A Suggestion of Proper Method to Arrive at Conclusions

It is possible for me to point out that atheism agrees with Richard Dawkins that the world is, at bottom, made up of randomness and blind pitiless indifference. If I do so, then try to hold that atheism believes this and it permeates everything they do and believe, then they quickly respond to tell me that this is but one small aspect of their view, and they do not believe randomness and indifference applies to everything. Yet the same people are quick to latch on to a handful of Bible verses and try to portray God using the same method they just rejected. They maintain that a few verses portray what God is really like, without balancing the view with the rest of God’s statements or even reading the rest of the Bible to see what else God says about Himself. Perhaps we’d all better understand each other if we’d just read what the other had to say, rather than trying to falsely portray our opponents’ entire system by mischaracterizing a few passages.

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6 Responses to A Suggestion of Proper Method to Arrive at Conclusions

  1. Bob Vance says:

    It would seem you, like many, think atheists believe we got here because billions of random parts magically fell into place, and out came humans.

    What I think, based on what most science has taught me, is that something very small and simple started slowly becoming more complex over generations and genrations until after a billion years or so, somthing as complex as humans were born.

  2. portal001 says:

    humblesmith. you make a good point.

  3. Bob Vance says:

    If you claim something to be perfect, wouldn’t all parts need to be perfect?

    If you were to make the statement that all women are bad drivers, I only need to find one woman who is not a bad driver to find your statement to be false. If you claim the Bible to be the word of God, and that God is perfect and God is good, then are you not claiming that everything in the Bible is perfect? If it is not, then who gets to decide which parts are flawed?

  4. portal001 says:

    “Perhaps we’d all better understand each other if we’d just read what the other had to say, rather than trying to falsely portray our opponents’ entire system by mischaracterizing a few passages.”

    I think this is essential for understanding, no matter what we believe :)

  5. It's me again.... says:

    “Perhaps we’d all better understand each other if we’d all just read what the other has to say,…”

    This SOUNDS reasonable save the fact that there are over 10,000 different sects of Christianity in the world today. Their main differences are how certain doctrines are interpreted from the bible. Even Christianity’s two largest sects, the Protestants and the Catholics, differ in on how the bible answers questions like, how does one go to heaven, who do I pray to, and how the bible is interpreted. These are basic questions that neither sect can agree on. If they can’t agree on how the bible is to be interpreted, how can the charge of ‘intentional mis-interpretation’ be valid against the bible critics?

    • humblesmith says:

      Of course, with any comparison, if you only list the differences, why then there are differences. Others will list only the similarities between Christianity and other religions and come to the conclusion that they are all the same. But if we list the similarities and commonalities along with the differences, there is much less distinction than you would see by only looking at what the groups disagree about. All Christians agree on one God, that we are separated from Him by sin, that Jesus paid for our sins, and that the way to a right relationship to God is through Jesus. So Christians agree on the essential things, which are what matter in the end.

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