Logic Lad said, "Is there any chance that someone on this site could try and address an issue without simply saying 'it's in the bible'"
Thank you for asking, Logic. But Sorry. This is impossible for any biblical Christian to do. As Christian's, the bible is our ultimate reference point. It's how we know God. It's how we come to understand good and evil. It's where we find our answers for life and death. It's where we obtain information to defend our faith, etc.
So, we can't just set the bible aside for debate. We don't have the authority to do so as Christians. God hasn't given us the authority to so this. And I don't think any particular individual on this site has said simply "it's in the bible" and that’s it. But they are using the bible to defend what they believe and in doing so their cases are reasonable and biblical. But with that said, they are not reasonable for you because you have suppressed the truth in unrighteousness and you love darkness rather than light (Rom 1).
It may not make sense to you, and you may not believe it, but we are still compelled and commanded to preach that all men everywhere “repent and believe upon Jesus Christ”. I know this seems absurd to you, but we are only being consistent with our worldview, at least we're tying to. And we care about you and the others on this site. I pray for you and others daily, that you will repent and trust in Christ. I’m praying that God will break in on your hardened heart. He did for me. I was the hardest of all until he used the scriptures to break me down and then I saw His grace—His amazing grace.
Please be patience with us, Logic, and think with me for a moment. The only consistent and logical thing for a Christ follower to do, is to quote the One they follow. A Christian is one who believes that the bible is God-breathed. They follow Christ. The One that the bible talks about. We can do no other thing. So that's why all you get is bible, bible, and more bible from us. :-)
"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." 2 Tim. 3:16-17.
Logic Lad said, "the atheists posting here do not recognise that book as the ultimate source of all truth so it is little pointless to keep quoting obscure bits of it in the hope it will support an argument."
It doesn't matter whether or not you believe in it. The truth is that you do! You simply have suppressed the truth through wicked works (Romans 1). You know that God exists. You know that He will judge the living and the dead. You know that He is the Creator, yet you have suppressed the truth. To you, this may sound like I'm being rude or arrogant but your issue is with the bible, not with me. I'm only staying consistent with the biblical worldview and the bible says that you have darkened your thinking through wicked works (Romans 1).
So no, I can't nor will I set aside the bible at any point in time. Other individuals might be inclined to do this, but a biblical Christian wont.
"For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires." Hebrews 4:12