Might as well talk about what I believe.
I am a Christian, and fully believe in the teachings of Jesus. However, I also believe that a lot of the stories in the OT and the like are meant to be metaphorical, and not be taken too seriously. Science and religion imo, can go well together, and despite what some think, religious people shouldn’t be put in the mental hospital just for believing in someone higher than us.
More than anything though, I believe that while scriptures are indeed good to follow, what truly matters is that one’s belief in God helps others and makes the world a better place. It’s not about whether or not the stories and teachings you follow are completely based in reality. What matters is whether or not your beliefs are making you a better person or not. If all you are going to do is just read the Bible from front to back and blindly follow what it says without thinking, or go to Church every Sunday but not show your faith in a positive manner, than you’re not doing justice to the teachings of Jesus.
Why else do you think that there are so many fundamentalists who shout that everything in the Bible is true, even though it makes them out to be incredibly close-minded and the like? I believe in having a flexibility in what we believe. Like, I’m pretty sure that God doesn’t want us to hate homosexuals for example. I also think that when God created the universe, he obviously didn’t create it in a matter of seven 24-hour days. That’s just a metaphor. In fact, recognizing what is a metaphor and not is key to how one proceeds in terms of faith. As long as one can recognize that not all the stories in the Bible are meant to be completely real-life, it makes it a lot better to follow.
As for those who ask why we follow God if the stories in the Bible paint him in not the most favorable light and stuff, my answer is that that isn’t what matters. Again, while scriptures are good, if all you are going to do is base your belief on the fantastical elements and stories, you are missing the point completely. What matters, again, is making sure your belief leads you to become a better person and helps others. God gave us a brain after all. To not use it is rather insulting.
So yeah, that’s what I believe. Thoughts?