Many people quote their holy books in verse and phrase.Weren't these books written by men who had there own agenda. And weren't these books edited sometimes to answer to the whims of the people that were in charge at the time(kings ,queens and other religious leaders)and isn't a lot of the interpretations of these books used to put across someone else narrow views? Can you be 100% sure that the words are 100% that of your god and the book is 100% the way your god wanted it written.
If these books get you through your day and you find comfort in them this is great!
What you believe is 100% true
answered 23 Dec '10, 04:31
In the sense that the writers of these holy books wrote them through divine inspiration, the words themselves are perfect. It is the interpretation and translation of those words (by so many people and so many religions) that is flawed.
Interpretation is inescapable. Unless you are a Biblical scholar who understands the Greek and Hebrew languages within their original context, it is difficult to derive the exact meaning of the Bible as it was originally written. There is no such thing as literal translation. Even Biblical scholars agree that there are significant (in Biblical terms) differences just between the different English translations of the Bible.
At one particular sermon, our pastor was describing a particular passage in the Bible (I'm sorry, but I don't remember the exact passage), where there is a word that is translated to English, which has two different meanings in the original Greek (both of which have significant Biblical meaning), but only one of which can be translated directly into English, because there is no dual-meaning-equivalent word in the English language. The other, untranslated meaning is lost in the actual English text. See here.
This is why there are side-notes in study Bibles; the notes are there to tell you how the original words are translated, and how the idioms of the period differ from modern idioms, and how the Biblical scholars chose to map those ancient idioms into the English and cultural idioms of today.
If you want to get the most benefit from holy books like the Bible, read them with divine inspiration, like the original authors wrote them. What do the words say to you? The answer to that question will change as you get older, and you will find deeper meaning in the words as you gain wisdom.
MY HOLY BIBLE IS THE ANSWER TO ALL MY QUESTIONS. IT GIVES ME PEACE & I BELIEVE THEY WERE WRITTEN BY GODLY MEN INSPIRED TO WRITE BY THE HOLY SPIRIT....
answered 15 Jun '10, 01:13
This question is being asked in a very interesting manner. I feel that this question actually answers itself. How can a book be 'holy' but NOT 100% correct? The term 'holy' means that a thing is hallowed, consecrated, or set apart for a sacred use or to the service or worship of GOD. In light of this, how can a 'holy' book be wrong? If your 'holy' book contains ERROR, I humbly suggest that you discard it and re-establish your spiritual foundation on TRUTH.
In my Answers and Comments on this site, (please feel free to visit my Inward Quest account for all the details), I have already commented on the fact that all belief sytems will refer to a 'holy' text or writings in order to demonstrate a form of inspiration and credibility. This is the foundational problem: All these texts will claim spiritual authority but contain different facts and doctrines. If the texts differ in information, which one is 'holy'?
There are  questions which a text must answer in order to determine its 'holiness':
(1) What does the text claim about itself?
Firstly, the question of INSPIRATION must be determined. Does the text claim divine inspiration? Philosophical inspiration? Personal inspiration? No inspiration?
(2) Who wrote the text, where was it written, and within what time-frame was it written?
Secondly, the question of AUTHORSHIP must be determined. Was the text written by only one man? Or was it written by many men? Are the authors named? Or is the text from an anonymous source? Was the text written in a day? A year? Many years?
(3) Does the text have an historical relevance?
Thirdly, the question of AUTHENTICITY must be determined. In order for a text to make a contemporary mark, it must demonstrate to have survived the test of time. Therefore, it must contain links to historical people, historical locations, and historical events. In context with its inspiration, the text must be able to give a social and spiritual commentary in relation to these historical people, locations, and events. Also, for authenticity to be confirmed, the text must have a volume and lineage of manuscript evidence. This means that there must be a certain quatity of the text in circulation and that a background trace could be made of how the text was copied and recopied throughout the years.
(4) Does the text contain moral teachings?
Fourthly, the question of PRACTICALITY must be determined. Does the text contain solid, life-changing advice in reference to ALL aspects of life? Or does the text focus on just a limited number of moral and social issues? Is the text's advice simple and clear to be understood? Or is the text's advice confusing and difficult to be discerned?
(5) Does the text contain supernatural teachings?
