Fighting over one's belief in God is not going to solve anything. Instead, it will just make it worse. There's critiquing and there's "you're a retard if you believe in a God".. I don't have a problem in going after religious text. I do have a problem with trying to force people into atheism. Because it's not something that can be forced. My 7 year old is a theist. He believes there is a God - he doesn't know what - but he believes there's a heaven. I fully support his beliefs. Granted, I was shocked a few weeks ago when he told me this. But okay. They are his beliefs. I asked him if he wants to go to a Church or learn more about it and he refused. He just believes there's a God and heaven and that's that. Not interested in anything else. He doesn't do the whole you must do this because God says so. It's just a belief that there is a God and heaven. And he's happy with that. I'm not going to try to change his mind. He's quite firm about it. Who am I to demand he changes his mind? He's a happy and loving kid. His sense of what is right and wrong did not stem from a belief in God (which is very recent), but stemmed from how he was brought up - God was not a part of our atheist household. He might wake up tomorrow and decide there is no God or heaven. And that's fine also. This is his journey. I just hope that what we instilled in him will allow him to make the right choices for himself (whatever those may be) as he gets older. I'm not disagreeing with you Balerion. The text is bad and wrong. And a lot of the time, it counters what their deity's are supposed to be about. I mean look at Jan and his stoning comment. Christ didn't stone and stopped someone from stoning a poor woman. The whole point of that teaching is that no one is really ever without sin. It was barbaric enough for Christ to stop it.. Yet here's Jan saying it would be okay if someone is spiritually ordained to do it. Which is fucked up in ways that don't really warrant mentioning. And this comes from the text.. Should that be criticised and put in its place in the annals of barbaric history? Most individuals with a functioning brain stem would agree. Bingo. Which is the biggest problem. Which is the biggest problem with religion. Its followers believe they have the truth on their side, even if what they advocate goes against what God or Christ or whatever deity is actually about.