I'm a former disbeliever. I've realized my problem was not really with God, but with religionists. I didn't like what fundamentalists are saying (their anti-scientific notions and some moral issues), so I went against them and decided there was no God. Pretty simple-minded, I admit. I realized my knowledge of religions was superficial therefore judged them unfairly. Now I'm beginning to open my mind to the idea of God and desire to learn about it. But I grapple with what I should believe. I don't wish to offend the people of Abrahamic religions, but I'll tell you frankly that I do not, can not believe many things that are said in the old testament as God's words. e.g. Deuteronomy 13:7-16 & 22:20-21, Leviticus 20:13, 2 Chronicles 15:12-13 ... (just a few among many) ... Please tell me God didn't say these. These laws were constructed by men and not by God. That's why they reflect such oppressive tribal mentality of the time. By the way, I'm not blaming the ancient Israelis, it was the way of the world almost everywhere back then, I suppose. My perception of the old testament, at this point, is that it's a compilation of legendary stories embellished by ancient mostly unidentified authors. I accept some historical events may be true. I'm open to the idea that some prophets have received God's wisdom. I see the scriptures as true, divinely inspired theology mixed with foreign elements that are purely the work of men. As such, we need to separate the kernel of the inspired divine messages from the husk that contains it. My knowledge of Judeo-Christianity is fairy elementary. I'd appreciate it if someone could educate me as to what to make of these parts of the old testament. I'd like to hear from the people truly believing in the God of Abraham. Because I already know how disbelievers see the bible - just as I did before - "Fictional stories all fabricated by humans." - Now I'm willing to explore deeper than that.