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  1. PiousPete

    How Do You Prefer to Interpret The Bible?

    To do this properly would require an amount of typing necessary to obtain a Phd. Feel free to google the following, The Pentateuch, The Septuagint, The Latin Vulgate Bible, Johannes Gutenburg. Following this stream will give you an outline on how we have arrived at the vast majority of bibles in existence today.
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    Why did Jesus curse a fig tree?

    I'm trying to follow your logic here, Jesus cursed a fig tree in preparation for an unrelated action that would take place in the future in order to provide a lesson that would not be recorded in all four of the gospels. That just doesn't make rational sense and when you start to try and see things which are not there I feel you end up far away from a healthy location.
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    How Do You Prefer to Interpret The Bible?

    This makes it almost impossible for the average person to understand, it is necessary to undertake some serious study to be able to place each text within the right context and even gain further understanding for the versions that preceeded it. Most christians are completely unaware that this is even necessary.
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    How Do You Prefer to Interpret The Bible?

    You've answered my question with a question William. At this point I can say I have no term to classify my present understanding I was raised to have a strict orthodox understanding of the Bible but with time and study I have come to see it as being fruitless and too simplistic to look at scripture in this way. As for inspiration, what it means for me is manifested in my life. How it is supposed tohave led to the compilation of the Bible as we know it today is something I still haven't found a clear answer for.
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    How Do You Prefer to Interpret The Bible?

    What does this mean for you in reality William? Explain your thoughts in just a few simple sentences?
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    How Do You Prefer to Interpret The Bible?

    One common mistake christians make is to assume any declaration regarding the importance or validity of a scripture pertains to the whole entire bible. The quote from Joshua is not referring to the bible as the bible didn't exist at that time. Writings that make up the old and new testaments were put together in the latin vulgate bible but the bibles that we know to day did not come into existence until the 1400's. My question relates to what to do when the presence of the human hand in producing the bible becomes extremely evident.
  7. Once the catholics come clean then the ball has been set rolling, everyone needs to atone for any wrongs they may have done.
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    How Do You Prefer to Interpret The Bible?

    In this case how do you resolve conflicting accounts and/or contradictions in the bible, as you believe everything to be a strict record of history can you please tell me how Judas died?
  9. Number 2 is key as nobody really knows what a catholic is just as we can't be sure what being a christian actually means. However, the catholic church is a completely defunct organisation, its relationship with early european expansion and colonialism is the main reason it became so powerful. The only reform that would validate the church would be to admit to and seek to compensate people around the world for the atrocities committed around the world in the name of the church. Any other measures taken are purely secondary and just window dressing as the main reason people who are educated and trained at catholic institutions leave the church in huge numbers is the realisation of he level of hypocracy the church represents.
  10. With a number of books ranging from 66 to 72 depending on which version you read and stories going back thousands of years, there are numerous accounts in The Bible that are extremely far removed from the world we inhabit today. Old testament characters reputed to have lived hundreds of years, the story of Jonah and the whale, the feeding of the five thousand, the exodus.....the list could go on and on. The way we look at life today renders many of these stories difficult to accept at face value and there are instances where science proves scipture to be incorrect. Knowing this to be true my question is how do you personally interpret The Bible? Is it the unshakeable word of God and a infallible account of human history or is it a collection of ancient and modern documents of religious philosophy that you can use to benefit you in any way you see fit? To summarise, do you prefer a literal or more metaphorical approach to understanding biblical writings?
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    Is Science The Communicative Language of God?

    Yes, we're on the same page. With the framework in place God has shown that He is happy to go betond it when He sees fit. Something that hasn't happened for quite some time now though. My next question would be why that happens and what does this mean for humanity that the laws of creation can be broken at any times and only apply to humans and animals. Also with no miracles being recorded since the production of the first Bible, it becomes a test of faith to believe that Christians alive today will benefit in real time from miraculous occurences.
  12. Your sign off is interesting as it suggests each individual is free to eat what they want. Therefore there is no uniformity in Christian diet, a central part of any community or culture is food. How can Christians come to realistic conclusions is what I'm asking?
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    Arian Controversy

    Arianism and the Arian controversy led to what we now know as the Roman Catholic Church, the early ecumenical councils set up to discuss the points brought up by Arias resulted in The Nicean Creed and a regulated agreement on who and what Jesus was.
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    Is God male?

    Surely God is beyond human gender and brought forth all things so must be an omnipresent being comprised of all things. Having said that depending on your view of biblical scripture, there are times when God is presented as having very human limitations. Genesis 3:9 8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” 11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” Therefore he could be a man after all...
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    Jesus or Paul , Who to Follow?

    As far as we are concerned Paul is the first theologian because we place him as such. Also what exactly is a heretic as far Christians are concerned, with so many factions and official streams of churches it is difficult to know what is canon and what isn't. This is the problem that Paul presents. Paul says: 1Cor.12 [ 28 ] And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third, teachers, Eph.4 [ 11 ] And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teacher s, 1Tim.2 [ 7 ] For this I was appointed a preacher and apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. 2Tim.1 [ 11 ] For this gospel I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher , Jesus says: Matt.23 [8] But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren.

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