Frondish17 wrote:thanks, ILiveForTheDay Yes, you are correct, Islam did come from Ishmael, and there are some amazing biblical applications to be derived from that specific fact, but I won't go into that right now.
Also, Tenzen, you made some extremely good points, especially about how God said within the Bible that the Israelites shouldn't have kings in the first place, but it only happened because they rebelled against His wishes. *high five* Also, I like your point about the fact that God made night and day while he was creating the world and so the whole days/years theory is kind of null and void.
Like Tenzen said, there are contradictions that people will not be able to answer, at least not right off the bat or immediately. But this is where faith comes into play, you know? Also, I would recommend, benj96, that you at least read the Bible before you start voicing conspiracy theories about it.
@Frondish, I really never thought about that. How the Bible does tell stories of things over time. It is unlikely that it was written by a group of people because it would be difficult to maintain a similar writing style and maintain such an organization, but that doesn't mean it isn't possible.
Perhaps I didn't phrase it right. A king does not equal kingdom. It can be used like that, but it's a general name for a ruler, someone with power to control the land.
About the woman dying in the hospital bed, maybe she's psychic? Otherwise, she knew about the person putting the hat on the roof anyways, or maybe the kid liked to wear socks that didn't match.
@ILiveForTheDay, I congratulate you on not reacting like Frondish. You at least tried to understand, but I don't think you get it. A good ruler would do such a thing. For most people, the only true goal is happiness. That's why there must be religion or what we see these days, material happiness.
The Greek gods are not a good comparison because they really only brought despair. Sacrifice this or you won't get this. That's why nobody believes in them anymore. God brings happiness. That's why the churches had a major role in the Dark Ages. People only found solace in religion. A ruler could pretend that such a think existed so their peasants didn't kill themselves right and left.
Perhaps it wasn't very clear what my beliefs are. I'm questioning evolution now that I have more knowledge, but I'm still not convinced about the afterlife and religion.
@Tenzen, I bet those scientist turn to religion because they are simply so baffled. That's not believing anything.