What I found was that most of the Bible was neither horrible nor inspiring.
It was simply dull and irrelevant: long genealogies written by men obsessed with racial purity, archaic stories about ancient squabbles over real estate and women; arcane rituals aimed at pleasing a volatile deity; folk medicine practices involving mandrakes and dove’s blood; superstition that equated cleanliness with spiritual purity and misfortune with divine disfavor; outdated insider politics.
Then, when he goes all Jehovah on you, quote from the book of Ephesians.
A remarkable number of Bible passages that don’t fit one of these categories still manage to be a waste of brain space and paper.
Never was so much slaughter made in any war as in the wars of the Jews.
That nation lived to see Christianity victorious in the Gentile world, in spite of their enmity and opposition to it, and then it was taken away as dross."[QUOTE="syorks1"]Do u think this verse points to that?
For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. Memorizing Scripture Sanctification, Means And Results Joy In Worship Teaching Wisdom Teaching Hymns Attending Church Teaching In The Church Praise, Should Be Offered By Scripture, Purpose Of Behaviour Bible Memorization Wisdom, Human Importance Music Commitment, to God's people Bible, Names Of Songs Challenges Applying The Bible Wisdom, Source Of Human Praise, Manner And Methods Ofequipping, spiritual Admonition, Of Christians Speech, Positive Aspects Of Teachers Acquiring Wisdom Worship, Elements Of Rebukeencouragement, examples of Admonition, Warning Spirituality Heart, And Holy Spirit Receiving God's Word Growing Spiritually and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
They appealed to Caesar, and to Caesar they shall go; Caesar shall be their ruin.
Then the kingdom of God appeared when vengeance was taken on those irreconcileable enemies to Christ and his government; they were brought forth and slain before him.
With a finite number of pages to set the course of human history, Valerie Tarico is a psychologist and writer in Seattle, Washington. If the Bible Were Law, Would You Qualify For the Death Penalty?
She is the author of Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light and Deas and Other Imaginings, and the founder of