You joyfully apply Old Testament laws to today’s society to show how ridiculous they are.
“If you worship other gods…then you get stoned to death.”
Does this apply to you? Do you fear stoning? No. These are obsiously not laws that apply to all times and all cultures. You have the same choice as any other man. God created man, gave him the ability to choose, and set a choice before him. “Of every tree in the garden you can freely eat, but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die.” Adam chose and we still choose today. The Christian should allow the same choice for every man, but he should still cling to the truth he knows and expel and refute the lies around him. If the truth purges, that’s great. But force shoudn’t be used unless there is a threat of imminent harm to freedom.
I know why you bring up stoning and other harsh laws in the Old Testament, and leave out the rest of the Bible in your assessment of God. That harsh part of God that demands perfection is hard to reckon with and is easy to reject as unreasonable. You know, if that’s all there was, no man could have hope. I urge you, don’t ignore the merciful and gracious side of God either. He has provided a way to bring us to himself without requiring us to follow a list of do’s and dont’s. Jesus is that way. Without him, our imperfection could never be reconciled with his perfection.
Do you believe in the higher value of humans over non-human animals? If so, you are borrowing some of your morality from Theistic philosophy. Evolution provides no foundation for this higher value. The philosophy that has its foundation in evolution equates man with animals. In this view, man does not deserve a higher value than animals. This morality is based on one’s ability to suffer.
Is it more moral to kill a pig that can feel pain or a fetus that can’t feel pain? Atheists would save the pig. Is it less moral to eat bacon, seeing as how the pig can suffer and humans killed it, or practice cannibalism as long as the human died accidentally and the relatives say it’s OK? Atheists would enjoy a good batch of John Smith stew. Is it more moral to kill a deformed or mentally retarded infant so they won’t have to suffer all of their lives, or let them live (although this “suffering” is debatable)? Atheists choose to end the suffering. Some atheists would still let the child and the fetus live and also eat bacon, but if they do they betray the fact that their philosophy does not totally align itself with atheistic philosophy. They borrow from Theistic philosophy.
Would you be more disgusted at a picture of a dead fetus? Your answer will tell you what philosophy you live by.
I am glad that you are not a man of half-truths. I don’t have to argue for a truthful interpretation of the scriptures with you. You esteem ALL of it to be incorrect. Your colleagues mostly agree on the words you use and the meaning of them. I have to put up with others casting doubt on the Bible. They say, “Well, God really meant this… or… If you look at it this way…” There is a movement to redefine the Bible and subsequently truth. But the nature of truth is exclusive. It’s natural for those in the wrong to prove they are right. No one wants to be wrong. I do not blame you for wanting to leave a people who interpret truth in light of their own perspective. I’m just sorry you didn’t see the real truth in action.
The philosophies that you choose for yourself will be tested by your children. The previous generations have systematically pushed God out of their lives, choosing to live within their limited box of reason. However, all these choices may be tested at the kitchen table where your children will challenge your version of right and wrong. Children easily catch the incongruities in our lives, later deciding to reject them as bogus. All the intellectual prowess you have attained for your arguments against God will be tested and may be found disappointing. Like the saying “what goes up must come down”, the generation that removes God paves way for the generation who seeks God. They will seek to fill the void created by the inconsistencies of your chosen morality and your self-proclaimed truths. Will your philosophies stand up to THAT test?
A traveler from a strange land passed my way. As he described his home to me, his visage reflected great despair. He spoke of four great walls no longer connected, and all around them, a vast desert in every direction stretched to express no evidence of life for the discerning eye. Inside the walls, the form of a man can be observed laying half in the ground and half out. The bones darkened by the persistent sand provide a vestige of the cruelty the people inflicted upon their king. A hand outstretched remains anchored by the ground held upright as if still beckoning for humanity to enter. The traveler told of a people who abandoned their king even though he provided great things for them. Near the fallen form, a monument stands echoing his words to all. “Come all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The people rose up against him, and invited other great, eloquent men to enter the kingdom. The traveler relates, “The king remained faithful while the magistrates rode slowly on their horses toward the horizon. And yet from the horizon, came others riding swiftly on their horses. And as yet, we are still not free.”
I fear that as humanity trades a reasonable God for men of reason, no real freedom will be gained.