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

                         from God.

    

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!

 

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Comment by Martin Brannan on March 12, 2012 at 2:49pm

Hope you weren't too tied into the entertaining part. It's unbelievably repetitive. By the time you get to the end of the pentateuch, you will have read about the odors Yahweh finds pleasing about 200,000 times, give or take a thousand.

Comment by Angela Bradbury on March 12, 2012 at 3:03pm

Haha, I guess I am not expecting a good page-turner, mostly just to be fascinated with the atrocities found in a book that is supposed to teach us about morals, and the history of man.

Comment by SteveInCO on March 12, 2012 at 8:38pm

If you think the repetitiveness of the pentateuch (first five books) is bad, wait until you get to the parts that are simply the ravings of prophets of doom later on.

As an aside, people never give a page number when told to go to such-and-such place in the Bible, because there are literally thousands of editions of it all with different pagination.

You'll get a "chapter and verse" reference like Genesis 1:1 or John 3:16 or Ezekiel 23:20 (which must be read in the NIV to be fully appreciated as a bit of pornography literature).  You probably already know this, but if you are SO ignorant of things biblical that you don't, I envy you.

Comment by Peter Norling on March 13, 2012 at 10:13am

Good luck reading it. Here is another one who has done it.
http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/Thread-An-atheist-s-critiqu...

Comment by Angela Bradbury on March 13, 2012 at 1:39pm

I am familiar enough to know that bible references are given in chapter and verse (just trying to be funny with my title lol), but other than that, I am fairly ignorant when it comes to the bible and pretty much all things holy. I am proud to have grown up without religious influence, but now I am interesting in learning about different religions, beginning with Christianity.

Besides, how can I effectively debate theists without a good understanding of their faith? I figure once I have read their bible, I will probably be a step ahead of most of them!

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