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Percy
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Message 346 of 1540 (821942)
10-15-2017 6:19 PM
Reply to: Message 338 by Phat
10-15-2017 1:12 PM


Re: One More Thing For The Record
Phat writes:
Of late, I am leaning towards the belief that honesty is truth. To thine own self be true.
If by this you mean being honest with yourself and finding the truth inside yourself, sounds good to me.
Thus to say that "I dont know" is far better than claiming to know based on what one has read.
To me it depends upon what kind of book you're reading.
A science book? It has evidence behind it, so you shouldn't have to say you don't know.
A dating guide? "I don't know," seems like a pretty good answer.
A religious book? Which one? The Bible? The Koran? The Bhagavad Gita? They can't all be right, so again, "I don't know," seems like a pretty good answer.
--Percy

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GDR
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Message 347 of 1540 (821943)
10-15-2017 7:30 PM
Reply to: Message 343 by Percy
10-15-2017 3:19 PM


Re: Evolving theology
GDR writes:
That doesn’t get the whole picture though. The very basic fundamental beliefs of my Christianity are constant. Firstly as a theist I believe that God is good, just and loving, and wants us to emulate that. Secondly as a Christian I believe that God resurrected Jesus. Those views haven’t changed.
Percy writes:
That's a couple of fundamental beliefs, but what about the rest? Are you born again? Do you believe Jesus died for your sins? Do you believe in the fall? Do you believe in original sin? Do you believe in redemption through belief or deeds? Have your views changed on any of these things?
That misses the point though. Theology is about going from the starting point, (God is Good and resurrected Jesus), and going from there. So yes, I have my views on those things, and my understanding of those issues evolved over the years, with additional prayer, reading and life experience. Some of my theological views have been formed from a very basic understanding of some of the concepts of physics. However they aren’t fundamental. I can change my views on those on still consider myself a Christian. If I know linger believed in the basic goodness of God, (as Tangle does), or if I no longer believed in the resurrection, then even though I believed that Jesus had some really good ideas ,then I wouldn’t call myself a Christian.
Percy writes:
Most of Christian theological writing is about how to interpret the Bible, whose ambiguous and contradictory nature is why there are so many Christian sects. It's also why your beliefs keep changing.
Sure, and hopefully I continue to grow closer to what is correct but I can’t know whether that is actually the case or not.
Percy writes:
And yet the words don't change. Is the similarity to mysticism apparent to you?
Yes and no. The originals don’t change, but our ability to interpret the original languages has evolved. For example scholars have learned a lot about what the original authors meant because of having additional material such as the Dead Sea Scrolls allowing greater comprehension.
Aside from that though, there has been in the last half century or so, within Christian scholarship a far greater emphasis on reading the Scriptures within the context of the culture at the time. Reading material with that in mind has no doubt been the largest factor in my evolving theological beliefs. Instead of just reading with my 20/21st century POV, I try and understand it all as if I were a first century Jew living in Middle East.
Percy writes:
Again, yet the words don't change. Also, how do you know that mankind's understanding of God is becoming more clear or is just changing? Since the great variety of Christian sects concurrently represent a great many different beliefs about God, the evidence favors a view that there can be no one, right and true Christian belief. The beliefs of all Christian sects will change over time, as they have in the past, these beliefs will always be in conflict, and they can't all be right. So most likely all or wrong, no matter what sect or what time period you're talking about.
As far as I know right now, I’m the only one whose theology is completely correct, however, I will probably find that I’ll have to revise my theology in future.  I just don’t have a problem with all that. With many failures ,I try and the life that I believe God wants me to live based on what is in my signature. The rest is interesting, informative and helpful but not necessary. My faith is that God’s nature was perfectly embodied in Jesus and is well represented by my signature. I base my life on that. In addition of have other beliefs, (as opposed to faith), that provide context but don’t govern my life.
Percy writes:
You mean the Gospels, or are you claiming that every single NT writer "wrote that God resurrected Jesus." Did they really write that "God resurrected Jesus"? Didn't they more write things like, "He is risen", leaving open who did it?
Jesus prayed to the Father, worshipped the Father and claimed an association with the Father that was unique. The Gospel claim, (as well as Paul and others) was that Jesus was resurrected. The idea that it was God the Father who did it really is one of those things that is omitted because it is obvious. Who else would do the job?
Here is a quote from 1 Peter chap 1.
quote:
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Certainly they wrote that He is risen but that was a separate event that was only possible because He had been resurrected first.
Percy writes:
You can label the Bible a "historical document" if you like, but interpreted historically it is obviously a religious book where some of it (mostly the OT) contains some history that can be substantiated.
It is historical in the sense that the authors chronicled their understanding of Yahweh as it applied to the events of their day. I think though that in doing that we should consider that there are biases involved. I am quite sure that if we read an historical account of the Viet Nam war in New Hampshire it might differ considerably to one read in Hanoi. They would however both agree that the war actually happened.
Percy writes:
No one could reasonably question whether the Battle of Hastings "happened at all" - there's far, far too much evidence. If you want to draw a comparison to some event in the Bible that actually happened you could try Babylon conquering Judah around 600 BC, something for which there is good extra-Biblical evidence. But most events of the Bible are completely missing any extra-Biblical support, including almost everything related to Jesus.
I’m not talking about the amount of evidence that we have to support our subjective views, I was only pointing out that all historical views from centuries ago are subjective.
Percy writes:
My use of the word "position" in two different ways was unfortunate. I was responding to where you say something like your beliefs could be right, mine could be right, or we could both be wrong. What I was trying to say is that I don't have beliefs in the same way that you do. Where I have no evidence I have no beliefs, while you believe plenty of things without evidence.
Actually there is evidence for my Christian beliefs, it just isn’t sufficient evidence for you. Someone wrote the Gospels years ago and obviously intended them to be believed. It is also clear from the way that the Gospels are written that the writers believed what they wrote. That is evidence that can be believed, discounted or rejected. I choose to believe that essentially they got it right even though there are some discrepancies between the accounts.
Percy writes:
I don't think the difference between knowledge based upon evidence and what you're labeling "subjective belief" should be minimized.
It isn’t minimizing them but realizing that there are things that we can’t objectively know ,so we have no choice but to come to a subjective conclusion.
Percy writes:
Of course it's germane. In your Message 261 you asked, "Where does the sense of morality come from in a materialistic world?" I've provided an answer. Obviously morality doesn't come from religion.
That wasn’t the point though, and I would agree that morality does not come from religion. My point is that morality comes from a moral intelligence that caused our understanding of right and wrong in the first place, and is not specific to any faith, or even atheism. Morality, in spite of the protestations on this site makes no sense in an existence where there is nothing but material consisting of mindless particles.
Percy writes:
You know that religionists only have subjective beliefs that differ widely not just between people but between the same people at different times in their lives, you know you don't have objective knowledge, and yet you say this? Gee, that's hard to fathom. The evidence seems to pretty clearly be against there being a "one, right and true path for everyone."
I guess the question though is; what path are you referring to? Is it a path to how we should conduct our lives in which case I would agree that we can find that in all sorts of places. As I have said before the Golden Rule can be found in most religions and also in secular organizations. The fact that that view is so prevalent gives credence to the idea that it just might be universally true, and is the one right and true path for everyone. The fact that Jesus lived and preached the way He did, and was then resurrected gives credence to the belief that the Golden Rule is consistent with God’s hope for our lives.

