Don't rewrite the books, just rewrite the titles
Join Date: May 2003
Location: The English Riviera
addog, I'm suspicious of your claim that you've read the entire Bible, in its "real" form (as opposed to watered-down editions such as The Good News Bible). It is a massive, massive book. I've tried on several occasions to read it, just to get a better idea of what I'm talking about, but never get very far as it is very, very dry and repetitive. That said, I'm also not particularly interested in its teachings, but if you are then I can perhaps understand how you would have managed to trawl through it.
On the subject of Hell, I'm sure you're right about your Church, although I couldn't see where you said what denomination you follow.
Catholics, of course, do things slightly different. They have Pergatory, where they can go to work off their sins before getting promoted to Heaven. That, of couse, is assuming they haven't already made up for their mistakes by telling the Priest ("Confession") and saying a couple of Hail Mary's.
Digressing a little, I find it concerning that if you took the word of the Catholic Church as it is written, then masturbating is a greater religious offense than raping a Nun, on the grounds that the latter provides the opportunity for procreation. I think that more or less sums it up, to be honest.
You also say that you had your doubts in some of the Bible's stories. You mention that you had trouble believing the story of Adam and Eve as well as Noah and the Ark. But you say that you've never doubted the story of Jesus. I'll grant you Adam and Eve and the Creation of man (ignoring for now the talking serpent and the fact that somewhere down the line, someone must have slept with his mother) might be a little unbelievable to say the least, but personally I consider a great flood and some animals (probably not all) more likely than someone rising from the dead and sharing his fish sandwich with so many people.
I said in my first post that I have no problem with anyone believing in whatever they want, as long as they don't involve me in it. You've done exactly the opposite of that, which is what has pushed me to write this retort. I'm not trying to argue or anything, I just think it's wrong to try and influence other people's beliefs.