Shounen-ai? - I hope you were kidding.
ok, while I grant that a lot of Christians do misinterpret a lotta stuff in the Bible, I’d say it’s the people who aren’t Christians that really get it wrong.
You can’t just pick and choose. It’s all or nothing. If you just skim around and don’t understand or take the time to be willing to understand, it will always come across as messed up.
Ok, for example, when the Bible says that God is the Lion of Judah, are they saying that he is actually a four legged beast? Heck no! they’re saying he’s Judah’s protector, and will defeat those who oppose.
When the Bible says that God is a lamb, does it then mean that he’s some small white fluffy thing that tastes good with mint sauce? No! It’s obvious, you just read th Bible and you understand stuff. He’s our sacrifice, innocent, and pure.
“So if He’s a lamb and a lion, isn’t that a contradiction? Just like the rest of the Bible (suppsedly) is?”
No, again. God is the God of the impossible, it’s called a hypostatic union. It’s where something is 100% one thing AND 100% something else. In the same way, Jesus became 100% fully God, and 100% fully man.
People say that Christians are close-minded, and granted that many are. But I think many MORE people become close minded to the Bible just because they had a few bad experiences in the past. (or even a lot.) Read the Bible with a 100% open mind.
Some say, “I agree with the philosophies, just not the framework, so I won’t follow it.”
So, read more about the framework (with said open mind) and it’ll actually make sense. If you aren’t the praying types, at least try this one prayer, ask God to illuminate the Bible to you. He’ll reveal more than what meets the eye, and allow you to see the truth.
All that Jesus called us to do is follow Him, and let others know about Him. EVERYTHING else is secondary. If Jesus was such a good example and you dislike everything else, then just start out by following Jesus. It gets a lot harder to go wrong there.