Posted: Apr 22, 2017 3:32 pm
by John Platko
PensivePenny wrote:
Thomas Eshuis wrote:
Scot Dutchy wrote:All xtians cherry pick. They have to. Try living by the bible. Impossible. Is anyone going to take a misbehaved child to the city walls to be stoned? The Free Kirk in Scotland does try to follow Calvin but it cant because it would end up breaking the law.
Which is why the whole bible is a nonsense.

Like Penny, you're conlating interpetation with cherry-picking.
(Re)interpeting a piece of religious text to fit your own worldview, is different from ignoring/dismissing entire texts.
The goal might be the same, but the actions to arrive there aren't.

I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry. Oh, and stop saying I'm "conflating" cherry-picking and "interpretation." ALL cherry pickers, from THEIR perspective, are "interpreting." That is just a fanciful word meaning that they have successfully soothed their delicate sensibilities by justifying their cherry picking. :roll: You call it "interpreting to fit their world view" well yeah DUH! That means they have a conscious destination in mind... (They see the cherry they want) Now, with a little creative "interpretation," they justify picking that cherry. Know what that's called? Confirmation Bias. [u]How [/u]they dismiss entire texts means absolutely FUCKALL! They dismissed some part of the so-called "Word of god." That is cherry picking. Call it fernumberfluven if you want. A rose by any other name...

Bottom line, there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that can't be interpreted from the bible. There is no rational interpretation of religion or the bible (my opinion). Using one bogus made up scripture to validate or invalidate another and calling it "interpretation" to achieve a desired conclusion is what theologians DO. It is their primary function. Professional cherry-pickers.

There is nothing irrational in my interpretation of the Bible. It's rather simple. People searched for explanations for their experiences and came up with some that to them seemed to fit. i.e. they had explanatory value. The Bible is a compilation of many of these explanations. Some explanations were better than others. In additions to that it contains a bit of history here and there that was communicated by a long chain of telephone tag and misunderstandings. One can gain a great insight into human behavior, the good, the bad, and the ugly through the stories in the Bible. The story of JC is a treasure trove of how humans interact with each other and interpret their experience in the world. If one pays attention you can watch the dynamics of that story play out today in ones own life. One can also learn a lot about human behavior by how various people think about a book.

As for cherry picking - of course everybody cherry picks it - you'd be locked up if you didn't. And yes, interpretation is a more preferred word to admitting to cherry picking but as you point out it obviously amounts to the same thing.