And yet, you're defending literal interpretations of the Old Testament. I just consider this something that independent Christians have to work out. Do you take instructions from the Church or your own understanding of the New Testament? Most creationist seem to think they are more qualified than the Church but I've rarely seen any complexity to their arguments.<quoted text>
The basis for the NT is to forgive, turn the other cheek and pray for your enemies. It is hard to be perfect. The OT condemns killing for any other reason than is directly controlled by God. Anything more than this comes from the reasonings of man that are often peddled as scripture. Many scriptures warn of this.
That is why I do not adhere to any particular faith and simply call myself a Christian with a preference for creationist predictive capability.
The Crusades and all the examples of Christendom at its worst does not negate the concept of the peace that the NT and Christianity are meant to reflect.
The bible, including the NT, is the only spiritual text where the composers did not take glory for themselves and did not live in shameless luxury as a result of profits from their teachings. That is almost a miracle! For me this puts the bible and the NT above and beyond any other spiritual text.
Of course this has little to do with the evolution/creation debate. However, I think I can give up on evos coming up with anything better than what I and others can present as creationists. The point is the supposed evidence for TOE is not that crash hot after all. TOE is supported by whatever flavour of the month is on offer.
Generally, I consider the New Testament a set of parables on rebellion against an overwhelming master, such as the Romans. Not all of its stories are consistent with the others. It has mutated over time to become an evangelical tool of conquering states.
The Old Testament is a rigid set of rules by which the religious and state aristocracies can override popular culture as they see fit. The status quo will take care of the malcontents.
Both segments of Judeo/Christian culture require a garbage can where they can dispose of conflicts deemed too trivial for the orthodoxy to address. That's bang-on where you'll find the wedge issues of political debate. Religion matters! Logic doesn't mean jack! As much as I'd like to do the right thing, I feel obligated to deny gay marriage AND right to life agendas because they aren't about doing the right thing, and endorsing either will just escalate the game to the next level.
Sorry. There isn't and won't be a scrap of faith in any point I make here.