Frank, I can see that you enjoy riling people up.
No, I do not. I acknowledge that I do not hate the idea that people get riled at some of the things I say...because I chalk that up to having hit a nerve. On some level, the person who gets riled GETS what is being said.
Anyway, some of the things I discuss...and the perspective I bring to them, do rile people. I can't help that. I'm not going to stop discussing these things because they rile people.
I think my observations about the Bible...are spot on. I'm willing to debate them with anybody.
I'm saying that "distort[ing] the words [of] Jesus in name of Jesus" has already happened. Everything you read in the Bible is filtered through the perceptions of both the original author, and the folks who translated it.
Okay...I was not able to discern that from your original post...but now it makes sense....AND I AGREE COMPLETELY.
But if one were to take the words of Jesus as shown in the Bible at Matthew 5:17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law..."
...and further distort them so that the words supposedly mean... “I HAVE come to abolish the law...” ...that is a step further. And certainly something worth discussing.
Which doesn't make it useless; one just has to take the parts that are relevant today. Which you seem to object to, but that's not my problem.
If a person can take “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law...” and have it mean, “I have come to abolish the law...”...
...and take “(homosexual conduct)...(is an abominable deed)...” and have it mean, “...is NOT an abominable deed...”...
...and take “Slaves, male and female, you may indeed possess...such slaves you may own as chattels, and leave to your sons as their hereditary property, making them perpetual slaves." and have it mean, “...slavery is wrong and immoral...”...
...well, then the Bible can rightly be considered useless...or at least in so far as anyone with a brain using it for a moral compass.
Why do you have so much difficulty with that?
Truly...do you think it makes more sense to twist and torture logic and language in an attempt to make what doesn't truly fit...fit???
You seem like an intelligent person. How can you be blind to this?