He has told you, O man, what is good ; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

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Percy
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Message 348 of 1540 (821944)
10-15-2017 8:59 PM
Reply to: Message 347 by GDR
10-15-2017 7:30 PM


Re: Evolving theology
Hi GDR,
It looks like our discussion has now drifted considerably away from shared beliefs and into the realm of beliefs that make no sense to me, that seem irrational, and that don't even seem Christian. I'm not a Christian, but I think I can recognize Christian views when I see them, and your views seem to deviate considerably from what is normally considered Christian. Finding what works for us is all we can ask for, but I wonder to how great an extent you've carved out a path that even other Christians wouldn't recognize as Christian.
Am I wrong about that? Is my view of traditional Christianity that flawed? What do other Christians say when you tell them that, for example, you don't consider Jesus dying for your sins a fundamental tenet of Christianity?
Theology is about going from the starting point, (God is Good and resurrected Jesus), and going from there.
But that's your own private definition of theology, even incorporating your own private view of what is fundamental to Christianity. It isn't the actual definition of theology. I don't think I'd be able to understand what is being said, or even what I'm saying myself, were I to try to adopt private definitions.
This that you say in your first paragraph about using the concepts from physics:
Some of my theological views have been formed from a very basic understanding of some of the concepts of physics.
Is completely opposite to what you say in a later paragraph about interpreting Scripture in it's original cultural context:
Aside from that though, there has been in the last half century or so, within Christian scholarship a far greater emphasis on reading the Scriptures within the context of the culture at the time.
And not consistent with this either, since the Gospel writers wouldn't have been both incorporating concepts of physics while also staying within their own culture:
It is also clear from the way that the Gospels are written that the writers believed what they wrote.
Were I to respond to everything you say this message would become incredibly long and mostly about how your views make no sense to me. So I'll just say that I wish we could have continued to find elements of common belief, but unfortunately to me your views are full of contradictions that you seem to both recognize and ignore at the same time.
--Percy

