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Should I Read The Bible?

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

  1. rocala

    rocala Active Member

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    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?
     
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    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.
     
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    I would read it.
     
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    crossfire Antinomian feminist heretic freak ☿
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    Yes, read it. It contains a full range of the human psyche and condition, with its struggles and sorrows.
     
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    Yes. A very Yin-Yang book.
     
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    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
     
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    Why do you want to?

    If you want to for leisure, then I see no reason why not.
     
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    No bias here at all...

    ...nope...​

    ...none whatsoever...

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

    :D
     
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    To understand many Western cultural reference it is good to have a minimal understanding of the Bible read as literature of course
     
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  10. The Reverend Bob

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    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
     
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    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:
     
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    If you have such desire , you should read it, Suggest to use newer translation , may be NAS or ESV.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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."

     
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    It was so popular among Christians, they made a sequel.
     
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    Thanks. I have already read some of Joseph Campbell, probably something to do with this current itch.
     
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    I have never pretended to lack bias in this area :D
     
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    Your reference to the NT as the "Christian text glued on to the back" did make me giggle.
     
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    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.
     
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