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Why the Bible? What use is it?

MadCornishBiker
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7/22/2013 4:43:35 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
An important question when you think about it. If you think about it.

The Bible being given to one small group wasn't, and it isn't, intended as elitism.

The whole nation of Israel was originally formed for one purpose, and one purpose only. To provide an example to the nation's all-around in the hope that by seeing how fairly God dealt with Israel. Others would be attracted to join in.

I don't actually know how successful God expected it to be, but I have a sneaky suspicion that he didn't expect it to be completely successful, and it was only a part of a long-term plan. However, whichever way it went it would provide examples of his love, justice, wisdom, mercy and power, and it did to those who read it without jaundiced vision.

Your analogy with courtroom evidence is in fact a very good one because the truth is that that is precisely what the Bible is, collected and collated evidence for what is in effect a trial.

So who is on trial?

Quite simply Satan. He challenged God, effectively saying that God not only didn't have the right to rule the whole of humanity, but that no human being would stay faithful under trial.

God, being a God of mercy and Justice, new that such a challenge had to be met and confronted with evidence of the wrongness of the challenge.

God therefore did two things.

For the sake of justice. He gave Satan the opportunity to prove his case.

Knowing that would mean suffering from mankind, and seeing the results whilst man was still living for a very long time, God then shortened man's life span to an approximate 70 years in order that know one person would have to suffer too much for too long.

That also meant arranging for resurrection for all to be given the same chance that was given to Adam, of proving faithful imperfect human bodies.

A major part of the evidence was the sending of his son to inhabit a perfect human body, and provide us with an example of one who could remain perfect despite intense opposition.

They were other reasons for his son to come to Earth, each one equally vital to the purpose, but I won't go into them here and now.

His son, provided him with the evidence, which was added to the story in the Bible, that a perfect human being could prove faithful..

A further purpose of Scripture, is to give us a pattern of how we should live, the basic rules, of which there are only two that humanity should live by. His son gave us those two rules, which were embedded in the law, and in fact, summed up the whole of that law. Those rules are:

You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart, your whole soul and your whole mind.

And:

You must love your neighbour as yourself.

Simple laws but very effective, because if we love our fellow man as much as we do ourselves no one will ever do anything to harm any other, which will remove any need whatever for a police force, or a legal system.

When God's plan comes to fruition, which will not and cannot be long now, God only wants those remaining in his new world who prepared to live by those two simple rules, and not abuse the freedom which they give us to live inside them.

Basically, he wants people who he can trust as much as he did the one who became Satan, the angels who followed him, and Adam and Eve, but who will have learned the lessons of the last 6000 years or so, and will prove worthy of that trust.

That, in a nutshell, is the story and purpose of the Bible.
Dan4reason
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7/22/2013 9:41:01 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 7/22/2013 4:43:35 AM, MadCornishBiker wrote:
An important question when you think about it. If you think about it.

The Bible being given to one small group wasn't, and it isn't, intended as elitism.

The whole nation of Israel was originally formed for one purpose, and one purpose only. To provide an example to the nation's all-around in the hope that by seeing how fairly God dealt with Israel. Others would be attracted to join in.

I don't actually know how successful God expected it to be, but I have a sneaky suspicion that he didn't expect it to be completely successful, and it was only a part of a long-term plan. However, whichever way it went it would provide examples of his love, justice, wisdom, mercy and power, and it did to those who read it without jaundiced vision.

Your analogy with courtroom evidence is in fact a very good one because the truth is that that is precisely what the Bible is, collected and collated evidence for what is in effect a trial.

So who is on trial?

Quite simply Satan. He challenged God, effectively saying that God not only didn't have the right to rule the whole of humanity, but that no human being would stay faithful under trial.

God, being a God of mercy and Justice, new that such a challenge had to be met and confronted with evidence of the wrongness of the challenge.

God therefore did two things.

For the sake of justice. He gave Satan the opportunity to prove his case.

Knowing that would mean suffering from mankind, and seeing the results whilst man was still living for a very long time, God then shortened man's life span to an approximate 70 years in order that know one person would have to suffer too much for too long.

That also meant arranging for resurrection for all to be given the same chance that was given to Adam, of proving faithful imperfect human bodies.

A major part of the evidence was the sending of his son to inhabit a perfect human body, and provide us with an example of one who could remain perfect despite intense opposition.

They were other reasons for his son to come to Earth, each one equally vital to the purpose, but I won't go into them here and now.

His son, provided him with the evidence, which was added to the story in the Bible, that a perfect human being could prove faithful..

A further purpose of Scripture, is to give us a pattern of how we should live, the basic rules, of which there are only two that humanity should live by. His son gave us those two rules, which were embedded in the law, and in fact, summed up the whole of that law. Those rules are:

You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart, your whole soul and your whole mind.

And:

You must love your neighbour as yourself.

Simple laws but very effective, because if we love our fellow man as much as we do ourselves no one will ever do anything to harm any other, which will remove any need whatever for a police force, or a legal system.

When God's plan comes to fruition, which will not and cannot be long now, God only wants those remaining in his new world who prepared to live by those two simple rules, and not abuse the freedom which they give us to live inside them.

Basically, he wants people who he can trust as much as he did the one who became Satan, the angels who followed him, and Adam and Eve, but who will have learned the lessons of the last 6000 years or so, and will prove worthy of that trust.

That, in a nutshell, is the story and purpose of the Bible.

I think the bible could have been far more effective. For example instead of saying that gays should be stoned the bible should have preached tolerance to gays. It should have preached sex equality instead of male dominance in the household.