Is the Bible really authentic?
20 Jul 07
Not much to the webpage. I expected some intellectual examination and all there is is a run of the mill evangelist giving his own history. There are 2 answers to your question. Fundamentalists consider the bible to be the written word of god despite all the inherent inconsistencies. Academics generally consider it to be a combination of allegories, myths and selective history.
21 Jul 07
I'd reply at length but there is so much nonsense in this post that it is difficult to know where to start. I am glad you think education is so worthless, this is the usual refrain from the fundamentalists (I agree, you will never be an academic). I'd give you the work of several noted scientists but why bother? They are academics too after all and have spent years working on the field. But let's face it, what do they know compared to some true believer who "don't need all that dang book learning". Hopeyou seea plumber the next time you need medical help, after all, doctors are silly academics too. Yeeesh, I;ve said it before, myLot, the trailer park of forums.
22 Jul 07
If one examines the Bible and apply the standard historiographical method to test the authenticity of the texts then one must come to the conclusion that it is authentic. I urge each one to test the manuscripts and see it for oneself. By the way, I don't come across inherent inconsistencies in the Bible. Tell me one if there is any. Again I would urge all to apply the correct hermeneutical principle and examine for oneself. For example one should not apply poetic hermeneutical principle to read narrative or vice versa. I agree with the second point, but one may have to define the terms. Myth can be understood in different ways... and depending upon the term I will concede the point.
22 Jul 07
Resolve the simple questions on the biblical account of a world wide flood. 1. Why was there no geological evidence of a worldwide flood? 2. How does all current animal life come from the few that could be put on a boat? 3. Why was no culture wiped out by the flood. other great civilizations have flood myth but lack the destruction demanded by the biblical account. 4. Why does the science of genetics so throughly debunk the idea of an initiating gene pool of a dozen related people? It's ok, I don't expect a reasonable answer to these question. Part of your heurmentutics includes... Inerrancy - Since God is the principal Author of Sacred Scripture, it can contain no error, no self-contradiction, nothing contrary to scientific or historical truth. This is a denial of fundamental scientific principles, essentially a "deny reality" stance. I should point out that my original reply seems to be strongly enforced by these two. Clearly fundamentalists, and biblical literalists. Most of the Christian sects (for example Catholicism) are no so strident.
24 Jul 07
I believe the Bible to be one of many guides,just as I believe Jesus to be one of many masters. I doubt if there has been a greater master then him. We have to realize that we are all God's children,and there are many paths. There is no one right way.Such belief's have caused most of the wars in history. We are all one. Accept it.
8 Aug 08
Just want to apologize I was not able to respond to any of the comments posted a year ago. It was just now that I was able to access my lot again, my apologies for those who have posted. Yes, I also believe in the BIBLE but I also respect the belief of others, we have our own choices and it's up to us what to believe as long as we are contributing for the good of everyone. Happy posting!
22 Jul 07
I don't think so. Living in 21st century we may ask such question, but when the texts were written over a thousand years back there would be no idea of such kind. One may question the correctness of the teaching, but I think questioning the reason for the writings like the way you do is to misread history. Is 2+2=4 a sum invented to control people?
21 Jul 07
define authenticity?if you mean absolute authenticity my answer is no,the bible today is not absolute authentic.because it was re-written from the original version.some translations missed the real meaning.but the idea and the purpose of the bible is intact for those who seek God and the truth.i may not seem clear but if you get my point then its good.regarding the web page.i think his service to his good is his responsibility.incase he's a poser he'll be answering to God in the end.i watch some of his shows before.and i think its basic religion he is teaching.but dont ignore basic religion because some of his teachings are true..my advice to you.dont play with religion.its deadly.