The Holy Bible – How Much Do You Believe?


holy_bibleFirst let me start by saying that I am a Christian. I am saved and believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins and for that I am forever grateful. I take the Holy Bible as God’s holy word.

With that being said, I am putting myself out there by saying that I can honestly understand why many choose not to read or give the Holy Bible much significance.

Now don’t get me wrong, I try to live by the bible as best as I can (many shortfalls sadly) but for those who aren’t committed to the belief of the Gospel then there is undoubtedly much room for scrutiny.

For example many people believe that the events chronicled in the bible are just as sketchy as those described in the theory of evolution. Some take the theory of evolution as solid fact while others do not believe that it is an accurate or complete explanation of how human life began. This too goes for the bible. There are people who swear by the words contained in the Holy Bible while others feel that there may be some truth to the bible, but there is too much room for doubt for them to believe in its entirety.

Some Christians even have trouble coming to terms that every word written in the bible should be taken as truth. They read their bibles, they are taught from the bible in church, yet they still find difficulty in believing and abiding by what the word tells them.

One of the most controversial issues dealing with what the bible actually states is the subject of homosexuality. Many homosexual people (including Homosexual Christians) argue that the bible does not in any certain terms state that same sex relationships or sexual behavior is immoral. They also argue that nowhere in the bible is it written that the scriptures mainly used by true Christians today to note God’s judgment of homosexuality does not relate to homosexuality today, but rather that of the original meaning of homosexuality and therefore does not point out today’s definition and its context. 

Of course those who believe otherwise will generally point out this scripture in the 18th chapter of Leviticus

22Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

…followed by this scripture in Leviticus the 20th chapter

13If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

They will conclude by telling the story of Sodom and Gomorrah

Another small, but often talked about example of what is actually stated in the bible is the art of tattooing and body piercing. Many pastors touch on the topic of tattooing/body piercing somewhere along the way during their ministering. They generally use the following scripture:

Leviticus 19:28 (King James Version)

 28Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

For some, that is enough to make them believe that tattooing is forbidden by God because but for others that scripture does not exactly state that you should not get a tattoo. Then there are those that have read this scripture, are Christians yet they have tattoos and see nothing wrong with it because they do not feel that is in any way possible to live your life completely as directed by the bible. Everyone will fall short at some point in time, so yes they believe in the Bible but don’t feel that is a realistic thought that  one can follow the instructions for life given by the bible 100%.

I saw this acronym somewhere and it made me stop and think

Basic

Instructions

Before

Leaving

Earth

 If the bible should be the instruction manual of how Christians live their lives, why is it so difficult to believe that even the controversial issues that many see inaccuracy in are true? Could it be that many of those who proclaim to be true Christians are not completely convinced that each word of the book of their God is 100% truth? Or, is it easier to believe the parts that suit you and that you choose to live by while leaving those that are not as convincing behind?

**And for those that may be interested here is what former President George W. Bush who is a Christian said about whether he believes the bible to be true.

**all scriptures noted are from the King James Version of the bible from BibleGateway.com**

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    • Kim
    • September 24th, 2009

    I believe the bible. (notice the period) nice post!

    • James
    • September 23rd, 2009

    A book of superstitions for superstitious people who lived in superstitious times.Read Mr. Dawkins book “The God Delusion”.Interesting reading.

    • jemima
    • March 26th, 2009

    Hey BGT, on the issue of being a Bible believing Christian, what do you believe is going to happen in the future? What do you see as your “big picture”? If you had to put things in a nutshell, what did God have in mind at the beginning? what went wrong? and how does he fix it all? Do you have a clear view of these things? Just wondering about your thoughts…..

