Your offer to answer our questions is a generous one, but I doubt many non-christians would be any more interested in the fine details of biblical interpretation than they would be interested in the fine details of accountancy or metallurgy.
That said, I do have a few questions I would like answered.
First, given the hundreds of vastly different religions out there, most with their own texts, prophets, miracles, visitations, etc, many of which predate Christianity by thousands of years, what reason is there to believe that Christianity (in any form) is the
Second, I would like an answer to the previous posts asking where all the other people came from. Where did Cain's wife come from? You say the Israelites were enslaved shortly after Genesis. Enslaved by whom? Shortly after genesis, wouldn't everyone
be an Israelite?
Third, if the only way to get into heaven is belief in Jesus, then what happened to all the millions of people who died before Jesus was born? And what of all the people who retain their current beliefs despite being informed about Christianity? Is a kindly Buddhist monk who spends his life in meditation and performing good deeds condemned to an eternity of suffering and torment while a murder/rapist/thief who finds religion on his deathbed rewarded with eternal joy and happiness?
Just thought of a couple more questions...
Fourth, what is the Christian stance on the laws given in the Old Testament? According to Leviticus, a rapist has to pay off the girls father and marry her (much like a customer paying for damaged goods). Is it truly divine will that a woman be forced to marry her rapist? Also, a bastard cannot enter the kingdom of heaven unto the tenth generation. My grand father was born out of wedlock. Does this mean he can't get into heaven? Does this also exclude my, because I'm only third generation? Also, a dwarf cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. Why not?
Fifth, can you clear up a couple of points in translation for me? Here's some statements about the difference between the original and modern biblical texts I've read from various sources. I have no way to verify these claims, and would like to know if they're true or not.
* In Genesis, the creation of the world in six says could also be translated as six ages?
* Ancient Hebrew has no word for "slave", and all mention of slaves would be better translated as "servant".
* In the original New Testament, Mary is referred to as a "young woman", and not as a "virgin" as modern translations claim.
It would be great if you could give me answers to these questions. Thanks!
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