Tyler Wittman begins to say some intelligent things about why one extreme denomination is way out of line with even the Bible, and he calls us to reserve judgment until next week.
But one notable statement stands. How can one base their concept of truth on a book? I understand how one can believe in a God, even an omniscient and omnipotent God, but we are talking about a book!
Tyler, you probably believe we are all sinners. I hope in your conclusion you indicate how you are essentially no better than the people you condemn, and condemnation of others is really no different than hypocrisy. From what the Pharisees did to Jesus, we see that hypocrisy really is a selfish attack on love based on deep ignorance.
It boggles my mind that a book that sort of survived the middle ages, no doubt due to the same political alliances Jesus condemned, can become a foundation for all truth. Don't get me wrong – the Jesus we depict in the Bible is a truly inspiring figure who represents good in tumultuous times. The real message is to do what one feels is right, no matter what the consequences.
Finally, a warning: unholy alliances, a Faustian bargain. Think how this drives people away from the message of love. A message from deep inside, that we know is true, only transferred from one person to another and will be attacked by ignorance. A message that not only matters but is the only thing that matters in the end.