Even people of faith need logic.
I had the occasion to come in contact with a variety of Christian believers this week. I asked them questions to understand their logic. They agreed on many things. One there is nothing in the Old Testament that contradicts the New Testament.
People who interpreted the Bible differently from them just didn’t understand the meaning of God’s word. And all religions, religious sects, had reinterpreted the Bible to suit their (the sect’s) self interest.
But just because you don’t have a church and read the Bible, doesn’t the mean that you are a sect?
Completely ignored. I have come to accept this snub as a Biblical “business as usual” response.
I presented some scholarly writings that said the Bible, what scattered pieces of it remain, are stored around the globe. Originally written in Hebrew then translated to Greek and re translated into English. There are over 50 English translations. The most popular translation is the King James Bible where one scholar stated there are over 14,800 questionable translation in that version.
I would think that would cause a reader, any reader, to pause and reflect. “People can make any claims they want,” said the unsected Bible reader.
Let me try to get my head around this. The Bible, the Word of God, is incomplete and scattered around the world. You have never seen the original and even if you did you wouldn’t be able to understand it because it is in a different language. But somebody or a group of somebodies, translated it into Greek. And it was then re translated into varying interpretations of English.
Forgive my suspicions but might one expect that God might have known that His word might be destroyed with time let alone that there would be other languages. And that He might use the actual names of the countries or people that would be there at the end of tome. Heck, I’ve been through over 20 “end of times” events. It now sounds like a car sales commercial
“That’s what faith is — the belief in the unbelievable.”
“So I could put my interpretation on the Bible and I could call it my faith?”
“You could, but it wouldn’t be the Words of God”
“You see, the Words must be accepted to be understood.”
So I took this information to the woman I love and repeated this conversation. I told her these three Bible readers had a different interpretation of Matthew’s passage of being ‘yoked’.
She cannot be involved with a man who does not accept Jesus as she does, according to this scripture. “But these men said that you have misinterpreted that passage.”
“That would mean that my brothers, family and friends are all wrong. I don’t think so.”
I pondered this logic system for a long time. I could not understand, with that logic, why they are not voting for Hillary. They regretted having voted for Obama.