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What is the Bible?

post #1 of 76
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I don't need a simple answer, since I am a Christian and I already have learned enough about it. I pose this as a philosophical question.

I have decided that the Bible is just a collection of books, songs, and letters written by men about God. I do not believe it all came from God. I do not believe it is holy. I believe men invented religion, but God is who He is. I believe in the Trinity of God, the holy, omnicient, omnipotent God. I feel that some people are mistakenly worshipping the Bible, not God.

Are my ideas really crazy? To rephrase, I'm saying that the Bible is from people, and may or may not accurately represent God. Are there any other people who believe this?
post #2 of 76
I believe that people wrote it but it is still the word of God.

I think the problem mostly is all of the translations and such. We do not have the "original" word of God as it was said.....only interruptations and translations of it.

I use pray to make up for the error.
post #3 of 76
It's the longest running "telephone" game ever.
post #4 of 76
I have similar views. I believe portions of the Bible are divinely inspired, but I do not believe the Bible is a literal inerrant dictation from God, or a literal inerrant historical record. I agree with you that many seem to worship the Bible instead of God. I'd also like to make an comparision with the Bible to the Qur'an in Islam. The Qur'an, it is believed by Muslims, is a relevation from God. In other words, through the words of the Qur'an, God reveals himself, his qualities, his essence to humanity--a way for humanity to know God. I don't believe the Bible can be seen as having the same purpose in Christianity. I think the true "revelation of God" in Christianity is Jesus. IT is through Jesus that God reveals his qualities and essence to humanity. Does that make sense?
post #5 of 76
I believe that God gave the inpiration to men. I have faith that the Bible is a true account. God reveals Himself through the Bible and through personal experience.

II Tim. 3.16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instructoin in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect throughly furnished unto all good works.

II Peter 1.20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob does reveal Himself through the scriptures (the Bible). Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
post #6 of 76
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Originally Posted by *~Danielle~*
I believe that God gave the inpiration to men. I have faith that the Bible is a true account. God reveals Himself through the Bible and through personal experience.

II Tim. 3.16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instructoin in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect throughly furnished unto all good works.

II Peter 1.20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob does reveal Himself through the scriptures (the Bible). Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
Thank you for posting this.
post #7 of 76
I also want to post this link which goes more in depth from a man I respect and agree with on just about everything: http://www.equip.org/essentials/index.asp?view=bible
post #8 of 76
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Originally Posted by chersolly
It's the longest running "telephone" game ever.
:LOL
post #9 of 76
queen of pride, i tend to agree with you. i don't think your ideas are crazy. i think spirit and the Divine has many ways of showing it's face to make sure that none of us are left out. the Bible is just one of those paths for some the Bible calls to them and guides them, for others something else calls and guides us (can you tell where i fit? ) every path is valid.

mandi
post #10 of 76
When it comes to the bible I agree with Bishop Spong and Marcus Borg. Here are some links about their thoughts on the bible.

Page discussing Spong's view on the bible

Spong on the Bible

Marcus Borg describes a way of reading and understanding the bible through a "historical-metaphorical" lens rather than a "literal-factual" one. He also talks of seeing the bible as a "human response to God". I totally agree.

Review of Borg's book
post #11 of 76
I would warn anyone not to read Spong or Borg. Both have a twisted view of scripture. :

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Jesus did not die because he wanted to atone for the sins of the world rather, "He was killed because he sought, in the name and power of the Spirit, the transformation of his own culture. He issued a call for a relationship with God that would lead to a new ethos and thus a new politics. For that goal he gave his life, even though his death was not his primary intention." pg.184
http://www.ucmpage.org/articles/jmiles5.html Jesus came to die for our sins. This is a great article that points out Borgs twisted theology.
post #12 of 76
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Originally Posted by beccaboomom
I would warn anyone not to read Spong or Borg. Both have a twisted view of scripture. :
i ask this with sincerity - how did you determine their view is twisted? i haven't read them yet but am interested in their views. they look like good books to me.

thanks,
mandi
post #13 of 76
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Originally Posted by beccaboomom
I would warn anyone not to read Spong or Borg. Both have a twisted view of scripture. :
In your opinion...which incidentally does NOT make it fact. :
post #14 of 76
beccaboomom, if you drag out that tired old article one more time...:LOL

What are you afraid of?

Are you trying to protect our immortal souls?

I think the Bible is an ancient collection of books, interesting, filled with some history, some myth, some poetry, some sex, some horror, some advice for a happy loving life, influenced by politics and the cultures of ancient Egypt, Canaan, Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome.
post #15 of 76
i read the article (thanks) , but it just convinces me to read the books more than anything to each her own.

mandi
post #16 of 76
It's an anthology.
post #17 of 76
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Originally Posted by beccaboomom
I would warn anyone not to read Spong or Borg. Both have a twisted view of scripture.
And I would recommend not reading James Dobson or any other conservative, literal-factual interpretation. Good thing people get to decide for themselves eh?

If Borg and Spong (now that's just fun to say...) have twisted views of scripture I say that's peachy by me. I have always loved twisted things.


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Jesus came to die for our sins. This is a great article that points out Borgs twisted theology.
If you think Jesus came to die for your sins that's cool by me. But surely you realize that not all of us have to think that... no matter what article gets posted. This is a forum made up of members that have diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds. The responses are going to reflect that.
post #18 of 76
I believe it is all metaphor, ancient stories attempting to describe something which is truly indescribable. The something the Bible is an attempt to describe is what William James called "religious experience" what others call "epiphany" and still others have all sorts of other names for it. What it is is impossible to talk about because it is something one must experience for themselves in order to really understand it. I also believe there are many many more recent spiritual events which people are either afraid or unable to talk about, or if they do, they are ridiculed and made the butts of others' jokes and often endure outright hatred and attacks. I believe the stories in the Bible is a useful tool that can help give people insight into explaining their own personal religious experiences. I do not believe that it can teach people about something they don't already have some basis of understanding. I believe that it is so very outdated that we have lost most of the original meaning behind the metaphors simply by virtue of the fact that we live in a totally different time and age and can never really understand what people who lived that long ago had experienced or how they thought about things.
post #19 of 76
stafl, very nice i was thinking myself, does it really matter if the Bible is historically accurate or a collection of myths? if it spurs us to greater spiritual growth and to a deeper connection with the Divine, then the accuracy of the Bible is not relevant. from my perspective, if we were all tuned into our intuition the way we are meant to be, all the answers are there because we are connected to the Divine through our intuition ... the Bible is a guide of sorts for when we have lost that connection.

mandi
post #20 of 76
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Originally Posted by UnschoolnMa
And I would recommend not reading James Dobson or any other conservative, literal-factual interpretation. Good thing people get to decide for themselves eh?

If Borg and Spong (now that's just fun to say...) have twisted views of scripture I say that's peachy by me. I have always loved twisted things.



If you think Jesus came to die for your sins that's cool by me. But surely you realize that not all of us have to think that... no matter what article gets posted. This is a forum made up of members that have diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds. The responses are going to reflect that.
You know, back when I was a fundamentalist, I used to cringe whenever I heard the name Spong because to me he was threatening the entire church and belief system that I had built my life upon ... now having walked away from all of it, I find his writings rather eye-opening and refreshing. It's something what a few months of study and reading will do for you!

In terms of the Bible ... my own two cents on it is that it's another example among many of man's way to try to figure out God. I do not believe it is inspired nor written by God; nor do I hold the stories true or historically accurate. I have basically come to the place where it's just another book, one which has had an impact upon this world unlike any other book. But, just a book written by men none-the-less. Again, just my two cents.
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