Out of context reading of the Bible will do this. I’ve always said I have no problem with anyone’s interpretation of scripture as long as it doesn’t conflict or contradict another part of scripture. When atheists take a portion of the Old Testament and paint God as an evil tyrant they are willingly ignoring the parts where His character is described and shown as loving. They are picking the part that they disagree with and using that as an excuse to not believe instead of investigating what that part really means. Sometimes holy discipline is harsh. When your child is running out into the street, you might push them out of the way to save them. Just pick out the pushing part and I look like a horrible parent. Look at the whole picture and see my intentions.
I have been reading religious, non-religious, and anti-religious blogs, websites, and forums a long time. In so doing, I have ran across what follows, in one form or another, more times than I can count.
The biggest percentage of de-converted religious believers who I have met have told me that the most compelling reason for them to have started the process of de-conversion was reading their holy book in full.
Reading with a focus on comprehension allowed them to recoil in horror at the nonsense and contradictions in those antiquated books with their obsolete ‘wisdom.’
In order to believe a statement like that, wouldn’t a person necessarily have to also believe that:
1. People who believe in Christianity have not read the Bible.
2. People who believe in Christianity may have read the Bible but they lack the reading comprehension skills necessary to understand what the Bible actually says.
View original post 193 more words