I stand by my analogy. His point was that since the bible did not have those facts it was ALL false. Well the same could be said about any other book that doesnt have ALL the facts that can pertain to the subject. Obviously we both see that this type of thinking is ridiculous. The things that he was looking for is not even necessary. Why do we have to know what composes the soul? Or what we are going to do in heaven? We're on earth lol. When we get there (if we do) then we'll figure that out. The bible (Im not christian so Im referring to the Old testament) helps us get thru this life. But you're right I shouldnt even take his bait. He never answers questions or comments but always demands that someone answers his. Then again, thats the reason why I kept copying and pasting the same argument.<quoted text>I'm just pointing out that you used a bad analogy to "argue" with the other poster.
Your argument is off. Plus youre taking his bait. He's never going to answer you - logically, non-emotionally. All you will ever receive is accusation and of course insult. Everyone else is always wrong, and he is always right. That's just his approach. He has ALL the answers, everyone else is in the dark. He's the special one, graciously plying his way among the rest of us cave-dwellers. He thinks and asserts that ALL answers of a spiritual nature should be IN the Bible, if its so important, so sacrosanct, etc...so not to have an answer makes it all a lie.
I think I may have been too hard on you, your analogy, my bad.
If you seek an answer about something that IS contained within any book - you're good. But if its not in a particular book, as the other poster is saying, than the book fails in that instance.
The claim that the entirety of the book fails is of course false. In seeking info as to where Xtianity gets its foundational theology-doctrine, the Bible is a perfect source. But if one is being honest, its not the ONLY source. Xtianity has and continues to borrow from other philosophies in order to "fluff-up" the whole of Xtian theology-doctrine. To say the whole of Xtianity relies solely on the Bible is to be dishonest. Thats the place where Fundies live.
The issue re; the Bible is that it doesn't address ALL of human experiences/conditions - least of all now nearly 2K years later. So to compare it to a text book that is by nature open to additional information, and update - whereas the Bible is not granted such liberty as its locked-down forever...is the problem.
Like fiction. What can we glean from Moby Dick about its characters other than whats in the book? Not too much. We can form conjectures, etc, based on what we know about that culture, those types of men, etc - but we cant say definitive things about them or how they would act outside the story.
The other issue, is that the Bible doesnt address various questions that may/may not be important for many Believers. Such as the ones brought up by the other poster in question. What does the Bible say "people" are doing in heaven? Besides simply being there? Nothing. So the answer cant be found in the Bible. But that's not what the Bible was set up to do. Unlike a text-book, or Rx manual.
To clear things up, I dont think the Bible is a myth, only that parts of its story-telling devices rely on ancient myths, etc to flesh out and form its stories. The Bible is very real, as are some of the characters and places contained within...they just don't prove the magical, supernatural claims. That's my position on the Bible and all alleged holy writings.
Apologies if the post is jumbled...trying to do this in a moving car...on a touchscreen keyboard.
Let me ask you a question since I always assumed you were atheist. Are you? Or are you agnostic?