I really do not understand this. these are smart people that work hard to accomplish the goals that they set for themselves, but they thank God for the knowledge that they have. Shouldnt these people know better? it just doesnt add up. what is your input on this?
I can see your point, but most Christians believe that the bible is the word of God, so they DO take it literally. Also, how can you accept some parts of the bible and not all of it even if you are not a literalist? there are so many absurdities.
i wouldn't at all say that "most Christians believe that the bible is the word of god, so they do take it literally." by far and away it seems that most people are cafeteria Christians who pick and choose from the bible the verses they take literally and which they take metaphorically.
and that's the answer to your next question; though certainly the practice is not without big difficulties, they just label the absurdities as metaphorical, allowing that they didn't actually happen but that that doesn't mean they can't still lead us to truths.
i'm confused... in what way does cafeteria christianity not work more than literalist christianity (if that's what you were saying) and how, indeed, does it keep organized religion itself from not working? what do you mean by "work", for, surely, that the majority of people in the world are religious might indicate that organized religion works in some sense right?
right. ok. yeah, definitely. i agree. then in what sense does cafeteria Christianity result in organized religion not working? i'm certainly not saying that i believe that organized religion works in every or even most senses. i'm just trying to understand how you meant your statement to be taken.