Well I shoud have stated so called morality, since we all know that 99% of all Christian based morality is based on you doing as your told by them and the church.....
"Looking it up yourself" in a book that has had two millenia of constant modification and editing from the powers that be of different eras?
Pardon me if I have issues putting my faith in that
Oh, I have issues with that too. Inculding the agenda of the powers that be that put it together in the first place and the whole divinification of a text writen by mortal men. However, this particular pastor did not limit us to just one source. He did encourage multiple sources, both religous and secular. Obviously not everyone did so (including myself until years later) but what that did teach me, was not to blindly follow, but to quesiton the status quo and look deeper for answers. Not everything has a right or wrong answer.
I know sooo many atheists who were fundamentalist Christians until they finally read the Bible front to back and went ... WTF? This stuff is crazy!
Of course, in the Old Testament, you have multiple wives all the time; even Father Abraham, (the original hen-pecked husband) had two. (And he's the one who started the whole mess in the Middle East...according to BOTH SIDES, btw!)
I'm currently not attending any church because of some of the struggles I'm having with the whole Bible as a divine work thing and a few other things as well.
The idea of the trinity I find very fascinating. The whole trinity concept is found long before Christ in a lot of Pagan religons.
Now the question for me is, was the Christian Trinity thought up to conform to the non-Jewish peoples
or were the Jewish people just arrogant in assuming God didn't speak or give guidance and love to the rest of the world? For a while I thought it was the former, now I am beginning to think it is the later.
I believe the idea of the Trinity came about a few hundred years after the events of the New Testament as a way to resolve portions of the Bible. In the beginning of Christianity, there were many different types of views of Jesus. Some held that Jesus was purely mortal and he was possessed by the Christ spirit. Some held he was like a hologram -- a being of pure energy who felt no physical pain. Some held that he started off human and turned divine at the end. The denonination that won was that Paul version that held that Jesus was both divine and human at the same time.The idea of the trinity I find very fascinating.