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Last edited at 11:36PM on 8/26/2013
As a novel it would never have been published. There's too much diversity, too many mixed genres, too many factual errors, and it's too obscure.
But there's a rule of thumb in writing a novel. The author and reader enter into a contract by which the reader agrees to suspend his disbelief for the duration of the story ... as long as the author doesn't overstep the mark. In this case I think most readers would ask for their money back.
If God really wrote the hodgepodge we call The Bible he would benefit enormously from a course in creative writing.
We would have people doubting it was the word of god, and becoming atheists. Instead of being one religion there would be thousands of denominations. People would cherry pick what they like and what they don't. It would be full of fables that science has proven to have never happened...... Oh wait.... =/
If it was a very old novel about an obscure man, why has it been the most read book of all time? Why does it have the power to change so many lives? And most importantly, why does it make SO many people so mad. You have to ask yourself, if real truth really existed, would you want to know? Even if it meant you had to change? Most people do not accept it because they want to live their lives as they see fit. That is their choice. But, if the Bible really is true, which I believe it is, not only are they missing out on Heaven, but real joy in this life as well. I have to respect their decision.
Indeed, it is. And even in the genre of novel, it deserves, at best, the status of mediocrity. The primitive priesthood, who wrote the bible, knew no more than the priesthood now living -- that is to say nothing at all. More than this need not be said. Only the savage knew all about such absolutely unknown as God and Devils and Heavens and Hells.
In terms of the lack of intellectual rigor, one could not ask for any worse than the books called the bible.
Impossible to be a novel it's the only material book or otherwise that has successfully predicted the future the future of countries Kings coming of Jesus hundreds of years before the towns and cities even became in existence the chances of Psalms :22 being written before Jesus went to the cross is 7to the 13th power that's only one of the Bibles predictions prophecies
It is not just a "novel". The Bible is literally "God-breathed" (2 Timothy 3:16). In other words, it is God's very words to us. There are so many questions that philosophers have asked that God answers for us in Scripture. What is the purpose to life? Where did I come from? Is there life after death? How do I get to heaven? Why is the world full of evil? Why do I struggle to do good? In addition to these "big" questions, the Bible gives much practical advice in areas such as: What do I look for in a mate? How can I have a successful marriage? How can I be a good friend? How can I be a good parent? What is success and how do I achieve it? How can I change? What really matters in life? How can I live so that I do not look back with regret? How can I handle the unfair circumstances and bad events of life victoriously? Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/why-read-Bible.html#ixzz2dASqVdaY
The Bible is not written as a novel. This literary genre has specific structural forms. The Bible does not have them. Parts of it are written as novellas and short stories or other literary genres, but overall it is not a novel.
7 months ago
Last edited at 8:26AM on 8/27/2013
Like Romeo and Juliet it would be better off unedited. You see people have used user names for ask from old novels but non is called Jesus Christ. I cannot remember an example of any ask community member that uses an old novel character. I have a feeling there are.
If the Bible were just a novel then it would still be the BEST novel with the MOST reliable advice that was ever written. All award should be given to it as it is a literary, scientific, accurate, and prophetical masterpiece. No other book written so long ago accurately told the shape of the earth, explained the origin of man, talked about hygiene before scientists and people knew of its importance, or talked about future world events that are happening today with such accuracy that it is undeniable. When we live by Bible principles we still have problems but are guaranteed to have happier lives and peace of mind , what other book universally does that. Also a common game show question is what is the most widely distributed book in the world, it's the Bible( it's even in the Guinness World Records as such). What other book, even self help books has been written and worked for EVERYONE that truly followed its advice, some self help books have to make retractions or updates, the Bible has been the same. So I know the Bible is from God but WOW even it it wasn't its would be a BEST SELLER. :-)