kobodur wrote:Scott said that he's a follower of Jesus, so he believes in the bible and God because Jesus did. You have to believe in the bible first to know who Jesus is. I think he's putting the cart before the horse.
Scotts statement would make sense for the OT. I think it is the main reason why the OT is considered scripture by Christians: because Jesus believed in it and because it is referred to in the NT. As for believing in the NT, I don't know, it could be that someone has a revelation and finds out that revelation is consistent with the NT. Then belief in Jesus would come before belief in the scriptures. I also heard of people who got convinced in the NT by reading in it - however that can happen.
He also said that Western culture is being forced on an Eastern culture book. Is God a Ancient near Eastern Culture God, is that part of his nature?
I think that would be an interesting topic for a podcast or a thread. Christianity claims to be culturally independent, thus all this talk about inculturation in missiology, and it definitely has different cultural forms (just compare eastern Orthodoxy to American Pentecostalism). However, I think it is deeply linked to the respective culture or actually a part of it (I as an Atheist would say that it is nothing but a part of a (sub-)culture). So deep that it is not always clear whether some values are from the respective culture or religion.
As for Judaism, I don't know, it is probably still stronger based on Middle Eastern Culture, especially if followed traditionally. Just consider the sacrifice rules, they won't make sense in areas where the mentioned animals are not part of regular lifestock.
[quote] Scott also mentioned beauty and order in the universe. Beauty is subjective, one man's trash is another man's treasure.[/qote]
That's where I had a longer discussion with Jimminy on some other thread. I think it is not obvious that the universe is entirely good. It has it good and bad aspects and also people's view on them change a lot (for example the mountains that we admire nowadays were mostly considered dangerous some centuries ago). So imho there is not a lot to draw from the "beauty of the universe".