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Originally posted by I Want To Believe
reply to post by pro-all
The Bible was written in hebrew aramaic and greek one word at a time.I hope i have answered your question.
Originally posted by Gazrok
The "Bible" is a COLLECTION of books....written by different authors and from their points of view (i.e. Job, Matthew, John, etc.). As for the less historic parts of the Bible, (such as early man, creation, etc.), it's largely a collection of oral-tradition parables and stories to teach moral lessons. Because of the different authors, there are often discrepancies, but there is also a lot of actual history within the pages also, as many archeologists are discovering.
The Council of Nicea is responsible for the modern Bible, where religious leaders convened to decide which books are in, and which aren't, for being part of the "official" Bible. The books that didn't make the cut, are collectively known as the Apocrypha, and often do not support the idea of Jesus as the divine son of God, etc. (and since this was the chosen direction, these books were out). Some of the left out books are even just very similar to existing ones, so were left out to avoid being redundant (although still a lot of that in the Bible)... Then of course, there is the King James version, that had further edits made by the English translation.
The idea of the bible coming from "inspiration" is simply the premise that God dictated the ideas to the various apostles, etc. who then wrote the words for man. That of course, is a matter of faith, but that is the claim at least.
No doubt some tribes have oral tradtions concerning their past but this was in the custody of a select few. It is difficult for me to accept that God inspired a prophet to memorize the account of Noak getting drunk and one of his sons laughing at him. Ask yourself, for what purpose. It smells more like furthering an agenda of trying to rationalize the curse of Ham which subsequently was meant to explain the backwardness of blacks.
why publish a bible with some anti establishment verses, why not continue to keep the masses ignorant?
These people that met and picked which books to include, were they also inspired by God? And since they were obviously the ruling elite and we know the elite do not always have the best of interests for the common man, is it not wise to conclude the bible may have been written with a sinister motive?
For pthena, I love that part of your name being an exiled shaman, something very akin to me. Recently I have been looking at Shamanism. I was surprised that shamanism as described on many sites is very close to what our ancestors practiced in Africa. The methods may vary, but the aim is always the same. Last week, I bought myself a drum to try to see if I could reactive the shaman in me. But after all the years of religious corruption, this is not an easy task for me.