"I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally" ~ W.C. Fields
That's your opinion. The facts say otherwise. The Bible presents itself as being written under divine inspiration of God whose name is Yahweh/Jehovah/YHWH. Evidence of divine inspiration is seen in the nearly 2,000 accurately fulfilled prophecies.
It is impossible for mere humans to accurately predict events to the tune of nearly 2,000 times, and to predict events years before they occur while giving detailed descriptions of what will occur.
The above was not a quotation, it was a statement or a summarization of what's written in the Bible. Whenever I quote scriptures, I use dark red print, and I also identify the Bible book, chapter, and verse.
Is the forum supposed to take your word for it? Expressing your opinion is all well and good--which is all you've done here. Now, suppose you present documentary evidence to back up what you're saying. Show me and the rest of the forum where the Bible copied other religions by presenting Bible book, chapter, and verse and then by quoting the other religions that have the exact same presentation as what you quote from the Bible? This I've got to see.
The Bible is a mix of fiction and plagiarism from other religions. Written over several centuries, written centuries after 'the fact' and done so by multiple people.
If you took the time to understand your fellow man and his beliefs the sides wouldn't be so divided as to what is and isn't fact. You cannot prove atheism, evolution, Christianity, Muslim or any other theory as fact because there is one simple question that undermines ever religion, if God created man from his image, who created God? If nothing existed before God how did God come into being? These are questions you have to take it on faith, faith as described by religion and not Websters dictionary. Faith is unprovable and undeniable.
Even in Greek religion with worshiped numerous gods, Chaos ruled as a single god before the separation of heaven and earth divided into numerous gods to worship but even so it descends from one common god, a theory much more common to all religions than not, one common god or event.
Just because you study opposing philosophy and religion doesn't mean you have to accept it all as fact but it means you can understand it. The great thing about our nation is your right to choose and change your beliefs as you see fit. Even the most devote Christians meet with Jewish and Muslim leaders to discuss world divide all the time and there is one common agreement between them all, understanding and relationships:
"What do you think is the most powerful way to achieve world peace?" the Rev. Elanor Stanton said.
"Through relationships, not through politics," Rabbi Yaakov Kellman replied. "If we don't have relationships, we do not look at one another."
The theme of Sunday's symposium at the Hindu Temple Society of the Capital District on Albany Shaker Road was a "pursuit of peace and world harmony."
Leaders from six faiths -- Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism -- swapped philosophies, anecdotes and thoughts on how to eradicate friction between people of different beliefs.
"Harmony is not achieved when everybody is singing the same note," Kellman said. "It is the combination of many different notes."
Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/arti...#ixzz22uz32Sbc
Last edited by NY8123; 08-08-2012 at 05:05 PM.
The fact that I asked you for evidence in my last post to prove your claims about the Bible being copied from other religions, and you then responded as above--with an almost identical wash, rinse, and repeat of the same thing--says one thing: you have no evidence to prove it.