That is the beauty of faith. You can believe or not believe. Now I believe that much of the early Old Testament is allegorical (look up the definition).<quoted text>
Are you telling me this is getting by you AL?
Let's just put aside the complete impossibility of the Noah story.
You are asking us to respect a guy who would kill his son because he heard voices?
This is a huge issue I take with theist. Because they don't really even believe themselves when they speak the words. They are sooo out of touch they file this one under virtue.(yes, I said virtue)
"Hey son, wanna go for a long gloomy walk?"
Are you kidding us?
What of the woman buried deep in the bible belt who drowns her 4 children on orders from God?
1 born again Judge.
12 christian Jurors.
Being tried in a "christian nation"
There is no "God told me to..." plea.
Guilty, not-guilty, Insanity. That is it.
Not 1 person even considered the possibility this woman was really just listening to God.
Why is that? I mean...this seems to be God's yardstick of faith.
But it is impossible to you that God would tell anyone else to kill their children...stab their spouse...buy a jet...take that job...run for congress.
If you allow this brand of vile nonsense from even one source, you must allow it for all.
The suicide bombing community is ENTIRELY faith based.
Allah told me to fly a jet into that building.
God told me to kill exactly 27 prostitutes.
God said my marriage is an abomination and I should kill my husband.
If the faith community REALLY believed these things. The first thing you would see is the "Act of God" defense in court.
But they don't really believe this. It is reserved ONLY for Abraham all others would be monsters.
Please do yourselves a favor. When asked to revere a person who acts as Abraham...feel free to say "No. Fuck You."
I promise that morally you come out on top, every single time...no exceptions.
Do I "believe" that there was a world wide flood? NO! But I do believe that the Black "Lake" flooded at the end of the last Great Ice Age when the Mediterranean broke through Bosphorus and flooded it with seawater and turned it into the Black Sea and this is the origins of the story. Back then they thought that that was the whole Earth and it probably was ... to them.