For each scripture ABC and study DEF that you quote, you know I can quote scripture GHI and study JKL that says or “proves” just the opposite. Even as a “foul-mouthed fool” I recognize that it’s all a matter of faith. You REALLY believe in your God, you’ve made that evident, and I REALLY believe in mine. I’m sorry if I wasted your time or offended you- I was just trying to get your attention. You need to look over your website, because it does make certain implications through the quotes, your advice, and the letters you post from people writing in (ie the “clean slate” notion). Again, sorry about being a jerk (or a foul-mouthed fool), but I believe in a much different God than yours.
Thanks for your response anyway, it was very enlightening. I wish you nothing but the best.
Thank you for the kind response. I'm glad we are getting to understand each other. You are correct; it is a matter of faith. Faith is not whether the facts exist, but what a person sees as being behind those facts. I see the Bible as the product of God, recorded by men. Thus, every word is precious to me and a guide to my life.
I know you feel that the Bible can be used to prove anything. In a way you are right, but it is not because it contains multiple conflicting messages. The variance comes from people's approach to it. Some only want proof for what they already believe, and thus they are selective in what verses they will use and accept. Even though the Bible states that "The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever" (Psalm 119:160), they feel that any piece is sufficient if it supports what they want. Others really don't care what the Bible says. If they happen to find something that matches their beliefs, well and good, but if it doesn't it is no problem because "it's just the product of men anyway."
I would be happy to talk about the Scriptures in full with you. Let's see what you have gleaned from its pages and allow me to show you what I have found. Then we can put our thoughts together and begin to understand the mind behind the Bible. Just as I can't know you without talking to you, you and I cannot understand God without examining His words. "But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual" (I Corinthians 2:9-13).