Although I am a spiritual agnostic theist (or whatever I am), I am still interested in finding a good bible that is easy to understand, but not oversimplified either.
I've had a few bibles before when I was a kid, but they were either for children or were too hard to understand (written weird).What are some good bible books?
Kain, the Bible (at least the Pentateuch [first 5 books]) was written in code by Kabbalists. In fact, I discovered about 15 years ago, the Kabbalists' "Tree of Life" matrix embedded in 2 chapters of Genesis.
Simple? Hardly. Every "simple Bible" is going to give you misinterpretation of code they don't understand and likely don't even know exists. Nearly every other Bible is going to get it wrong, too. Some are bad mistranslations and lead you further astray.
I wrote a book which scratches the surface of code I discovered, but even I didn't know what I was getting into. I've started to study authentic Kabbalah (not the hokey, Hollywood, New Age junk) and it's all about the First Law of which Christ spoke -- to love others as ourselves.
The book: http://tharsishighlands.com/books/thebi … m_noah.php
A short video: http://perceivingreality.com
The video introduces what it all about underneath the facade of stories.
Hola Senor Kain.
A lot of ppl really enjoy The Message. It is a translation of the Bible with the numbers removed. So no John 1:1, just the book of John. It would read more the way it did originally. You might enjoy it, I have heard it's quite lovely.
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Kain, as hard as it might seem to understand, the Authorized King James is the version to have. It is the benchmark from which all the present day Bibles have strayed.
And granted, it will at times be challenging. Two suggestions here: 1) before you start reading or before you look for outside help, ask God to open your understanding; 2) find a good commentary that will help you over the rough spots until you get a good foundation. Might I suggest J. Vernon McGee. He is "down to earth" and straight forward. You can even listen to him on mp3 at https://www.blueletterbible.org/audio_video/ and go through the Bible with his dialogue.
Of course, don't expect to understand it all. God will give you the understanding necessary for the moment and help you move on.
"Authorized King James " version. If I might ask, authorized by whom? The same church collecting your tithes?
It was "authorized" by King James of England about 1604 during one of the doctrinal and verbal wars between the Roman Catholic church and the non-catholics. Its also called the KJV, KJB, AV. The main purpose was to make print a Bible the folks could read, in English. There is a lot more to the story but that is the basic. Actually had nothing to do with money, which is, as you politely put it, was and is a driving factor in many supposed churches.
There is little spiritual value in the new versions as they are just opinions of some folks, usually individuals. So they might be considered commentaries, maybe, but even that is stretching.
Unless I'm badly mistaken, The King of England was the church. Which is what I said, authorized by the church collecting your tithes. Can't say as I see that as much of an endorsement.
... i guess stretching it one could say that people being allowed to read the Bible might make them more interested in church which would generate funds yet I have not seen any writings toward that bent ... the King, a devote Christian and set against the RCC's system, Puritan ideology and Presbyterian format, had a main interest of allowing the masses access to the Book which was not allowed by the RCC ("Papists"). The scripts used were not political documents and the debacle of Geneva Bible, trying to make a political Bible, was forbidden ... there were at least 4 major denominations involved ... but this is all available history ... so ... as much as we have been programed by the churches in regards to tithes, givings, offerings and such, the KJV does not appear to have been put into the works with any monetary intent ... and the King was pretty clear that he and the church of England would not interfere ...
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