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Friday, September 30, 2005

Bible is a story book?

An email comment related to 'Is Bible The Complete Whole Truth?' from Reyna

"I believe that the bible is a story and that's all it is.

We all tell stories. What happens is that we either embellish to make it sound more exciting, or we forget little bits and pieces. From there, the person who received it secondhand will in turn tell the third person, again with some deviation, and as the old shampoo commercial went, "And they tell two friends, and they tell two friends, and so on, and so on, and so on..."

It's the whole "Broken Telephone" issue. How many of us played this as children? How many times did the last person say EXACTLY what the first person said? Rarely.

This, my friends, is the case of the bible.

Oh, and by the way, isn't it a bit suspicious that there are SIXTEEN VERSIONS of the bible? Oh, and let's not forget King James' version. Why did he write his own version? It was to cater to his needs and conveniences.

IF the bible were true, for those who really have read it, God would be a vicious, vindictive asshole to anyone who didn't worship, follow, honour him.

... sounds like a serious egomaniacal problem to me. Who would want a god like that?"

I'd like to reserve my comment on the allegation that the holy books are nothing but pure fictions for now ...

While I have always maintained books are static materials created by man and that books are just another medium of communications (very effective and possibly the most widely used) but it is just that ... an information/entertainment tool.

If words contained in Bible are indeed true revelations of God, then the Bible must be a medium of convenience for God to disseminate His Message once upon a time but without contemporary review and updating, I am afraid those words are most probably only good during the very era when it was revealed and some of them must be either already outdated or no longer applicable now.

See, God created the world to be an evolving entity and He lead us into discovering the amazing fact known as 'evolution'. As such, I am convinced He has always wanted us to use our heads to make the best out of the universe from time to time ... Most significant of all, why would He gave us an ultra smart gadget called 'brain' (compared ours to other animals) if it is His very intention that we should lead a life of a non-thinking zombie?

Task to be accomplished: Ask His Almighty if we should abuse our brains on science and technology? Remember, they once said aeroplane is against God's will and that God never created us to fly!

3 Comments:

Blogger postliberal said...

“Oh, and let's not forget King James' version. Why did he write his own version? It was to cater to his needs and conveniences.”

I think you might be missing the point of that exercise somewhat. He organised a group of scholars to work on a translation for him, with the intention that it’d be the standard reference for his subjects. This was part of his wish, apparently, to extend his authority in Church and State. It was as much a pragmatic political move, as a spiritual one – it was about having his name there right at the centre of people’s lives, rather than any substantive chance to the actual content by him.

“Oh, and by the way, isn't it a bit suspicious that there are SIXTEEN VERSIONS of the bible?”

There are many various canons – depending on which denominational stream of the Church you’re a part of, and what time you lived in. In the west there are two principle canons – the Protestant and the Roman Catholic (which includes the deuterocanonical books). This variability doesn’t detract, in my view, from the viability of holding scripture as a potential theophany – revelator of the divine. It would be more of a problem if, unusually, the bible was regarded as a static unit, that was handed down from on high in a single limp sum – like the tablets received by Moses on the mountainside. Then we might have cause to worry abut any human element to the stories contained therein. But rather, we should be celebrating the humanity of them – that God inspired people to witness to God. Indeed many would say that the New Testament is not so much important in its own right, but as a witness to Jesus Christ. Who was himself the full revelation of God, in humanity rather than a book.

"...I am afraid those words are most probably only good during the very era when it was revealed and some of them must be either already outdated or no longer applicable now."

We cannot, and shouldn't, dismiss something produced in the past - as if it's limited simply by its time. Yes we need to have an extra sensitivity when interpreting, to be able to ground what we read in the context of the time the various stories were composed. But it would be some weird neophilic cultish mindset that says anything from outside of our own contemporary time has no contemporary spirit. Many of the narratives of the bible - from the prophetic challenges to the status quos of power and abuse, the declaration of this world to be good at the time of creation, and the struggles for identity along side those who're different, to the call for hope in life renewed beyond the limitations of death - are as relevant now as every generation has found them. It just takes a little imagination to ensure that they're living wisdom rather than shackles upon us.

11:27 AM  
Blogger postliberal said...

ps. There's been a bit of discussion over here on my latest entry, where some people's comments overlap nicely with some of your concerns about the bible.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Digger said...

Great thoughts there P-L, cleared up some pretty obvious pitfalls in knowledge. Well-articulated.

8:03 AM  

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