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The perfect word?

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Post by sarabellum »

I was thinking about the nature of the bible...

It seems like there is a wide variety of ways to view it...

Inspired...
God breathed...
Perfect...
Infallible...

I am willing to assume that the bible is perfect word of God.

but....

I am struggling to see the strength in that argument...
I am tempted to say that to some extent it doesn't matter if the bible is perfect....

Here's my reasoning...

God transmits his perfect word, perfectly....

To humans....

Humans are not perfect readers...
Humans are not perfect understanders...
Humans are not perfect thinkers....

Compounding the problem is the fact that there is no real way to ascertain if the perfect message has been assimilated perfectly by the receiver....
There is no answer book in the back of the bible...
You have to guess?

Much of what the bible says is not straight forward...
Artistic liberties are taken by its authors and/or ghost writer...
Metaphor...
Visions....
Parables....
Symbolism...

The bible involves alot of reading between the lines....

I think the 20,000 denominations testify to this idea....

So what does it all mean...

Does it matter that the bible is perfect if there is no perfect people around to read it or understand it?

Perhaps I'm over thinking...
More likely I'm under thinking...

Perhaps you can shore up my understanding of this issue.

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[Replying to post 1 by sarabellum]


Given that the Bible is nothing but the words written by fallible humans, there is no reason to consider it anything but words written by fallible humans. If it were something other than that, given the subjective nature of interpretation by fallible humns, it still wouldn't be of any value.



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[Replying to sarabellum in post #1]

To me, the bible is a combination of the below:
Something people wrote based on what they actually saw
Something people wrote based on what they were told
Something people wrote based on the culture and society at the time to prove a point.
Having read it, lived it and studied it for decades, I see nothing that points, conclusively, to any work of God.

I don't believe any imperfect being (aka humanity) can accurately relate the thoughts and desires and understanding of a perfect being (God), much less edit it down (excluding some written works) and then translate it accurately.

That all said, if people want to live it, breath it, etc, I'm good with that so long as they keep it to themselves and not try to push it on others and harm other living things in the process (same goes for all religions).

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