Originally Posted by Legion
If you don't believe in a historical Adam and Eve, what DO you believe in, and why? What other parts of the Bible have you decided are "allergorical" [sic]? Why should Jesu the Christ be any less allegorical, for example? On what basis do you discriminate (is that word allowed here?) between allegorical and historical? Also, how sacred do you consider sacred texts to be? At what point should they establish foundational and firm rules to discriminate between right and wrong? Thanks for discussing. I really do appreciate it.
After reading your posts, I have begun praying for more evolution too. In fact, why don't you find go yourself a NonCliff and do evolution a favor? There's so many small brains these days, that the process of natural selection is having a hard time keeping up.
To Garage Catt
Note that the first several paragraphs of my post was in fact a quote and NOT stuff that I necessarily agree with.
What exactly was your point in that last post of yours, with the little bit about the church squabbling with Galileo over the issue of geocentrism? Sorry, I'm just a little confused as to your meaning.
Respects and thanks.
From the tone of your response, I question whether you truly have respect for the people you are in conversation with here.
My point was to gently provide another viewpoint than the fundamentalist idea that says the bible is in inerrant and infallible, which I believe are positions that completely lack integrity considering all that we have learned today.
I do not believe in a literal creation story, by any means, with Adam & Eve as the central characters. I do, however believe, all that is has been created by God. I do believe that the story of Adam & Eve was a religious story meant to fill in some of the "holes" in ancient Judaism.
If we assumed that Adam & Eve were literal characters, I would say that I do not believe one act by one woman destined all of humanity to pay the price for her sin. I believe in original blessing rather than original sin.
These are my personal beliefs. I'm not saying I'm right or wrong... this is what speaks to me.
I honor how Spirit speaks to you.
You know, Jesus said the world would know we are Christians by our love for each other. I think we should all keep that in mind as we respond and react to people who think differently.