Christians should take the whole bible literally
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The bible is the foundation of Christianity. Without it, there wouldn't be the 2.2 billion people worth religion. When the bible first became popular it was actually taken literally then after many many years technology became better and things like dinosaurs and the age of the earth. After things that people can't deny, they morph the writings that they have dedicated their life to. I would be ok with people being Christians. People have a right to believe in whatever they want and they also have the right to tell me i'm wrong and here's why... I just don't like the idea of people trying to tell me that their belief is the right one when they don't really believe in it themselves
Which version of the bible should Christians be taking literally? On this list, 48 different versions are listed, and at the top there is a disclaimer saying "There are Bible versions not included on this chart" (1). How is it possible for a Christian to take the Bible literally, when there are so many different versions to choose from?
The Bible also has many contradictions within it. I have included a list of some of these. If one is to say they take the Bible literally, this is impossible even if they pick a specific version. For example, when discussing Noah's Ark, the Bible says that "one pair each or seven pairs each of the "clean" ones" (2) were taken on board. This can't be taken literally because it physically is impossible. There can never be one of something and seven of something. It has to be one of the two. Thus, the reader must choose between passages, and thus the Bible cannot be taken literally.
I say believe in the whole darn bible, and if something in it contradicts logic, then maybe they need to think more about their religion. They need to think about what the bible is meant to be. A collection of stories that teach lessons to make you a better person. (at least at the time it did. I guess the whole men being dominate over women and killing your neighbor if he works on a Sunday thing hasn't really stuck with today's society.) I don't have a problem with Christians I just have a problem with liars. There are a LOT of different translations and versions of the bible, and they may not hold up to what's true, but if it doesn't, then what else do they have to believe in?
To sum up: The bible is the only collection of the word of God that exists that holds any ground. If people choose what parts of it to believe, they are choosing the parts of their God to believe in.
The thought that Christianity is a philosophy I don't think is true. Philosophy is the investigation of the truth (1). Christians I"m pretty sure think they have the truth mostly figured out, I"m not saying that they think they know everything, but that they know who created them and what their purpose in life is. A cult is a particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies (2). That sound like Christianity to me.
What Christians believe isn't true, logical, or even possible, but they need to believe in their teachings. They cannot just be "slightly Christian" because someone cannot be slightly pregnant. Christians should believe in the bible or believe in something else.
Perhaps the term 'slightly' was incorrect, but to extend my opponent's metaphor, people can have varying degrees of pregnancy. Some pregnancies are more pronounced than others. Some have varying symptoms. But just because somebody is not as visibly pregnant or has as many symptoms as somebody else, does not mean they are not pregnant. The same goes for Christianity. Just because one Christian does not share all the beliefs as another Christian does not make either one any less Christian.
I thank my opponent for an excellent debate.
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Vote Placed by DeFool 4 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: On the side of Pro prior, Con was able to convince me that I was mistaken. A rare feat. His logic: Christians should not believe the bible, is logic that I found myself powerless to contradict. The argument went to him. He also scored points for his command of the English language.
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