Go ahead. Tell me.
"I've read the Bible cover to cover."
Sorry. I don't believe you.
It is damned near impossible!
Horribly boring, rambling, disconnected, and---REPETITIOUS!
I honestly think it could kill you if you read every word of it.
I'll tell you what you've read: YOU'VE READ OTHER PEOPLE'S OPINIONS about the Bible.
You've read commentaries.
You've read apologia.
You've read interpretations.
You've read theology, doctrine, hermeneutics.
You've read all sorts of eisegesis tailor-made to correspond to WHAT YOU WANT IT TO MEAN.
But, none of that is the same thing as what Martin Luther spoke about in the 16th century.
It was a foundational doctrinal principle of the Protestant Reformation held by the Reformers, who taught that authentication of Scripture is governed by the discernible excellence of the text as well as the personal witness of the Holy Spirit to the heart of each man.
What did C.T. Russell give to the world but his amateur opinions in the form of STUDIES in the SCRIPTURES!
Bullshit cover to cover.
Judge Rutherford gave us Rutherford's Rainbow series!
What a load of pure crap! Do Kingdom Halls still use these to teach "The Truth"?
And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
________THERE ARE 41,000 CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS. WHY? Everybody reads different opinions!_____
How is it possible? How about this answer: "There is nothing demonstrably valid" inside that book!
From the website, BEHIND THE BOOKS:
How many new Christian books are there?
A few months ago an industry friend e-mailed me and asked if I knew how many new Christian books are published each year. I wasn't sure. I know that overall, in terms of total new English language books published in North America, the number has ballooned from about 55,000 a year when I started in publishing in the mid-90s to 178,000 (as of 2005) or perhaps even over 200,000 now. The growth is largely a result of print-on-demand technologies and self-publishing vehicles being much more available. And something like 70,000 new publishers have cropped up in the last few years.
I have also heard a figure of something like 8,000 or 9,000 new religion titles published each year, the vast majority of which are Christian, but I haven't been able to nail that down."