It almost seems like atheists don't want to believe in God. Do you just simply not want to believe in God because you don't want to give up your own free will?
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Because if it's not literal, it will be taught as anyone wants to interpret it. This means people will always be interpreting it wrong. God said that if you twist his words he'll be pissed. I don't think he offered a free pass if it was a mistake. Who decides what parts are Literal, what is figurative and what is metaphoric?
Reworded: If Harry Potter were fake we wouldn't have The Sorcerer's Stone. That is proof. His lightening scar resolved the others so all we need to do is believe in him.
Oh heres a fun meme!
If <blank> were fake, we wouldn't have <blank>
I'll start: If Superman were fake, we wouldn't have Superman Comics!
Better yet - we wouldn't have Kryptonite, and we do, it's one of the elements, look it up!
Premise 1 Kryptonite is real.
Premise 2 Superman is affected by Kryptonite.
Premise 3 Superman is real.
Quod erat demonstrandum
Hollywood made a movie, it must be real. :)
The bible contains hundreds of contradictions, inconsistencies, logical fallacies and flat out lies. If the bible if proof of a god, it is proof of a really incompetent god.
In other words, the bible is of no use whatsoever in proving either god's or jesus' existence. And since jesus' existence (even as a delusional religious nutcase, let alone the "actual" son of a deity) is in serious question, you can't use his existence as proof of the god you claim that he claimed to follow.
If god were fake we wouldn't have the bible? Ok, if Ra were fake we wouldn't have the writings of RA.
Belle, That's also a bad comparison. God is not fake.
No, god is imaginary. There's a difference! Oh, wait, I guess there isn't. Never mind.
Good answer Heather.