First, I don’t think my words could be interpreted that way at all, and no, I didn’t mean it that way anyhow. If the Bible tells us nothing true about the metaphysical nature of this world, then there is no hell and torment to go to! LOL This is simple logic. Every question I laid out above, I thought deeply about it. What I will never understand is the utterly different way we treat religion vs how we treat science. If religion, any of them are real, they should be able to undergo the same kind of ridged scrutiny that we supposedly do in science.
As to my view on early Genesis it won’t lead to a crisis of faith in anyone. My view is not a YEC view, it is not a ‘lets give up the fight for it being true’ view either. It matches what is stated in Genesis and matches science. You may not like it, but my view came out of my crisis of faith–was produced in the fires of that struggle.
I will say this flat out. If the Bible is untrue, then we should leave Christianity. We should not be following a false religion. We should not fool ourselves. Problem I have with the most widespread view on this forum is that I think that view tends to go about 75% of the way towards making one think about leaving Christianity anywy. It did me. I can’t see the logical basis of determining what parts of the Bible are true if everything we can verify is determined to be false. Why do we believe ‘we are saved through faith’ which is a totally unverifiable statement, when much of the biblical story is considered non factual? I absolutely agree with the great atheist Thomas Huxley:
“If we are to listen to many expositors of no mean authority, we must believe that what seems so clearly defined in Genesis --as if very great pains had been taken that there should be no possibility of mistake–is not the meaning of the text at all. The account is divided into periods that we may make just as long or as short as convenience requires. We are also to understand that it is consistent with the original text to believe that the most complex plants and animals may have been evolved by natural processes, lasting for millions of years, out of structureless rudiments. A person who is not a Hebrew scholar can only stand aside and admire the marvelous flexibility of a language which admits of such diverse interpretations.” Thomas H. Huxley, “Lectures on Evolution” in Agnosticism and Christianity, Buffalo: Prometheus Books, 1992), p. 14
My views tried to address the above issue.