reading the bible

Philippines
April 22, 2008 1:55am CST
I used to read the bible when it was not fashionable to do so that is, when kids my age would rather be out playing. Of course I read other stuff like Sherlock Holmes, detective stories and cowboy novels too. However, I have never read the bible in the sense of reading God's word. It's too human-like that I could not understand how it could be divine. Take David and how he schemed to have Bathsheba's husband be killed in battle so he could have her for himself. Or Solomon and his 300 wives and 800 concubines.
2 responses
@maykxlot (49)
• Philippines
22 Apr 08
You need to read the entirety of something before going into a conclusion. David and Solomon were both human and they were sorry of what they did. David had repented greatly of what he did - murder and adultery. Yet, bible is more than that. Have you read about Daniel? About Moses? About Jesus and His disciples?
• Philippines
23 Apr 08
Yes, Daniel and not just Moses but also Joseph and his wonderful coat of many colors; Samson is famous as a judge whose power is derived from his locks, Ecclesiastes and how there are seasons for everything. The fall of Jerusalem and the sojourn (exile) in Babylon (Iraq). The bible is the history of the Jewish people who have proclaimed themselves to be the chosen race. The bible is a good read and I recommend reading it from cover to cover.
• Philippines
23 Apr 08
The bible is NOT a literature that narrates the history of the Jews (although some portions of the bible do). I know you know this very well that the Bible comprises both new and the old, and therefore cannot be related to the JEWS only. The Bible, in its entirety, is like an instruction book for mankind.
• Philippines
25 Apr 08
Thank you for your comments/responses. The bible does get very fervent responses and that comes mostly from the emotions. I applaud that. I am not an evangelist or a counter-evangelist. I believe that everyone has a right to their own beliefs. Rock on!!
• United States
22 Apr 08
Human-like indeed! Remember, the bible is dealing with peoples, kings and nations! And in the misdt of all of it-GOD! What David and Solomon did back then- people actually do right now. In Solomons case, being a King had its great advantages! This is the nature of humans. But don't mix the divine- with the human. The bible also has numerous accounts and events in regards to the divine. The resurrection of our Savior for one! Seek and you shall find.
• Philippines
23 Apr 08
The Bible does indeed deal with humans having been written by humans (others may disagree). I do disagree with your statement of not mixing human with divine. The bible is being promoted or proclaimed as being the written by God, that in itself is mixing human with divine. Every human endeavor ultimately ends with a search for his own origins, and looking to some divine source is common to all regardless of religion or geography.
• United States
23 Apr 08
The point that I am trying to make to you, is that if you are turned off from the bible due to human actions- then look at the divine side for encouragement and inspiration.
• Philippines
24 Apr 08
Point well taken. I understood what you were trying to say the first time. Cheers!