But, just so I know where you are "coming from," what do you know about the Bible? If someone were to ask you, "What is the Bible?" how would you respond?
I know this wasn't directed at me, but I hope you all don't mind the interjection of another opinion/point of view. This is just my belief - my view - I have the fondest respect for the faithful. This is but a divergent set of statements to help interject some diversity. I've read the King James version several times, as well as other more "unique" books some call scripture. I'm no expert and speak from mine own experience only:[INDENT] The bible is a compilation of ancient stories, prophesies, parables and ideals originally scribed by dozens of denizens long, long ago. It has a number of different compilations of various scripture of a theistic nature. Many view it as THE model for christian thought, while others take a more liberal approach. While many writings have been included in popular versions, others that might well have fit in haven't. Various accords and rulers have sanctioned specific compilations. Some events described in the bible have correlating archeological evidence; many don't.
[/INDENT][INDENT]Some folks take it literally, others figuratively, others still not at all. It is commonly defended in such as way as "that can mean anything", much like the word "it", which happens to mean whatever is being spoken about at the time. Since it was written by different writers, at different times, from different points of view much seems to contradict and many will claim that such contradictions just, "... depend on how you see <it>".
[/INDENT][INDENT]Much good and much evil has been justified in its name. Passages are often referred to as justification or support for "X"; taking on that aire of credibility with the sound of medieval english translated. There's just something that sounds so cool about a "Thee", "Thine" and "Dost" now and then.
[/INDENT]It's like a ball of putty whose meaning is molded by the heart - with their views, hopes and minds - to what feels bets and 'seems to fit'. Placing their new clay-doll on the mantle one might sit back and say "That's it - that's what it means". With so little definition, so much iffyness and uncontrolled relativeness and a far-disconnected genesis - to me - it has little worth. For others, it gives great comfort wherein dictates for the life well lived for the Almighty
provide direction, comfort and grounding.
The highest value I can ascribe is based on the respect I have for the feelings of those who take comfort in its pages - it otherwise has none
. For those of you who take comfort in it - Congratulations, Enjoy!
But I will say this: Its interpration, between various peoples, is a source of friction I think we could well do without. Unfortunately, if true that's completely academic since its already firmly entrenched into humanity's mind.
Hope this adds productively in some way, thanks