posted on Apr, 10 2005 @ 11:01 AM
I've been thinking lately that what is written in the bible (and then translated, edited, translated again, edited again, ad nauseum) should be
viewed in a similar light as we all (should) view media today. In other words, different accounts from different points of view colored with
different agendas from each source. Take almost any major news story and read the various accounts from 10 major newspapers and compare those to
each other and to 5 major TV news network accounts and then, just for grins, add in a couple of hundred editorials telling us all what this means.
Plenty of contradictions of fact, mind-boggling contradictions of the opinions about it - so, all you have in agreement is a very small base of what
you may or may not accept as fact.
Most of us will cite the news/media outlet with which we most agree as having the "straight story" and the others as distorted. We'll be divided
into many different groups as to which of these is most believable and which we feel are pushing some agenda (spin). One man's idiot is another
man's expert, I guess.
It really is impossible to take the entire New Testament literally because there are (very well-documented) contradictions and disagreements between
the various accounts.
So, one can "believe" that the bible is, very generally speaking, the Word of God but no one can believe that every single word of it is absolutely
Personally, I think it has some good stories and a smattering of history but, overall, I view it as good historical fiction that has some good "life
lessons" that have endured. I'm not anti-bible; I'm not anti-Christian. I have serious problems with the way some people use the bible as a
weapon against others who reject their views. But, that's another series of debates for another time and another forum.
For me, the conspiracy angle of the bible is the distortions of historical events and how they are used to try to control the masses - going all the
way back to recorded history right through today's modern world that has more people watching "Fear Factor" and "American Idol" than studying
history. And, these same couch potatoes and willfully ignorant are actually voting and supporting ideas in which they have no grounding other than
what religious leaders have spoon-fed them from the pulpits. Even a cursory study of the Crusades would reveal to them how badly they're being
duped. But, we can trust the world, particularly the modern western civilization to remain blissfully ignorant - it has been thus for well over