Still the obsession/fetish with Old Testament quotations/history as somehow being pertinent to Christianity, Xerxes? The New Covenant replaced the Old. The Old is of little consequence to post-Messianic times and a reverence/respect/adherence to most of what is contained there will get one a one-way ticket to hell when the endtime comes, not a heavenly seat. Whether you agree or disagree with what was done/said/admonished/promoted thousands of years ago is as inconsequential as the price of tea in China is to Christianity in 2012.
If you utilized your enthusiastic infatuation for studying history with such an attention to detail to more useful purposes it would probably be commendable, but as it is it's bordering on frenetic madness. If it is your life's work to attack, discredit and vilify Christianity a great number of your forebears in that endeavour found their meetings with their maker expedited via sharpened objects and pleasant bonfires - whether they agreed or otherwise - as history clearly shows.
Pax, point is this, Christians believe GOD called for such disgusting acts. They worship the god of the old testament. YES, the New Testament changes things up. YES, it's a new covenant. YES, Jesus told you to turn the other cheek. But THE POINT IS, Christians worship this freak god of the old testament. They believe that blood thirsty war mongering god is Jesus's Father.
If a Christian were to tell me, "I don't believe the god of the old testament is god, but rather I think Jesus points to a true god beyond that god." I'd think that better. But the god Christians bow to is the one who tells Israel he'll cause the women to eat their babies and placentas in private.
And save the BS about madness. I'm in a RELIGION category, debating against my former religion, that I was duped, as a child and young man, into believing. I enjoy religion and philosophy and enjoy discussing and debating. I enjoy trying to WAKE people up from their slumber of delusion. I hope they'll stop bowing to this nonexistent tribal god, who has an obsession with male penis skins.
I'm sure you think Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris are/were all pathological madmen because all they do is oppose religion and write book after book about it. Yet, you have no problem with the men day in and day out sharing the god of the bible and threatening people with hell.