Originally posted by chuckgp
You misunderstand faith and God in general if you think the only way to believe is to take the New Testament literally.
Only your interpretation is the correct one?
Sorry, that's BULL****************! Also quite UN-original.
Literal belief came after the fact, if there were any facts to it all.
I was not there, and also was not there for any of the other Messiah-type mythologies' beginnings. I don't take those literally either.
I'm against that belief-structure, not the people suffering from it.
They deserve mercy. They have my pity. They are adult children.
Dude, take a chill pill. Where did I say that I think the only way to believe is to take the NT literally? Where did I say only my interpretation is the correct one? To the contrary, the vehemence of your opinions appears to me as you believe your views are the only true and correct way and all other persons are to be "pitied".
I think many of Jesus' teachings can be taken literally. Can you prove to me empirically that he did not say the things that were attributed to him?
Feel sorry for yourself. Those of us who choose to believe/worship differently from you don't need your pity or your condescending attitude.