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Do you think that maybe nothing in the bible really happened, It's just all a story full of symbolism to make a point or send a message?...

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Everything in the Bible is meant to send a message or prove a point, everything in there either happened or is one of Jesus' parables or stories

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yes yes i do i think its just telling you to be a good person and make others happy and live a good life.

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WOW!! Just wow! You are only kidding right?!?!
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Nothing all of scripture says make people happy. It basically says be happy in all you do but it speaks of banishing evils and I'm sure that's going to make people mad
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No! I know the Bible is The Word Of God.

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Then how come man wrote it......
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The word of God.... through man.... and changed as needed.
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Wrong! Sorry. It was written by man inspired by God. And God is all powerful. Meaning he had the power to keep His true Word from getting distorted.
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Hitler claimed to be doing the lords work by killing Jews......
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God inspired man through His Holy Spirit.
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If he had that power then why didnt he use it?? The Bible has been re written and had things taken out and changed to suit the changing of the times. When scribes translated the Bible into different languages, things were changed... and went unnoticed... and people accepted those changes.
God probably should have paid closer attention huh? Way too many contradictions in the Bible for it to have been from a spiritual source.
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Name one contradiction. God is in control and He would protect His inspired words. If man was greater than God then yes, it's possible, but they aren't.
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Don't kill..... Then those who sleep with animals should be killed the blood is on their own hands....
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Read the book Misquoting Jesus... it is FULL of contradictions. So much so that there is a second book out with a similar title.
The book was written by someone that has given his life to God at a very early age and continues to give his life to God. He has studied and researched the Bible for some 60 years.
God is in control....sure.... but not over man. You must remember... God was created BY man. To explain everything that cannot be explained and to teach people a moral conscience through fear. A fear of an eternal damnation if his words are not followed and his salvation not accepted.
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When we see what we think is a contradiction it's usually paradox or we simply don't understand it or haven't studied the entire Bible as a whole.
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I suppose you can make up whatever excuse you want. The man that wrote that book talks all about it. READ that book first.... He will NOT try to make you think that there is no God. He will just get you thinking about the Bible. Like I said, this man is STILL a firm believer in God and still studies God. He wrote this book because of his observations in his studies.
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...mind giving an example of one of those... Paradoxes...
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Helper: If you study the Greek that command actually says "Do not Murder" Like I said, human misunderstanding.
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Yes... the original commandment was Thou shalt not commit murder. Not though shall not kill. We have killed for thousands of years just to have meat for a sandwich.
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Helper as far as Hitler goes. He wasn't a Christian.
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But I don't necessary need to know a much more accurate translation when I have faith; then I just conclude that since if it meant not to kill anything then it would be wrong to kill plants or watch TV because it could kill braincells. I can then logically conclude that I am misreading that command because it wouldn't match with other passages.
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It helps to know what you should have faith about though. You dont need to MISread anything. Read it for what it says.... religions abound all over this great planet because people just read what they want to read... they want to make up their own conclusions. Just as you did. It really helps to know what you are reading and what is really being said. Not to just have faith in making a good guess and what was possible meant when it was written.
BTW.... TV doesnt necessarily kill brain cells. WHAT you watch can actually help grow them. It is a matter of proper choosing.
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JAMES... Hitler sure thought he was. He was raised in a Catholic home... both of his parents were Catholic. When he made up his own mind he chose the Deutsche Christen church which rejected the Hebrew origins of the Gospel.
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My own human nature or lack of knowledge is the issue. Not God's word.
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You cant preach anything about God's word though if you dont know it. That would hardly qualify you to answer any question pertaining to the issue. From what I was taught.... You dont get to pick and choose what you want to believe... you have to go strictly by the book. (Bible). The Bible is too confusing to fully understand because of all the contradictions. I suggest you read Misquoting Jesus... I think you will find it informative and educating.
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If you know anything about the Catholic religion you will find out what they claim is false. I know cause I came out of the Catholic religion. That's the reason I'm a Born Again Christian today. I know the truth reveal to me though the Spirit of God.
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I am perfectly capable of understanding the Bible and I do farely well, thanks to the fact that my eyes have been opened and I am lead by the Holy Spirit. The Bible says that "the gospel is foolishness to those who are perishing but life to those being saved." It's simple enough for a child to understand.
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But if you lack the Holy Spirit then you will dismiss it and it won't make sense to you.
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Amen! Labster
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One does not simply understand the bible......
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Those who are Born Again do.
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How are you sure you are born again to the right guy... Ever wonder if god is the real "Satan"... And deceived millions...
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Because Satan doesn't envoke in people wisdom, faith, love, the desire to be rid of sin, desire to grow in knowledge of God, and the ability to repent and say that Christ is Lord. These are manifestations of the Holy Spirit. When the pharisees said that Jesus was casting out demons because he was a demon, Jesus said, "?How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man?s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man?s house.
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Satan cannot produce in people anything that is good because goodness is outside his nature just as evil is outside God's
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That is way religion is such a farce to me. We (People) think we know so much... and our religion tells us things that make absolutely NO sense. Yet you true 100% believers say that I cannot understand something because I dont fully have God in my life??? That is absolutely ridiculous. That means my brain and thought process's arent even controlled by me.... and those that believe in predestination already have a predestined course? That means that God has already chosen some people for hell, right? Wow.
I will admit that Catholicism has ruined me as far as religion goes.
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The ones who wrote the bible picked and chose what they believed. But that's ok,because I have the same free will, and the right to use it.like any book written by man, we pick and choose what we need from it.but to say all we read is true seems ridiculous.
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You do have free will, the problem is you are unable to chose Christ because you are dead in your sins. You are in slaved to you sinful nature and you naturally run from Christ. A blind, dead, slave, cannot see the truth or turn to it without God first making us alive and opening our eyes.
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Umm... there is no truth or value in what you just posted Labster. I do not follow any particular religion. I do not believe in organized religion. It is all a farce. I say that because my eyes ARE WIDE OPEN.
However, I was raised Catholic as I had said before..(the reason for not believing in orgainized religion) yet I have a strong moral conscience. I am no more a sinner than you are. No more, No less.
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a lot of it happened,recorded history matches the bible,Moses and the pharoh is an example

