Hello again, nice to hear from you. First of all, I apologize for my stereotype of you as an atheist not caring about what the Bible says. Admittedly, I was surprised to hear you have read it several times (which, if true, is more than I’ve read the entire Bible), but my comment was referring more towards the typical Christian rebuttal towards atheism by quoting scripture. I just realize how useless it is to counter someones argument with a quote from something they don’t consider to hold any validity. To be honest with you, it is a pet peeve of mine with other Christians. An atheist does not really care if Christ loves them, as they do not believe in him as the Son of God in the first place. Anyway, forgive me for my assumption about youre interest in the Bible. Apparently I was wrong.
This being said though, if you don’t mind, I am very interested in your viewpoint on God in general (and yes, I mean the God of the bible. As a Christian, it would be absurd for me to argue for the existance of any other). I realize that may seem a silly question to ask an atheist, but at the same time, youre response about caring for what the Bible has to say definitely threw me a bit. If you dont mind, I’m just curious about what you make of everything.
Anyway though, Im very much looking foreward to discussing some evidence and such with you and possibly showing something you’ve never considered before. Actually though, I was writing to let you know that I’m actually quite busy these days (career, planning a wedding, etc…) and although I’m excited about talking to you, I may be somewhat slow in my responses. I just don’t want you to think I blew you off. Meanwhile, I do need to go, but will be in touch with you soon hopefully about my logical debates for Jesus Christ and the God of the Bible. Thanks for your time, I’ll email you again.
I think that it is perfectly valid to quote the Bible — even to a non-believer — in the right context. For example, if you are trying to show me what a Christian believes, then quoting the Bible makes perfect sense. As a small show of my interest in things Biblical, you might want to visit one of my older Web sites, www.gospelsinparallel.com.
Regarding God, my opinion is that most people don’t really have a good, working definition of Him. For example, they will say things like “God is good” but are unable to say what that means in a rigorous way. That makes it difficult to discuss the topic. As for God as depicted in the Bible, His behavior (particularly in the Old Testament) is difficult for me to reconcile with how most religious people describe him. In the New Testament, Jesus is easier to understand, although I question the example he sets at some times (such as when he curses the fig tree).
I look forward to hearing from you again, particularly if you have any arguments that I have not encountered before. Don’t worry about taking your time — as frequent readers of this blog know, I’m often very slow to respond myself.