This might apply to any religious or philosophical text I suppose. But isn't The Bible really just a bunch of crusty old fellas broadcasting (and often pontificating about) their world view, then trying to lend weight to their ideas by attributing them as being derived from some deity or other ...? Were the authors of ancient texts really just cantankerous old bloggers, for practical purposes mostly indistinguishable from people you might happen upon today, busy advocating some world view or another via their blogs and websites ...?
asked 12 Aug '10, 02:29
Does the Bible have a particular viewpoint? Of course. Doesn't every book? People who want to be "their own God" don't have much use for a book like the Bible. People who consider the Bible irrelevant because it doesn't deal with "modern issues" don't have much use for the Bible either.
But if you are trying to read the Bible because you want to understand your life from the perspective of someone living a lifestyle in the middle ages, with wagons and hand tools and no central heating, I think you're missing the point.
The problems that humans have today are fundamentally no different than those of people living a thousand years ago. Where do I live? Who do I want to be with? How can I feel safe? What do I want to do with my life? How do I find peace and happiness? How do I have a productive relationship with my friends and neighbors? How do I grow? These are the questions people have been asking themselves for as long as there have been people.
The answers to these questions (and more) can be found in the Bible, if you read it as it was written, with divine inspiration.
Note that you can do this with any book, not just the Bible. If you hold in the back of your mind the problem for which you seek an answer, with an attitude of asking, you can open any random book, newspaper or blog entry, and chances are the answer you seek is there. In a sentence or a phrase, or perhaps merely a word.
But I would say that the Bible has a much higher concentration of wisdom than most books, simply because that is its purpose, to impart wisdom and guidance.
I know people who have read the Bible all their lives, and to this day they it still teaches them something new. They read a passage years ago that gave them a profound insight, and then came back to that passage years later to find out that the passage is saying something deeper to them now.
Perhaps some of it is but there is also another part - a part that is Gold.
It is unfortunate there are things in the Bible that are not very "ideal", however, if you can let it go there is much that would benefit man to follow.
answered 12 Aug '10, 18:38
The Bible is not an “Olde Worlde version of blogging”. A blog is “typically an individual offering their perspectives on things”. In contrast, the complete volume of the Bible (66 books: Genesis to Revelation) was written by over  individuals, in a time-span of approximately 2000 years, through the UNIFORM guidance and inspiration of GOD. Thus, the Bible stands apart from all other literature, blogs, or websites because it claims to be THE BOOK which contains the historical Words of GOD.
The Bible is ONE BOOK but has  Testaments: The Old Testament and the New Testament. The existence of these  Testaments has nothing to do with “cultural shifts” or “shifts in religious perceptions”. The difference in the Biblical Testaments has to do with the change of the BLOOD sacrifice for the forgiveness of SINS. The Old Testament was dedicated by Moses with the blood of ANIMALS under the Law. The New Testament was dedicated by Jesus Christ (GOD in the Flesh) with His OWN blood under Grace.
The Bible does NOT belong to man. The Bible belongs to GOD, and it is HIS completed record from Genesis to Revelation through the hand of man. The work of GOD was fourfold - Revelation, Inspiration, Illumination, and Preservation:
(1) Revelation is the FACT of a divine communication.
(2) Inspiration is the MEANS by which the divine communication is brought to the written record.
(3) Illumination is the UNDERSTANDING of the divine communication.
(4) Preservation is the CONSISTENCY of the divine communication through multiple languages.
There are no degrees of Biblical inspiration. The whole Bible is equally inspired, equally authoritative, and equally true. GOD guided the expression of the Biblical writers’ thoughts without disturbing the free exercise of the Biblical writers’ personalities. Therefore, the written work is as authoritative as if it were mechanically dictated, but as writer-specific as if it were humanly created. This process was DYNAMIC, and the end result is a verbal (the words), plenary (extending to all parts equally), inerrant (without error), and authoritative collection of GOD’s Words.
The Bible makes an explicit claim for itself in the matter of inspiration for both the Old and New Testaments. The dynamic process of divine inspiration includes a diversity of expression, the instrumentality of human personalities, the use of source documents, the use of nonscientific language, and an array of literary devices. Although the Bible guarantees that it contains a TRUE record, it does NOT necessarily claim that everything contained in the record is TRUE. A distinction must clearly be made between what the Bible TEACHES and what the Bible RECORDS. Everything that the Bible TEACHES is TRUE and ERRORLESS. However, the Bible also contains a TRUE record of sinful man’s gross errors, flagrant lies, and despicable thoughts and actions throughout history. Failure to notice this distinction will always result in improper Biblical understanding and doctrinal ERROR.
Why did GOD need to guide and inspire men to write His Words? Why did Jesus Christ not “sit down and write his Gospel out himself instead of leaving it to all his mates to have a crack at it instead”? The Bible answers this question for us. Jesus Christ would NEVER have wasted His time writing about Himself because He understood and declared the following:
“If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.” [John 5:31]
The reason Jesus Christ has spiritual authority and credibility until today is because His Words and actions were recorded by multiple WITNESSES who were guided and inspired by GOD. Because of this, Jesus Christ does not commend Himself. He is commended of GOD and the writings of the witnesses. This level of commendation cannot be claimed by any other person in the history of the world. Today, blogs and web-sites do exactly what Jesus Christ avoided: They bear witness of themselves and their agendas.
Please note that I did not write the Bible. I am just sharing what the Bible claims in relation to its contents: The Bible claims that it is THE BOOK which contains all the historical Words of GOD. If a person does not believe in the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that is their business. If a person believes that the Biblical writers were “crusty”, that is their business. If a person believes that the Biblical writers were “cantankerous”, that is their business. If a person believes that the Biblical writers wrote and incorrectly attributed the words to “some deity or other”, that is their business. If a person believes that the Biblical writers were “busy advocating” some personal “world view”, that is their business. If a person believes that the Biblical claim in relation to its contents is a LIE, that is their business.
In conclusion, modern-day blogs and web-sites are of the WORLD. In contrast, the Bible is of GOD with modern-day relevance to both MEN and WOMEN.
Thanks for reading.
answered 16 Aug '10, 17:45
the bible is the story of mankind, the original owners manual for earth's model of the 'human',
if thats a blog, then its a blog.
answered 15 Aug '10, 22:30
You have a valid point Account Closed.Its a group of writings that were written by a large number of people and some books have no ACTUALLY KNOWN author. The books are in the wrong chronological order( oldest one is Job apparently ) and they were put together by a man whose main concern was the building up and maintaining of his own views and aspirations. There were books specifically kept out of the bible and for all we know inspired books destroyed for ever. However saying all that i would still maimtain the book to contain many inspired words from many inspired people.The claim that it is ALL inspired by God is i think a little onerous.Also to claim it as the ONLY word of God is likewise a little short sighted. Hpwever there are still many souls who think that there doing the Almighty a great favour in proclaiming that the Constantine inspired bringing together of these various books is His will.They also appear to limit the Almighty to what He has allready said and preclude poor old God from saying anything else by anyone else. Im sure God would be still willing and working out His plan even if good old Constantine had left out a few good books or indeed popped in a few bad ones.
answered 06 Sep '10, 15:00
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