Now, the prospect of losing your soul before your even a teenager was enough to make you listen. And I was preached to, again and again. I couldn't play a pick up basketball game without a prayer before hand. Signs on trees testified to "watch your back, Hell is coming for you, and whooo, it's hot!!!" (This was a real sign, painted in big red letters.)
But, even at 12, I could never get over this "literal interpretation of the Bible" thing. It seemed to be an excuse to not think for yourself and it didn't make sense that God would want us to follow blindly. (Mind you, at 12 I didn't know about various Bible interpretations, political agendas of the historical and present church).
In Mark 13:24-31 Jesus speaks to the end of the world (the trump card for getting religious dedication).
"The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars willJesus will:
fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken."
...send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds ...Now here's the tough part, Jesus instructs:
"I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until allEven a 12 year old can figure that in the plus or minus 2000 years since Jesus, this Doomsday clock had expired. Now, I'm no genius, but it seems to me that if you believe in an infallible / literal Bible - if one thing CANNOT be true, it undermines the whole concept.
these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words
will never pass away."