Pure what? The Bible is a mixture of many many different things. Pure isn’t a word I would have used for the Bible and I have no idea what you mean when you use this word. I gave you a rather long list of the ways in which I not only have trouble believing the Bible but in which I refuse to believe in the Bible that way.
That is for God ONLY to judge.
Erroneous and impure understanding of the Bible as shown in your rejection of some of my conditions demonstrably does more harm than good.
Scientists are people and we have no reason to believe any group of people more than any other group of people. We should believe the objective scientific results which are independent of what anyone believes. If it isn’t independent of what you believe then that is pseudo-science not science.
Definitely! The creationists not only twist the Bible to make it contradict science but then they indulge in pseudo-scientific rhetoric to prop up their distortions.
No. The faith of the scientists puts the unfaith of those abusing religion to such shame that I am sure the Holy Spirit helps them read the book of nature with a far greater purity. This is demonstrated by the fact that we not only see them coming to a greater consensus, but we also don’t see them using science to justify things like slavery, genocide and the abuse of women. You see… just because you throw the name “Holy Spirit” around doesn’t make this person of God your lapdog. The Holy Spirit can guide people to the truth as He chooses and not as you want to control Him.
Oh! That is an EXCELLENT question! I LOVE IT. I love that question! Science is a method for finding out the truth about the things of nature – how the universe works. But it isn’t so useful for people who instead of discovering the truth want to be the masters that dictate the truth. By this question you give away the whole game and tell us that you prefer religion because in religion you can make yourself the master of the truth and thus the master of “God.” I see that that in religion a LOT where they have a long list of things which God cannot do in order to enslave “God” to their theology, making this word “God” into nothing more than a tool of rhetoric for power and manipulation of other people. Religion can be a tool of rhetoric, but science is just a tool for finding out the truth. Science is only useful if you actually want to know the truth.
Science is the servant of the truth. But if people don’t want to know the truth but simply want to dictate what they have decided is the truth, then pseudo-science would be more to their taste. Pseudo-science is a tool of rhetoric which they can use to say whatever they want.
The problem with God’s spoken word is explained by Jesus in Matthew 13:10-13, that when people do not want to see, hear or understand the truth then they can use childish literalism to close their eyes, ears and minds.
How the religion mongers must hate it, that by creating the natural world God has given us a more direct line to the truth without the words of human languages which they can twist and turn like a pretzel to mean whatever they want them to mean.
Of course they prefer “supernatural truth,” because ANYBODY can claim that God or the Holy Ghost told them that what they say is the truth and since proof of such a thing is naturally impossible either way then they can get away with the most outrageous porkies.