Here's part of that introduction.
My de-conversion started when I read the bible as an excercise to better know God through his word. I started at the beginning and read it cover to cover. What I found was appalling to me. Some of the things that God commands people to do in the OT (a few in the NT too) are not things that I would call moral or divinely inspired. (see Deut 21:18-21) Of course, my Dad explained to me that that was a different time and that the people were under the law. That was just not a good enough answer to me. To me, brutality is brutality, no matter when it was practised. I didn't go completely non-theistic at that time. It happened in stages and eventually I realized that I just didn't believe anymore. For me to pretend that I did would have been dishonest to myself and everyone around me.And, here's one of the responses I got from one of the theists.
People who are truly saved and without doubt already in their hearts do not allow such things to make them stray away from salvation. You would have enough faith to pray and wait until God shows you why, instead of basing your de-conversion on such a small tidbit.In other words, I shouldn't let anything deter me from trusting the bible even if it's the contents of the bible itself. There's just no logic in that at all.
I wonder what the everyday working Germans thought when their supreme leader was telling them to kill innocent people. Did they just trust in their leader and that he was doing what had to be done for the greater good? Did they just say that their leader must know more than them and that what he was doing was good because he said it was good? That they should just have enough faith in Hitler until it's the right time for him to explain things?
It's scary to think about that kind of faith. Real scary!
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