Monday, October 31, 2005

The Bible

From UK. Times

THE hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church has published a teaching document instructing the faithful that some parts of the Bible are not actually true. We should not expect to find in Scripture full scientific accuracy or complete historical precision,” they say in The Gift of Scripture.

Gee ya think? They should have asked me, I figured that out decades ago.

They go on to condemn fundamentalism for its “intransigent intolerance” and to warn of “significant dangers” involved in a fundamentalist approach.
“Such an approach is dangerous, for example, when people of one nation or group see in the Bible a mandate for their own superiority, and even consider themselves permitted by the Bible to use violence against others.”

Gee ya think?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!! That is great. I have a very intelligent cousin who believes the earth was created 5000 years ago, and all forms of life were created as is. I am an "athiest" because I think some of the O.T. is "parables." I figure if Jesus made up story "examples" (parables) to tell a great truth in the N.T., WHY is it so hard to believe some of the stories in the O.T. are also made up "examples" which explain a moral. But, no... and I am an athiest because I think so!!

Also, no way do I believe God ever ordered Joshua (or whoever it was) to kill every man, woman, child, and animal of their enemy. AND how can anyone believe some of the really ridiculous laws in Leviticus?? I always tell her, God gave you a mind. You have to use reason and consider the knowledge of the times when you read the Bible.


11:15 PM, October 31, 2005  
Anonymous Democat said...

Fundamentalist characteristics are pretty much the same for all religions, whether they're Christian, Jewish, Islamic, etc. Basically, these faiths are harsh, intolorant, and narrow in their views and they demand strict obedience to their laws. There's no room for individuality in one's spiritual beliefs. I think that when Christians are taught to believe in The Bible literally, for instance, they lose at least some of their capacity for critical thinking. Also, the ones who believe The Bible is all literal fact and don't believe in science seem to be the ones most likely to believe that the Gospel According to Rush (and the other rightwing pundits) is literally true even when the evidence that it is not is right under their noses. More than likely, if they went to a museum and looked at the physical evidence to support evolution (i.e. skeletons of dinosaurs, hominids, etc.) they would still refuse to believe it. The Bible is made up of Jewish history, the Psalms/Proverbs, and The New Testement (that itself is suspect after The Council of Nicea threw out whole books and anything else they didn't like, plus the frequent re-translations. Beyond that the whole story of Creation and much of the rest of the OT is myth and fairytale. And does anyone besides me suspect that Elijah's chariot and Ezekial's wheel were UfOs?

3:48 PM, November 01, 2005  
Blogger Ron said...

Strange as it may see to some of us I have actually met people that didn't really believe in critical thinking. I mean people that would ADMIT it. Felt that it was Gods realm and we shouldn't want to know too much.
I would think exactly the opposite. If we go on to be with God I would think he would want people that could relate to and understand the miracles of the universe. I would much rather converse with an intelligent person than a goober that has a lot of nothing to say. I would bet he would feel the same way.

6:43 PM, November 02, 2005  
Blogger The Donkey said...

Vatican cardinal said Thursday the faithful should listen to what secular modern science has to offer, warning that religion risks turning into "fundamentalism" if it ignores scientific reason.

12:55 PM, November 04, 2005  
Blogger BeWitchingWizard said...

Sorry to upset your apple cart, but its "The Kabbalah," the Creator of the Light - The Maniac

3:05 PM, November 05, 2005  

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