it never goes 1/2kings then 1/2samuel it's always 1/2samuel and then 1/2kings
How about I saw your reply to my comment of a year ago (my god, a year!) which was posted only today! What are the chances? (Except the quiz popped up on the frequent list).
The only reason I know ANY is because this year I am in a Catholic school, where we memorize Bible verses in Spanish.
*insert thumbs up emoji here*
was quite confused near the end with some gaps in-between
Song of Solomon and Esther are the only books of the bible WITHOUT the word 'God' in them
Just to make it clear that there is rational grounds for not taking the view given above...
Jon: if only you could see how absurd that book is in the eyes of actual non-believers. The "evidence" laid out in it is so absurdly flimsy it is impossible to believe that Strobel's story is genuine. Just... laughable. There are, however, many millions of much more believable cases of the opposite thing happening: people who studied the Bible or history looking for evidence to support their faith, or went to seminary, and became atheists. I imagine that these stories are *so* common that a handful of people, like Strobel, felt it necessary to try and offer up some counter-point for personal reasons.
I'm sure there are a lot more examples of people losing their faith after examining Biblical history or whatever (though I'm not sure how you know there are millions) but that's naturally going to be the case because most atheists naturally have never studied the faiths they reject. I've only ever met one person who understood Christianity and rejected it, although I don't doubt that there are more. But they seem to be a tiny minority.
(I've deleted my other thing which was, as you say, rubbish! I can't remember where I heard it.)
But... a lot of other unrelated things often get roped in together with atheism (usually by theists, but sometimes even by atheists)... such as... opposition to various organized religions... beliefs about science, skepticism, and rationality... ideas about or values connected to politics, humanism, sexuality, social justice, etc... and so on... and these are things that people do often feel very passionate or emotional about.
But I don't really think anyone is passionate about not believing in something. That would be odd and I've never seen it that I can recall.
But anyway... (cont'd)
.... If... this fact leads you toward atheism... well... fine.
But there are actually quite a few people who recognize the truth of the above and are still theists. Some of them even claim to believe in the same Christian or Hebrew god described in various parts of the book.
Is it really your well-thought out and researched position that the books that the fallible and ignorant men who collated the Protestant Bible decided to include as part of their canon are perfect and inerrant, perhaps divinely chosen... while the books that the similarly fallible and ignorant men who put together the Catholic Bible, or any other holy book, are fake and just put in to suit the beliefs of those choosing them?
Or do you have some emotional reason for wanting to believe the above (which is implied by your disagreement with what I said)?
Can you not take a step back and realize that the way you see the books of Catholics, Hindus, Muslims, Mormons... is exactly how everyone else sees your books?
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