Yes and many of the things that confuse people are usally understood in a context they will not accept. Like your question on Levitical law, there are several different kinds of Levitical law and who they pertain to. God was establishing a group of people who must be different than the rest the world, escpeacially the world they lived in. They were given strict codes of conduct inorder to rid themselves of the temptation of becoming like the others who were in land they were going to. Many of them were for sanitary reason that we no longer need due to increased sanitary conditions in modern times. It seems harsh to us now but was nessary for the time they were being established as a people. They also took many of the commands of God and added somethings to them or made them more than they were intended. Jesus spoke of these things in the Sermon on the mount or the Beautidues.<br />
Many people who do not believe the Bible do not want to believe it and will try and find anything they can not to believe it. Individuals have been trying to disprove it and many over the centuries have laid claim to its end and yet today here it is more relevant today than ever.
We can know by reason alone that there is a God. He must be acknowledged by a worship formed by reason and by obedience to the natural moral law of conscience. Since we have been given a higher destiny than that which is merely natural, we have need of knowledge higher than that attained by mere natural reasoning. The Bible is part of God's full revelation to us. He has given further revelation in other ways. The New Testament is a fruit of the Catholic Church, but it is not the main fruit, for that Church would exist even if not one word of the new testament was written. All that is in the Bible has been revealed by God, some of which is readily grasped, but some of which is most mysterious. Since He has taken the trouble to reveal the Bible, He has every right to demand we believe it. Take care though, for only one version, the Douay-Rheims is accurate and reliable, it being translated from the original languages by the great linguist, St. Jerome. Yes, I believe in the whole Bible, accurately interpreted by the Church, whose property it is.
As much as I hate to agree with shf84, the Bible in its present form is so corrupt from inaccurate translations it IS absurd. I recently learned [www.bible-truths.com] that "Lucifer " as a word that appears exactly ONCE in the whole Bible - Isaiah 14:12 - does NOT mean Satan, and you Christians better sit down for this: is a LATIN word that NEVER appeared in the original Hebrew manuscript since Rome and therefore Latin had yet to be in existence!!! It was inserted around the fourth century by scribes who FELT like doing it in the Jerome's Latin Vulgate where it was supposed to mean "bright light" and was a translation of "xosphoruos" in the Septuagint Version, which is a Greek translation of the Hebrew and doesn't even mean a person it means "howl"; you can check that against the Strong's Concordance. While we're at it, the Mormon founder Joseph Smith plagerized the King James version and only pretended to translate the Hebrew so your beliefs are based on a LIAR. Check out the link for a more thorough scholarly and very convincing analysis of the etymology of Lucifer.<br />
Having said that I can "tease" shf84 by saying I do believe in a lot of the rest of the Bible, that there IS a God whether you are prepared to accept that yet or not, and I don't mean some old geezer with a flowing beard.<br />
jules76 has a good take on things.<br />
No one, not one of us should be arrogant enough to declare absolute knowledge. I don't.
Yep and the Book of Mormon.
Yes, but what you are missing is that Jesus came to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. While not everything from the old testament is not used anymore by modern Christians, we still read the stories so we can know what happened before, what life was like and remember another reason why it was so awesome that Jesus came to take all of our sins. I don't know about other Christians, and I can't speak for what they believe, but I feel that anyone, as long as they try to live by what the bible says, and love God and Jesus completely and believe that he is their savior, is going to heaven. This is what Jesus told us, and that is what I have to go by.
Yes what you have pointed out is correct. I certainly do not accept that much of the Bible is fact or even relevent for us today. The Torah is irrelevavnt and only seems to teach rape, death and hate. The New Testament teaches so much more and I try to live my life ba<x>sed soley on the teachings and example of Jesus.<br />
As for the belly button bit. Its your buiseness and none of mine. Just becarefull because there are plenty of slutty and immoral straight guys who could try to take advantage of you . Thats all just be carefull.
All Christians are supposed to independently study the Bible systematically, getting into true understanding and translate the Divine Will into actions for the benefits of all mankind, the children of the One True God. He who does not do so, is only a Christian in name.<br />
I am not a Christian, but I believe that the Bible is the Book of God. like the Quran, the Bhagavad Gita, The Kitab-i-Iqan...and I love to study all of them to gain more divine guidance.
No, of course not! it's a cool story that way too many people take literally at the cost of their souls, ironically - intolerance, discrimination, hatred, xenophobia, homophobia, mysoginy, self-righteousness......all sins apparently, but i've yet to meet a christian who doesn't display this behaviour to some degree. It's sad really, that such a cool guy (JC) could inspire such partisan behaviour; i doubt he'd have minded the gays if he could tolerate the lepers.
I treat the Bible like I do any other work of literature. It was written by a bunch of men, who were of course flawed like everyone else. And of course, time has changed traditions and what society considers norm and taboo. To me, the Bible is a great work of art which contains stories and guidelines to help us through our lives. Should it be taken literally? No.
I do believe the whole bible.<br />
Leviticus is from the Old testament portion. It speaks mainly of the Parisees. Parisees were the forefathers of modern Judiasm (book of Torah). It focuses on preistly code, and restrictions for cleanliness and sexual behaviour.<br />
Most Christians do not follow Levitical laws because of the atonement. (In Judiasm they do not consider Jesus as their saviour). Jesus said that "it is not what goes into the mouth that is an abomination to God - but what comes out of it". He also remarked that "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men." Lastly He also said that they "Strain at a gnat but swallow a camel".<br />
At the end, I believe that our Heavenly Father weighs our heart and how we loved Him and others with it - not how we dress.
Even the Jews stopped practicing the death penalty for all those sins. Personally I think the Torah is evil and irrelevant by todays standards.
I notice that some things seem odd and dont fit but I feel guilty for questioning it. I dont want God to get pissed and smite me.
Yet more absurditys from the bible. "Jesus forgave us" let's see; forgave women for menstrating? How can any body look at a sick *** book like that and call it the word of a god? So what in the new testament god chainged his mind? He's all better now? He made a mistake before? god?<br />
give me a break.
The words that God and Jesus spoke, yes. But some of the descriptions used in other stories by the writers? Well, let's just say that some of it still needs more understanding and investigation from me.<br />
I don't disbelieve the parts that I don't understand. But I don't take them at face value either. Only by questioning can the real meanings be obtained. Which leads to a better understanding of the whole.
Yes, Christians are to believe the Bible is the inspired word of God and it is also one of the greatest historical accounts of the world in the day it was written. <br />
The teachings were an account of the day and some have tried to suggest that we should be living in that day, but most Christians would disagree. If you dive deeper into the culture and traditions of the people the Bible writes about, you will have a better understanding of why some of these teachings, rules and laws exist. Some funamentalists still believe women should cover their face in public and other world religions do this as well. It is an age old tradition and not limited to Christianity. You will find a lot of the Biblical traditions in other world religions besides Christianity and some of the infringements result in death. <br />
Why is it in North America, we have come to accept all other world religions with open arms, regardless of their infractions on human rights, but we criticize Christianity based on some peoples fundamentalist views and interpretaions. <br />
Focus on the big picture. Look at the goodness in Christianity and stop looking for what is "bad". It's like looking at your country or family for what is bad about it rather than what is good about it. Some people are just wired to the negative rather than the positive. Are you one of those people?
The King James Version is the most correct of the translations.
Good question. I am not a Christian so shall not answer, however I shall read the answers with interest.