Now a new ‘revised’ version of the inerrant Word of God is soon to be published.
“The New International Version, the Bible of choice for conservative evangelicals, will be revised to reflect changes in English usage and advances in Biblical scholarship”
“advances in Biblical scholarship” – Does that mean, some new autographs have been discovered or is it the ‘scholarship’ of debate within a closed community of minds?
I have a problem with some who call themselves Christian, not all – but some
Sorry, I don’t need to hear your Truth, for I have studied the subject and found it wanting
It is said “And regardless, all of humanity will kneel before Jesus, the Lord of and Creator of all things.” by xians who believe in their particular deity and holy text. Other human beings have different beliefs and there are many who say “I see no proof of your claims”
It matters not what you believe. That doesn’t change the facts that the basic religious beliefs expounded upon in the xian holy text are decent standards to live by. That doesn’t change the facts that there are some truly bizarre statements within the same book nor does it change the fact that the basic moral standard of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is taught by 99% of all religions. The Golden Rule is the basis for strong human societies thruout history.
An adamant insistence upon being right, a demand that all shall believe as they, the fundamentalists believe – or ELSE – seems to indicate a deep seated fear of being alone in one’s beliefs. The anger and verbal attacks spewed by some of those who call themselves Christian do nothing for their cause, rather they merely show to the questioners that the xians are deeply afraid of being wrong and can only assuage those fears by shouting louder – “I’m right and you’re going to be sorry!” At one time, conversion to xianity was enforced by the sword “Swear faith in Jesus, or DIE!”, nowadays it is a more subtle but nevertheless still a threat, “Swear faith in Jesus, or SUFFER!”
Threats don’t work well with me. Add to that basic stance, held since my days in a church school, with a desire to check up on others claims and one finds that not only are many of the claims made by xians unverifiable but many are outright false. Of course for every false claim there are apologists who will publish books and essays, preach sermons and babble in front of cameras that “It all comes down to assumptions. Since we know the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, we must begin all of our investigations with that in mind.” The person who really wants to learn any subject, begins by admitting, “I don’t know much but I am willing to change my mind when the facts tell me to but first I need to learn more so that I might better evaluate the data presented to me or that I find for myself.”