I was dead serious when I made the statement about my feelings toward the bible and what it says, if I could be given absolute proof the flood did happen. Your right, my mind is set but I am also an open minded person who has no problem admitting I was wrong when I have been proven to be. I did not ask these questions to ridicule or start an argument but really wanted a logical answer. I have asked such questions before and I usually get the same response you have given me. An excuse why you cannot answer and making an assumption about my personal way of thinking is not an answer. It is a simple sidestepping technique that I have seen used by many bible believers simply because they could not answer my questions. The reason they cannot is because myth cannot be explained in a manner that makes it a reality.
You should write for comic book publishers.
My thoughts about bible myth are simple. In any given situation I try to go back to the very beginning of a situation to start gathering facts about the whole issue. If I find discrepancies in the beginning then it is very hard to believe what is said throughout.
If the first half of the bible is a myth then it is only logical to conclude that the rest of it is. The ability to use logic and reasoning is the mane process that us humans can use to get at the truth in all matters. When we are told things that are inconsistent, illogical, unreasonable and then are told to simply have "faith" that it is all true is in my opinion the epitome of gullibility. When a salesman comes to me and tells me all kinds of outrageous claims about his product and then says "trust me" my first instinct is to run like hell. I see the bible and those who use it to try and gain members into their religious group no different from the salesman. Simply asking me to "trust you" is only insulting my intelligence.
Simply asking people to have "faith" that something is true because it might "possibly" be inspired by god is simply a lame excuse to try and give credence to unreasonable and illogical theory. If there is an all seeing and all knowing god I would think he would want nothing to do with mythical stories to try and explain who he was and what he wanted. Maybe the people back when the bible was written were so incredibly uninformed and ignorant about how things work on this planet that it was easy to get away with simply saying "have faith", but not today. Accepting something simply by having faith in someone who claims to represent the supposed originator of such theory is what has caused much tragedy on this earth. Millions have been duped into following thoughts and theories of those who claim to represent god only later to find out they were being used for personal and selfish gain.
Humans want to beleive in a god and the security such a being would provide. When something is desired so strongly the ability to use logic and reasoning are pushed aside and myth is excepted as fact. When the myth is exposed as such the word "faith" is inserted and people continue to discount facts so that they can cling on to the security of thinking they are safe from all things. Believing you are safe and actually being safe are two very different things.
I'm not sure your statement about all the dinosaurs is true. Some were still around when humans walked the earth. If they were not, how do you explain many of the cave paintings found in Europe? Several of them depict men throwing spears into woolly mammoths.
Your explanations make a lot of sense. Believing that god can indeed create anything he wishes I can see the scuba gear theory being a strong possibility. The large drain pipe makes sense also but the dinofest answer is completely stupid.
Thanks all for your responses, I still have not received any logical answers but then again, I didn't figure I would.