What are some religious phrases you hate? Dec 7, 2011 11:56:36 GMT -5
Post by Star Cluster on Dec 7, 2011 11:56:36 GMT -5
But that in a nutshell, IS the problem. I can't speak for Christians in the rest of the world, but I would venture that the majority, if not most, of them in the US do claim the Bible is perfect. And I can speak to this as a former Christian who's seen it for myself. For most Christians here, the Bible has to be perfect or the basis for their belief is void. To them, there are no inconsistencies or contradictions, everything can be explained as misinterpretation or as taken out of context.
I have a very good friend that is, as he gets older, seemingly getting more and more fundie by the day. We were recently talking about the new TV shows that are on and which ones we are watching. I happened to mention the FOX show Terra Nova, which if you're unfamiliar with it, follows a family from the future that joins a colony that has traveled back in time 85 million years to "start over." I was telling him about the problem I had with the show prior to the first episode because I thought it stupid to go back 85 millions years when there was a mass extinction 65 million years ago. Looked like a dead end to me. Why not go back 60 million years instead? (This was conveniently explained away in the first episode by sending a probe into the past, not knowing where or when it would end up, and then different time lines coming into play. Of course, without the danger of dinosaurs, what would you have other than a colony in the jungle? But I digress.) He looked at me and asked "Do you believe that shit?" I asked, "Believe what?" And said, "That the earth is that old." I replied that I did and he said, "Well I sure don't. I don't think it's more than 6000 years old, like the Bible says." I said "Okay" and left it at that. Now here's the kicker. He's an owner in a business pertaining to the fuel oil industry.
My point being, while the rest of the world may be enlightened somewhat, this is the type of crap we have to put up with in the US. The saying "The Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it" is held by more people than you would care to think about.