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The Question (ID Number 489)...

    Do you believe that one day, and I quote from Genesis "We will surely die," having eaten from the tree of good and evil, and if so, is there really any point in promoting your paradigm in the world?

    ...and the response:

    I suspect that when you quote from Genesis, you're doing something very different from what I'm doing when I quote from Genesis. You are quoting the Word of God, whereas I'm just quoting from a very ancient story that a beleaguered people told their children to explain what was going on in that part of the world. If it is "the Word of God," then of course we should just resign ourselves to death. But if, as I am obviously asserting, it's just an old story, then there is no reason why we should resign ourselves to death.


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