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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

"The Bible"


The bible. Fact or fiction? Loving or lethal? Divine or godless? Here are my thoughts on the infamous/famous book. Please hold your stones until the end.

I once heard that the word “bible” was an acronym for, “basic instructions before leaving earth” and honestly I think that perfectly sums it up. A good book full of basic instructions on how to live your life in a mentally healthy, truly loving and mutual beneficially way for you and all who occupy the space around you.

Now with that said the bible is a book, one with many wonderful and loving messages, but nonetheless it’s still a book written by man, an imperfect man at that. This book may be God inspired (for those who believe) but it was still written by humans, those who (according to the book itself) are not without agendas, flaws and biases, just to name a few of our shortcomings. Not to say that all of the influences of man within the pages are bad, because believe it or not we sometimes do things with the best of intentions and without any concern for what we stand to gain as a result of our actions.

We don’t even really know the authors (or possibly even multiple authors per piece) of the documents contained within this book, the works were originally written anonymously and names were attached to each piece later on down the road by scholars. Books were omitted; things lost in translation and extended periods of time passed from when the events took place and when they were recorded. I can barely remember what I ate for dinner last night, let alone the exact details of an event that happened many years ago…just saying. I’m not trying to tear the book apart; or crap on anyone’s religion; I just want to make sure that we’re all on the same page (no pun intended).

I consider myself a Christian, and I have read the bible many times and honestly it has helped me get through some really tough and unfortunate circumstances in my life, but I don’t just ingest everything I read on its pages like pig dining at the trough. I question things. I trust my own interpretation of what I’ve read. I don’t go into it with a preconceived notion of what the text is supposed to mean because of what I was told it should mean by others. I keep an open mind and form my own opinion.

I consider most of the Old Testament a collection of parables, beneficial and positive lessons for sure, but the stories are not to be accepted as literal events. I do believe most of what I’ve read in the New Testament, which should go without saying or I would be a complete idiot for following the faith. I just don’t believe any man, in person or on paper, can speak for God. The only way to truly fulfill your spiritual needs is by going to Him directly. Speak to Him yourself, because like Frasier Crane, “He’s listening” and always willing to have a conversation.



I do have some questions for those who believe that the pages are divine and full of nothing but accurate historical content.

Why is it that you believe God’s story is confined between the covers? If Harry Potter can go on and on why can’t the bible, is God not greater than J. K. Rowling? I’m not saying that this book is a children’s fairytale, I just don’t understand why people think, as an author, that God is a one-hit wonder. Do we really hold ourselves in such a high esteem that we seriously believe that we can keep Him imprisoned between Genesis and Revelations because it makes us feel all warm and cozy inside?

Why couldn’t He create and inspire additional works, like a New-New Testament? Isn’t that blaspheme to say that He couldn’t continue to grow, to change the world and adjust His word to more adequately coincide with how His children are behaving nowadays? This is not an attack by any means, these are real questions that come to mind when I think about the bible.

As far as His word and change is concerned (because I’m sure I just opened up a can of whoop-ass on myself with many Christians), in the Old Testament He told us to go after an eye if our eye is attacked and then in the New Testament tells us to take the eye poking and graciously turn the other cheek exposing our unplucked eye, leaving it ripe for the picking. Now that’s just one example of the many changes from one testament to the other, and proves the point that His word can, and does change. Whether you like it or not, it’s right there in black and white.



His word is a never-ending “developing story” like in a breaking news spot, and to believe otherwise is ignorant and utterly foolish if you ask me. He is orchestrating change all around us, every new idea and innovation has his fingerprints on them, nothing happens without His approval. Everyone knows that change sucks, but it’s impossible to prevent, so we have to get over trying to be comfortable and allow him to be like a fine wine and breathe. Give the artist his space and let Him make his masterpiece.

This book also gets the blame for lots of the madness that surrounds us in the world today, but truthfully it is not what you read that defines you, it is how you react and treat others based on the information you are absorbing mentally. It’s not the words on the pages that make a book dangerous, it’s the actions of the reader that does. We don’t have to obey everything we read, it is not our master and we are not its slave. The bible is meant to be a companion piece to help make your life on this otherwise dark and dreary planet a little bit easier, not as a means to condemn/judge your fellow human beings.

