As an Atheist, I've been paying very close attention to my Christian commenters. It's been great to get a perspective that is pretty much foreign to my perspective. Having said that, I'm experiencing a big disconnect between what I'm getting out of the readings and what the Christians are taking from them.
This difference in interpretation shouldn't be surprising to anyone but, I was really hoping for some more persuasive arguments.
Future Bible passages and saying that God is setting up mankind for redemption in the future with Jesus are not strong (or even valid) arguments when we continually read stories of a short tempered/vengeful god.
A few questions that came to me while reviewing Genesis:
1. Why are Adam and Eve punished for acquiring knowledge? Why does he want man to be a lesser being the God and his minions?
2. Man has become wicked after God kicks them out of the garden so all living creatures, save for Noah, his family and select animals are slaughtered without being given a chance for redemption. If God is going to give man a "do over" starting with Noah, why not allow man back into the garden?
3. Why does God make a covenant with The Family, giving them land only to have man continue to wander around to survive? Why doesn't God provide for his chosen people?
Thanks you again for your participation and I hope we can continue as strong as we enter Exodus.
And I truly hope my Christian commenters will keep at it. I really want to understand your beliefs.