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Old 12-31-2008, 04:34 PM
 
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Atheist, are you picking or rejecting it all?
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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I think there are some, emphasis on some, historical truths in the Bible. Yet, I've read a lot of fiction in my time and have also come across a lot of historical truths in those books as well. I think that the Old Testament does have some historical accuracy to it but I do indeed reject the parts that say God had something to do with an event and I, of course, reject the nonsense such as Adam and Eve or Noah's Ark that have absolutely no evidence to support as having happened.

I would say I reject more of it than I accept but I do think there are a few locations, perhaps wars and battles, and things of that sort that the Bible depicts accurately.

Again, though, I read spy novels about the Soviet Union quite frequently when I was a teenager and they depicted many real places and things such as the KGB, the Kremlin, etc... but that doesn't mean I think the whole novel is true.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:08 PM
 
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I think there are some, emphasis on some, historical truths in the Bible. Yet, I've read a lot of fiction in my time and have also come across a lot of historical truths in those books as well. I think that the Old Testament does have some historical accuracy to it but I do indeed reject the parts that say God had something to do with an event and I, of course, reject the nonsense such as Adam and Eve or Noah's Ark that have absolutely no evidence to support as having happened.

I would say I reject more of it than I accept but I do think there are a few locations, perhaps wars and battles, and things of that sort that the Bible depicts accurately.

Again, though, I read spy novels about the Soviet Union quite frequently when I was a teenager and they depicted many real places and things such as the KGB, the Kremlin, etc... but that doesn't mean I think the whole novel is true.
How old were you when you rejected God ? IF YOU CAn remember SUCH A THING.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Nashville, Tn
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For myself, I think I'm just looking at it in a realistic manner and I believe it's important to realize that even though portions of the Bible do have valuable advice regarding how to treat your fellow man it's also filled with so much violence and sadistic behavior that if it were not the Bible it would be an R rated book and would probably not be available for those under 18 to check out from a library. I don't accept it all because there's so much of it that is simply unacceptable. That would include the treatment of women as second class citizens and servers of men, the acceptance of slavery and the brutal treatment of those who don't happen to be the chosen people and are slaughtered like animals, and their wives and children are carted off to an unknown and probably horrible fate. I have to reject that because I find it to be inhuman and sadistic. The good parts of the Bible seem to be few and far between. To be honest with you, the Bible itself is the reason that I could never consider it to be a book that is full of love and hope and it's also the reason that I believe it is in fact a work from the imagination of human beings who lived in a very brutal age.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:19 PM
 
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The Bible is like a historical fiction.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:21 PM
 
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I think it's mostly fairy tales and fables interspersed with the odd bit of historical fact or near fact.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Western Cary, NC
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Atheist, are you picking or rejecting it all?
The problem with the bible is it has been changed to meet the needs of “the day” by the organized church for the last two thousand years. Even in its original state it was more fiction than fact and a political tool for the government. Today it falls into a dangerous mythology used to justify killing, prejudice, and crimes against humanity. I don't accept much of it.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:54 PM
 
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Some of it, of course, will be based on historical fact. Places, probably people and certain events happened, I'm sure. The supernatural part? Ark? Genesis? Talking Snakes and donkeys, burning bushes etc. No, not so much. The bible can teach great things but it is not the end all be all of morality (as anyone who has actually read the bible can attest to) but I think it is a valuable historical tool.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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How old were you when you rejected God ? IF YOU CAn remember SUCH A THING.
I can't remember every believing.
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Old 12-31-2008, 06:39 PM
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I read bible out of curiosity, i found majority of it to be boring, because majority of the bible is wars, killings and other cruelties.
There are historical places and events that might be true and probably are, but bible would be more believable, more "moral", if you take away all the gore and supernatural out of it, including Heaven and Hell. But then it would be a book of 10 pages.
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