Why not just say foreigners? Why not call them as the citizens of their own country?
Being a foreigner was an insult to the ancient Greeks. Like others, they were xenophobic and ethnocentric.
Swindlers are often irritated when no one buys their crap.
Technically that only gives us the human impression about how God reacts to things.
Wasn't it earlier in the thread we had to read this:
20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
It seems now you're saying creation does NOT tell us about God.
Paul is not God. It tells us what PAUL thinks about things.
There aren't 12 gospels, though. Clearly the NT only cares about the opinions of some of them, not all of them.
God's eternal/immortal and those other guys aren't, so technically that means you can just ask Him?
I was failing a statistics class in college, as I'm not great with numbers (being a more visual person), and after praying for help and dreaming of an angel tutoring me, I started getting A's. Does that help?
Such as bats being considered birds? Such as insects only having four legs? Such as the sun standing still (even if it did, that doesn't do anything for what the planet Earth is doing, does it now?)? Such as breeding mottled livestock by putting them in front of mottled sticks? Such as pi only being 3?
If I want to read about science, I'd better go to Greece, Egypt, China, or any number of places with much better grasps of reality than Hebrews/Jews at the same time.
Exactly. John and Paul and Peter all help the theological narcissists feel better about themselves.
No one from Israel or Judah was an expert at what constituted science at the time. You had to go to Greece or Egypt or Babylonia or something. Every civilization that conquered the area was better at thinking than they were.
Luke was Greek, not Jewish. That alone should tell you all you need to know.
Christianity didn't even wait until Jesus was cold before becoming a self-obsessed farce. There were those who took it seriously, but even Jesus supposedly calls the apostles themselves morons for not understanding him and THEY WERE RIGHT THERE.
If you want to advertise a better Christianity, let go of Paul, for starters.
You think those people are going to hell, though, and assume God doesn't love them because Paul and some other closeted people said so, so it DOES bother you.
I'm glad my God isn't that much of a petty wuss.
I worship the Good Shepherd, the One who will stick you with you and find you no matter what, not the father of the Prodigal Son, who's like, "Oh, is Junior missing? That sucks. I'm sure he'll be fine."
You JUST said nature was not going to tell you everything about God.
It's like putting up such a sign when it's flat land for miles and there is no bridge anyway.
Lawsuits have been made over signs, their readability, their location, etc. Why not put up concrete barriers to stop them from trying the broken bridge (assuming there's even one)? Romans knew about concrete. It shouldn't be that hard. God in the Bible is a lot like Willy Wonka:
Half the contract is probably just dots on the page and yet proudly proclaims that everyone knew what they were getting into even though no one was allowed to read it or negotiate terms.
If people are warned about a house on fire and the house is not on fire and there isn't even a house on the lot in the first place, people have every right to call it hogwash.
I disagree with the notion that biblical authors have much experience in the way of justice at all. These are people who would kill you over what you're wearing or what you ate for lunch. These are people who refuse to give civil rights to at least half of their population. Even Egypt could do that much.
The bible specifically says it, though. Why do you believe God is such a snowflake He can't take responsibility for His actions?
Well, we ARE made in God's image, after all.