IF THE BIBLE is so darned great---why don't people JUST read IT?

by Terry 108 Replies latest watchtower bible

  • streets76

    A study released today claims to have found evidence that, if specifically requested, God might heal those with impaired hearing and vision.

    Yet, amputees can pray their assess off and God never regrows a limb. Why is that?

    Yet, amputees can pray their assess off and God never regrows a limb. Why is that?

    Salamander my dear Watson!

  • streets76

    Salamander my dear Watson!

    Yeah, what damn religion do salamanders belong to?

  • Heaven

    I always have trouble getting past "So-and-so begat so-and so who begat so-and-so". The Bible loses me here because I see absolutely no connection from these people to me... or anyone else for that matter. The bridge is out in that road and it isn't ever going to be repaired.

  • donny

    And when you read the Bible, especially the New Testament, it is clear that these declarations and prophecies were interpreted as pertaining to their time, their generation.

    Those first century people would be amazed and shocked to find that folks 2000+ years down the line would still think it's relevant and that the end was "just around the corner."


  • Deputy Dog
    Deputy Dog
    One person. One Bible. One Truth.

    NO! That's not what "Sola Scriptura" means.

    Luther was talking about authority, meaning the Pope was not above the clear edicts of scripture. Luther was glad to submit to the pope on nonbiblial issues and on IMPLICATE interpretations, but in the end, where the bible was EXPLICITLY clear, he submitted to Scripture alone. He understood there would be disagreements on the IMPLICATE interpretations and saw those areas as opportunity for Christian freedom.

  • rocketman

    A slightly different angle on this:

    This is one reason that the jws are by no means the only ones 'declaring the good news' as they so often claim. Bible societies, various religions, etc have been circulating Bibles for many years. The Bible is where the "good news" is supposedly found. If that's the case - if it's ONLY the Bible that holds the key to finding Jesus, etc, - then the good news has indeed been preached throughout the earth.

  • leavingwt


    where the bible was EXPLICITLY clear

    Please give an example of something on which the Bible is explicitly clear.

  • BurnTheShips

    Please give an example of something on which the Bible is explicitly clear.

    Seems pretty clear to me:

    2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;

    3 Do not have any other gods before me.

    4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

    5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me,

    6 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.

    7 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

    8 Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.

    9 For six days you shall labour and do all your work.

    10 But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns.

    11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and consecrated it.

    12 Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

    13 You shall not murder.

    14 You shall not commit adultery.

    15 You shall not steal.

    16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

    17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.


  • PSacramento

    I read the bibel everyday, every morning as a matter of fact.

    Currently I am finishing Acts ( I read it in order and when I end it, I start again).

    I also read bible commentaries and books about the bible, to get views from other people and I also read the opposing view points like Bart's and others, I read stuff in favour like Lewis and Desouza and stuff against it like Dawkins and stuff that tries to reconciel it like Collins' works.

    I take the bible for what it is and try to understand it, sometimes I do and sometimes I don't.

    I regard ALL view points as opinions, pros AND cons, and try my best to see things from both sides and see all the valid points.

    I think Jaguarbass put it very well.

    I am not angry with the Bible ( it's just a book) or its writers ( they were just men) or God or Jesus or even The WT and the JW's.

    I am trying my best to accept the good in all things and to not judge the bad and the bible helps me to do this.

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