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Can any book test faith as much as the Bible?

excreationist

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One thing I find interesting about the Bible is that it includes so many problematic ideas yet many intelligent people are able to justify their belief in it - and keep their faith even when there is severe cognitive dissonance (perhaps because there is the threat of hell and the promise of paradise)

So they claim it is 100% moral and historical - that God is 100% loving - though the church tradition is eternal torment for most people, it commands God's people to commit many instances of genocide (Deuteronomy 20:16-17), polygamy for many main OT characters (including 1000 wives and concubines for Solomon) [on that topic I think monogamy was a Roman thing], lots of verses that suggest a flat earth (with no verses against the flat earth), it suggests the universe is 6000 years old - e.g.
“Ultimately, the controversy about the age of the earth is a controversy about the authority of Scripture. If millions of years really happened, then the Bible is false and cannot speak with authority on any issue, even the Gospel.”
Though Old Earth Creationists think the Bible doesn't necessarily support YEC:

2 Timothy 3:16 says “All Scripture is God-breathed” - I believe in an intelligent force but I think most of the Bible isn't historical. I find this quote to be very relevant to my idea of "god":
GOD: Bender, being God isn't easy. If you do too much, people get dependent on you. And if you do nothing, they lose hope. You have to use a light touch like a safecracker or a pickpocket.

BENDER: Or a guy who burns down the bar for the insurance money.

GOD: Yes, if you make it look like an electrical thing. When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.


So I don't see it as being all-or-nothing like Fundamentalist Christians and some atheists (though I did go from being a YEC to an atheist).

Though the Bible supports all of those intrepretations.
 
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