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Pffffft....lol,... You've got to be kidding!!!
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Israel Finkelstein, chairman of the Archaeology Department at Tel Aviv University, with archaeology historian Neil Asher Silberman, has just published a book called "The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Text."
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"The Israelites were never in Egypt, did not wander in the desert, did not conquer the land [of Canaan] in a military campaign and did not pass it on to the twelve tribes of Israel.
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Rameses III overran Canaan and conquered it between 1280 and 1260 B.C. The Egyptian records give a list of all the tribes inhabiting it. The children of Israel-- the Hebrews--
WE'RE NOT THERE.
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Not until 332 B.C. do the Jews appear upon the stage of history, and then only as the submissive vassals of a Grecian king."
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The famous battle of Jericho, with which the Israelites supposedly launched this campaign of conquest after wandering for decades in the desert, has been likewise debunked: The city of Jericho didn't exist at that time and had no walls to come tumbling down. These assertions are all pretty much accepted by mainstream archaeologists.
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I'm not religious, but. . .did you just use one book to discredit another? Js.
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Dude I was going to say basically that. I was going to hold a religious standpoint but yeah. I was going to say "and you're going to take the word of a one day ant rather then the ageless ruler of cosmic infinities?
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The greatest STORY ever told.

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Don't you like your part of the love story?
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You consider the bible a love story? I view it as more of a poorly written tragic-comedy. The director never shows his face, the script isn't consistent, and all the actors are willing to betray eachother for the lead roles. But the production value is huge, and the marketing campaign is, literally, killer. -Note: My response to you is an attempt at sarcastic wit. But asking if I like my part in the story implies that I'm somehow written into a murderous work of fiction. Your question struck me as a passively worded insult, but then, I'm sure you knew that. To clarify my position, I'll tell you this: Were I a character in your book, I would align myself with the antagonist. . .satan. He's no murderer like god, doesn't constantly need reassurance in the form of sacrifices to stroke his ego, and wanted only the love of a neglectful father, who instead- punished him. Satan understands humans better than god ever could. I would choose him. . .plus, red is my favorite color;) But. . .he's not real either. So I'll continue to speak the truth as it is presented. Annnnndddd, I imagine your god would frown on leaving smug comments with a poor, unenlightened soul like me:( Hail Satan.
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no it happened there is no way that someone could write something so in depth and detailed such as that and it does have a point and a message but you have to read it to find the message and blessings within it.

