Or can an atheist fully grasp and understand the meanings and message in the Bible if the person doesn't believe the Bible is the Word and inspired by God?
Do you think it is really possible to understand a holy book, the meanings and interpretations if you believe them to be fairytales, myths or a collection of man made articles? Is it fair for a person who does not look at the Quran in the same way as a Muslim to interpret and give meaning to the book? Or any religious book for that matter?
I have seen a person pull out a Bible verse and insist it means something but not even believe the Bible is the inspiration of God. I have seen a verse pulled out from the Quran and used as a way to prove the religion is violence but not even believe the Quran is a sacred book. Is it fair for a Christian to insist they have more knowledge than a Muslim on the Quran?
Asked by Anonymous at 10:55 AM on Jun. 25, 2011 in Religious Debate
Answer by adnilm at 5:20 PM on Jun. 25, 2011
Answer by KristiS11384 at 12:53 PM on Jun. 25, 2011
Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:14 AM on Jun. 25, 2011
Answer by dullscissors at 11:47 AM on Jun. 25, 2011
I think it's fair to say that most Atheists were, at some point in their lives, Christian or followed some Abrahamic religion. I think it's also fair to say that with that background, most of us were - and still are - very well acquainted with the Bible and had much instruction in it through church, Sunday School, VBS and other immersion. I recited the Nicene Creed by rote, as well as other prayers and knew verses by heart, and thought I actually believed what I was instructed to repeat. I have several editions of the Bible in my home. It is because I studied the Bible and began to look at it with a critical eye that I lost my faith.
On the flip side, are you suggesting that all Christians blindly accept and follow the words of the Bible? Because there are many who frequent this forum who insist that they have questioned but have always returned to their faith. . .
Answer by jsbenkert at 12:08 PM on Jun. 25, 2011
Answer by KristiS11384 at 1:06 PM on Jun. 25, 2011
Understanding something fully doesn't really have anything to do with believing it.
Answer by BubbaLuva at 1:06 PM on Jun. 25, 2011
Answer by dullscissors at 10:59 AM on Jun. 25, 2011
Answer by MrsMWF at 11:02 AM on Jun. 25, 2011
Answer by MrsMWF at 11:13 AM on Jun. 25, 2011