I'd like to have a crack at answering Cicero's article quotes, my answers are in pretty red ink..
Cicero said re bible "contradictions": -
Of the various methods I've seen to "explain" these:
1. "That is to be taken metaphorically." In other words, what is written is not what is meant.."
Jesus said- "You hardly believe me when I tell you earthly things,so how would you believe me if I told you heavenly things?" (John 3:12) so he tried to get his message across in 32 easy-to-understand metaphorical parables. Same with the Eden story, that's pure metaphor and is easy to understand.
Context is a good weapon for shooting down fundies, it simply means looking at a bunch of inter-related verses rather than just concentrate on one verse.
For example Jesus said "buy swords", but by looking at the context in which he said it, we can see he didn't mean it literally and was only joking. Nowadays we'd say something like "Rough times are coming, we'd all better go out and buy machine guns, ha ha
Relax amigo, as long as we understand the things that really matter, the rest of the bible is just interesting padding that we shouldn't get sidetracked with..
But, if you fail, I'll burn you in hell.
How can I believe in hell when I don't believe in anything the bible claims?
Heaven is a man-made idea of an afterlife that doesn't exist.
Neologist said: You don't believe in hell, do you CI?
In that, you are ahead of Romeo
PS-about our earlier discussion on swords, i haven't got one but this is my survival knife for camping, you said it's no good, so i'm beginning to think you like argument just for arguments sake..
I've been hiking/camping and buying related stuff for 50 years, what are your qualifications?
Neologist said: @RF- As I have said many times: You don't understand the Bible..When I show you Isaiah 45:18 and Psalm 37:11, you equivocate. I explain to you the responsibility of those who go to Heaven (Revelation 5:10), and you want nothing to do with it.
2- Was Jesus telling fibs when he said-
"In my fathers house are many mansions, I'm going on ahead to get them ready for you, then I'll come back to take you there to be with me" (John 14:2-6)