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The Bible. Myth or Reality?

GreatestIam
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5/25/2015 12:49:02 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
The Bible. Myth or Reality?

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As a Gnostic Christian I see literal reading of the Bible as a gross distortion of what the Bible was written to do. That being to inspire people to seek God and his best laws and rules. Literal readers just become idol worshipers and do not seek God the way Jesus instructed.

http://www.pbs.org...

Literal reading has created and idol worshiping closed minded people who have settled for an immoral God whom we name as a demiurge as his morals, if literally true, are more satanic than God like.

Literal reading has also created a climate where scholars and experts, historians and archeologist, and all the academically well accepted information they uncover, --- is being ignored or called lies by those who are not academics of the various disciplines.

What is the point of producing good academics if literalists are going to ignore facts because of blind faith?

Remember please that if not a book of myths, then real talking serpents are somehow supposed to still exist and believers have to believe in a lot of supernatural phenomenon without any evidence whatsoever. Literalist Christians, it seems to me, have suspended rational judgement that has created in Christians a new Dark Age of thought and an Inquisitional attitude towards all other thinking. They no longer seek God and are true idol worshipers instead of the God seekers that Jesus wanted to see.

https://www.youtube.com...

Do you think the Bible to be a book of myths or a book trying to show reality and history?

Regards
DL
MEK
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5/25/2015 2:20:11 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/25/2015 12:49:02 PM, GreatestIam wrote:
The Bible. Myth or Reality?

Do you think the Bible to be a book of myths or a book trying to show reality and history?

Regards
DL

The Judaeo-Christian bible is a collection of stories depicting cultural superstitions and life style adaptions over about a 6000 year period. This should be obvious but apparently, most believers (passive and active alike) are not willing to read and or accept books outside of their doctrines to understand this. The bible is a valuable piece of literature as it captures thousands of years of changing belief systems and gives us insight into the earliest forms of allegorical story telling and the origins of various cultural traditions. But using it as instruction or outline to guides one life should have as much weight as "More Mother Goose" or "Gulliver's Travels".

The bible is not evidence for the divine, for if it were, he or it would be a moral monster and an inept fool. But, ignoring that, to believe in "God" forces the logical question, "Which God?" as there are many which are mutually exclusive. Now, to simply ignore this and say, "well, there is only one God, the Christian God of Abraham who sacrificed his only son for all our sins ...." because this is the god you have come to learn about through your family upbringing, parish and community is both solipsistic and educationally naive. You simply cannot ignore the 1.8 billion Muslims who believe in the Quran, Allah and his prophet Muhammad.

More importantly, there simply is no evidence for a divine interfering or interacting in our lives historically past or present.

In short - the bible is a terrific piece of literature but should offer very little in guiding us in or daily lives.

MK
Harikrish
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5/25/2015 5:21:15 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
One would expect a book written by God or inspired by God would be absolutely clear and without any ambiguity. It would impart knowledge of every aspect of life and the universe. We know what the universe is from our acquired knowledge through science and discovery. We know the physical material world and the nature of matter and the laws that govern the universe. The bible doesn't even begin to shed light on what man has learnt on his own through ingenuity and inquiry. The bible instead is a book of fables and mythical characters and not deserving of human attention. It is a book with misleading accounts of mans struggle written by people who suffered from delusions and epileptic attacks and hallucinated frequently. These were passed off as deep spiritual experiences and used to create mass hysteria amount the ignorant masses.
Why the bible still holds such fascination is not a mystery? It is a fairy tale for the adults.
Skyangel
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5/25/2015 10:44:25 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/25/2015 12:49:02 PM, GreatestIam wrote:
The Bible. Myth or Reality?

Do you think the Bible to be a book of myths or a book trying to show reality and history?

Both. Many realities and truths are taught through the use of myths and fiction.
SamStevens
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5/25/2015 11:02:00 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/25/2015 12:49:02 PM, GreatestIam wrote:
The Bible. Myth or Reality?

https://www.youtube.com...

As a Gnostic Christian I see literal reading of the Bible as a gross distortion of what the Bible was written to do. That being to inspire people to seek God and his best laws and rules. Literal readers just become idol worshipers and do not seek God the way Jesus instructed.

http://www.pbs.org...

Literal reading has created and idol worshiping closed minded people who have settled for an immoral God whom we name as a demiurge as his morals, if literally true, are more satanic than God like.

Literal reading has also created a climate where scholars and experts, historians and archeologist, and all the academically well accepted information they uncover, --- is being ignored or called lies by those who are not academics of the various disciplines.

What is the point of producing good academics if literalists are going to ignore facts because of blind faith?

Remember please that if not a book of myths, then real talking serpents are somehow supposed to still exist and believers have to believe in a lot of supernatural phenomenon without any evidence whatsoever. Literalist Christians, it seems to me, have suspended rational judgement that has created in Christians a new Dark Age of thought and an Inquisitional attitude towards all other thinking. They no longer seek God and are true idol worshipers instead of the God seekers that Jesus wanted to see.

https://www.youtube.com...


Do you think the Bible to be a book of myths or a book trying to show reality and history?

Regards
DL

In my opinion, some parts could be taken literally as they provide a historical account of some events.

Some parts of the Bible are mythical, such as the talking snake, Noah's ark, Adam and Eve, people living in a whale, and etc.

The biblical scholar Francesca Stavrakopoulou does a good job of explaining it: https://www.youtube.com...
"This is the true horror of religion. It allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions, what only lunatics could believe on their own." Sam Harris
Life asked Death "Why do people love me but hate you?"
Death responded: "Because you are a beautiful lie, and I am the painful truth."