For all you new readers, "Think about it" Thursday (I like alliteration) is a weekly feature intended to provoke thought and discussion. Questions are often, but not always, directed at theists. My hope is to get people to think about their beliefs in a way that perhaps they haven't before, and to make sure they have a good reason for holding that belief, other than just because that's what they've always believed. I'm always open to suggestions for future discussion questions. Email me if you have an idea.
This week's question was suggested by John. He asks:
The Bible is often said to be used as a moral guide in one's life yet there are many rules in it that were considered holy in the day that would be unthinkable to follow today. For example: Stoning adulterers. When presented with an example like this, most would say "Oh, you're just picking out the bad parts in Bible." So the question remains: What higher moral guide do you use that says this part of the Bible is good and this part is bad?