I just purchased a King James Version of the Holy Bible. Though I have read parts of the bible, I have never read it in its entirety, and I am very excited to begin! I am going to start with the Old Testament, and then the New. I know very little about the different versions of the bible, but this seems like a good place to start.
I am expecting this work of fiction to be very entertaining, as I am sure it contains much action, violence, supernatural occurances, humor, satire...in fact, last night I opened the book and found myself laughing out loud just at the introduction! Within the section titled How the Bible Was Written, it says:
The books of the Bible had many different authors, living at different times
and in different places. Yet none of these writers contradicts one another.
God guided them so that they wrote in their own words what he wanted
them to say. This means that the Bible is a completely dependable and
trustworthy book. We can believe everything it says because it comes
Where to start? We all know the bible contradicts itself constantly. I will post specifics of these contradictions as I make my way through the bible.
No doubt the bible was written by many different authors, living at different times...yatta yatta yatta. However, that they were guided by god is much more questionable. Either these writers were completely full of bs...or they were in serious need of a psychiatrist.
As for the last part, that we can believe everything the bible says because it comes from god. Well, we obviously know this is false because there is no god. But let's just pretend for a moment that "God" is real, and that he is exactly as the bible describes him. Do we really want to trust everything that comes from the mouth of a vicious, angry, jealous, genocidal dictator who believes we are all born sinners, that women should be raped, homesexuals should be stoned to death, children should be sacrificed, and that any person who doubts any of his teachings will spend eternity burning in hell? My vote is no.
As I sat in my bed laughing out loud at this introduction, I thought of how this may be one of the best purchases I have ever made. I will continue to blog throughout my reading of the Holy Bible. I can't wait to begin!