Ever wonder what passages in the bible Hitler highlighted? He was very serious about doing God’s work, and from what I read the German church regarded him as the embodiment of the holy spirit on Earth; they supported him. So I suppose Hitler had a bible, and just like every other believer, went through and highlighted the verses he chose to believe as a way to justify it in his mind, he was doing God’s work. Imagine his surprise when he died and found himself in hell. For indeed if such a place did exist, he would be there, as would all people who did hurtful things to others and got away with it…which is probably why hell was dreamed up to begin with.
I had someone send me a link to some Christian website in response to my post where I listed a few contradictions of the bible. Well, of course. For every fifty verses I find describing wholesale slaughter and destruction ordered by or performed by God, the same few New Testament verses about how loving and merciful this god is, will be dredged up. And that’s fine. As someone else pointed out, it’s pointless and a waste of energy to try to argue or talk someone out of belief in myths. I know it because for years people tried to point out the illogic to me. I was only able to wake up to the non-highlighted bits in my bible, at my own time. When my mind and heart were ready to see, I saw.
But it is interesting that the same book can contain verses commanding us to beat children with rods and stone our sons for being disobedient, can also create all these known interpretations of it like the Catholic interpretation, Presbyterian, Baptist, Protestant, Four Square, Lutheran, etc, etc., etc. It just seems to me if God’s important message was so hugely important, it would be very clear, and only interpretable one way–the right way. If our salvation was so important to God, why be so mysterious about it? Why whisper it in our ears rather than thunder it across the skies? Free will only works if we have choices, and I’m sorry but the vehicle God uses to get his good news across, is vague, contradictory, erroneous, misleading, and subject to being taken as a justification for good OR evil and everything in-between too. If the message was so important to God that we hear it, if our salvation was so important to this loving God, I would think he’d make a point to be a lot clearer about it than this.
Once upon a time hundreds of people died for daring to open the Ark of the Covenant. Well, what about all these re-translated, mistranslated, translated into modern-speak versions of the bible from the original Hebrew? God doesn’t mind his sacred word changed, deleted or rewritten? And example– “the word interpreted as “virgin” in the bible is actually “young woman,” and yet everyone accepts the belief now that Mary was a virgin, and Jesus seeded in her womb by God. In no place in the bible is Mary described as a virgin. She’s described as a young woman. This is a blunder that the church has been aware of for centuries and yet chooses to keep intact in the bible because so many people now accept this as part of the story as fact–conveniently used as evidence of Jesus’ heavenly origins.
Is the bible fact? Did the disciples actually exist? Did the disciples write the bible or some anonymous writers hired by the early Roman church and hiding behind fictionous pen names to give them credibility.
I personally am amazed I dedicated thirty plus years of my life to something without first checking out how the book the whole religion is founded on, came to be. In retrospect it seems it should have been my first undertaking. Investigation. Is it TRUE? Before I dedicate my life to it.
Why do Jews Reject the Christian dogma of the
(The Second Jewish Book Of Why)
(By Alfred Kolatch 1985)
Based on Isaiah 7:14, Christians claim that the birth of Jesus was predicted long before the event. The verse reads, “Behold, the alma shall conceive and bear a son and shall call him Immanuel [literally, ‘God is with us’].” Although the Hebrew word alma literally means “young woman,” when the Gospel of Matthew (1:23) cites the verse from Isaiah, it translates Alma as “Virgin.” This translation is useful in supporting the contention that the miraculous birth of Jesus was predicted in the Old Testament.
Jewish scholars reject the idea of the Virgin Birth because, they point out, in Isaiah 7:14 the word Alma is part of the Hebrew phrase ha-alma hara, meaning “the alma is pregnant.” Since the present tense is used, it is clear that the young woman was already pregnant and hence not a virgin. This being the case, the verse cannot be cited as a prediction of the future.
Jewish scholars, supported by many Christian scholars, have also noted that the word alma in Isaiah 7:14 cannot mean “virgin” because elsewhere when the Bible wants to specify “virgin,” it uses the Hebrew word betula.
When the Revised Standard Version of the Bible was issued in 1952, the words “young woman,” not the word “Virgin, were used for alma in its translation of Isaiah 7:14. This upset the Fundamentalist Christian community, which maintains that alma in Isaiah refers to the mother of Jesus, who conceived miraculously, without cohabitation with a man. These Fundamentalists expressed their vehement opposition to the new translation by holding burnings of the Revised Edition of the Bible.