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  •  The OT starts out with a story... (18+ / 0-)

    ... that could be summarized as "your actions have consequences" - that is the cost of free will.

    So, in a sense, the bible actually from the get go says, "Yep, it is quite possible for people to screw the entire thing up to no end.  It's your choice."

    The inadequate is the enemy of the necessary.

    by JRandomPoster on Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 07:31:33 PM PST

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    •  We have a winner. (10+ / 0-)

      The actual story has many interesting theological implications. But the rainbow covenant (let us assume the premise for the sake of argument and not mention Gilgamesh), says:

      Never again will I curse the ground because of man, however evil his inclinations may be from his youth upwards.

      So God is saying that humans are a bunch of screwups, but despite this he won't bring out the can of whipass (except when he does, but not by flood, so okey dokey then).

      Now I've seen Christians cherry pick their Bible for many years. But not until recently have I seen them just pull stuff out of their ass, like God won't flood the Earth again thus Global Warming can't be true.

      I miss the days when lies were sophisticated. I miss the days when one actually had to use smoke and mirrors.

      I want to be lied to in a challenging way. I want sophistry, damn it, not this amateur hour crap.

      •  What about the ultimate whupass apocolypse? (2+ / 0-)
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        bluicebank, Onomastic

        Does this line of Biblical interpretation mean there won't be one?

        •  No. Just means water won't be used. (cough) (4+ / 0-)
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          mmacdDE, WiddieDawg, ohmyheck, Onomastic

          I think it was a mistake to include the Book of Revelations into the canon. I suspect it was done because the apocalyptic acid trip was damn good reading, scary enough to keep the laity on their toes.

          No one knows who really wrote it. Certainly not John the Gospel writer.

          Whoever wrote it knew his craft. Mystical, metaphor, prophetic, more imagery than you can shake a stick at ... generally indecipherable without a prior experience in mind altering drugs.

          The book, of course, has been so misinterpreted (if that is possible) that we have people on the far Right saying Obama is the anti-Christ. Obviously they didn't read the part about the Jewish temple being rebuilt before the anti-Christ rolls into town. Or the part about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse thundering in prior to the anti-Christ.

          Details.

          •  I was thinking of that third trumpet (1+ / 0-)
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            in Rev 8:10, where a third of the waters are turned bitter, and many men died of the waters.  But it was only a third, so not a total wipeout with water like the flood.  So I guess that doesn't contravene the promise to Noah.

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