Don't get me wrong.
I'm totally aware that "exaggerated and altered" isn't a choice
for you. For me however, it is a perfectly acceptable and
plausible option. You see, people are not entirely trustworthy
(and I mean ALL people!), and this most certainly includes
the many hands that the bible passed through over the centuries.
These were people who had much to gain by convincing others
that "God" was watching their every move and even a person's
unseen crime would be seen by the ever-present eye from above
with the power to set you on fire for the rest of eternity.
altered" is a likely explanation. Far more likely in fact,
than the imposing wrath of a seven headed dragon, the mobilization
of every animal on earth into a boat for a month and a half
or a snake that talks. Oh for heaven's sake, "exaggerated
and altered" is the clear answer when matched up against your
We're not 9 years
old wishing upon stars here. We've got at least some responsibility
to those younger than us to examine the evidence and question
things that are illogical.
I do not believe
that you ever truly considered the bible to contain many untruths.
I used to think that the bible was true until I realized that
fantasy lands only happen inside my head. Our desire for them
to be real is what keeps some from seeing that third highly
Oh how you anticipate
the day when all shall bow and confess to your god. Unfortunately
for you that is just another one of your selfish fantasies.