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  •  By all means take a look at everything (5+ / 0-)

    But certain points of the Bible are clearly emphasized and emphasized in clearer language than other points.  I think it is important to hold to that.  The diarist has admirably identified a key part of the faith.  Still many parts can seem troublesome.  I try to remember I'm reading the source in any number of the umpteen English translations from an ancient language and ancient culture.

    If your questions are important to you, look for someone who appears to be a recognized and solid biblical scholar.  She or he might be happy to talk to you.

    Or read some John McKenzie for example:

    “If Jesus can be trusted to have said anything at all, he renounced violence: interpreters have preferred to think that his words are irrelevant to politics, which should be discussed without any reference to anything He said, did or was. I shall raise a question or two about this.” The Civilization of Christianity, page 136.
    I also would also not set the "mythological" element aside because a fair amount of the Bible is written in mythological language.  Writing doesn't have to be literal in order to be truthful.  (How some fundamentalists think that their King James translation is the official mind of God and everything else is suspect boggles the mind.)

    If you've already made up your mind and the questions are rhetorical, then ignore this and I wish you well.

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 10:14:53 AM PDT

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