The Bible: Why Believe?

Commentor mdking has inspired me to ask a question:

People putting the God cart before the Morality horse are nuts. Period. Maybe it’s not medication nuts, but the mental wiring is all wrong.

Lot had sex with his daughters after the Sodom and Gomorrah ordeal. So, was God’s picker adjusted to drunken pervert in selecting Lot??

You can’t salvage an ethic from the Bible without being VERY selective.

What about people putting their holy book of choice before morality?  Scripture contains some very nasty takes on what it is to be moral.  Killing innocents to pay for the sins of their parents.  Killing people for loving outside of their faith.  Given this, why believe the Bible at all?  Why make excuses for the passages one rejects while clinging to the supposed truth value of the rest?  How can the faithful keep claiming it is a work of God when it contains errors that indicate a backwards view of morality and ethics? Defenders will state “the Bible was not meant to be taken literally”. I’ll buy that. But why ascribe to it a higher status than any other book of fables and morals? Why not use Aesop’s fables as a guide? If it is the infallible word of God, then why does it contain laws and rules that are immoral to follow? The cognitive dissonance this produces is one that plays a toxic role in the society we all have to live in.


2 Responses

  1. Historically, you could point to the Irish, and say their choice to believe compelled them to give up human sacrifice. The monks said in effect you don’t have to do sacrifices because Jesus made one big sacrifice for everybody. Within 20 years, a culture became literate and versed in 3 to 4 languages.

  2. “Why put the Bible before morality?”

    This begs the question. Christians beleive the living God is morality, but you should be looking at the totality of revealed truth.

    Put another way, if the things you cite are immoral, how do you reach that conclusion without making your own value judgments? And, if you can’t, isn’t your quesiton really “why believe the Bible when it is wrong?” This seems like a naked judgment that your value system is simply superior to that of others coupled with a demand that those others’ ideas be ignored and the group disenfranchised until its ideas more closely conform to your own.


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