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Message 349 of 1540 (821945)
10-15-2017 9:19 PM
Reply to: Message 348 by Percy
10-15-2017 8:59 PM


Re: Evolving theology
Percy writes:
Am I wrong about that? Is my view of traditional Christianity that flawed? What do other Christians say when you tell them that, for example, you don't consider Jesus dying for your sins a fundamental tenet of Christianity?
It's not that unusual a position, particularly within the liberal branches of Christianity.
It's not that unusual even when looking through a Biblical lens. Most of the references to Jesus in the New Testament are of Jesus teaching about behavior after all.

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GDR
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Message 350 of 1540 (821946)
10-15-2017 9:47 PM
Reply to: Message 348 by Percy
10-15-2017 8:59 PM


Re: Evolving theology
Percy writes:
t looks like our discussion has now drifted considerably away from shared beliefs and into the realm of beliefs that make no sense to me, that seem irrational, and that don't even seem Christian. I'm not a Christian, but I think I can recognize Christian views when I see them, and your views seem to deviate considerably from what is normally considered Christian. Finding what works for us is all we can ask for, but I wonder to how great an extent you've carved out a path that even other Christians wouldn't recognize as Christian.
Am I wrong about that? Is my view of traditional Christianity that flawed? What do other Christians say when you tell them that, for example, you don't consider Jesus dying for your sins a fundamental tenet of Christianity?
I’m a member of the Anglican church and my views are pretty consistent with the bulk of Anglicanism. Yes, I believe that Jesus died for our sins but that belief flows from my faith in the resurrection. Without the resurrection Jesus would simply have been another failed messiah and not even a footnote in history. So yes, as I said earlier I have other Christian beliefs, but again they flow fundamentally from the faith that God is good and that He resurrected Jesus.
I was trying to differentiate between the faith on which I try to base my life, from the things that flow from that, like the concept of being born again, Jesus dying for our sins etc, and basing those beliefs on scripture, reason tradition and in some cases even personal experience.
Percy writes:
But that's your own private definition of theology, even incorporating your own private view of what is fundamental to Christianity. It isn't the actual definition of theology. I don't think I'd be able to understand what is being said, or even what I'm saying myself, were I to try to adopt private definitions.
Here is Webster's def of theology:
quote:
the study of religious faith, practice, and experience; especially :the study of God and of God's relation to the world
We all have our own starting point regarding theology even if it’s to say that all religions have got it wrong. My starting point again is that God is good and that Jesus was resurrected. From that I work out as best as I can the answers to the study of God and of God's relation to the world.
Percy writes:
:
Well for example I read Genesis to tell me certain things about the purpose of God creating us, His hope for us etc. I look at physics and other sciences to tell me how God did it such as in the study of evolution.
GDR writes:
Some of my theological views have been formed from a very basic understanding of some of the concepts of physics.
Percy writes:
This that you say in your first paragraph about using the concepts from physics -- Is completely opposite to what you say in a later paragraph about interpreting Scripture in it’s original cultural context:
I’m not sure what you’re getting at here, but hopefully this addresses your post. I attempt to understand what we can learn from Genesis, God’s purpose in creating us, where do I fit into that etc within the context of the culture at the time, but I look to the study of evolution to answer the question of how God did it.
Percy writes:
Were I to respond to everything you say this message would become incredibly long and mostly about how your views make no sense to me. So I'll just say that I wish we could have continued to find elements of common belief, but unfortunately to me your views are full of contradictions that you seem to both recognize and ignore at the same time.
I think we probably have more common beliefs about Christianity than what you suggest. I know that you are a very bright individual so I can only assume that I’m doing a poor job of explaining my beliefs.

He has told you, O man, what is good ; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

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Message 351 of 1540 (821965)
10-16-2017 1:42 PM
Reply to: Message 327 by Percy
10-14-2017 3:13 PM


Re: Carry on without me
So in other words, no premise stated by Faith can be questioned. You're Trumpian in your megalomania.
The gleeful persecution Faith inflicts on the forum non-believers is jaw-dropping. It makes me happy she is here and not actually in charge of church doctrine during the Inquisition. When others just like her were actually in charge.
Of course had she been back there she would have been held in silence by the men who comprised the clergy.

