The Bible is a very mean spirited book.
APaduan writes this NEW AGE rubbish:
If the church is to recognise the bible as no more than a spiritual thought No, not recognise it as being such, but accept it as being for such (like food for thought ) Who are my mothers? Ma ry kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.
then it sure does a good job at making people believe it really happened Well, in a way it did, not always literally as written, but as people convey the stories - how you receive them 2000 years on is another thing. Compared to how people twist language these days, I think they did an amazing job - they aren't what we'd call short stories.
The bible is the very word of God special revelation from God to man. Apaduan you are a new age mystic all the way. Your god is not the God that is revieled in the bible, you god Apaduan is like Mr. Potato Head, some god that you fasion out of your heart from a toy box.
But you are just a microcasum of the Roman Catholic church's spiral down the toilet in to new age liberalism. Read the bible instead and repent of your sin of thinking in such matter.
One more thing Apaduan. the reason why you are such a new age papist mystic is because you are looking for an alternative to the revealed message of salvation found only in the bible. You hate Jesus and his free offer of redemtion this is why you seek an alternative of mysticism and works salvation found in the sinners heart.
I would advice you not to throw the bible. You’ll need it as reference. If you don’t do this, they will convince you eventually that there is a god. They usually mean that this god is Yahweh.
You must also learn opposing views. Besides the one recommended by seven006, you can check:
Seven006’s site ( http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com ) is good but by no means complete. He is missing many verses. It also lacks mistranslations, omissions and outright lies cited in the NT from the old.
The book that opened my eyes was “Is it God’s word” by Joseph Wheless, who was a judge and an ambassador to Mexico. He wrote his books from a law perspective. It is written in old English, so it is no easy reading. He also wrote “Forgery in Christianity” which deals with the lies in Early Christianity. Both books can be seen free online at http://www.infidels.org/library/historical/joseph_wheless/index.shtml
I can also recommend you some books. They go into more details, but you’d have to spend some money. Faraon.
Ok, I think that last one deserves to have a little box by itself:
While I do not believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God, imo, it does have value.
Christianity in a rather childish fashion takes almost everything it reads in the Bible as literal. They would do much better if they would follow the way of the Ancient Greeks and the stories of their gods. No one today actually believes that Zeus, Athena, and the many others actually existed but it does not make their stories any less interesting or valuable.
The same with the Bible. There is much to learn from it but it is not a history book.
It's not literal - it's spiritual
A Paduan, is Numbers 31 to be taken spiritually rather than literally? What could it mean in a spiritual sense?
Faroan - great websites, especially the quiz site.
clash city rockers,
Read the bible instead and repent of your sin of thinking in such matter. I ask, as I have already eluded to the matter on another post - what do you understand is symbolised by the wheat and chaff?
people? (as according to fearful fundamental/literalism) - or a description of stories, what the story says to you, and the bits that convey it, hold it up, to the light and so on - I would say, check out that bible again. New age? or new.
But hey, new age papist mystic, that sounds kinda cool.
always sharp - thinking forward
What could it mean in a spiritual sense? As in w hat meaning for me? More like meanings, it's a long read - but burning with fire, females (souls), passing things through fire or the water instead - surely there's food for thought in that story.
Well, I've still got mine, but the more I read it and then read other works, the more I'm thinking 'chuck it'. Although it is becoming rather amusing.