Sure. I will take your words. Generally, this is simply an efforts among Christians to work it out for their religion. Great.
I am an outsider. Christians are free to battle with each other about their sets of doctrines. In the meantime, there is collateral damage that occurs to believers of other religions because of this internal conflict among Christians.
You can see how Catholics, Baptists, Mennonites, and Pentecostal fight each other over criteria of salvation. However, they are willing to unite to oppress non Christians, suppress gay rights, enforce 10 commandments as the law of the States, make excuses for Christian terrorists who bombed abortion clinics, justify slavery, etc.
You don't seem to support any of these. Since you are in one of these groups, it is similar to identity politics. Unless the individuals in such group say something to oppose barbaric acts done in the ideals of the group, I don't have a choice but see them the same as the evil ones in that group.
I think Jesus seminar is the group of scholars who gathered votes to decide which sayings were actually Jesus'. If people from the Abrahamic faith with proper academic research cannot even reach the same conclusion about the cannons, Jesus' historical saying, the actual doctrine of the early Christians ("saved" by grace or deeds),..., asking people with non Christian background like myself to accept and worship this "deity in flesh" is too much expectation.
The claim is not any more outrageous than the Hare Krishna group who claims that Lord Krishna has the most universal truth. It only becomes a problem when this faith-based claim is used by Christians in the position of power to control people. The Catholic church is not the only institution doing this.
Sure. I don't believe in absolute morality like Christians. It's culturally relative. The issue here is that Christians ALWAYS speak on non Christians' behalf
If you happen to be my neighbour, I would have run away as quickly as I could. Do you know why?
It's not the reason you argue for stoning people to death for violating a tribal rule. According to this passage, your god, the beloved omni deity you worship and expect the rest of the world to comply to your church, is the one who ordered the stoning.
This is not simply some Native American tribe with arbitrary rule for survival of the group. This is the supreme being that your church claimed to have the most truth commanded the killing.
How do you think I am supposed to react? Just smile and accept it as a fact?
Your argument is the exact reason Christian politicians (including the Catholic senator Marco Rubio) use to justify their action against non Christians and gay people.
If you can justify the moral of these ancient Hebrews because of the god of the universe commanded as a nurse, how do you think people in power position including your pope are capable of doing when they believe that the supreme deity is on their side?
And then Christians complain about radical Muslims who slaughtered infidels when they simply exercise the same zeal of faith as you do.
This is what I call dishonesty.