JosephAlward, gosh you must really hate the bible with all your heart.
Not at all; it's one of my favorite books. It's just that look at it as a very interesting collection of myths about Yahweh, fables and teaching parables about a fictional Jesus, as well as some profoundly important teachings. Among my favorite passages are the ones in Ecclesiastes in which the writer speaks of what God really wants man to do with his life:
"Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do...Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun-- all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.
"I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all." (Ecclesiastes 9:1-11NIV)
Jesus says "hate your mother and father" to folks he wanted to recruit as followers, and told the man to "let the dead bury the dead" when he asked if he could first bury his father before running off with Jesus, and he told the rich man he had to give it all up if he wanted to go to heaven. These messages are hardly consistent with the one from Ecclesiastes, above, in which the Bible writer tells us that God really just man to eat, drink, be merry, and enjoy his wife. How come Jesus never told his followers to enjoy life, if he really was the son of the same God referred to in Ecclesiastes?
Joseph F. Alward
"A Skeptical View of Christianity and the Bible"
Edited by - JosephAlward on 11 October 2002 2:27:55
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