You now seem to be arguing many of the things I’ve already stated.By loving the Bible, if I was not clear, it was in reference to loving the contents; the word of God. If you assume that the Bible is the word of God, then it is also an aspect and part of God, and as such you must love it.Of course that is assuming you actually believe that the Bible is the work of god and not the work of man. Even if you believe it is the work of man, you can still use it as an guide to ethical and moral behavior, but in this it is no different than any other book – they all same the same thing.It is only the rituals and accompanying supernatural beliefs that are different.Humans have the capacity to love many things, animate and inanimate, concrete things as well as ephemeral ideas.So you can love a book.There are many books I love, Complete Works of Shakespeare, 100 Years of Solitude, Principia, are just the first three that come to mind.
You have not been reading what I have been writing, which may explain your weird objections and strange questions.I am not a “by the book” adherent. I wrote the “Bible is not a technical paper, or a play by play instruction manual.”It seems that you are finally agreeing with me.In fact all along I have been saying that those who call themselves Christian pick and choose selected passages, as then worship as they feel.I am not categorically condemning this; it is just an observation and a fact.You do it, and so does everyone else.Some people are more rational in this process, like for example the considering the Genesis story as allegorical and not factual.They have adapted to our modern world, which is also why they don’t go around killing homosexuals, those of other religions, adulterers, etc.
In the third paragraph you openly admit that select the parts of the Bible you choose to follow and believe in.So do you pick and choose just as I’ve asserted all along.
You don’t have to be competitive to express yourself properly, however you acquired this idea it is time to dismiss it. What you need is good written communication skills. You are also flip-flopping on your position on mercy now. You were very clear when you wrote “I'm the "you'll get more mercy from God than you will from me" kind of Christian,” this is nothing more than a thinly veiled threat. Now you are trying to position yourself as the merciful and gentle lamb, you don’t even have the courage of your convictions.