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Percy
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Message 352 of 1540 (821972)
10-16-2017 5:27 PM
Reply to: Message 350 by GDR
10-15-2017 9:47 PM


Re: Evolving theology
GDR writes:
I think we probably have more common beliefs about Christianity than what you suggest.
Well, possibly. My cultural background is Christian because of where I grew up, but I was raised Unitarian, and subsequent musings have led me a considerable distance from even their "big tent" theology.
So while possibly we do hold more Christian beliefs in common than we've identified so far, that isn't the direction the discussion has taken. I originally commented because of what we held in common, but now after we've found so many differences it doesn't feel right to me to make up some weasel words about how much more we probably have in common. It feels more honest to just say straight out how your beliefs strike me more as random strands of disconnected belief that you've convinced yourself are interrelated and have meaning. I feel uncomfortable saying that because I don't want to offend you, or offend anyone who is working hard at making themselves understood while not making judgments as if they were God himself (I obviously have someone in mind when I say that last part).
I’m a member of the Anglican church and my views are pretty consistent with the bulk of Anglicanism.
Well, you gave a) God is good; and b) God resurrected Jesus; as your fundamental beliefs, but I think there are more than just those two. For example, Beliefs of the Anglican Church (this is the website for a single Anglican church, not for global Anglicanism, if there is such a website) mentions several others. It doesn't mention the "God is good" part, but I agree with you on that one, that it should be one of the fundamental precepts of Christianity. People need to be reminded that God is good. This is especially important after getting lectured by anyone like Faith, since it seems that many religious people speak threats and call it love when engaged in the evangelism that is part of Christianity.
Sidenote: I invited a couple convasing JW's into my home recently for a half-hour conversation (they broke it off, not me). I was honest about my beliefs, and they said not a single judgmental word.
Backing up a bit, back in Message 347 you wrote:
GDR in Message 347 writes:
Certainly they wrote that He is risen but that was a separate event that was only possible because He had been resurrected first.
That confused me all to hell, and that confusion was one thing that convinced me to not reply to everything you said, because to do so would have me writing a very long message, but after some further thought, if I understand you correctly, then I think you're likely wrong.
My understanding of what you're saying (and naturally the arguments that follow should be ignored if this is wrong) is that you're saying that being resurrected from the dead is a different event than "being risen," which means rising to heaven to be with the Father. I decided to look this up in the ultimate source. Starting in Matthew at 27:53 it seems that Jesus must have been resurrected immediately upon his death (I'm open to other interpretations - it's not like the Bible is an icon of clarity).
But though he was already resurrected, he was still dead when a bit later Joseph of Arimathea collected Jesus' body and put it in a tomb.
Then Mary comes by three days later and is told in 28:6 "He is not here; for he has risen" and in 28:7 "he has risen from the dead." Matthew definitely does not mean risen to be with the father because in 28:9 "Jesus met them" as they were running to tell the disciples that Christ is risen. Since it isn't possible that Jesus met them on the road after he had already risen to heaven, obviously he hadn't risen to heaven yet. There's nothing in Matthew about rising to be with the Father.
Now let's look at Mark. Rather than me quoting pieces of passages, just read Mark 16 - it's the last chapter. It describes his coming back to life as his being risen. The words "resurrected" or "resurrection" do not appear. And at the end Jesus is "taken up into Heaven", he doesn't rise to heaven.
So let me stop with all the analysis and just state what seems obvious to me: If for you "He is risen" is a separate event from the resurrection, that is an invention of your own. Even the Anglican website seems to differ with you, saying on their home page, "We believe in The Risen Savior." And the Wikipedia article titled Resurrection of Jesus says:
quote:
The resurrection of Jesus is the Christian religious belief that, after being put to death, Jesus rose again from the dead. It is the central tenet of Christian theology and part of the Nicene Creed: "On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures".
I of course have only scratched the surface of this issue, and maybe I misunderstood you, but what I've learned so far tells me that there may be more differences between your beliefs and standard Anglicanism than you think.
--Percy
Edited by Percy, : Clarify a bungled sentence.

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GDR
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Message 353 of 1540 (821974)
10-16-2017 5:43 PM
Reply to: Message 352 by Percy
10-16-2017 5:27 PM


Re: Evolving theology
Just a quick note to respond to one issue. It is my fault as I thought that when you used the term risen, you actually meant the ascension which of course is recorded as happening 40 days or so after the resurrection.
I now understand you to be using it as risen from the dead which does indeed mean, although in a less specific way, the same as resurrection.
The only distinction that I would make is that the term risen could I think also be applied to Lazarus which was not the same thing as resurrection.

