Dipping into the Bible and taking out the bits that you think are relevant to you is fine. I guess the problems arise when people try and impose what they think are the relevant scriptures onto others.I don't buy that eternal torment stuff. It's just not my idea of a loving Creator. Annihilation/eternal seperation ...I don't know. But to a caveman, death by fire was probably the worst way to go ...the most agonizing by far.(I can't say I disagree with them on that score) And seeing the earth vomit fire and molten rock probably scared the hell out of them. If I wanted to change someones thinking, I might use that kind of fear based scenario.
World wide flood ...
What did they know of the world?
I won't deny that there is some good stuff in the Bible but that's also true of the Quran, Gita and other holy books. It's safe to say that morality is not something that is confined within any one religion.
Yes, there are observable phenomenon that we can't explain.Even today there exists much unexplained phenomenon. But to a caveman, everyday was an adventure I'm sure.
Although I'm sure we'll get there and I'm convinced that science is the best method we have for providing real and tangible explanations of our reality.
That's always the way with technology. Despite our mastery pf electricity, people still get electrocuted. A lot of these incidents can be put down to stupidity, carelessness, cost-cutting, etc. However, we generally tend to learn from our mistakes.But what is progress? We still dress in furs and skins. We adorn ourselves with pretty rocks. We stack up rock and create dwellings. We like to think we've harnessed the power of the atom ...Chernobyl says otherwise.
I'd say that the Egyptians were extremely superstitious, quite possibly in ways we can hardly imagine. They were fixated with death and a priest could probably give thousands of people the heebie-jeebies by mumbling some sort of local ju-ju.The plagues of Egypt ...
Something scared the hell out of those people ...Passover, blood on your doorpost ...they still honor that ritual. I can't explain it, but I believe something went on.
Yeah, we're doing a good job destroying our planet.The Garden of Eden ...
What a beautiful place this earth must of been before man and his distructive ways ...sigh! Creature/Evolution ...I find it mind boggling.
We exceeded the earth's ability to feed us without chemical fertilizer nearly a century ago. I also seem to recall reading about how we're close to exhausting our earth's phosphorous sources as well as losing water for irrigation.
This, of course, is a problem that can be addressed with logic and reason. What we don't need is to continue "going forth and multiplying". You know, breeding like animals and quite possibly, dying like animals.
Agreed. We're certainly not the "crown of creation" that so many believers think we are and despite what the Bible says, we don't have dominion over all the earth's creatures.Again, I don't consider mankind the highest order of life. Just look at the distruction a simple virus can cause. And as long as man wages war against his brother, we will live for want of something better ...something greater than ourselves. Whether some chose to admit it or not.