PSacramento has morals that are superior to the Bible, IMHO. Why? He reads the book, then dismisses what HE determines is repugnant. His own internal set of values filters out the morally bankrupt commands in the Bible.
Well, as much as I appreciate the compliment my friend, it isn't as clear cut as that :)
Yes, I use my internal moral filter as a guide, but not to dismiss but to try to understand what is written.
As we all should.
I try to reconcile what is written in the bible with what I know of the world and what I know of God, even if all I know of God IS from the bible ( it isn't but lets say it is).
If I come to a passage that confronts me with a difficulty, something that goes against how God is revealed FINALLY in the bible ( using only the bible as refernce for now), then I MUST, like any believer, reconcile what was written in the past and what was revealed later on.
It takes a lot of more hard work then JUST relying on my internal morals BUT those morals ( guided by Love) are motivating factor for the desrie TO understanding what was meant.
I have found that one CANNOT seperate what was written from WHO wrote it and what times it was written in and what was the typical way od writing.
I have found that God is a most loving and patient and tolerant Father that at times gives commands because they have to be given, not because they are the best ones to give and he does this NOT because of HIM, but because it is the only way WE ( the people the commands are given to at the time) can understand.
I have also found that, just like NOW, far too many people "speak for God" with their OWN aggendas, even if they may not realize it at the time.