|Originally posted by Moral Hazard |
Now, now... there is a great deal of merit to what he has said (I know, right... like I'm supporting him ). I won't get into whether or not the "word of god" exists let alone whether it can be found in the Bible; however, there is no doubt that the Bible itself has been altered, changed, misinterpreted, forged over time. If you look at is as a collection of books alone than you must at very least accept that through errors in transcription, errors in copying, errors in translation, people deleting passages that were inconsistant with their beliefs, people inserting other passages to support theological arguments, people trying to correct perceived inconsistancies, etc. the original works of the original authors are likely very different in many respects from what we see today. Heck even the writers themselves took a great deal of liberty; John for example changed the date of Jesus' execution to the day before the passover rather than passover itself in order to draw a parallel between the execution of Jesus and the ritual sacrafice of the lambs that usher in the passover of god. Given that a detail as important as when Jesus was executed can get changed to support a given position than what else was changed to support other agendas? We also have outright forgeries like Timothy 1&2 that claim to be written by one author (Paul in this case) but were actually writen by someone else a hundred or so years later and espouses views that were entirely opposed to those that Paul expressed and enacted elsewhere (most noteably; Timothy rails against women being allowed positions of power in the church, whereas Paul set up churchs with women in positions of authority and preached equality). What I'm getting at here is that with so many errors, changes, forgeries, etc. if one believes the word of god can actually be found in the bible they must also believe that not all of it is the word of god... believing otherwise just shows that you don't have a good understanding of the book or it's history.
Yes, but knowing how inaccurate the book has become, how can any use it as a reference for anything? How can they tell what is legit and what isn't? If you can't, what exactly is the point in the first place?