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That is an excellent way to dismiss our sinful nature and thus, taking away our necessity for Jesus Christ and salvation. Roman history even tells that Jesus died on the cross.

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No. The stories are too vivid to have been made up. Besides, I don't think that a made up book would be worth killing people and risking your life over.

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Yeah... cause the Harry Potter series wasnt very vivid at all.
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How bout lord of the rings.... Animal farm... the little mermaid... Lord of the flies.......
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Sugar, you haven't seen combat. Let me impart this to you, I have, and mass killing happens for a lot less than religious truth.
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Have you ever read Soldier's Heart? I'm at chapter 8 right now.
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TheZ, you and I have both seen combat, I did two tours as well, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. You saw the difference over there, it's not the same here back at home, we can have opinions that differ without fear of retribution. We've both worn full battle rattle, we can agree to disagree.
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If you're talking to me, then I'm confused.
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Does anybody else think this feels like a dream? Maybe I can fly!! No... It usually feels more natural to fly in dreams...
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Just don't test your flight skills from a tall building Lol
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:) have you ever had a lucid dream?
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I have, I've had many
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Hey Merrill, good to hear from another vet. I was intent on dispelling the goldilocks notion that principles of faith, lets say biblical content for the sake of this discussion, aren't cause enough to kill or die for. We know better. We've seen worse. Truth doesn't reside only in religious texts. In my humble view very little does, but that's just me.
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It's good to hear from you too Z. You and I both know that once the sand starts flying that we concentrate on the view that we share instead of the ones that we don't.
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No two people are going to agree on everything, there were things that you and I both agreed on enough to fight for, side by side.
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And still do, I'm sure. Be well, comrade.
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I don't think the whole thing could have been made up. There are some things in it though that are questionable

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Reality is questionable and that's part of what makes it so real.
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It is possible, but as there are so many stories in it that are the same, but written by different people, it is likely that it is true. Maybe you are just part of a story that was designed to help someone make sense of the world. Maybe you are not reading this, you just think you are. Maybe you are a sim, doing what a player tells you to (that would certainly explain why people sometimes go into a room and forget what they went in there for - their next action had been deleted). Maybe it's all real. Who knows? What do you think?

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Many things in the Bible DID happen, perhaps not in the way described. Where, in the early conquest of Canaan, for instance, the battles that supposedly involved thousands of people perhaps involved only hundreds, or even less. But they happened. The Ten Commandments may not have appeared as described, and yet they were wise and thoughtful laws, written in a time when most "laws" were based on "I'm stronger than you, so get out of the way."

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The famous battle of Jericho, with which the Israelites supposedly launched this campaign of conquest after wandering for decades in the desert, has been...debunked: The city of Jericho didn't exist at that time and had no walls to come tumbling down. These assertions are all pretty much accepted by mainstream archaeologists.
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yes that's true

but there is great book told us about what's gonna happen and what will happen

it's cold the Quran and there is nothing wrong in it

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No,it's all how you interpret your understanding of it.

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Truth is absolute there's no other truth it either is true or it isn't. Jesus didn't say a way he said "I am THE way"
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There is very little evidence for things in the Bible actually happening. The book is a collection of writings that were not meant to be together, so they probably don't have a cohesive meaning. The New Testament we know was meant to spread a new religion.

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I believe every word of it.

