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Is The Bible becoming old- fashioned in modern society? Should its ideas be reviewed?

Asked by: HannahsArts
  • It has long since been outdated...

    Although some Christians could (potentially rightfully) argue that it would be wrong to change the Bible, as it is the 'word of God'. You really have to consider that morality and views have changed and that the Bible, in its current form, holds many modern concepts back.

    The stance of women for instance, which according to the bible are effectively inferior to men. For example... “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” (1 Timothy 2:12) What decent person agrees with this motion today?

    The Bible of course, still persists (well obviously as it IS outdated) in condemning homosexuality. The Bible also condones slavery (“Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.” (1 Peter 2:18)) and genocide ('Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.' "1 Samuel 15:3).

    Such concepts of slavery and genocide can almost NEVER be justified. The Bible also has outdated stances on Abortion, almost certainly is against euthanasia/assisted suicide (which in the UK at least is supported by 80% of the population, and I believe is supported (painlessly) by 70% of Americans). The Bible NEEDS to be updated...

  • The bible proposes ideas unfit for modern society

    The bible has texts within it that just aren't right for he modern world. A good example of this is that it has a warning against gay relationships (a topic hotly discussed worldwide) on the same page as it says that we mustn't eat shellfish as they are a sin. Gay marriage is something that is mostly accepted- the people against it are usually catholic or Islam. These are just few of the many old fashioned things that the bible promotes. I believe we should move with the times, or else get left behind.

  • Superstitious, Illiterate Goat Herders Should Have No Say In the Lives of Modern, Educated, Civilized People in the 21st Century.

    A fun exercise is to compare the 10 Commandments, each of which, I should remind you, is punishable by death if you break them, to the first 10 Amendments of the US Constitution, and see which one holds up. At best, 30% of god's allegedly perfect laws are applicable to modern society, and none of these are laws we couldn't have come up with ourselves. Meanwhile, the remaining 70% are not only not applicable, they are explicitly unconstitutional and thereby illegal. Not a great track record. And notice, I didn't even mention the fact that the bible has no prohibitions against rape or slavery. Indeed, the lord your god seems to fully expect you to carry out these social norms, and has included detailed rules for owning human beings and trading your daughters' virginity for security, social contracts and profit.

    It's clear that the bible is outdated, but as to whether or not its ideas should be reviewed, they have been. And now they should be cast aside, onto the massive trash heap of dead historical religions we call mythology, where it precisely belongs.

  • It has already been done.

    The modern Bible is the result of thousands of minor accidents, multiple changes and ‘updates’.

    The Roman emperor Constantine converted to Christianity then noticed that in the early fourth century 'Christianity' was so diverse that there was not even agreement as to whether Jesus was a god independent of Yahweh, an Avatar of Yahweh, or a demigod (like Hercules or Perseus). The appropriate path to salvation was also up for debate. Simple belief? Baptism? A combination of the two? Sacrifice? Engaging in ritual self-torture, thus sharing in the sufferings of Christ, in order to achieve Gnosis (hence Gnostic Christianity)?

    That is why Constantine convened the Council of Nicaea in 325, to define and unify Christian belief. This is where the Nicene Creed was written to define orthodox Christianity. The creed was approved by vote, and won by only a narrow margin. . Almost half the Christians at that time were thereby declared not to be ‘Christian’ since they believed different things than the creed stated. Many of the Texts these groups used were thereby eliminated.

    There were hundreds of independent Christian groups who had diverse texts they used to guide/support there beliefs. Some were more common than others. Some were the same or similar but were attributed to different authors. Most were later discarded, including the so-called Gnostic gospels, including the Gospel of Mary, Gospel of the LORD, Gospel of Phillip, Gospel of Truth, Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Judas. Another discarded book is the Book of Enoch, the which includes the Lucifer myth (Paradise Lost).

    In the mid second century Maricion put together a Bible that had no Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), one gospel (Luke), and ten Pauline epistles. Later that century Ireneus wrote there were only four gospels for no better reason than that there are four directions (zones) of the earth. This assertion indicates that there were probably more than four were in common usage at the time. The Bible that Origen writes about probably had the same twenty-seven books in the New Testament that are in the modern Bible.

    The Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) are different between the Roman Catholic Bible and most Protestant Bibles because the Apocrypha is only in the Catholic version. On top of that the Pentateuch (first five books) are compilations of documents from at least four types of sources, and were probably selectively edited together over a period of centuries.

    This does not even include the changes that resulted from transcription errors, translation, and political figures like King James putting their own spins on what was printed. The fact is that the collection of documents has been changed many times already. There is even a verse from the Gospel of John that was in the Bible for centuries, and is now gone.

    Read “Misquoting Jesus” by Bart D. Ehrman for much of this information.

    Reviewing the Bible and changing it now would not be anything more than continuing a process the Book has undergone for Millennia.

