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i am a nonbeliever, though i grew up in a fundamentalist christian home. i live in a very religious part of the US, and most of my peeps are christians. and the psych, anthropology, history and politics of christianity & other religions are super fascinating. so i need to continue to learn about this stuff...


May
7
comment Why is the Bible a foundation of theological evidence?
This is the part I have trouble: "Why do people misinterpret or disagree on what the Bible says? It is because of our own shortcomings." Assuming God created humans and knows our shortcomings, why didn't he communicate in such a way as to get around them? Especially all the places in the Bible where there is legitimate ambiguity or contradiction. Maybe those point to a higher meaning but... why not provide that plus an additional clarification. E.g. "I knew you ... before you were born. Also, do not terminate pregnancies at any stage!" "I am the son of God. Also, I am actually God".
Apr
17
comment Do animals have free will?
What about women? Update where you say "men" to say "human"
Apr
17
comment Why is the Bible subject to a high level of interpretation?
The problem with this is that many many parts of the Bible are unclear and could be easily clarified. Like why didn't God look into the future and say "hmmmm... people will get confused about whether Jesus is God or not, I'll add a clarification, here lets fix John 1:1 IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, BY WHICH I MEAN JESUS CHRIST, AND JESUS WAS WITH GOD AND JESUS *WAS* GOD. That oughta do it... I'll add a few other places too. Oh, and while I'm at it, I better go clarify my stance on homosexuals, divorce, the creation story, female clergy, abortion, war, stewardship of the earth..."
Apr
17
comment Why is the Bible subject to a high level of interpretation?
Two things: A) The Constitution was written by humans; the Bible is presumed written by an infallible God. So it is reasonable to expect higher fidelity in the Bible B) The Constitution was intended to be flexible and possibly even temporary, whereas many see the Bible as one-size-fits-all forever-true, which increases the expectation on it to be easily concretely interpretable.
Apr
17
comment Why is the Bible subject to a high level of interpretation?
These days it seems most of these kinds of questions get shut down for being "off topic" or some such nonsense...
Aug
5
comment Why does Catholicism have priests but Protestantism does not?
No need to call people liers, that's not how this site works. Info only, not judgement
Aug
1
comment What reasons does Christianity give for “Why There Must Be A God?”
@degausser - painful as it is, your families issues with your non-belief have very little to do with whether you should believe - that should be based on whether you find evidence or reason on your own.
Jul
29
comment In which country is the Garden of Eden located?
3. The new rivers were named for older rivers 4. This is made up
Jun
6
comment Christian significance of Tolkien and CS Lewis putting “heaven” across the sea?
TRiG - I've been reading the Chronicles of Narnia to my daughters over the past year, and they seem very consistent to me. As well as extremely beautiful. God should have had CS Lewis write the Bible.
May
2
comment How is it that an unchanging and omniscient God can have “regret” as He did in Gen 6:7?
he can't be completely unlike us if we were made in his image.
Apr
24
comment How is it that an unchanging and omniscient God can have “regret” as He did in Gen 6:7?
@warren - well, this is why people arguing I should believe in God because he's behind everything that's good and beautiful sound ridiculous. God sounds like an *** to me.
Apr
23
comment By what mechanism could the Bible be inerrant?
What was the point of doing that if we were allowed to create so many bad translations (e.g. some translations of Deuteronomy 22) and to confuse and disagree with so many details? To me this is like God produced an HD, 3D video of THE TRUTH and then released it to 1st generation Youtube quality. If he really wanted to send an inerrant message then why put it out into such a low fidelity, poorly transmitted medium?
Apr
23
comment Are there any studies on why some doubters quit faith and others double-down on it?
@DoubtingThomas you may be right.
Apr
23
comment How do schisms in the church fit into the plans of a monotheistic God?
@Jon, thanks -- if anybody wants to take the core of my answer and run with it, I'm cool with that. Since I dont believe in a monotheistic God, I feel like its not appropriate for me to give a real answer :)
Apr
23
comment Are there any studies on why some doubters quit faith and others double-down on it?
To answer "Well, God works in peoples hearts" or something like that is probably not a good answer -- I want to know what Humans have learned about such phase changes in belief
Apr
23
comment How do schisms in the church fit into the plans of a monotheistic God?
The cliques in a HighSchool divide students into competing groups that look down on each other, and often have negative outcomes. The clubs in a highschool though give everyone a place to thrive based on their natural skills, histories and perspectives. I think God would want different Churches to be more like clubs in this respect, but humans go cliqueish anyway. Worth noting: I'm an athiest, but this is how I see many types of exclusive groups -- when divisions are used to help diverse individuals to grow, that's good; when they cause fights and holier-than-though attitudes thats bad
Apr
23
comment How is it that an unchanging and omniscient God can have “regret” as He did in Gen 6:7?
@warren - how is it Just to execute nearly every human being alive, including the kids, no matter what their sins? thats what seems unhealthy to me
Nov
29
comment Significance of virgins in the Catholic church
+1 for "1st grade". My question was maybe a 4th grade question, but anyway... :)
Nov
29
comment Significance of virgins in the Catholic church
"female saints who took vows be a spouse of Christ" - is there any sort of church endorsement of polygamy in this concept? i mean if we are supposed to be like christ and christ has multiple "spouses", well, should i take multiple wives? i know the answer is "no, there isn't" but it is interesting to think about -- why isn't this idea an endorsement of polygamy? i know in protestantism there is the idea that the church as a whole is christ's spouse, but i hadn't heard of it at an individual level...
Nov
15
comment Virgin birth in other religions and relevance to Christianity
@Richard - actually, based on my participation in other SE sites, I have to agree with you. i understand why they designed it that way, but it seems to cause problems... peace