Do I notice the similarities? Of course! You just copied the same thing that I said. How could I not notice?DudmondWHAT wrote:
I don't see it complimenting anything. It was nothing but poetry. It didn't explain anything, it didn't explain any process for learning, it doesn't explain how to reject falsified information... it can be interpreted ANY way you want, or any way your neighbor wants, or any way I want. "Scripture" is more pliant than silly putty, able to be spun to anyone's personal specifications. It's useless.
I don't see you saying anything. It was nothing but pointless words. It didn't explain anything, it didn't explain any process for learning, it doesn't explain how to reject falsified information... it can be interpreted ANY way you want, or any way your neighbor wants, or any way I want. Your words are more pliant than silly putty, able to be spun to anyone's personal specifications. It's useless.
Notice the similarities?
By YOUR own judgment.
That's why I was surprised that you think that this was meant to be a "reply". How about addressing what I actually said?
The reason I keep talking about a method for sorting correct information from incorrect information, is because that's what science does. That's what it's for. Scientists DO speculate about the possibilities of the universe, and that's called a hypothesis. Then they set out to TEST the hypothesis, being careful to observe certain standards which allow them to check if their hypothesis is wrong. The idea has to be "falsifiable", there has to be a way to confirm if it's false.
When you describe the things that you believe you see in the Bible, I hear you use a lot of "maybes" and "could bes". Well, sure, something COULD be true, but isn't important to be able to be SURE? We need to be able to move PAST speculation, and into confirmation. There needs to be a process for that. Do you have one, like the scientific method? Or are you satisfied with "maybes"?
I'm not satisfied with that. If something remains a "maybe", then I can't call it something that I "believe". Beliefs have to be confirmed, for me.
The Bible has too much that looks like fantasy and magic that I can't easily overlook. It has too much contradiction. I don't mean to sound like I'm making fun (well, ok, a little), but the book DOES HAVE talking animals, and the humans who talk to them don't bat an eye when they hear it. There actually ARE unicorns, satyrs, dragons, giants, and something called a cockatrice, all mentioned in the Bible. What do you have to say about these things?
If your answer is going to be anything about aliens, then I gotta tell you, this adds a new dimension to Christianity that I'd never heard from any Christian before. Maybe I don't understand what you're telling me. ARE you in fact telling me that the "God" of the Bible is actually one or more extra-terrestrials who visited Earth thousands of years ago? That makes me want to ask thousands of questions, but I could hold off if you wanted to explain better.
But I'd STILL want some kind of confirmation before I'd just "believe" it. You should expect me to be skeptical. I think skepticism is a good way to look at the world. It's not that I'm trying to pass a judgment. I'm trying to be careful not to pass the WRONG judgment.