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Rivers turning into blood and frogs raining from the sky?... That does not seem symbolic to you?...
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I'm guessing that you and I have differing opinions about it, I respect your opinion as well as your right to have it though.
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The Bible makes it clear what is to be taken literal and what is symbolic. If that was left up to our own decision then when could dismiss the entire Bible. Those two plauges were both literal and symbolic. The Egyptions worshiped frogs and so God used that to torment them to show how he was greater than their idols.
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A 500 yr old man gathered two of EVERY creature into an Ark he built single handedly? There are millions of different species on this earth. Every word, huh?
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I gave my answer to the question. You won't change my mind and I won't change yours. Our opinions differ on the bible, I think that's a fair conclusion to draw.
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Amen!
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Alright then...
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I agree. I also believe every word.
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TheZ: You need to read that story more closely. God brought the animals to the ark.
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Lab... , Oh now it all makes complete sense. Except for there being absolutely no geologic evidence and if all animals on the planet or even in the region were genetically bottle necked on an arc it would show up in the DNA record, which it DOESN'T.
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@merrill, I don't seek to convert anyone, the strength of your faith does you credit. I was asserting a view of the sheer logistics of the Ark scenario. It doesn't wash, for me. @labster, I've read the story of Noah plenty, and as I mentioned, the sheer numbers and contingencies of such an endeavor defy all credibility. For me, credibility is essential to draw my belief.
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@theZ, I respect your opinion, and like you, I've fought for the right for people to voice theirs freely.
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Well, there are some things that happened in the Bible but not all of it is factual or true. It's more based on some history and the people in those days trying to explain how everything came to be. They recorded some things and added their own twists to it. Just like other peoples did. They recorded events and explained how their god were part of it. Even the Bible itself is obviously a myth. I mean, the beginning itself. The snake representing the father of all evil, why women get pregnant, how everything came to be, and then even how women came from men, from a rib. Just the beginning itself can show you that most of it is based on a myth.

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No it all happened 2,000 yrs ago

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A woman magically got turned into a pillar of salt...
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Yah I hate when that happens.
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@Your_Little_Helper God told her not to look back n she did so he turned her into a pillar of salt
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Yeah rave... I also hate it when my pet snake starts talking to me... But I don't mind my water turning into wine...
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It's ok u don't have 2 believe it but I do
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It seems more accurate to conclude very little of it actually occurred as written. In essence, the answer is yes with some contingencies. The Bible is a horribly inaccurate historical text, and is rife with fantastical hyperbole open to dubious interpretation, even among various denominations who follow its teachings. It is curious how many claim to have the Bible's truth at heart, yet the truths differ so much.

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Oh wouldn't that be funny of other history books aswell. Ha George Washington! I can see it now.

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Ha... Ha... Ha...
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Man I'd be pretty peeved at all the supposed slave descendants. Cause if they were wrong that would just make them really annoying racist slobs who think its offensive to not be a doormat for blacks and women... Could you imagine all that history being false... That's a scary picture. Maybe its something that should stay buried...
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I'd be peeved at what they accused Hitler of...
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Nice! What about how cool it would be if we didn't drop the 2 bombs
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How bout if the crusades never happened?... Or the black plague?... Or... Actully I'd be disappointed to a degree...
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I'm saddened when I hear about how many of such a cool culture died then but I think maybe that near genocide might have been what shaped them so well. Perhaps we could use some of that medicine.
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The overwhelming mountain of archeological, geologic and historic evidence shows that not only almost nothing in the bible actually happened but that the evidence shows that it absolutely could not and did not happen. The bible seems to have started as the nationalistic propaganda of Hebrews.

