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Old 01-25-2005, 01:22 AM   #1
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The Bible - Is it really the book for me?

I hope people who grew up in sunday school get the song reference in the subject title...anyways, I am curious about people's beliefs on said book.
Is the Bible completely God-written? Is it to be taken completely literally? Or, is it to be understood as allegorical? Is it just God-inspired? Is it just a stupid piece of shit? Is it just ramblings or nomadic tribes?
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I cannot conceive of this book as God written. I am willing to go so far as to say it contains the words of God; however, man's imprint is all over it. It's a wonderful literary work, complex--sometimes graphic, sometimes sensual, often wise, often beautiful, sometimes arbitrary and petty. I take what I need or want from it.
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Is the Bible completely God-written?
No - there is no God

Is it to be taken completely literally?
No. There's too many nasty stories in it to be taken literally. I would prefer people just took the good thoughts and ideas from the book rather than interpret the text literally.

Is it just God-inspired?
No - there is no God

Is it just a stupid piece of shit?
No. I think it served a purpose in its heyday. A textbook for a religion to use to maintain order (and disorder also, unfortunately.)

Is it just ramblings or nomadic tribes?
No. I think its origins were probably emotionally heavier than "ramblings". It was/is one way of explaining the world.
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Just to add to what Beli said,

I believe, anything book written hundreds of years ago was meant to serve people who lived hundreds of year ago.
( But I may be wrong !!)

If you are interested in reading history and books or your religious book written way back... Go on and read it

If that helps you or your life ....excellent

But if you use those for arguments against others doing something or not doing something then its
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Depends if your life is already structured so that you personally meet the requirements it sets out, or if you are willing to adapt how you think to suit what it sets out for you.

For me personally, life is about loving, giving, tolerance, respect, acceptance. The bible looks at all these things but it comes with so many clauses and loopholes I think it loses the point in the end.
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love the comments so far
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love the comments so far
I loved your poem....remember ... It was me who said it was an excellent poem...
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I am less concerned with the existence of God than the God of existence.
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I am less concerned with the existence of God than the God of existence.
even if there was a God ( or many Gods), he ( or they) would want all humans not to waste time finding out whether or not He ( or They) exists or wasting time praying to him ( or them) or bugging others giving fake proof of His ( or their) existence
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Inerrant Word of God.
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AcrobatMan, thanks again for your kind words...are you by chance familiar with Buddhist thought?
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Inerrant Word of God.

word of God , without errors?


you put a lot of faith in all the human machinations
the book has been put through
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The choice is even more human machinations on guessing what was really meant/said.

I would prefer to have an understanding of hebrew and greek to read the earliest recorded transcripts. I won't simply rely on the wording of a current translation.
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are you by chance familiar with Buddhist thought?
No I am not very familiar with Buddhist thoughts.
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Yes, it is completely inspired by God. No, it is not meant to all be taken literally, but I would say most of it is. It includes parables, poetry, psalms (songs), and other forms of writing. In realizing this, those who read it and apply it to their lives need to be careful in coming to conclusions on which parts are which. Just because you don't like something doesn't mean it's not to be taken literal. To me, and I'd be happy to post examples again, the numerous prophecies in the OT that were fulfilled by Christ in the NT prove without a doubt the Bible's authority, authenticity and accuracy. To those who doubt it, and I don't mean to sound cocky, but have you read it?
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