I've been having a religious discussion on another site that I frequent, which is mainly gauged toward the blind. I won't name any names of course, but the jist of the posts are about whether the christian god is "good" or not. I, being an atheist, (though I'm liking Hitchens' term of "antitheist") claimed that god could not be good even if he existed, because of the cruel and morally disgusting acts ordered by him in the bible. To which was replied, and I'm paraphrasing here, "I don't believe that's in the bible". So I asked the logical question, "have you ever read the bible", the answer to which was a resounding and mind boggling "not entirely". (thinking about that for too long will give you a headache, you've been warned)
I fail to understand how one can A. claim that the bible is the word of god, and B. claim to place undying and unalterable faith in the bible, if you haven't read it. isn't reading a book the only way to truly know what is in it? I mean, I read several reviews of Moby Dick that said it was a hard book to read and that people were getting lost. Because of that, I put off reading it for a while, but I never once, in the time I hadn't read it, claimed that it was a terrible or good book, because I didn't know. I certainly didn't base a religion on it. I later read it, and found it to be a beautiful book; though I still haven't based a religion on it.
How do christians claim to have such faith, if they've never read the bible? Or worse still, claim that we atheists are A. taking these verses out of context, or B. that they're symbollic or metaphorical. Please show me a verse wehre it says its ok to take a verse metaphorically or symbollically, and show me on what basis you are making the claim that said verse is symbollic or metaphorical. I've never seen a verse that does either of those things.
I do not understand this claim. Perhaps someone on here will, but my logical mind apparently does not have the capacity to comprehend something so idiotic as to claim a book is absolute truth, without having read it.