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On its face, this is over the top and can't possibly be true. In my experience, only atheists claim the bible to be complete fabrications. Archeology and history are friends of the Bible, and in Jerusalem, the national antiquities department and the universities are very comfortably staffed with conservative and Hasidic Jews. Many Jews would question your objectivity, and I am one of them.
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Israel Finkelstein, chairman of the Archaeology Department at Tel Aviv University, with archaeology historian Neil Asher Silberman, has just published a book called "The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Text."
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"The Israelites were never in Egypt, did not wander in the desert, did not conquer the land [of Canaan] in a military campaign and did not pass it on to the twelve tribes of Israel.
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Rameses III overran Canaan and conquered it between 1280 and 1260 B.C. The Egyptian records give a list of all the tribes inhabiting it. The children of Israel-- the Hebrews--
WE'RE NOT THERE.
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Not until 332 B.C. do the Jews appear upon the stage of history, and then only as the submissive vassals of a Grecian king."
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The famous battle of Jericho, with which the Israelites supposedly launched this campaign of conquest after wandering for decades in the desert, has been likewise debunked: The city of Jericho didn't exist at that time and had no walls to come tumbling down. These assertions are all pretty much accepted by mainstream archaeologists.
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These assertions are typically only accepted by atheist scholars with an agenda to advocate, including liberal scholars of the German Heilgeschiste school. It does so in the face of well-established and attested field reports and published scholarship, but of course, the old school can't be true because it doesn't seriously question the Bible. To the German school, only scholarship which challenges the Bible and traditional archaeology is true. This presumes the conclusion.
The problem is typical of atheism: it assumes the conclusion and then tries to find (or skeptically attacks) facts to support it's position.
Now regarding Jericho: Jericho was once thought to be a ?Bible problem? because of the seeming disagreement between archaeology and the Bible. When the archaeology is correctly interpreted, however, the opposite is the case. The archaeological evidence supports the historical accuracy of the Biblical account in every detail. Every aspect of the story that could possibly be verified by the findings of archaeology is, in fact, verified. Kenyon's excavations of 1950s have been thoroughly corrected by the Italian-Palestinian excavations of 1997; for a full discussion see here: http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2008/06/09/The-Walls-of-Jericho.aspx#Article
I know you are not an expert in this, and are relying on a lone voice (and one of the most controversial) to be your advocate on this. He is not in the majority, and his conclusions (which he acknowledges only as an "alternate" explanation) are often challenged/refuted in the literature (if you but check Lexis-Nexis). But because he's an atheist and his co-author is a non-traditionalist, he's a darling of the atheist left, who think he's the most persuasive voice (he's actually in a minority).
Dont get me wrong. He's viewed as an excellent scholar (even if his conclusions are seen as off), but because of academic freedom, he's secure in academia. He is not a proponent of the ultra minimalist school (which places the Bible in the Greek period or late Babylonian period from 450-350 BC), but he does advocate it's writing between 7th and 5th century BC. His position, reasons and critiques of it are posted several places in the web. Suffice it to say, this position is required by the German school, and rejected by the majority of traditionalist scholars (many of whom are Jewish).
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Sorry shiny, but your spiel is the perfect example of bias and nonsensical assertions in defiance of reality. What a waste of a good brain.
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Lol I was just about to say that of you. But then, I actually took archeology classes as part of my first masters.
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It could be a possibility but I believe in our God. <3

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Very little in the bible is based in fact, it is a collection of stories plagiarized from several different cultures that came before it. Most Christians realize that many of the stories in the bible are metaphors, meant to teach a lesson in a way that bronze-aged humans could relate with. Those today that believe everything in the bible happened exactly the way it was written are thankfully a minority, these people are going the way of the flat-earthers.

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Everynow and then I get dragged to church... I was disturbed when the pastor said more people should believe everything in the bible...
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I'm sorry you must endure that kind of logical torture :(
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Nah it's funny... The only true torture is keeping back laughter...
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LOL! I remember those days, it's hard when you get a case of the giggles in church, it seems every other comment the pastor makes the more you want to chuckle :D
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The trick is to
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Trick is to bring leather gloves, stuff em in your mouth and hold your breath...
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I believe everything in the Bible happened.

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Seriously?...
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Or are you joking...
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Of course I'm serious. You asked a question and I took the time to give you my honest opinion. Are you making fun of me for believing differently than you? Why would you ask a question and then belittle people who believe differently than you do? Or where you joking?
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*were you joking
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No... Sometimes it is difficult to tell sincerity and sarcasm apart... Asking first is better then assuming...
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Good point. It is hard when you do not have the benefit of body language and facial expressions.
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Of course, you don't know me, but I always try to use a smile our "lol" if I'm joking!
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I think the bible offers very little in modern earth.

