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...pfff - God didnt write the bible...
Assuming that Christians are correct when they believe that God wrote, or massively influenced the writing of, the Bible,
Originally posted by blipthenorth
The bible was written by God because look at how one sided it is. There are always 2 sides to every story and the bible is certainly skewed to put God in the best light.
In my opinion God acts like a little spoiled brat. "Do what I SAY or else..."
It wouldn't be so bad if God said "Ok follow me or not it's your choice, if you decide not too that's fine you have free will so i'll just blip you out of existence."
Instead he pouts like a little girl. "Well..well...since you won't follow me i'm gonna make you suffer forever because I can and let's see how you like that mister!"
Whatever...take your holy attitude and stuff it. Maybe satan decided to actually think for himself and rebelled against God not unlike the americans did against the british way back when.
Yeah sure God has the power to do whatever he wants but as the old saying goes....I'd rather die on my feet than serve on my knees.
It would be really interesting to get the other side of the story of what happened up there with the angels than just the one version of it....might not be all you've been led to believe.
Thats just one mistake in a lot in that text - God didnt write that book
Originally posted by Awakened2012
From what I know, the bible wasn't written by just one person. It was written under the authority of a group of people, those holding the highest rank in the Church. Don't forget that back in those days the Church was not like that of which we know today. Those contributing to the bible did it with the intention of controlling the people by the means of fear. If a person did something contrary to what the bible stated, they would damned to hell.
I don't believe that Satan created Christianity as a means to deceive people. I believe that the bible in fact was originally created as a guide for people for spiritual guidance. I believe that along the line greedy & corrupt individuals are to blame for certain misrepresentations in the bible.
Is Christianity truly Satan's deception? No one can really say. That is why we as individuals have to truly distinguish right from wrong. If you read or hear about something that doesn't look, sound, or feel right, then 99% probability its not, at least to you. Trust your gut instinct.
Originally posted by kalenga
In the bible under the section on Job it is quite apparent that God and the Devil co-operate to test Job into finding out whatever trials are put in front of him by the Devil, would he still believe in God?
So, to me this defining chapter leads me to think that there are tasks being done to prove if the Devil can make people turn away from God then God is better.
In Job's case he did not turn away from God even though the Devil scourged him with every bad thing you could ever imagine happening to yourself.
I look on this chapter as like an episode of Star Trek, The Next Generation, with Q being the Devil and Captain Picard as God. If you don't watch Star Trek then this will be meaningless....