Date registered: Sep 2004
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My first questions as a kid arose with the time or era of all the stories and how that affected my life - all the wierd sentence structure and diction made reading the stuff tedious and the settings were always way out of modern America or Germany. My parents explained that those unreal details were not the point and I should try to see past the stuff I found not believable and focus on the generally timeless and universally applicable human experience being portrayed. Consequently I never felt like the "stories" were lies. The collected mass of stories making up the Bible were viewed as a kind of adult-like Aesop's Fables. The stories are not supposed to be viewed strictly literally.
I was more upset at about age 8 when I realized the stories were not new ones every week. When I could remember the endings from a previous year's reading I concluded there was something odd. The Aesop's Fables analogy began to make a lot more sense.
I still find the conflicts between the Church and Science to be an unnecessary initiative by poor quality leadership in the Churches intended to bolster their power, and having nothing to do with the spiritual mission most Church organizations espouse as their primary purpose. These kinds of questions about the truthfulness of the literal nature of the stories of the Church, including the concepts of the virgin birth and Christ's divinity are really a kind of voluntary overstating of the value of what are truly not more than a side shows to the basic message. I have no trouble excusing them, and other similarly meaningless fantasies presented as central to the message as something akin to artificial flavoring in a drink I actually like, or the stage props in a particularly compelling scene of a play.
Why let the adjective "arificial" in front of "flavoring" or a stage prop interfere with your enjoyment of a drink or play when it is really solely your choice? Just like the pointless attacks by the greedy, selfish and small minded Church managers that elect to confront Science over issues that are actually meaningless to the Church's most basic function, it is kind of short sighted to discard the basic, intended spiritual message because the thousand year old trappings the message is wrapped in are not meaningful to you. Jim