Yes it did help, alot. Sometimes I do let myself get caught up in pointless debates. What you suggested is a better way, thanks for reminding me! I guess I was hoping to inspire the person to question things a bit more and think...but I guess that's leading a horse to water...you can't make them drink!
And thankyou for the extra lowdown on jesus and mary. Glad to hear he was real...even if he wasn't I still think he made an awesome role model, which is what is needed so badly these days.
Originally Posted by ChrisL
Elucidate - I just read some of the "What happened 2000 yrs ago" thread. For some reason I can't send you a private message although I've exchanged messages before, so I'll just briefly say it here.
I totally understand your questioning the accuracy and efficacy of the Bible, as well as the historical evidence of Jesus, Mary, etc - but why argue it with someone who has such a fixed opinion based on faith? At some point it should just feel humorous, like trying to convince someone that what they call green is actually what you call blue.
Let people have their experience, including yourself, with no need to convince anyone or feel defensive about your position.
I can understand anger and frustration around being forced to accept something or around not being acknowledged for what you are saying/asking. Most of us get enough of that with our parents. And yet you don't need to win against anyone. Just marinate in yourself and keep asking your questions until you get an internal answer the resonates with you. Then you are closer to living the essence of the enlightened masters that you mentioned, like Socrates, Plato, Mary and Jeshua. Hope that helps.