Well, it’s inappropriate for me to get involved in a discussion about Christian scriptural exegesis. However, what I will say is this, because it’s true of the Torah as well as the New Testament and the Quran:

First Thought:

These Scriptures have been around from between 1600 and 3500 years, depending on the passage. They have been analyzed, hashed over, debated, argued about (to the point of warfare) by some of the most brilliant men in history, be they believers, skeptics, agnostics, and atheists.

If you read any particular passage of Scripture, and think you have come up with some novel interpretation that nobody has ever thought of before……you haven’t. It’s already been thought of hundreds of times before, if not thousands. By people who were reading it in the original language, and/or a language which is much better at expressing philosophical nuance than English is. By people who had an advantage over us today, by understanding the cultural context of those Scriptures better than we, thousands of years ex post facto.

Thus………the most reliable views of the meaning of a particular Scripture tend to be the consensus belief of the religion reaching back into antiquity.

Or, to put that another way: “What has been believed at all times, and in all places.”

Second Thought: If the teachings of God (Christian, Jew, Muslim, whatever) are not immutable, IOW they change over time with human culture, then they are not the teachings of God. And if the meanings of Scripture are not immutable, IOW they change over time with human culture, then they are not Scripture.

In my view, there is plenty of room for inclusive religion which reaches out to all that still colors between those lines. An individual may not like what he or she hears from the teachings of those religions, but if a religion only told you things you like, it wouldn’t be worth much, would it?

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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