By "The Age of Questioning, I'm refferring to the last decade or so. It seems that traditional beliefs (of every kind, mostly being that of religion) are being questioned by scholars, experts, and the common man. I am one of these people. I go to mass every week, even teach Religious education to third graders every tuesday but I take my religion with a grain of salt, and that is horrible. I don't believe in much of the Bible if any of it. How can we trust something that was written by people just as I wrote an Alamo Story? As far as I'm concerned, the only thing God gave us was the Ten Commandments, the rest is made up or wrongly interpreted, and that is why I say to take it with a grain of salt. Sorry for the rant, am I going to Hell or what?
"I'll leave this rule for when I'm dead-- be always sure you're right, then go ahead."-David Crockett
Continue to study and question. And no, you're not going to go to Hell for doing so. Look at all the Bible scholars who delve into every nook and cranny of the Scriptures. They study the Dead Sea Scrolls and translate ancient documents from biblical times. And do you know what? The more they discover only serves to substantiate the historical backdrop of the Bible.
I guess all of us have been "Doubting Thomases" at times, seeking scientific parallels in the Bible that match our current understanding of science. But the Bible is not a science textbook. Inasmuch, when it comes to scientific matters, the Bible is noteworthy not only for what it says, but also for what it doesn't say.
Many mistaken beliefs gained wide acceptance in ancient times. Views about the earth ranged from the idea that it was flat to the notion that tangible substances, or objects held it aloft. Long before science learned about the spread and prevention of disease, 'physicians' employed some practices that were inneffective at best, lethal, at worst. But not once in its more than 1,100 chapters does the Bible endorse any unscientific views, or harmful practices.
Some 3,500 years ago, the Bible stated that the earth "is hanging upon nothing." (Job26:7) In the 8th Century BC, Isaiah clearly referred to the "circle, (or sphere) of the earth." (Isaiah40:22). A spherical earth held in empty space without any visible, or physical means of support sounds remarkably modern, doesn't it?
So, even though the Bible is an ancient book and touches on many subjects, it contains no scientific inaccuracies. Does not such a book at least merit our consideration?
The Bible is a living document and asks for you to question aspects that you do not fully understand. The answers are all there. But, just like the Parson once said to Smitty, "That's how you learn, by asking."
"Faith is believing what you know ain't so." MARK TWAIN
I guess, in the end, it all just comes down to faith. Thank God I have it, now I only pray that I am doing with it what He wants me to do with it.
Politics and religion are dangerous subjects to broach in conversation, because there is always going to be somebody with completely different views to yours who will turn a deaf ear to anything you have to say about your beliefs.
In times like these, it is almost a comfort to be able to fall back on the words of THE ALAMO's own Jocko Robertson.
I say this : I believe. I can never find a way to argue down you that don’t believe, but I believe in the Lord God Almighty, all knowing and all forgiving. And I believe that Good shall be triumphant in the end and that Evil shall be vanquished. I believe in a hereafter.
Post by Bromhead24 on Nov 18, 2007 12:40:31 GMT -5
This past year i struggled (still am) to understand why was my life turned upside down, I have prayed (still do)with all my heart asking many questions and even for a time, i cursed god for not answering my questions or for letting this depression worsten. (i hope i will be forgiven for my out bursts) but i was very mad. I just hope he will answer these questions.
As for the bible, there has been more wars and deaths over the bible by people who can't agree on it's interpitations.