First of all lets address this term "subjective". How do *you* know that the Holy Spirit is subjective?
For one thing, you said it was.
For another thing, there are thousands of religions on earth and millions of "subjects", each of them with his/her own experiences.
I suppose you can argue that whether or not the Holy Spirit even exists is subject to your evidence...
Not "my" evodence. EVERYBODY's evidence, including yours. EVERYTHING depends on evidence, whether it's spooks - holy or unholy - or Bigfeet or leprechauns or electrons.
... but "spirit" cannot be measured nor quantified though many *do* insist that it exists.
That's a king-sized cop-out. You've contrived
your fictional entities so that they can not be quantified or measured.
One problem is that you guys insist that evidence must be available to everyone whereas the Bible Thunkers insist that few will actually get it.
That's a problem for the Bible Thumpers. The Qur'an Thumpers say the same thing and the Dyanetics Thumpers say the same thing. The only link to reality that we can rely on is evidence that we all agree on.
You have dismissed it all as a story anyway...
On the contrary, I embrace
it as a story. You're the one who dismisses the story when it doesn't suit your own made-up wishes.
Yet you insist that since I take it literal or claim to do so, I must sell everything...which is a clever way to back me into a corner
You've backed yourself into that corner. I have never suggested that you should sell everything. I have asked you why you don't - and how you can claim to be a follower of Jesus when you don't follow what He said. YOU are the one who is dismissing the story.
And even if we agree with your arguments that they all are characters in a book (or books) we then must determine why the books were written to begin with.
Once upon a time, Charlie Brown wondered the same thing: Why did the author write the book? Linus replied, "Maybe he needed the money."
There are many reasons for writing books.
Hint: Treasure Island was never meant to describe actual events
What makes you think the Bible does?
And again for the umpteenth time, if you think the events are real, why do you deny what Jesus said?
And that was your choice--to assign "it" the relevance that you chose to give it.
Not at all. It has the relevance that the evidence
gives it. Any thinking person gives it the same relevance.
If I, as a character in a book described by many as eternally alive .. tell ringo to sell all that he has, he can simply write me off as Elmer Gantry.
And rightly so. There is no evidence that you or any other character is "eternally alive", so the claim is assigned to fiction.
And yet there may be a singular universal truth that not everyone can or will see due to their experiences and conclusions thus far.
Once again, we fall back on, "By their fruits ye shall know them." If somebody claims to know "universal truth" and claims to see things that us ordinary peons don't see, we look for the fruits that they produce - i.e. we look for the evidence
. Note that Jesus wasn't as contemptuous of evidence as you are.
Reality is often muddied up as a perception due to experiences.
Which is why we need to make every effort to be objective and not cling to our individual perceptions.
"I've been to Moose Jaw, now I can die." -- John Wing