Brother Ron Barnes
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Is the Bible a "Good Book"?


Dear Brother Ron

Is the bible a 'good' book? I only really like Revelations, "a hallucinogenic head-trip without parallel from start to finish: exhilarating, unsettling, and gloriously mad."


The rest is blandness interspersed with sadism (particularly Lot having to boff his daughters in a cave). The Song of Solomon is quite saucy, but apart from that it's a bit boring. I'm interested what you think as I'm doing a thesis on literature at the moment.

Glorious


Dear Glorious

The Bible was written over a period of five thousand years by many different people. It was then translated many different times into different languages. These translations were done by committees under the direction and influence of various political entities. Those who insist that every word of the Bible be taken literally are ignoring the realities of the editing process.

There are good lessons in the Bible and good insights into the sociology of the ancient Hebrew society. Like any other book, the reader should take from it that which is relevant to them. The Bible is not an instrument to gain a complete understanding of God. It is, however, a good way to gain a better understanding of the Hebrew society and their views on God, religion and social interactions.

Best always
Brother Ron