The King of Ferrets, a precocious 15-yr-old, has been engaging me on the topic of God's nature and how that relates to epistemology. I tell you what - I wish I'd been thinking about stuff at this level when I was 15. And I also wish I'd met someone like me now when I was 15. So, good deal for him!
Where did God tell you you weren't a brain in a vat?
In the Bible.
And if you bring up a source quoting God, I can argue it actually being God, and of course God telling the truth.
Then you'd need to tell me how I can know ANYthing and not have a great reason to doubt EVERYthing if God is not telling the truth.
So God rounds to a single sig fig then?
He did there. You'd have a point if He said the circumf was diameter times 58 or something, but He didn't.
He could at least say 31.
Then you'd just complain that He only went to one sig fig. Seriously, let it go. Game over.
What about the insect legs?
Oops, missed that part. To what psg do you refer? And sure, take that one on the house, doesn't count against your total.
I gave a reason why he might want us to see the truth; do you have a reason not to?
A good God? No.
An evil god? Plenty of reasons.
This means the Bible is subject to the evolution of society, because it can be interpreted multiple different ways.
It's TEXT. It has objective meaning by itself.
Or maybe you think I can legitimately say that your comment means that you have repented of your sin and trusted Jesus as Savior and Lord, and want to move to my town to come join my church.
Now, is that legitimate interpretation of your comment? It's not, is it? Why not? B/c it doesn't match WHAT YOU SAID.
Their version of morality was based on empathy, but only for those they viewed as human (or possibly only those they viewed as God's chosen people
The laws are quite specific for all of that. I suggest you educate yourself on said laws and come back with specific examples.
since they specifically forbid enslaving other Israelites
No they didn't. Israelites could sell themselves into slavery to Israelites to repay debts, etc.
they probably viewed others as subhuman
They might have, b/c they were sinful human beings. Question is - does the Bible lead them to do so? No.
Do you think sociopaths, people who lack empathy, have trouble with morality?
I don't understand the question. What does "have trouble with morality" mean?
It's all based on our empathy!
Prove it. I know YOURS is, but I got that the 1st time. You don't have to keep repeating yourself.
I see raping children as bad because it is not something I would want to have happen to me, and I emphasize with the victim.
There's no objective way to evaluate that
Alot of people think it's evil to believe that evolution is the mechanism by which the variety of life we see on Earth today came about. Alluvasudden, you won't agree. That's inconsistent.
How do they survive if they have a violent culture that sees nothing wrong with rape and murder?
Maybe they don't survive. You just got thru telling me that there's no objective value, so why place objective goodness value on surviving as a society? That's not good OR bad. It just IS. You're committing the naturalistic fallacy.
Did they get the idea that raping and murdering little girls works to keep God happy because they tried it and it worked, or something?
No, I'm introducing extreme examples to show that you can't live consistently with your own worldview. Of course God doesn't dig raping little children. I wonder why YOU have any justification to condemn it, though.
Divine command theory is, in fact, a pile of crap.
I don't hold to DCT, so maybe you should find someone who does and ask them to critique that post.
It's probably more arbitrary than the idea of an empathy-based moral system.
1) There's no way to tell that holding to DCT is morally preferable, so again, so what?
2) Even if my actual position were a result of God being arbitrary (which I might concede partially), God is the Creator of the universe. He is responsible for all the laws of physics and such, and the laws He has communicated are no less lawful and prescriptive and descriptive of the universe. Man can't set down morality arbitrarily b/c he's just one man among 6 billion others. He has no ontological position to dictate to other men.