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Eww, yeah, summaries of extracted stories. They feed the same thing to Christians throughout elementary school. That's where you get the stories extolling the infinite goodness of God for saving Noah and his family, conveniently ignoring the fact that it was God who killed everyone else. Strangely, they also left out the part about Noah drunk, naked, in the tent, after they landed back on dry land, and how he cursed his one son for seeing him naked.
That's the advantage of reading the whole thing. You see all of the horrifying bits that they leave out, when they're selling the stories to the sheep. It gives you the second angle of attack. Not only is this stuff mostly fiction, but it's immoral, horrifying crap as well.
You're right, though. A lot of it is very badly written. The historical books are at least a bit more interesting.
I've never actually read the bible from cover to cover. Hebrew school never actually had us read any part of it, although they did summarize some stories extracted from it to us. I started to read it but I got tired of it, and it was so boring and so full of vagueness, casuistry, and using too many words to say the things I think could have been said with half or less words.
But the bible has nothing to do with why I became an atheist; I came home from school one day when I was 15, and there was a lamp next to my bed that wasn't there when I left; it was too surprising and scary and almost immediately I thought god must have provided it, but when my mother came home from work at 9:30 or 10:30 pm I found out that she bought two new lamps before work for my parents bedroom and put an old remaining working one in my bedroom because she remembered me saying once that I wanted one next to my bed... so my mother provided the lamp and not god and then I knew there was no god, and I was disappointed yet I also knew it would have been too scary and unnatural if it had turned out that there really was a god.
Stay classy man!
Yeah, I've run into the same sort of thing, dating Christians, before I realized what a horribly bad idea it was. You get about 2 or 3 months into the relationship, and then they start wondering why you don't want to go to church with them. At least that's always the way it's worked with me.
I think that lots of Christians truly do believe that everyone believes in God, and atheists just don't want to follow him, because ... I dunno, whatever reason they feed themselves. They must figure that after we've got a sufficient emotional commitment to the relationship that they can start exerting influence, and they can 'bring us back to Jesus'.
I've read the Bible ... cover to cover, with the exception of a little skimming over I did through parts of Numbers, the Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Wisdom. Song of Songs was also pretty painful, but it was short. The Wisdom books after Job are pretty mindless.
Reading the Bible has done nothing but reinforce my stance about what a horrifying, immoral, made-up piece of crap Christianity is. The New Testament is only slightly less horrible than the Old.
I was in boy scouts from about 5-10th grade, although I lost interest and didn't do half the activities after 8th grade. Once at a camping trip they said some christian prayer and bowed their heads before eating and I just stared ahead. For one session I went to a week long scout camp and they all went somewhere to do some non-denominational christian service or prayer, but I said I was Jewish and they let me skip it and hang around my troops tents...
I never did do all the Jewish stuff I thought I was supposed to do that I was taught in Hebrew school, because my parents were less observant than the hebrew school teachers and I didn't want anybody to think I was crazy.
Actually, I am, Fred. We have an openly atheist ... mayor is it? I dunno, it's somewhere out in the boondocks, in the western corner of the
state. He was in the news a bit.
Anyway, it's not enforceable, so it doesn't matter that it's in the state Constitution. It needs to be removed anyway, but it has no actual effect.
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