Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Thoughts on the Bible

This is suppose to be the word of God, this book. And I have often wondered why Jesus didn't write the book himself? Why did he need to have all of these other men write it down? And why so many men? Why not recruit a project team to carry out the task of writing down his teachings? And then of course, one of the most popular versions of the Bible, the King James Bible, brings this question to my mind.....was King James the editor of this translation? Did he get to pick and choose what would be passed on to his people at the time? And people never really address the issue of translation. Do they really think that nothing gets lost or changed when being translated through 5 or 6 or more languages? And why is the Bible so sexist? I realize that people of that time period were indeed sexist, women were mere posessions. But Jesus didn't feel that way and surely he didn't teach that, so why didn't that get worked into the Bible instead of having the chauvinist slant that it does? If the Bible is really the word of God, then why are there so many contradictions? And why would He leave so much open to interpretation when He knows better than anyone that we are not up to the task of interpreting His word correctly. Why wouldn't He just write what he meant in the first place? Why would He want the access to His word to be so difficult or to take years and years to understand?

It just doesn't make any sense to me. Do other people ask these questions? Do they get answers? Will all be revealed once I am dead?


At 12:45 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

I sometimes wonder the same thing. For example, can someone please explain how certain religions can think that denying someone a blood transfusion is living by God's word?? And if that is what the particular passages truely mean then are the rest of us headed to hell if we save a dying person?

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Mel said...

Good questions and I do believe they mostly have answers. For instance, to answer one--the newer versions of the Bible were translated from the original languages. Have you done a serious study of what theologians say about the Bible? Do you want to?


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