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Looking at the big picture, so to speak, how can anyone suggest they know what they're intended to do or believe in Abrahmaic religion, when the rule book can't give a definitive answer on so many of the questions? "Faith" does not answer this question, btw, because it's an irrelevant concept - to have faith in something, you must first have a something. This shows that something is undefined.Answer Question
Answer by zetajen at 12:33 PM on Jun. 8, 2012
WTF! You mean the bible contradicts itself? I'm shocked!
Answer by beeky at 12:59 PM on Jun. 8, 2012
Answer by HHx5 at 1:09 PM on Jun. 8, 2012
Answer by RyansMom001 at 1:09 PM on Jun. 8, 2012
People can read and re-read the Bible for their entire lives, claim to "know" god, and still not be able to find agreement with others who have done the same thing. There are so many contradictions in the Bible, as the graph shows, and they are contradictions whether or not one has a bias. My husband, who is a Christian of some unidentifiable flavor - but mostly Gnostic, I think - claims that through his studies, and by discussing the Bible and Christianity with other spiritual people, that it is intended to be metaphorical, as evidenced by the many contradictions. Is he right? I can't say. He has his own interpretation based on his studies and experience. I don't think his experience is any less valid, though, than that of any other Christian who has a different interpretation and arrived at different conclusions.
Answer by jsbenkert at 1:23 PM on Jun. 8, 2012
What it means, then, is that maybe there is a "right" interpretation, maybe there' no "right" interpretation. The fact is, the book has the mark of so many different men who made contributions that have been edited by many other different men in different eras. There's no wonder there are so many contradictions. Gather together a hundred men and ask them to write on a particular subject, and you will get a hundred different thoughts on that subject. If they have some common histories and backgrounds (as many authors of the Bible did) the stories may be similar, but certainly some will contradict others, and there will be differences. It's not at all surprising, then, that there are so many contradictions in the Bible. What is surprising is that so many people will claim to have the "right" interpretation of such a work.
Answer by jsbenkert at 1:28 PM on Jun. 8, 2012
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Answer by Dardenella at 1:52 PM on Jun. 8, 2012