    Jemima

    • Jemima
    • March 15th, 2009

    May I answer James here BGT?
    God’s Law applies to all who worship him. The chosen ones you mentioned were originally the Nation of Israel. When God’s promise to Abraham of producing ‘ the seed’ was fulfilled and the Messiah finally put in his appearance, God gave the Israelites every opportunity to accept their Messiah. (All of Jesus’ first disciples were Jews) But when they, as a nation rejected him under influence of corrupt religious leaders, they murdered him and forced God to abandon them and choose a new ‘spiritual’ nation from among the Gentiles. (Acts 15:14) There are ‘chosen ones’ among these ones as well. But God says we are all one flock with one shepherd. (John 10:16) God’s promise of salvation applies to all who are obedient to him. Though God wishes that everyone would obey him, unfortunately many will not. (2 Peter 3:9, Matthew 7:21-23)
    Hope that answers your question James.
    Jem

    • james
    • March 14th, 2009

    Hi BGT,.I’d just like to make a brief comment relating to the fact that God’s law{i.e. The Bible}only applied to the Chosen,i.e. the Israelites as mentioned in the book of {i think} Deuteronomy meaning the rest of us {allegedly} could not therefore be saved and consequently those laws do not apply to us {Gentiles}.

    • Jemima
    • February 18th, 2009

    I just read the link on George Bush’s quote on whether the Bible is true. It doesn’t really surprise anyone that he would say something like that does it? How many world leaders portray themselves as good living Christians, making sure that the cameras catch them singing praises to the Lord in Church, only to have them sanction the killing of innocent people in some act of war. When those who purport worship the God of the Bible ignore its counsel and somehow think that “thou shalt not kill” does not apply to them, then I don’t know what their definition of hypocrisy is, but it’s certainly not what I was taught.
    The military and Christianity are strange bedfellows. Some research will uncover an interesting fact about the first Christians.
    Early Christians refused to serve in the Roman army, considering such service as wholly incompatible with the teachings of Christianity. Says Justin Martyr, of the second century C.E. “A careful review of all the information available goes to show that, until the time of Marcus Aurelius [121-180 C.E.], no Christian became a soldier; and no soldier, after becoming a Christian, remained in military service.” (The Rise of Christianity, by E. W. Barnes, 1947, p. 333)
    “The behavior of the Christians was very different from that of the Romans. . . . Since Christ had preached peace, they refused to become soldiers.” (Our World Through the Ages, by N. Platt and M. J. Drummond, 1961, p. 125)
    “While they [the Christians] inculcated the maxims of passive obedience, they refused to take any active part in the civil administration or the military defense of the empire. . . . It was impossible that the Christians, without renouncing a more sacred duty, could assume the character of soldiers, of magistrates, or of princes.”—The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon, Vol. I, p. 416. So it appears that even political office was not for Christians. (In view of the corruption that is rife in politics, that is not surprising.) The world is ruled by the devil (Luke 4:5,6)
    So it is glaringly obvious that the Christianity practiced by the churches today bears little resemblance to the one practiced by Christ and the first Christians when it comes to the matter of war. (And in a lot of other areas as well)
    If Christendom’s churches tell their members that war is ok with God, then they are simply not telling the truth.
    Had they done their job, they would have told those soldiers in all wars past that God does not sanction any political warfare. Taking human life and Christianity are not compatible.
    Imagine if all the soldiers had been instructed not to kill!
    There was a saying in the 60’s at the time when peace demonstrations over the Vietnam war were raging…”what if you were invited to a war…and nobody came”! There was also a song called “The Universal Soldier” and it was basically saying that without soldiers, there could be no war! Imagine if world leaders had to just fight each other!!
    We are supposed to have beaten our swords into ploughshares…..what happened to that?
    Will there ever be a world without war? What do you think?

    • Jeanine
    • February 18th, 2009

    well now…..

    I seem to remember a very intelligent young lady from yahoo360 who went by the name of “A Mona Moment”, who had a writing style just like yours…a bluntness, a sweetness, and an all around good blog….

    Wonder if you’re the same young lady?

    Good to see you again, and…..I’ll have to come back to the blog….need to organize my thoughts.

    ~j~

  1. @ Jemima . Thanks for stopping by and making such good points regarding the bible’s scriptures on slavery.

