Solace of the Solitary
Adam, I sense a lot of anxiety and fear in your belief system. I wonder about the intense need to place such limitations upon yourself. You certainly don;t need to respond to my musings; they are, after all, just thoughts that are in my mind.
Whoever wrote about the bible - shortly put, I've spent a number of decades studying biblical history, including living in Israel for some time to further my studies. The bible is a wonderful account of history, that's for sure. Everything else about it is up to interpretation due to translation being done in so many languages throughout time, and also because of alterations made by the Catholic church in the 10th century (stuff added in, stuff taken out). And when it comes right down to the nitty-gritty, no one knows anything about God's existence, what that means, doesn't mean, etc.
Last, regarding Native Americans in VietNam - my husband of 31 years is a Viet vet, my bil is, too, and I've spent all of my adult life around Viet vets. It is entirely true that oftentimes Native Americans were placed on point when the guys were humping the boonies.