posted on Sep, 3 2007 @ 06:38 PM
The Bible is an excellent book. The wisdom of Jesus is quite broad and insightful into the notion of God and into understanding what he wants.
Most people get trapped in the Bible. They start using it as a, well, Bible. They take what Jesus says to be the end-all-be-all and when it fails
them, they discard it. They are incapable of making rational decisions.
The Bible is the origin of strict "spiritual no-no's" but very few people follow it to the letter on other matters (these days at least). If they
did they may just as well be miss led in over utilizing the Bible.
The denominations of religion result in very hardened opinions and beliefs that are held partly for the purpose of retaining the denomination. This
results in very closed mindedness.
And following in suit, Religion's tend to deny eachother. God, we must not forget, is a very real entity -- by definition. No religion is correct
unless in conforms to God. That conformity is the inverse of denomination.
The Jews are a race of people. Whether or not they are the chosen people or not is an issue. Clearly if one is not a Jew, Judaism is not their
Religion. This is conflicted with Jesus claiming his followers, Jew and Gentile, are the new kingdom of Israel.
Clearly old Jews and new Jews are not the same. The end of prophesy is not indicated in the Bible. The end of intelligence, knowledge, science,
creativity is not indicated in the Bible. In fact it is called for.
Interesting points were brought up. The Bible is so ubiquitous and so broad it can be used almost generically, globally as a decoder for spiritual
inquest. What God does in the Bible he can and does do in this world as it is written. The concepts Jesus presents us encompass a great portion of
the religio-philosophical mindscape. There is little he does not account for and is correct in what he says.
The anti-Bible is one of the greater problems of today's world. Atheism/anti-religion/anti-Judaism has a strong grip on our society. Society tends
to discard the old religion (and for good reason) without replacing it with true God born teaching, even going as far as to deny common sense because
it sounds like the Bible. This is a subscription to evil in it's most basic form, in my opinion.
I have witnessed earthquakes, weather phenomenon, sudden death, knowing what another is thinking, dreams that correspond to reality, prior knowledge
of events, etc. to name a few (mostly death and destruction, like threats or punishment). It does not necessarily (or even very often) replicate what
is in the bible but it does follow the same format:
(assuming there is a god) God>messenger & God>event
where God acts on this world to communicate through a messenger. The messenger could be a person, an animal or event an event that foreshadows. The
communication could be explicit or vague. The messenger or message could have several meanings/messages/truths and audiences. It can occur such that
no one hears the message except for the messenger.
The Bible is not required to understand God. It is not required to be anything other than a Bible reader. We make the assumption: God does not lie.
The Bible contains what are claimed to be truths, laws, history of God. These things were recorded by dead people. If we believe these things we are
ready to believe what God tells US.
Honestly, I believe in myself. I have to. I do not deny Jesus. I know what I see however. I know what others have seen, and they have seen enough
to know what I am.
The biggest mistake is thinking God cares for everything or anything indiscriminately or for gesture; that God is controlable.
I lit the Bible on fire. I have read it in it's entirety. I do not believe in Heaven but I allow for a Hell. That has kept me morally chaste
enough (I am a thinking person). I think the world needs a better guide and wisdom. Providence needs this better guide. What, I don't know.