The difference is that I would not be defined as a Christian anyway, in evangelical terms; in other words, I believe that it makes no sense to say that God created Man, but then to ignore the fact that the one thing that stands out in humans versus other animals is our enormous capacity for reasoning -- this, to me, has to mean that, if God created us, therefore God wants us to exercise our reason as fully as possible; otherwise it is a contradiction; why creat us with huge brains and then say "Hey, make sure you only use those things in select circumstances."
In other words, my belief in a Bible passage is based on two things:
- does it stand up to logic, and reason
- does it jibe with "what is written in my heart" as Paul put it, ie., my sense of right and wrong (embodied in the golden rule).
How could God ask us to choose faith in something but not to apply these two standards to that thing -- it is just illogical!
So, I have to take each passage and assess it based on these two standards.
This makes things easier, for a start, because there is so much contradiction in the Bible, if I tried to believe it all I'd go mad (or have to throw out rationality, which, if Christians are to be believed, is given to us by God, given he gave us our brains and bodies)