Possumdude0 wrote:Which parts? I'm not saying they aren't there, I'm saying I'd like you to point them out to me.
Creationism, miracles, there's plenty. Google it if you want a whole list.
Possumdude0 wrote:1) Non of the Christians I know are against contraception. We're against premarital sex, but if a married couple wants to avoid having kids it's fine with us.
I take it you don't know any Catholics then. Fair enough, this specific example doesn't apply to Anglicans.
However, my point still stands. Using the Bible as evidence, you can justify almost anything
you like if you pick the right bits and interpret them in the right way. Likewise, you can then prove the same thing wrong by using other bits.
Possumdude0 wrote:2) Killing an unbeliever does not send you straight to Heaven. Murder is murder whether the person is a Christian or not. Note that all killing is not considered murder, but the distinction generally has less to do with the religious views of the parties involved and more to do with the specifics of the situation.
That's your belief now, because that's what the Church currently
teaches. They didn't always, and the point remains that they have repeatedly changed their minds about what's right and wrong despite apparently knowing all the answers from God.
Possumdude0 wrote:During the crusades the Pope claimed that any soldiers fighting on Christianity's side would receive forgiveness. This was totally wrong and I haven't seen a single scriptural passage that says otherwise, although I'm sure the Pope of the time had some interpretation to justify it.
Well since you're obviously not Catholic, again, the infallibility of the Pope isn't your concern. Not a single passage? You're not looking very hard. Here's just one example:
Deuteronomy 7:2, 7:16 wrote:"And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them."
How basically everything is a sin but if you're sorry and you pray you'll be forgiven. Yet at the same time God knows everything you've ever said or done or thought so he knows whether you're sorry or not anyway.
It's the being sorry part (and actively working to change your ways) that brings forgiveness. God grants his forgiveness when you repent and turn away from sin, doing this doesn't necessarily require prayer, although many people find that regularly praying helps them to avoid sin.
But if you're sorry then it's because God has made
you sorry as he controls everything. So if you're not sorry, then it's God's fault, but he punishes you nonetheless. I can't see how this makes any kind of sense, but please clarify if you can. Is it that God isn't omnipotent/omniscient?
Christians choose to ignore some bits of it, and embrace others.
And that is wrong. Not all people who call themselves Christian are saved.
This has nothing to do with who is "saved". I'm just saying that it's impossible to accept every bit of the Bible without being a total hypocrite.
God really contradicts himself a lot, eh?
All the contradictions and logical fallacies people have told me are in the Bible have turned out to be not so contradictory or false when I actually looked at them. Many of the people who make the claim that the Bible contradicts itself haven't been able to point out a single instance when asked. Others have pointed some out in a way that made it obvious they hadn't actually looked into it themselves (they couldn't give an answer when I asked them to clarify what the actual contradiction was when their original accusation was vague).
Then the people you asked clearly had no idea what they were talking about. It's incredibly easy to find numerous examples. I won't make a whole list here, but have a look at this
page if you don't believe me. But bear in mind it's written by somewhat an amateur, not a philosopher.
Possumdude0 wrote:Since non of the people throwing these accusations at my religion have been able to substantiate their accusations, I'm waiting for the book to be back in (it's due back sometime around the middle of the summer) so I can get it and see what it says.
I believe I have substantiated more than enough. But I'm eager to see if you can contest these points further, it's quite interesting to see what a Christian has to say about this.