InterestsJohn 6:68-69 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (NKJV)
What is interesting is that the Genesis accounts existed as oral tradition for a long time before they were written down. So when they say that the other accounts predate Genesis... what do they really mean?
I am not even sure that predating one piece of literature before another means anything. At best we have flaky similarity... who is to say that the sumerians didn't copy the hebrews?
Lemon, because of your use of profanity, and because you clearly are not meaningful in your engagement with us, I have placed your account on Moderator Review (which means your posts will be invisible until approved by a servant).
I'm also closing this thread. Anyone who wishes it to be reopened can PM a servant.
I think you misunderstand the science of belief formation, and our weakness in terms of cognitive biases. Ever heard of the backfire effect? It means that any evidence I throw your way right now, will likely confirm your belief, rather than refute it, regardless of how powerful the evidence is. Wiki "the backfire effect" and see what I mean. Have a read of articles about "Belief persistence" and you will see that both of us are wasting our time. There is really no way for us to overcome our own biases and genuinely take that evidence into account... we are both subject to it. Will you repent if you are presented with proof of Jesus? Unlikely. Will I deconvert if presented with proof of no-God? Unlikely.
When we receive new information, our brains are wired in such a way that if the new information doesn't fit with the existing, that the new information will be rejected rather than the existing information being corrected. This is great news for me, because conversion stories represent real changes to existing beliefs, contrary to what I expect from Science.
The bible tells me that none will come unless He draws them. I believe it. And I think sciecne is starting to catch up with those ideas as well.
Free will must necessitate liberty. That is, it isn't really free will if God controls us and forces us to adhere to His word or use the bible as a life guide. So of course Satan has power. It is part of what is required for free will.
Does that go any way towards answering your question?
We aren't talking about weak Christians who would stumble and walk away when the doors are shut. We are talking solid believers who out and out are just rude and think the world will wait for them. It is disrespectful.