mabli wrote:its a great work of fiction imo with some nice moral tales in the new testament and some sex and intrigue in the Old
I guess I have too many beliefs to let myself enjoy religious texts as stories, the way I do with Greek myths. I have this trouble even with religious texts from religions I was never exposed to. I keep thinking
"What a load of [horse shit | bull crap | bollucks | calliewallop | tosh ] "
Im an atheist
However, when my daughter was a tiny toddler I included some religious based fables in the tales Id tell her as we walked up into the hills together. They were nicer morals than some traditional fairy tales that concentrate on beautiful people getting rich and girls getting married. She really liked the tale about casting the first stone, and I had to retell it again and again. One day she said "so what happend to this guy Jesus" I said "oh he was a really kind and good man, the state was threatend by him and he was killed..." then I patched in some details of folk over the ages who'd had similar things happen.
She thought about it for a while and said "you know Im not always good dont you?"
Was very funny, the story of Jesus is fine to tell kids if you include the bit where he rises to heaven (which Im not going to do) otherwise it acts as a warning not to do good, we stuck to Budhist tales and stories I made up myself from then on