  2. @ Chaz thanks for you input. I believe that the bible is against homosexuality, however I don’t judge people who are gay. If you believe in the bible then you know that you shouldn’t judge.
    So I may not agree with it, but like you said I don’t know how it feels to be homosexual or desire the same sex so therefore I can’t ssy how they should live their life.And honestly there are plenty of gay Christians, how they relate that to the bible I don’t know, but it isnt for me to judge

    • jemima
    • February 16th, 2009

    Must have hit the wrong key…that was Isaiah 48:18 in that last comment

    • jemima
    • February 15th, 2009

    I also am a Bible believing Christian. I believe what the Bible says about homosexuality. And I believe that God will give every human the opportunity to leave any unapproved course before pronouncing judgment on them. We all have to render an account to our Maker, whether we like it or not. (Romans 14:12) The Bible is our instruction manual and there is no excuse for ignoring the rules. (Isaiah 48:18)
    On the matter of slavery, mentioned by Raycol, one has to understand what slavery was in Israel. It was not the kind of tyranical slavery that implied cruelty or violence.
    God’s Law stated that kidnapping and selling a human was punishable by death. Furthermore, God provided guidelines to protect slaves. For example, a slave who was maimed by his master would be set free. If a slave died because his master beat him, the master could be punished with death. The gist of the Law must have led righthearted Israelites to treat slaves with respect and kindness, as if these were hired laborers.
    A person could sell themselves into slavery to pay a debt. The person who went into voluntary slavery was treated more like an employee, some were even treated like a member of the family. They were loved and cared for by their Masters. Once the debt was paid of, either by the slave or someone who purchased them out of their indebtedness, the slave and his family were free to go. Often though, a slave was so happy in their master’s household that they elected to stay and had their ear pierced to show that they were happy to belong to that loving master for the rest of their lives. This is the kind of slavery we are in to our Master Jesus.
    So in all things a little knowledge sheds more light on any subject.

    Jemima

    • Raycol
    • February 14th, 2009

    The main problem with taking the Bible as God’s holy word is that the Bible promotes the system of slavery in general. Primarily, Lev 25:44-45 gives God’s general permission for the Israelites to buy slaves.

    There are plenty of examples of the Bible saying that owning slaves is okay. As well as the general permission in Lev 25:44-46, slaves were owned by Kings David (2 Sam 6:20) and Solomon (1 Kings 9:20-21).

    In the New Testament, Jesus appears to have accepted slavery as part of his society. There is no record of him opposing it. In fact, Paul implies that Jesus approved of slaves honoring and serving their masters (1 Tim 6:1-3). Jesus told parable stories with slaves in them, including praising those slaves who serve well.

    Paul and the apostles accepted, and implicitly endorsed, the system of slavery and they instructed masters and slaves about their duties (Eph 6:5-9; Col 3:22-25; 4:1; Tit 2:9-10; 1 Pet 2:18-19 1 Cor 7:20-24). They did not proclaim that slavery was an evil. Paul even returned a runaway slave to his master (Philemon 1:12).

    More information on this topic, including its relationship to homosexuality, is given on http://www.GaysAndSlaves.com.

  3. BGT…. Great topic…

    I too believe the Bible. Yet I do not attend church currently. I have experienced a disconnect with much of western Christian culture. This may change, but for today, I find my participation in my 12-step recovery program as my interaction with God as I understand him (which is God of the Bible through Jesus Christ). In fact, I will go so far as to say that the 12-Step program as I experience it is the most practical outworking of the Bible I have ever experienced in my life.

    On the subj of homosexuality. This one remains a mystery to me. I do not understand homosexuality and cannot relate to the feelings, tastes and preferences that homosexuals experience. I do recognize that homosexuals appear to feel the way they feel and think the way they think as naturally as I feel the way I feel and think the way I think. So how can I judge?

    It also appears that most cultures historically oppose homosexuality. I have an Iranian friend who I asked about homosexuality in Iran. He told me it is out of favour in that culture. Yet, I am certain that homosexuality is proportionately represented in that culture as any other.

    I also a number of friends who are gay. Although I do not understand their tastes and preferences, I do not and cannot judge them for this. They are all wonderful people full of positives and negatives like anyone else.

    So I suppose for me, it is a balance between the fact that I have no taste for gay intimacy with men…. I cannot see that it is any more wrong than say for instance, marrying a divorced person…. which I have. I too am divorced and my fabulous wife married me. So technically she is in the wrong too if this were wrong.

    Lastly, will say that I tire of rhetoric from both Christians who ignorantly oppose and judge homosexuals as well as the prostheletized pro-gay message we are constantly force-fed by much of our current culture.

    Neither side is going to win my favour. For me, people are people. Even if I don’t understand them.

    Ciao.

    Chaz

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