No, you didn’t answer my questions at all. You repeated information I already had. That we all have, because the story of Christ permeates our culture.
In questioning you, I am asking YOU to question. You repeat endlessly that God is loving. You go on and on about how wonderful and great he is, and you also insist that you DO think, that you are NOT mindlessly following stuff that has been thrown at you. Yet you don’t stop to question: “If God loves us so, why did he create the Tree of knowledge, put it right in front of Adam and say ‘don’t eat’? What was he trying to prove? What was the point? Why did he want to tempt and test Adam and Eve right out the gate? WHAT KIND OF GAME WAS HE PLAYING?” Instead you come back with the incredibly lame and irrelevant “Why did he make birds? Because they’re pretty.” Talk about checking out on stuff you don’t want to hear!
If the entity in question in this scenario was a human being, you would think they were a jerk. Or if you didn’t think they were a jerk, you would certianly question WHY they were doing what they were doing, wnd whether it was appropriate or necessary, and what the situation said about the person in question and thier personality.
IMagine it as a father. Father has something he KNOWS will be bad news for his child, and also irresistably interesting. For the sake of argument, let’s say it’s a loaded gun. So he takes a big fat Magnum 357, all shiny and new, and places it right in the middle of the child’s playroom. He says to the child: “Everythign in this room is yours to play with. Except this gun. It’s bad, it will cause you to die. It’s terrible. That is the one thing you can’t touch.” Then he leaves.
Wouldn’t you consider that a sick mindgame on the part of the father? Would you consider that a loving, wise, thoughtful thing to do? Would you consider it necessary? Would you BLAME the child that picked up the gun?
Because that’s the equivalent tale, and it SUCKS. So for my money, the whole story begins badly, with God demonstrating what a crummy example of wisdom, love or compassion he is and I reject it from there. I have no respect for him as he is portrayed in the Bible, and I cannot fathom why anyone would.
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