I'm taking on the beliefs that the Bible was written by divinely inspired men; but men nonetheless, hence inconsistencies, otherwise we could argue all day
dobbie wrote:Bijane wrote:I'm taking on the beliefs that the Bible was written by divinely inspired men; but men nonetheless, hence inconsistencies, otherwise we could argue all day
Well, for the sake of discussion, let's say that the Christian God did have a hand in writing the Bible. So my question is, How far was the Bible written by divinely inspired men? Like, for instance, 1% of it ... 10% of it ... more percent than that? To put it another way, which parts are divinely inspired without their having inconsistencies or human error in them?
Thus, what becomes the means by which to make an informed estimate about it?
I'm talking more, the fact we are born with such morals. Where else could they come from, how can the same set of values be programmed into the genes of every human? Children are known to be 'innocent': they do not steal, kill etc, as such, they are born with morality. How else could it get there?
I was going for the basic framework being decided upon by God, so a set few people (the writers) were given the story, and tasked with transcribing it.
the basic framework being decided upon by God
God is eternal: by definition, omnipotent, omniscient...
Yes, but (here i go again) the deal is, it involves a process of cherry picking biblical passages, and dismissing others according to our contemporary sense of morality.
In fact some Christians simply dismiss the bad things that God does in the Bible, by saying that they are simply none of our business. Even in the Bible, such as in the Book of Job, it teaches that itâ€™s really none of Jobâ€™s business whether the Bible God does bad things.
I also wonder how many Bible pages would be left in tact if those Christians were to divorce the divine things added by God from the stories of cruelty added by man. For example, some Christians tell us that the devil must have sent the star of Bethlehem: it led the wise men to Jerusalem, who went and talked with the evil King Herod about it; eventually he sent and killed young boys in Bethlehem. All the tragedy thanks to the appearance of the star, so the star wasnâ€™t such a good thing.
Editorial opinions, like that one, could be applied to many Bible pages. By dividing the things that God really did from the things that God didn't do, I imagine half of the Old Testament and New Testament would wind up "torn" from Bible.
As for how we can tell which is man's creation, and which is God's, I'll admit, there is no certain method: we shall find out after death.
And we can also tell that the factual events laid out biblically are divinely inspired, as it was this God told humanity: and so we can trust the lessons laid out in these.
can the same [ambiguity] not also be said for scientific argument? You yourself have stated 'I don't know', at least I've given some point at which the truth will be discovered.
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