An athiest NEEDS the bible to be as ugly and hateful as possible and will always present in that context. If you want some reading suggestions to help you understand these so-called "gotcha" scriptures better, shoot me a pm.
Oh dear, the Question-Their-Motivation-Line of argument rears its very tired and limp head again. Just like when the elders declared that I actually wanted to find faults in the organization and so then felt justified in ignoring my reasonable questions. Thanks irondork: You transposed the Watchtower's favorite line into your own argument armortarium. It would be churlsih of me to state that your own motivation colors your beliefs, but here goes: A believer NEEDS the bible to be as attractive and loving as possible and will always present [it] in that context...etc
How that line of reasoning furthers discusion, I don't know, but it sure absolves the person who uses it from bothering to attend to specific arguments. Yes, irondork, stick to the safety of a pm, just like the witnesses stick to the safety of a kingdom hall where all can speak as "one". Ostriches this way please > >