Thanks for all the comments that have been made since the last time I posted. I had a kind of crisis where I just couldn't deal with religion in any way any more. It just got too much. So I needed a break.
What caused this is that I found out there's a sect whose members are bracing themselves to commit genocide in the near future because they think that is what God may shortly order them to do through a prophet. They believe they will have no choice. They use the Bible to justify it in the same way others have.
Such things will continue to happen until people are willing to disagree with the Bible and say that Genocide is wrong no matter who ordered it. And that you can never trust a prophet because you have no way of verifying if what he says comes from God or not.
The reason atrocities happen is people are willing to do things they normally wouldn't as long as it's for a higher cause- ie their country, their religion, their people. Until we are brave enough to let our consciences trump these higher causes atrocities will continue to happen.
If you do post a comment and I don't respond, please email me and tell me as I may not have been online for a while.