outlaw wrote:I've answered this question before but ill answer again, im seeking for someone to paint me a picture of their god, one that is consistent with what i read in the bible, because i could easily create my own version but if it contradicts the character in the bible then i might as well just throw the bible away, so ultimately i want to understand how you reconcile the problems i find in scripture, if that leads me to god.
The problem i keep finding is that i can't see how the tags that get put on god are justified, so if anyone can justify them i'm all ears but if i find problems with your justification i'm going to point them out, i'm not just going to swallow what you dish up, it has to hold water
The other snag is, i want 'your opinions' i want to know how you solve the roadblocks im experiencing, so referring a book to me doesn't help me because i'm not interested in the opinions of author of a book.
I get the same thing with my wife who is a Christian, i ask her what she thinks about something and she tells me to ask her dad (who is a retired pastor) i tell her "but i don't want your dads view i want yours".
I care what you think because i happen to share this planet with many people who think like you and i'd like to understand them as best i can.
if ultimately you want to understand, then you must humble yourself and not keep leaning solely on your own understanding
slavery exist in many forms, from the ugliness we all abhor
to the one we have very little understanding from Bible times
indentured servants existed all the way into the 13 colonies
it was sort of like a contract for the needy who had to sacrifice their freedom in the hope of a chance for a better life
times change and what once was a way of life, doesn't make much sense to us these days of new age thinking
i once read that back in the marco polo days, merchants traveled with an army to protect them from all dangers
and in their journeys, they would encamp in towns and villages
the leaders in these villages would lay down the red carpet for these traveling strong men with an army at their command
and these town and village leaders would go so far as to accommodate the merchants in their own homes and in their own beds
even allow them to bed down with their wives
all in the hope that these strong men would not bring harm to the village as a whole
how diff those times, and how diff were the necessities, not to mention the morality of the people
we think today as liberal theologians with certain freedoms and riches which we enjoy
but it has not always been the same for everyone in the past, and under diff history
the hardships we must endure, and the tears we must shed because of the fact that evil exist in the world, are heartbreaking
slavery exist in many shapes and forms
whether it is indentured slavery, involuntary slavery, plastic credit card slavery or blind allegiance slavery
it is slavery nevertheless
slavery comes in many forms, thus even atheism is a form of slavery
what are you a slave to, outlaw?
My God, the God who gave me sight, that God hates the slavery that you're talking about
but yet, you can't comprehend Him because you are not being open minded to what He says in scripture
you read as you want to understand
i implore of you to set aside your hard head and listen, hear and ponder on the words written in that book of love
you wont ever find better council than the word of God