Originally posted by Nicksten
Name some of the stories in the [b]Bible you think are far too simplistic. I am sure you'll give your reasons too.
Everything should have a moral lesson at the end of it, heck why read a book or watch a movie or even go through a hard time if there is nothing you're gonna learn from it?[/b]
There is more to life than simple moral lessons.
Tell me the moral lesson from Pirates of the Caribbean for example.
The very fact that you think every story should have a simple moral lesson in it is childish.
Life is complicated and messy, not everything is black and white, and not everything is about morality.
There are actions you can take that are completely morally neutral, that have no moral dimension to
them at all, good or bad.
And other times where the right thing to do is far from clear as several moral values conflict.
Stories should and do reflect that, in the bible they are built up from the ground as simple moral tales,
the kind of thing you teach to children before they grow up and have to learn about the more complex moral
landscape of adulthood.
I am not going to name 'some of the stories' that are too simplistic... they ALL are.
This isn't to say that they are all wrong, or bad in the described circumstances.
But life, reality, is far more complex for the simple morality of religion.
Particularly since some of the 'morals' in the bible are wrong.
Mainly due to the bible being about laws, commandments from god, some of which happen to be moral, others aren't.
Even just taking the ten commandments most of them have nothing to do with morality, they are instructions about
how to worship god.
Tell me the moral element behind not working on the Sabbath for example.... there isn't one, it's totally amoral.