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No... But I would do... almost... Anything to read an original version of it... Maybe it was a book about peace and love rather then rejection and discrimination... Maybe it was a sick book encouraging the worst of crimes... Either way... It would be a page turner...
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That's true. It doesn't pique my interest quite as much but maybe we'd find something interesting in there.
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The bible started as Hebrew tribal propaganda plagiarized in the second, third maybe fourth century BC from more advanced societies in the area as a way to unite the waring tribes in the area.
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Thx raven- you've solidified my opinion of the bibles relevance To modern earth.
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I think the only purposes the Bible serves is to communicate morals and values and to teach lessons. I doubt most of the stuff written in it actually happened (maybe some did? Who knows).

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UNBELIEVABLE!!! I'm sure GOD is really proud of the many posters that answered this question not having a clue!! A storybook? Not modern enough? Written for examples? REALLY?!?! Believe in him in him or don't!! You make GOD seem like a fool!

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Slow down... Relax... And repeat what you are trying to get at...
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Littlehelper after reading posts and comments on this subject those were just a few things that people had to say about the Bible. So, seeing that it is the word of GOD to me it is making a fool of him. Understand now?
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Events in the Bible are historical events that actually happened, there is also law, poetry, proverbs, prophecy. Where we came from and where we are going, if we do not change our sinful ways. Truthfully it is the manual for life. Everything we need to know to live a happy, healthy life is in that book, the Holy Bible.

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This is the position of liberal Christian scholars, that the Bible is merely a book of allegories and fables, and intended to teach morals by story. But this is not the historic position of the universal church, and indeed was rejected by the disciples, who said (2 Pet 1:16), New International Ver:
"We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty."
Much of the Bible is written by people who actually observed the events.

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Pfffft, sure, quote the bible to prove the bible. Good one.
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The author of the Bible, and creator of the universe knows better than I what He intended to say. And when one investigates a suspected criminal, one usually listens to what he has to say, and then sees if the facts corroborate. I only ask the same. Each man must make his own mind up.
In your case, you have made up your mind and I won't try to convince you otherwise; that's a fools errand, pearls and swine. But with someone who might be able to be convinced, I would try to do my best.
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There are some good practical life lessons in the bible. But to me, many things are beyond reason.

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I'm atheist, so my review on the bible is as follows: I enjoyed the characters, and it had a good plot; the last book was my favorite. I find that it all is a little far-fetched for me to buy into it."

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That could make some sense. Like Animal Farm, no animals really talked but it has a deeper meaning.

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I'm fairly certain the bible is supported by Roman and Persian records

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Name one; it's not at all.
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Have you looked? I haven't so I can't give an answer but I doubt you have either.
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Pfffft, sorry but yes I've looked quite thoroughly.
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Here's a link for you to check out.
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Israel Finkelstein, chairman of the Archaeology Department at Tel Aviv University, with archaeology historian Neil Asher Silberman, has just published a book called "The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Text."
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"The Israelites were never in Egypt, did not wander in the desert, did not conquer the land [of Canaan] in a military campaign and did not pass it on to the twelve tribes of Israel.
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Rameses III overran Canaan and conquered it between 1280 and 1260 B.C. The Egyptian records give a list of all the tribes inhabiting it. The children of Israel-- the Hebrews--
WE'RE NOT THERE.
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Not until 332 B.C. do the Jews appear upon the stage of history, and then only as the submissive vassals of a Grecian king."
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The famous battle of Jericho, with which the Israelites supposedly launched this campaign of conquest after wandering for decades in the desert, has been likewise debunked: The city of Jericho didn't exist at that time and had no walls to come tumbling down. These assertions are all pretty much accepted by mainstream archaeologists.
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http://freethought.mbdojo.com/archeology.html
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Using one book 2 discredit another again. Silly.
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Torn... You are very wrong in your assumption and are just stating pointless nonsense.
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Sure, but so what? It does provide some people with hope for the world.

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That is why we need faith. One reads and studies the Bible and begins to believe in it or not. It tells us where we came from, where we are, and what God has for our future. It did this long before the Quran and before many of the philosophers of the Greeks and Romans. You will have to decide, if there was a book so important to you and all others as a message from God, would he have the power and ability to make sure it was available to you?

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the bible isn't meant to be historically or scientifically accurate, it's intention is as a religious guide, whether you believe in it literally or symbolically is up to you

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