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llewelly

Ridiculous. Making people feel stupid and ashamed of their beliefs is a kind of force. Nobody wants to be a laughingstock.

hambydammit

You're suggesting that we ought not make people feel stupid for having stupid beliefs... because they don't like feeling stupid?

That's... um...

Nevermind. I shouldn't go there.

Nurse Ingrid

If you don't want people to laugh at your beliefs...

then don't have such funny beliefs.

Greta Christina

I really, really hope llewelly is kidding. If not, then that's a gross, trivializing insult to people who have been oppressed by real, actual force.

No, nobody like to be a laughingstock. There are many things in this world that people mostly don't like. People don't like being criticized, or questioned, or told that they're mistaken. That doesn't make those things acts of force. Beating people up, torturing them, putting them in jail, invading their country, threatening their families, threatening their life... those are acts of force.

Greg DuBos

You are typical of people who have no faith or understanding ot the historical and cultural roots of the Bible. Genesis. for instance has two creation accounts simply because there were two schols of thought on the subject in ancient Israel,the priests and the Yawhists. Likewise, the history of mankind is brutal and ungodly but God works through mankind and is revealed in the Bible through the works of the stories in the Bible.

You missed the point. badly. And that is a pity.

Maria

@ Greg DuBos. Your comment doesn't really make sense in this context, did you post it in the wrong thread?

You are typical of people who have no faith or understanding ot the historical and cultural roots of the Bible. Genesis. for instance has two creation accounts simply because there were two schols of thought on the subject in ancient Israel,the priests and the Yawhists.

Oh, we are aware that different individual peoples' fantasies clashed with other peoples' fantasies when the texts were written. We see this as a rather clear indication that people created god and not the other way around.

but God works through mankind and is revealed in the Bible through the works of the stories in the Bible.

He doesn't do a very good job, does he? And why would a god reveal his work through such messy, contradicting and immoral texts? He comes across like a sadistic lunatic. Seems rather weird to let himself be revealed through humans that would give him such an awfully bad rep!

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