I read what you wrote, and I am left wondering what it is you are trying to say. I'll go through your post piece by piece to respond. If I miss the
actual message you were trying to convey, please let me know.
Originally posted by marg6043
The bible is a good book for the people that follow his words and get the answers they want and feel good about it.
If someone goes to the bible to prove his belief is right, then they will "get the answers they want". It is not until a person approaches
scripture with an open mind, without preconceived ideas, that one can begin to understand the lessons which are taught.
However, just like any other things in life words are interpreted to fit your needs, most people have their own personal way of reading the
bible and come with their own interpretations.
Again, if someone goes to the bible needing
to prove they are right, each verse will have different meanings. You are correct when you say each
can have their own interpretation.
However, when one builds a strong foundation and one seeks understanding based on that foundation, a person's interpretation comes very close to the
It is actually human nature to see things in a different way that other person may do. It may work for you but not for me.
2+2=4. "Why does 2+2=4" can be explained many different ways. This is human nature.
Continuing to use this analogy, perhaps the question is closer to "What equals four?"
x + y = 4
x + y + z = 4
x^2 = 4
Perhaps the only thing that really matters is that the answer is 4, not 4.2, Not 4.1, Not 3.8, but 4.
If the 2+2 in the bible does not work for you, who am I to say "you are wrong"?
There is only one "right answer", but the equation used to find that answer is not something which I am particularly adherant.
I can explain my understanding of "why 2+2 does equal 4", and you are free to accept it or not.
One of the problems I used to have in bible school was that I could never agree with the teacher and the other children and I was always in trouble
for that, the favorite punishment was to make you kneel on the corner and pray, for some reason I will come out with a different answer to the
questions ask that the answer that was expected, obviously from early age I knew something was not right with the religious teachings I was
Religious teachings aka doctrine is create by man. Doctrine should reflect scripture. This is not always the case. Sometimes doctrine is not clear. It
can lead to confusion. People who wrote the doctrine label it a "hidden mystery".
When someone tells a child something that is not clear, it is the nature of that child to ask "why?". When the answer to that question is either
non-existant or confusing, a child will seek to understand. This search can take many forms.
I would say it is likely this lack of understanding which lead you to believe "something was not right".
This is one of the messages I was trying to convey. One must be able to answer the questions if asked.