What’s more pitiful than that vacuous, bankrupt statement is the fact Ms. roughseas admits to having never read the Bible.
From, theancients on colostorms’s blog. Oops, Colorstorm.
Now it is fair to say I have not read the bible. I have read some of it in RE classes. I have even read Matthew 2: 1–6 at a school nativity.
Nor have I read Fifty Shades of Grey. Do I need to do so to form an opinion on domestic violence and BDSM? I can find better objective sources elsewhere.
I haven’t read the qur’an either. Nor the vedas. Nor the bhagavad gita although, like the bible, I have a copy of it. Nor the kojiki. Nor the popol vuh.
Does one really need to read every mythical tome to decide whether or not to believe in a religion? Or to disbelieve in it?
Will reading the bible make me more likely to suddenly believe in God/Jesus/The Holy Spirit? Extremely unlikely.
But how would one choose which religious text to believe in? The oldest? The newest? The majority viewpoint? And then, which sect? Which branch of Hinduism? Catholic or Protestant? The dilemmas are endless.
And Me! My religion is the only one! doesn’t quite do it for me.
Why, is my statement about not being able to discuss something without a Christian invoking the bible bankrupt or vacuous? Honest perhaps. And pitiful?
What is pitiful is people who can’t live without a badly written rule book. People who can’t live within themselves. People who don’t respect the rights of others. People who are hypocrites. People who lack sufficient thinking capacity to work out a moral code for themselves.
People who believe in presidents who say god sends them to war. That is truly pitiful.
People who discriminate against homosexuals are pitiful.
People who discriminate against women are pitiful.
Now. Tell me again. One. Good. Reason. Why I should read 1041 pages of the RSV?
And what happens to people who study the bible in detail? Just ask the deconverts.