Originally Posted by CalvaryCougar
And there are many more examples. How is a God who gives His Son so that those who have sin against him can gain eternal life be what you think he is?
that's exactly the problem. For every quote you can pull up of a loving god, I could pull up a quote showing a psychotic, sadistic volcano god. Either the supreme creator of the universe is a looney tune (which is inconsistent with the non-crazy predictable universe we see) or the bible does not literally describe said creator (whether or not he exists). If you make the assumption though that the bible was written by people with their own agendas to push, it makes complete sense. People collected old stories together and gathered them into the pentateuch the same way people gathered together children's stories into Aesop's Fables. In some cases there were multiple stories to combine. That's why the genesis story in chapter two contradicts chapter one. That's why in some cases god is referred to in the plural in genesis. That's why there are morality tales like the story of Job. Those tales had a purpose, which was to establish and maintain a cultural identity. And hey, it worked. Job completed!