Fifthly, the question of PROPHECY must be determined. Does the text contain any prophetic statements? A limited number? Or none at all? Have any prophetic statements in relation to historical people, locations, or events come to pass? Does the text contain relevant future prophecies? Or does the text's prophetic insight come to a close?
(6) Does the text contain any apparent contradictions within its contents?
Lastly, the question of CONSISTENCY must be determined. Is the text's information uniform and transparent throughout its pages? Or do certain parts not conform? Are there problems with the factual information? Practical information? Prophetic information?
Examining a text under these conditions will enable you to judge the 'holiness' of a text. A text is 'holy' ONLY if it measures up to ALL six of these benchmarks. If you spend some time researching these things, you will see that the Authorized King James 1611 Bible passes this test with ease.
Now, some comments are being made about 'holy' books being written by men with agendas, or to appease the whims of rulers, or that the text may be opened to personal interpretation, or that modern-day preachers have 'better' words with which to correct the Bible. Are you saying that GOD, who is the Creator of ALL things (visible and invisible), did not and does not have the power to PRESERVE HIS OWN WORDS FOR US TODAY? Are men's agendas more powerful than GOD? Are rulers more powerful than GOD? Is the linguistic understanding of modern-day preahers greater than GOD's linguistic understanding? Historically, please be advised that GOD has allowed His Word to be handled by 7 languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, Koine Greek, Old Syriac, Old Latin, Luther's German, and English. Since Bible Numerology teaches us that '7' is the number of completion, GOD already knew that ENGLISH was going to be the last world-wide language. Thus, His Words were preserved in the ENGLISH and have now been translated into in excess of 300 languages! Why would you run back to the 'Original Autographs' to find GOD's Words today? The 'Original Autographs' DO NOT EXIST ANYMORE. Whether you believe in GOD or not, would you really want to put yourself in a situation where, one day, you will have to explain to Him why you doubted His power in preserving His own Words? Do you know who first casted a doubt on GOD's Words? It was Satan(!): 'Yea, hath GOD said...?' [Genesis 3:1]. Why would anyone want to follow that example?
Again, I have already commented on many related issues in my Answers and Comments sections on this site and invite all Inward Quest members to read my posts.
Thanks for reading.
answered 15 Jun '10, 15:18
The Holy Quran only....
As bible has many versions.so its authenticity is hudred percent doutful.The Holy Quran is the only religious book for which God holds the responsibility Himself.
Thousands of people remember the whole book.this is why no slightly change even of a comma one can find in The Book even after 14 centries have passed.
answered 22 Dec '10, 07:15
When you have an inspired revelation and write a book; will read what you had to say. In the mean time many of the events in the books have been historically proven as fact. I'm not to sure about 100%; remember even though we have God's Knowledge it is thinned down for our human minds. And yes it has been translated many times, and many of the books have been lost. We will never know the whole story. I don't see anything wrong with the 10 commandments, or the Gospel. Profits had to speak in parables so the common man of the times could understand the message. Not all is to be taken literally. The Bible as an example is a history and a guide line of how to live(love your neighbor as yourself). What is your 100% truth? Then if you want to know where I'm coming from I am a Ordained Minister of the Gospel.
There is only one truth that we can all agree upon, regardless of our religious beliefs, and it is 100% truth for each and every one of us, and the Bible teaches this one truth to all humans example: from the dust you came, and to the dust you shall return, rich and poor. So it is the one truth we can all agree upon 100%, because it is the same truth for all of us, regardless. We are here to pay a price for the gift of life, and the exchange cost to live, is to die, so the cost of life is dead, no human can prevent his own dead, or stop his own death, or live forever!
So, there is no point to establish what the truth is for you, or for me, or for anyone so to speak, since the truth of life is a 100% fact for everyone, and no one can stop the sting of death! So, hold on to your truth, and I will hold on to my truth, and at the end of life, we can all depart gracefully, and peacefully back to the dust!
answered 26 Dec '10, 09:07
Inactive User ♦♦
If you are seeing this message then the Inward Quest system has noticed that your web browser is behaving in an unusual way and is now blocking your active participation in this site for security reasons. As a result, among other things, you may find that you are unable to answer any questions or leave any comments. Unusual browser behavior is often caused by add-ons (ad-blocking, privacy etc) that interfere with the operation of our website. If you have installed these kinds of add-ons, we suggest you disable them for this website