  • Reviewed? Then what?

    The Bible isn't open for debate. It isn't a document that can be amended. Some things don't change. Sin is one of those things. Society changes. Trends change. The Bible does not. Can it be written in an easier form that is reader-friendly? Yes. That would be the New International Version (NIV), or the Jubilee Bible 2000. But using modern language doesn't change the message.

    Nowadays, it seems people want to change the Bible so they can feel better about themselves. Why? It would be much easier to admit your sins, repent & move forward. Unless, of course, the guilty have no desire to change. That's another issue entirely. And changing the Bible won't absolve sin.

  • You have to consider the nature of the Bible

    If the Bible is just a collection of ancient manuscripts that offer a type of therapy, then get rid of it. Let's use contemporary stories that we can decide are helpful or teach the principles and values we want.

    However, if the Bible is what it claims to be (the inspired Word of the Creator of everything) then it is never irrelevant. If it is what it says it is, the infallible Scriptures of God and validated by the resurrection of Jesus, then it is society that should be reviewed and not the Scriptures. Something has to be an anchor and a constant. It is never society, because society is forever changing to the whims

  • No...God never changes!

    Why would we "change" the bible? What right do humans have to review a book inspired by God himself? God doesn't change, and therefore the bible doesn't change. You can't just pick and choose which part of the bible you like and which part you do not like . .

  • The Bible is applicable to every time period. There is no expiration date for God's Word.

    The Bible was written so that Christians in the future would have something to guide them and comfort them. The Bible talks about things that haven't even happened yet. It is actually extremely relevant to today because of the book of Revelation. The events that take place in that book are all prophecy and you can see them starting to be fulfilled right now. Even the books of the Old Testament are still relevant because of the commandments God gave us and because we can learn from the lives of the people in them. The Bible is a giant history book, including the history that is to come. If we just forget everything that happened in history we won't learn from our mistakes. History repeats itself. The Bible is a learning tool, a cornerstone, an archive of information, a source of comfort and strength, it has all the answers we need. Should it be reviewed? No, there is no point. It was already reviewed when it was put together. That would be like saying we should review the Constitution of the United States. In a way we do when we make amendments, but the Bible is different. It is divinely inspired and God never changes, people do. There is no point in reviewing the Bible if there are no changes necessary to make.

  • The Bible is not Old Fashion

    Many wants to change the Bible because they want to do the things that God is say is wrong. Adultery, Homosexuality the list goes on and on. Just because you don't like what you read in the Bible doesn't mean it need to be change to suit you. I believe in the Bible. It is very helpful in your everyday life. When I think about people that wants to chance the Bible Proverbs 15:12 comes to mind,"The scoffer does not love the one correcting* him.+He will not consult the wise." Meaning the Bible.
    Amos 5:10
    "There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court and detest the one who tells the truth."
    Amos 5:10
    "They hate those who give reproof in the city gate,
    And they detest those who speak truthfully." The Believers hates the Bible because it speaks the Truth.
    There are Bible that are updates so we can better understand what is being saying. Same meaning but words of today.

  • It's so "Old-Fashioned" that it's actually Primitive

    It's ideas have come from a primitive mindset and has caused so much back legging that we called the dark ages the dark ages for that exact reason.

    Instead of reviewing primitive ideas that obviously doesn't help a modern society like ours, how about we throw away trying to find ideas from this collection of literature and take a step into the real reality we live in and compose new ideas to solve the current problems we face today.

  • You have to consider the nature of the Bible

    If the Bible is just a collection of ancient manuscripts that offer a type of therapy, then get rid of it. Let's use contemporary stories that we can decide are helpful or teach the principles and values we want.

    However, if the Bible is what it claims to be (the inspired Word of the Creator of everything) then it is never irrelevant. If it is what it says it is, the infallible Scriptures of God and validated by the resurrection of Jesus, then it is society that should be reviewed and not the Scriptures. Something has to be an anchor and a constant. It is never society, because society is forever changing to the whims

  • It depends on which parts of the Bible you are looking at.

    The Bible has many controversial issues that contradicts advocated topics in the Bible like "free will" and "love" when so many passages in the Bible are anecdotes of conquest, sexual endeavors, and human cruelty. The Old Testament of the Bible has many of such contrary passages and old laws that would definitely be unfit in modern society like "executing homosexuals, killing adulterers, etc." However there are some passages in the Bible that serve as necessary moral lessons for people no matter how many generations come to pass. For example, the parable of the good Samaritan told by Jesus is an encouraging lesson that I hope never gets revised no matter how many people in the future "hates" Christians or the Bible. There are many lessons in the Bible that can help growing adolescents into becoming exceptional paragons. I think its okay to reject some parts of any ideology but its unwise to denounce an ideology as a whole because of a few disagreeable parts.


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