I'm telling you that you've been cherry-picking like every other person who reads the Bible and uses it in any fashion. That cannot be denied since it's a pure truth.
Well then, since this is "pure truth", perhaps you'd care to provide some examples where I've applied literal logic to one thing in the Bible but not the other.
If God wanted to be man's judge, jury, and executioner by himself, why would he even tell his followers to execute people?
I honestly have NO idea.
That's essentially what the Book of Kings is about: God† going "Right, if you really want a single guy in charge and all that... I'll give it you. But, you'll regret it."
And, a bit later... "See? The Kingdom divided in two and you both got taken over by others. Told you it was dumb. Wishing you'd stuck with the Judges, now, aren't you?"
You do what you choose to do. Given my personal views, that's a complete non-issue to me; but even if I thought otherwise, I don't think that I (or anyone else) would have any right to judge you for that — as I said, chances are that many of us (me included, definitely) commit routinely far graver transgressions of the Christian ideal. At the very most, we could advise to try to avoid that, and only if asked (so, no passive-aggressive harassing of people with "I am not judging you, but what you are doing is displeasing to God"-style unsolicited conversation).
Carc, seriously, you might have a calling as a priest. The Catholic Church could use a few Archbishops like you.
edited 24th Oct '12 12:12:59 PM by TheStarshipMaxima