The Old Testament is passed around in the Christian Bible along with the new testament. To say you don't read it or it is irrelevant is the same rationale that leads to religious extremism. Your own picking and choosing may not lead you to conclude that you should kill nonbelievers, and for that I applaud you. But you're still picking and choosing. Much akin to the Muslims who read 'kill unbelievers' but then go on and ignore some pretty explicit 'Don't kill, rather protect Jews and Christians' verses in the Koran.
Additionally, to say all the violence happens in the OT and the OT is a rule for how Jews are supposed to live, but not Christians, can basically be taken to imply that Jews are violent. Why even include the OT in the bible if you're going to just seal it and pretend it doesn't exist?
Not to mention you'd be hard pressed to find a book in the bible more violent than Revelations (NT).
Christianity, like all religions, is simply a highly successful cult. And like all religions, it doesn't stand up to reasonable questions. Eventually you can talk any bible-thumper into a corner with logic and al they can respond with is 'Have faith, without faith you'll be punished.' which roughly translated into modern English means, 'Stop asking questions I can't answer, just blindly follow and obey.'
Back in those days when someone told you god was talking to him, he was a prophet. Now we put those people in straight jackets.
We've been through this whole religion begets violence thing before. Just because Snowvols reads the bible and imagines some sort of peaceful message does nothing to preclude his neighbor reading the same bible and imagining that god wants him to kill gays. Defend your interpretation all you want, and I'll defend your right to speak your interpretation. It's just that, an interpretation - be it a personal and peaceful message like Snowvols, or some jackass telling his sheeple to pray for Obama to die, or to go to a gay soldier's funeral with signs that read 'God hates fags'. But don't believe for a second religion hasn't been the most popular excuse for one person to kill another all throughout history.
I want to conclude that I have nothing but the utmost regard for those who practice what they preach, whatever their religion. Your religion is your business, how you interpret it is your business, but how is causes you to act and treat others is everyone's business.
"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity."
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