1. Welcome to Religious Forums, a friendly forum to discuss all religions in a friendly surrounding.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register to get access to the following site features:
    • Reply to discussions and create your own threads.
    • Our modern chat room. No add-ons or extensions required, just login and start chatting!
    • Access to private conversations with other members.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon!

Should I Read The Bible?

Discussion in 'Sacred Texts' started by rocala, Jun 22, 2019.

  1. rocala

    rocala Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2014
    Messages:
    657
    Ratings:
    +463
    Religion:
    Buddhism / Druidry
    I am not a Jew or a Christian. In my time on RF I have seen this book torn to pieces and have often admired the logic of the arguments thrown against it. Of course when I say book I have become aware of the numerous versions, translations and alterations. Other issues such as John, Constantine, Gnosticism add to the stew.

    Despite the above, of late I have become very curious. Is there any good reason for a non-believer to read it? What could I expect in terms of my growth and development? Are there any good companion/guide books for beginners?
     
    #1 rocala, Jun 22, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2019
    • Like Like x 1
    • Winner Winner x 1
  2. Rival

    Rival Noahide
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2012
    Messages:
    15,700
    Ratings:
    +19,001
    Religion:
    בת נח
    Read it if you want. Naturally I would suggest a Jewish translation without the Christian text glued on to the back, but it's your choice. It's not easy going and you will come across things that will make you very doubtful, uncertain and even astonished, so I would also recommend using Jewish commentary.
     
    • Like Like x 3
    • Funny Funny x 1
  3. KAT-KAT

    KAT-KAT Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2019
    Messages:
    7,372
    Ratings:
    +5,194
    Religion:
    Hinduism with some New Age
    I would read it.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. crossfire

    crossfire Antinomian feminist heretic freak ☿
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2012
    Messages:
    11,151
    Ratings:
    +4,140
    Religion:
    ☿ Mercuræn Mahayana Buddhist & Pastafarian
    Yes, read it. It contains a full range of the human psyche and condition, with its struggles and sorrows.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  5. KAT-KAT

    KAT-KAT Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2019
    Messages:
    7,372
    Ratings:
    +5,194
    Religion:
    Hinduism with some New Age
    Yes. A very Yin-Yang book.
     
  6. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium अहम् ब्रह्मास्मि
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2016
    Messages:
    8,984
    Ratings:
    +11,714
    Religion:
    Advaita Vedanta
    Aside from the scholarly benefits, one benefit for a nonbeliever to read it is to better understand Christians and Jews when interacting with them. I think it would be wise for anyone participating in discourse on this forum to read any sacred text they can get their hands on.

    Except Catholics. They don't have to read the Bible. At least in my experience. :D
     
    • Funny Funny x 3
    • Like Like x 1
  7. Labourwave

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2015
    Messages:
    4,587
    Ratings:
    +3,532
    Why do you want to?

    If you want to for leisure, then I see no reason why not.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium अहम् ब्रह्मास्मि
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2016
    Messages:
    8,984
    Ratings:
    +11,714
    Religion:
    Advaita Vedanta
    No bias here at all...

    ...nope...​

    ...none whatsoever...

    ...:100:% impartiality in this post.

    :D
     
    • Funny Funny x 3
    • Like Like x 2
    • Winner Winner x 1
  9. The Reverend Bob

    The Reverend Bob Fart Machine and Beastmaster

    Joined:
    May 19, 2019
    Messages:
    3,605
    Ratings:
    +1,744
    Religion:
    Non-realist
    To understand many Western cultural reference it is good to have a minimal understanding of the Bible read as literature of course
     
    • Like Like x 4
    • Winner Winner x 1
  10. The Reverend Bob

    The Reverend Bob Fart Machine and Beastmaster

    Joined:
    May 19, 2019
    Messages:
    3,605
    Ratings:
    +1,744
    Religion:
    Non-realist
    Well the Jewish Bible does contain all the juicy parts with incest, mass murder and betrayal. It was A Game of Thrones before there was A Game of Thrones
     
    • Funny Funny x 3
  11. beenherebeforeagain

    beenherebeforeagain Rogue Animist
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2011
    Messages:
    19,176
    Ratings:
    +6,088
    Religion:
    Modern Animist
    And Presbyterians...as God's elect, we're predestined to be the elect, whether we read the good book or not...:p:D:confused::eek::oops::rolleyes:
     
    • Funny Funny x 2
  12. leov

    leov Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 22, 2019
    Messages:
    3,509
    Ratings:
    +846
    Religion:
    Gnostic Christian
    If you have such desire , you should read it, Suggest to use newer translation , may be NAS or ESV.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  13. Polymath257

    Polymath257 Think & Care
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2017
    Messages:
    15,469
    Ratings:
    +16,871
    Religion:
    Non-theist
    Well, I guess it depends on how much you like to read. Even if NONE of the Bible is true, it has still been a HUGE influence on European culture, from literature, to architecture, to art, and even to law. So reading it as a basis for a more thorough understanding of European history is a very good idea.

    Now, it is *also* a very good place to start if you want to know more about ancient history. I would *also* read the apocrypha and some archeology about the time periods involved, but it is *one* view that can be read as part of a larger study.
     
    • Like Like x 5
    • Winner Winner x 1
  14. PureX

    PureX Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2006
    Messages:
    14,332
    Ratings:
    +5,961
    Religion:
    Philosophical Taoist/Christian
    I would recommend reading up on mythology, first; what it is, how it functions, and how to interpret it. Joseph Campbell has written a number of excellent books on that subject.

    Then tackle the Bible.
     
    • Like Like x 3
  15. David T

    David T Well-Known Member
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2011
    Messages:
    7,532
    Ratings:
    +2,815
    No...The bible is the experience of the territory not a map of the territory. . Throw it away, go into the territory, hike or saunter as muir would say, in the territory and read john muir. Who knows ypu might eventually understand muir, then you will begin to understand the bible.

    "The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness."

     
    • Like Like x 1
  16. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium अहम् ब्रह्मास्मि
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2016
    Messages:
    8,984
    Ratings:
    +11,714
    Religion:
    Advaita Vedanta
    It was so popular among Christians, they made a sequel.
     
    • Funny Funny x 1
  17. rocala

    rocala Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2014
    Messages:
    657
    Ratings:
    +463
    Religion:
    Buddhism / Druidry
    Thanks. I have already read some of Joseph Campbell, probably something to do with this current itch.
     
    • Winner Winner x 1
  18. Rival

    Rival Noahide
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2012
    Messages:
    15,700
    Ratings:
    +19,001
    Religion:
    בת נח
    I have never pretended to lack bias in this area :D
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Funny Funny x 1
  19. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium अहम् ब्रह्मास्मि
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2016
    Messages:
    8,984
    Ratings:
    +11,714
    Religion:
    Advaita Vedanta
    Your reference to the NT as the "Christian text glued on to the back" did make me giggle.
     
    • Like Like x 3
  20. The Reverend Bob

    The Reverend Bob Fart Machine and Beastmaster

    Joined:
    May 19, 2019
    Messages:
    3,605
    Ratings:
    +1,744
    Religion:
    Non-realist
    And it was an odd sequel at that. It was like the first part is A Game of Thrones and then the second part is The Matrix and somehow they are supposed to be connected to each other. I just don't get it.
     
    • Winner Winner x 2
    • Like Like x 1
    • Funny Funny x 1
Loading...