Suppose you died and woke up to face God and He asks you why you chose to believe a book that somebody wrote over and above the brain that you know is from God without anybody having to tell you? Would you then turn to that book, which tells you not to trust your brain, but rather trust the words of another man who tells you God told him something He did not tell you? And now you think you have a relationship with God because you believe what this other man said but will not trust the brain that God gave you?
What will your answer be?
As far as I can recall the bible doesn't tell anyone not to use their brain. However, what does happen is that some people rather trust the brain of a pastor to interpret the bible for them, than use their own brains.
I find it really odd that the God of the bible is often limited by those who are devout followers of the bible. Meaning they place limitations on where God resides, and who God is available to. They are taught omnipresent, omnipotence and omniscience yet continue to ignore the omni.
I'm not Christian and never was.
However, if I died and actually met the supposed G/god that is claimed to exist, then it would be more plausible for him to congratulate me on not being duped by the fictional stupidity of a book written by the dumbest people of the world.
He might even pat me on the back and say, well my son, go visit with your father and I shall come to you later with different questions.
Considering there are SOooo many versions of "The Book" and it is like wagering my own thoughts against a roulett table in choosing which book to live by .... I'd read the books and do the best I could in following my own brain. That would be a 50/50% chance I think
I would suspect their answer would be they did the best they could with what they perceived as the information they had. As do we all.
God is an incredibly difficult thing to imagine. We all, as soon as we think of it, create limitations. We have no choice. Even if we claim it is limitless and unfathomable we are fathoming and setting limits, in our own unique way. To discuss it with others causes the fences to hem it in even tighter.
I do begrudge others the path they have chosen when they use their understanding to justify negating the value of the understanding of others; but I also know that if there is a God I'll be too busy scrambling to understand the wrongs associated with my own actions in this life to be a fly on the wall during other conversations.
Well, I have to consider a few things. First, I do believe that the Bible is divine. There are facts in it that the men who wrote it could have never known without a higher being telling them so. Second, I believe that Jesus was a wonderful man who did walk the Earth and do miraculous things. And lastly, I must rely on my brain to determine those things because our hearts are deceitful and wicked.
I find trusting in the human brain is very risky. The brain frequently forgets (can one remember what they had for lunch three weeks ago?) Trusting in the brain can lead people to believe or follow people like Pastor Jim Jones, the BTK killer and the likes.
Has anyone done the experiment where one person in the room is told a secret in their ear and they are to pass that secret along only to find that by the time it gets to the last person it is not the message that was first told.
So you put trusting in someone else's brain (the author of the particular bible book you are reading) above your own? Curious
Logic of the brain might be unreliable. There is another aspect of the brain that is more reliable.
I trust to observation of a world existing around me. Why single out christians? I found God outside of the book...the book only confirmed what I saw. I use astronomy books the same way.
The brain is no more unreliable than the so-called holy books that were produced by brains. In the Bible, we have a book that is so open to interpretation it can be made to say whatever you want it to say simply by claiming that everyone else's interpretation is wrong. That's why there are so many denominations and versions.
People who depend on the Bible have found within its pages justification for whatever they want to do: rape, nuder, slavery, lying, misogyny vandalism (the iconoclast), etc. It is the brain that tells us certain actions condoned by the Bible are not right, so at the end of the day, you still have to use your brain to sort through it all. And you will still have to explain to God why you trust other people's brain rather than the one he gave you.
In the Bible, we have a book that is so open to interpretation it can be made to say whatever you want it to say simply by claiming that everyone else's interpretation is wrong.
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Who was it that first began interpreting scripture?
What would we have today, if no one started this practice of private interpretation of scripture?
If we wanted to revert back to the original message before private interpretation unadulterated it, how would we go about doing that? Where would we start?
I forget where it is written in the bible (It is written) that the purpose for prophesy is to prove the scriptures. Not the other way around. Scriptures can not prove prophesy!
This is why it is so important not to apply our own private interpretation of prophesy. (2nd Peter 1:20)
Organized Religion has been guilty of doing this for so long that it is almost impossible for us to determine in our minds that which is false interpretation from that which was originally stated.
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