None intended. It was just rather amusing to see you do the kind of thing some Christian fundamentalists are infamous forOriginally Posted by Mario F.
That is not the problem, since that is included in the Christian bible. The problem is that you quite literally picked the first thing that you found, and then went on to use it as the sole basis for your interpretation, without considering its intended audience, historial context, textual context, or cross referencing any related verses.Originally Posted by Mario F.
This can work for personal scripture reading, or even a bible study group, but it is far from a systematic approach to using scripture as the basis for doctrinal development.
wish -> which?Originally Posted by Mario F.
Not really: it is precisely because of the problem of interpretation that the church invented bible scholars, theologians, and the bishops who have the final say. It is not that very much different from say, the use of a judiciary to interpret a constitution or other written set of laws, except that this time the "constitution" happens to consist in part of "fairy tales", various sayings, historical records of unknown accuracy, and various letters and recountings of purported and then-recent history, and events that may come to pass. Oh, and sets of laws and other rules and guidelines given to various peoples.Originally Posted by Mario F.
I think your questions boil down to: why are you Christian, in particular Roman Catholic, and why do you follow what your religion teaches instead of something else? To summarise an answer: given that the apostles testified on pain of death to the resurrection, I find it probable that Christ resurrected. Combined with personal spiritual experience within the Catholic Church, and impressed by its continuity, unity and coherence yet the diversity of its theology and spirituality, I conclude that it is most probable that the Catholic Church is my best option, and thus I consider it sensible to follow my option's teachings, otherwise I might as well choose a different option, or come up with my own set of beliefs concerning Christ.Originally Posted by Mario F.