reply to post by lpowell0627
I understand what you're saying. The Holy books do contain some historical truth. Proof of that is in the cross-referencing of biblical vs.
non-biblical accounts of some of the same people mentioned in the sacred texts by outside authors. Archaeology is another helpful avenue for depicting
what people in those time frames believed, what they looked like, and how they lived.
Unfortunately, the messages in the books may have become distorted or misinterpreted, whether intentionally or unintentionally, to suit certain
groups' political agendas at the time. That doesn't mean that the texts are untrue or have no value. The details surrounding the historical text
have philosophical value as well if understood and followed correctly within the context of the original intent as it applies to modern times. The
Bible, for example, is often called The Living Word. If that's the case, then I think that it means that it is flexible and dynamic like all living
things. Naturally, it would need to bend and flex like something with life such as an animal, a green twig, or even grass and flowers to suit the
level of understanding and needs of the people of the times.
Unfortunately, the Bible and the other major religious texts were written so long ago that it's difficult to bridge the gap between those times and
ours. IMO, either the biblical texts have become mistranslated (or rewritten altogether), the religious leaders do not understand the messages
themselves or know how to successfully relay the information to their church members in a way that can be easily understood (otherwise there wouldn't
be so many different interpretations and branches of religious sects), or maybe people have just lost the ability to understand the messages. This may
be due to archaic language, unfamiliarity with the geography and customs of the times, or just an inability to comprehend the concepts period.
IMO, too much time, distance, and cultural differences, that are not acceptable in civilized society today (such as slavery, human and animal
sacrifice, 'justified' murder of family members or others with different beliefs, etc), have made books like the Bible and the Koran
incomprehensible (and sometimes barbaric) to many people. It's not our fault that we're just not in touch with those people, their unfamiliar
lifestyles and descriptions of events and surroundings that are no longer seen nor can be understood by us because we have no current reference to
Also, I don't think that the religious texts are meant to be followed word-for-word exactly like they were back in the day when they were written. We
don't live like that anymore, but that doesn't mean that those days and people were better than us today or any more spiritual. For example, it is
totally not acceptable to nail people to crosses while angry mobs jeer the accused and prod the executioners. It's illegal to kill family members (or
anybody for that matter) for any reason today. Slaughtering animals for burnt offerings is also not acceptable today. I don't know about you, but I
am glad that those things are not deemed acceptable anymore. Civilization and modern thought do have their advantages.
Honestly, I wish that proponents of science and religion would just call a truce and open their minds to the possibility that the REAL TRUTH may be an
amalgamation of both. Honestly, due to all that I've studied on both the scientific and religious fronts, I feel strongly that may be the case. I
think that it's arrogant of us to completely dismiss any possibility. After all, we are the created--not the creator thus we cannot know the mind of
Even Albert Einstein was unable to understand the mind of God which is why his Theory of Everything remains unsolved. Even he, with his brilliant
scientific mind, recognized and was humble enough to admit that there is an unexplainable organization and order to the universe that is too
coincidental to ignore.
Great thread idea, OP.
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