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                   The Bible Is Not the Word of God          


Dear Brother Ron

Can you accept that the Bible is not the word of God? After all, it wasn't written by God, it was written by priests hundreds of years after Jesus. The priests who wrote it wrote it according to what they knew. The bible says you can't steal a goat or you'd be stoned. Does this not perhaps relate to their own experiences and how THEY'D like people to act. There are after all more pressing matters than goat theft.

Surely if someone does good to others, doesn't hurt others (either physically or emotionally), they deserve a place in heaven.

Quoting the bible does no good, because it wasn't written by God! Even Matthew, Mark, Luke and John's accounts were edited, so perhaps things were added in. Christianity, in the past, has hardly been 100% pure in its activities (look at the Crusades and priestly abuses during Henry VIII's England) Perhaps the priests who wrote the Bible were equally corrupt?



Dear Helpme


What we call the Bible was translated and edited by the 319 delegates to the First Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. They left out many scriptures, many of which can be found in the Nag Hammadi Library. You can pick up a copy at most book stores. Jesus spoke Aramaic, a dialect of Hebrew. The writings used in the compilation of the Bible were written in Greek. They were not written until many years after the death of Jesus. The Church translated these into Latin (the Textus Reciptus). These were translated into the King James Bible in the year 1311 by a committee of 47 church officials. There have been many translations since. I have 21 of them.

I have no problem with the word of God. I do, however, have some concerns about His editors. What happens when you tell somebody to tell somebody to tell somebody? Usually, something gets lost in the translation. This is especially true if you are translating from one language to another. And even if you are merely transcribing in the same language, there is often a difference between what somebody says and what somebody else hears. We also need to remember that the people producing the scripture have a goal in mind. They want to produce a book to be used as a reference for their religion. So they will try to design and develop the scripture to accomplish that purpose. This is not unique to the Bible. The same could be said for the Qur'an, Torah, Bahgavad Gita or any other religious scripture.


Please bear in mind that I am not accusing the editors and producers of religious scripture of anything sneaky or underhanded. I am merely saying that they had a purpose in producing the scripture. I am also saying they were human. They were good men. They were intelligent men. They were devout men. But they were men. They were subject to the same influences and errors common to all men. They were not corrupt. They were human.

You want the word of God? Ask Him yourself. He is alive within the very core of your being and is still communicating with us. All you have to do is learn to listen. You will find His truth is far superior to anything we poor humans can come up with.

Best always

Brother Ron