For some reason, I couldn’t post anything on the Ferguson thread.
I know that the Bible says some ridiculous things. Some versions are more ridiculous than others. If you could read it in Hebrew, would it be as ridiculous? I doubt it.
There is a guy named Avraham Gileadi. He’s a Jew, converted to Mormonism, got kicked out for writing a book that the Mormon church hierarchy didn’t like – probably scared that he understood the Bible better than they did, since he could read Hebrew. Shortly after being kicked out, his excommunication was “expunged.”
I’ve actually read the Book of Mormon a few times. At the bottom of the title page, Mormon says if the book contains errors, they are the errors of man. Don’t judge God because of men. I have to like a book that claims to teach of God, but doesn’t claim to be perfect.
The problem is men and institutions of men. That’s where we go for information. I read lwerockwell.com all the time. I’m not going to throw away the information from his site, because he prints Pat Buchanan. I’m not going to throw away everything I learn from the Mises institute, simply because it has errors. Everything does. Should I reject that Rothbard was great, because he endorsed Bush 1 over Clinton? Hell no. For the same reason, I’m not throwing out the possibility that there is a God, because the Bible is fraught with errors of men – many times government agents – see King James.
Am I going to be like Mitt Romney and go to a Mormon church every Sunday? No. The Mormon church is an institution. It isn’t the gospel of Christ. They may teach some of that, but their own book says it isn’t perfect. It says it right at the bottom of the title page. I have to like a book that shoots down the very institution that was created because of the book.
I read a lot of things on a daily basis. Some things resonate with me more than others. The book of Mormon resonates with me and how I think God’s nature is. Right or wrong. I think it is better than the Bible, at least since I can’t read the Bible in Hebrew, or at least the first translation ever from the Hebrew text.
There are some Christians who would tell you that I don’t believe in the true God or the true Jesus, since I believe the book of Mormon is better than the Bible. But why would I care, when they can’t even agree with what each version of the bible says about something? We’re all just mortal men.
Tome Woods had a great show awhile back that talked about whether or not “you’re an idiot for believing in God.” I’m an idiot who can’t post live links, but you can go to tomwoods.com/mover for more info about the Aristotlean/Aquinas viewpoint on their belief in God or a supreme being.
We have to have faith that we can influence the world in a move toward freedom. We have to have faith to believe in God. I believe in both. I haven’t heard a solid argument against either idea. Until then………
Please stay. Don’t leave EPautos because people don’t think the way you do. The people here are more on your side than 99% of the people you could go to church with or have a bible bash with…..think about it. What would Jesus do Helot? Can’t we disagree on some things and still be friends? We agree on 95% of things. That’s pretty damn good. I could be considered a Mormon. That’s fine, I probably am in the same sense that I’m Rothbardian, Blockean, or Rockwellian, or whatever. I live round Mormons who go to church every Sunday. If I locked them all in the room and found out how similar they are in their viewpoints to me, I’d be lucky to find one that I agreed with over 90% of the time. They, like everyone else are clovers. They hear it from the pulpit, the TV, and their beloved government……maybe the god they actually worship.
I don’t like religious conversations much, because they have a tendency to divide too many people. Don’t let our religious, or non-religious differences divide us.
EPAutos isn’t anti-god. EPAuto’s is anti authoritarian. That’s the root of why most of us are here.
Stay and fellowship with us Helot. David too.