He has told you, O man, what is good ; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

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Message 354 of 1540 (822008)
10-17-2017 12:02 PM
Reply to: Message 353 by GDR
10-16-2017 5:43 PM


Re: Evolving theology
GDR writes:
The only distinction that I would make is that the term risen could I think also be applied to Lazarus which was not the same thing as resurrection.
You're just muddying the water. Lazarus did resurrect but he didn't ascend. Enoch ascended without resurrecting because he didn't die.

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GDR
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Message 355 of 1540 (822012)
10-17-2017 1:30 PM
Reply to: Message 354 by ringo
10-17-2017 12:02 PM


Re: Evolving theology
Ringo writes:
You're just muddying the water. Lazarus did resurrect but he didn't ascend.
Lazarus was resuscitated. His death was the same, other than for the time factor, as someone who dies on the operating table and is brought back to life and later dies. Jesus' was resurrected with a renewed body that is not subject to a later death.

He has told you, O man, what is good ; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

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jar
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Message 356 of 1540 (822014)
10-17-2017 2:05 PM
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10-17-2017 1:30 PM


Re: Evolving theology
GDR writes:
Lazarus was resuscitated. His death was the same, other than for the time factor, as someone who dies on the operating table and is brought back to life and later dies. Jesus' was resurrected with a renewed body that is not subject to a later death.
That's another of the dogma examples that just seems silly, juvenile. Sorry but it really doesn't seem to have any meaning or value.

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GDR
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Message 357 of 1540 (822017)
10-17-2017 3:38 PM
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10-17-2017 2:05 PM


Re: Evolving theology
jar writes:
That's another of the dogma examples that just seems silly, juvenile. Sorry but it really doesn't seem to have any meaning or value.
It's the only reason for the Christian faith. If not for the resurrection there is no basis for Christianity. If not for the resurrection Jesus wouldn't even be a foot note in human history and he would simply have been another failed messiah like others before and after Him.

He has told you, O man, what is good ; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

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jar
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Message 358 of 1540 (822020)
10-17-2017 4:09 PM
Reply to: Message 357 by GDR
10-17-2017 3:38 PM


Re: Evolving theology
GDR writes:
It's the only reason for the Christian faith. If not for the resurrection there is no basis for Christianity. If not for the resurrection Jesus wouldn't even be a foot note in human history and he would simply have been another failed messiah like others before and after Him.
If that is true then there is no value in Christianity and it should just be a footno0te if even that. Jesus is a failed Messiah which is why the Christian Marketers changed the definition of what the Messiah would be.
If that is the sole reason for Christianity then it is of no value whatsoever.
I happen to think Christianity is far more then just that.

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Message 359 of 1540 (822025)
10-17-2017 8:12 PM
Reply to: Message 337 by Percy
10-15-2017 12:54 PM


Percy said "What is the value of a made up interpretation".
There is no such thing as a made up interpretation unless a person makes no reference to any verse or any ideal that can be reasonably be said to be found in the Bible as a whole.

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Message 360 of 1540 (822027)
10-17-2017 8:31 PM
Reply to: Message 337 by Percy
10-15-2017 12:54 PM


Percy asks why his interpretation would be better than mine. It would only be better depending on what assumptions people bring to the Bible. If you claim that the Bible reflects reality as much as green eggs and ham by dr Seuss, then there is no such thing as an interpretation on your part as you believe there is nothing in the Bible that has anything at all to say to humanity.
A relevant interpretation would take at least a few references to the afterlife concept in the Bible or references to hell or the lake of fire or of God's judgement in general. If you refuse to even contemplate any of these references in the Bible or to use them to make a better argument, all you have said is that the Bible is complete rubbish and not worth talking about. If that is your argument, you have revealed nothing new to me as I already pretty much know that's were you stand.
You charge me with making up something out of whole cloth. This simply is not true. I believe the Bible to be inspired by God and there is nothing in it that he did not intend to be there. From that belief, I build an argument to establish the claim I made that you say is made up.
You can claim that the beliefs outlined in the above paragraph cannot be established but to them say that makes my conclusion made up is really saying that you refuse to even use the Bible as a point of reference in a religious discussion.
You simply could have said that although you believe the Bible to be complete rubbish, I believe you are in error making that conclusion based on what the Bible says. I would then respond by giving you the reference points in the Bible that make my case and it would then be your turn to either say I misunderstand said references or that they fail to support my case.

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