS.<quoted text>
You take the Bible too literally. To take this Biblical story and bring it, unchanged, into present day is ludicrous. You're reading interpretations that don't fit in today's world. See the conflict?
Believers state the Bible is the perfect living word of God.
Somehow God ALWAYS seems to agree with them.
They mold the Bible to fit their wishes and perceived moral superiority.
They have no problem at all using it to bash homosexuals...but stoning children, putting women in their place and slavery need to be interpreted differently. And that just scratches the surface.
If they weren't full of shit...the Bible would mold them instead of the other way around.
If they actually read instead of nodding at the well dressed man behind the pulpit. They would quickly realize they are being sold a bill of goods.
Don't you think that if an honest to goodness GOD bothered to give you his perfect word...wouldn't you imagine he would have done so that it would be preserved?
Jesus could have walked through China where EYEWITNESSES who could READ and WRITE would have the opportunity to observe, record, and preserve these things for centuries to come.
Too much to ask I guess.
"What were gonna do is have a human sacrifice in the armpit of the primitive illiterate superstitious dessert where no one has an education."
(sounds good so far)
"20 or 30 years after that Paul can take the stories handed down by word of mouth at campfires and spread the word. People who hear Paul can retell his story to the authors of the gospels."
"Once the gospels are written they will be copied by anybody who can draw..over and over...for centuries....ooohh, then we can have them translated into a bunch of different languages that don't jive with each other."
"We can keep this going for millenia and the entire human species will eventually have the perfect living word of God."
Is it any wonder at all even the gospels themselves can't seem to agree about anything, save...
There was a guy named Jesus who was a messiah and thought the world was coming to an end a long long LONG time ago.
Most everything else is lost forever.
I don't take it literally at all LRS.