The bottom line is this, for the most part I love its message and I’m happy to have it in my possession, but I’ll be damned (possibly to hell if I’m wrong) if I’m going to let it persuade me to hate and/or become “holier than thou” because of it. The book should be kept like a diary, something that is personal and near and dear to your heart, not as a weapon used to attack all who oppose your beliefs (notice I said “your beliefs” and not God’s) and those who don’t walk the same path as yourself.

For the record, this rant is not just about the Christian bible either; I’m only speaking on what I familiar with, because I have no doubt these sentiments stand true against any religious and/or holy book. As cliché as it sounds, knowledge is power, but as with Spider-Man, with great power comes great responsibility. Take what you’ve learned in that book and use it to make the world a better place for all involved, because in the end it will only make things better for you and your loved ones.

One for good measure…



Remember, when you see someone acting the fool in the name of religion, especially your own, speak up and put them in their place or you are just as guilty as they are for destroying its image. One bad apple spoils the bunch…don’t believe me, ask Adam.

MJM

9 comments:

  1. I personally believe the Bible is the Word of God. There was an Eden, an apple, a flood, a Tower of Babel, a death, burial , and resurrection. I believe it was divinely inspired to the men who wrote it. No stones. Just my take. :)

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    1. Thanks for the feedback my friend and for reading what I had to say, I really do appreciate it. I do believe the New Testament, I just see the Old Testament differently than most others. Mans involvement in many different things, not just religion, has unfortunately resulted in lots of negative, and even sometimes deadly outcomes.

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  2. Evangelist Cheryl Denham-DeShaiesMay 18, 2017 at 1:46 PM

    Interesting! The Bible does indeed show the flaws of humankind. What I think is so amazing is that it consists of 66 books, written by over 40 authors who for the most part didn't know each other yet it's an integrated message system. The types and shadows, cycles and parallels reveal that indeed it had to be divinely inspired.

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    1. Hmmm interesting point. I do believe that God had a hand in writing it, but I also believe that man, the imperfect man had his hand in the process too, especially in the Old Testament.

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  3. I am supremely impressed with your writin' skills my friend! I also agree with you (not entirely mind you but for the most part((the most important part!))and also believe that the Bible is to be interpreted by the reader as his or her heart tells them. I have always believed that the Bible is the "Living Word of God" just as He is a living God and therefore it is ever changing and growing in the hearts and minds of each individual reader or "believer" I should say so that just as you said it morphes to be EXACTLY what each person seeking it's meaning and guidance and solace Needs it to be for them as God sees fit to suit their individual journey through life and their own intimate relationship with Him as it pertains to their present plan that God has for them and each & every one of us. I am delighted to know more about your belief, understanding and personal relationship with Christ too my dearest. I knew there were reasons why I adored ya! You're good people my friend and speaking of books, I am sure your name is in the Book of Life too.Love ya like crazy, buddy❤Catch ya on the flip side.xoxo

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    1. Thank you very much my friend. Coming from you that means a lot. Great minds think alike, at least somewhat alike. ;-)

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  4. I am supremely impressed with your writin' skills my friend! I also agree with you (not entirely mind you but for the most part((the most important part!))and also believe that the Bible is to be interpreted by the reader as his or her heart tells them. I have always believed that the Bible is the "Living Word of God" just as He is a living God and therefore it is ever changing and growing in the hearts and minds of each individual reader or "believer" I should say so that just as you said it morphes to be EXACTLY what each person seeking it's meaning and guidance and solace Needs it to be for them as God sees fit to suit their individual journey through life and their own intimate relationship with Him as it pertains to their present plan that God has for them and each & every one of us. I am delighted to know more about your belief, understanding and personal relationship with Christ too my dearest. I knew there were reasons why I adored ya! You're good people my friend and speaking of books, I am sure your name is in the Book of Life too.Love ya like crazy, buddy❤Catch ya on the flip side.xoxo

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  5. I don't want to throw the stones :) I think everybody is entitled to the rights of self-determination and freedom of speech! I see nothing cruel in your article! it's your opinion!

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    1. Thank you very much my friend. Nice sales pitch there.

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