Kristoffer wrote: truthman wrote:
Oh no, quite the opposite. There is a lot of truth to be had, just the "holy" books seem to be pretty dubious.
And what is your source and guide for truth?
Well it used to be science and scientific truth, but now i'm not so certain that it is the only kind around.
I commend you for your honesty. The search for truth is SO important.
If you look into philosophy, the basic branch is called epistemology: the study of truth and knowledge. It is quite interesting that in some 4000 years of study, the popular philosophy of today is existentialism with post-modernism on the rise. Existentialism is basically a belief that we have no real idea of what truth is and how we can know it, so we will just embrace what we know and what works. This is the approach of most who are totally into empirical science.
Post-modernism goes so far as to insist that there is no absolute truth period. Everyone creates his own reality and whatever you believe is true is true for you, however ridiculous it may be.
I will skip the reasoning here for the sake of time and space (we can start another thread on the topic) but the conclusion is that knowledge and truth must begin with an infinite-personal Creator. From there, we realize and accept that the Bible was communicated directly from the Creator through humans in a way that it was kept from error, so it is the best source for truth we can find.
You raise a common objection in reference to God telling the Israelites to kill people. The answer is that He had good reason. Again, to discuss this in detail it should be another topic, but we can sum it up this way. God's purpose for creating the world and humans was for us to become His eternal children. This earth is temporary, kind of like the womb. Some people have been so evil that they were a threat to the whole process and God had to kill them or have them killed. That was the case of the Canaanites.
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. " 1 Corinthians 13:1-2