Motion to Divide the Bible
The books of the Bible were written as separate books.
The Protestants separated 7 books from the Bible.
The Bible consists of 73 books if you are Catholic and 66 books if you are Protestant. After about 1,000 years of canonization, the Protestants removed 7 books from The Bible. 1
In about 367 AD, St. Athanasius came up with a list of 73 books for the Bible that he believed to be divinely inspired. This list was finally approved by Pope Damasus I in 382 AD, and was formally approved by the Church Council of Rome in that same year. Later Councils at Hippo (393 AD) and Carthage (397 AD) ratified this list of 73 books. In 405 AD, Pope Innocent I wrote a letter to the Bishop of Toulouse reaffirming this canon of 73 books. The Protestants then removed seven books from the canonized Bible. 2
The original authors could not have known or imagined their book would be combined with so many others to make one bound volume.
The Old Testament depicts God as jealous, vengeful and wrathful.
The Old Testament depicts God as violent.
The Old Testament depicts God as violent. This is blasphemy.
Numbers 21:3 King James Version (KJV)
3 And the Lord hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities: and he called the name of the place Hormah.
Numbers 31:17-18 King James Version (KJV)
17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.
18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.
Joshua 6:21 King James Version (KJV)
21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.
There are many more references to violent acts done by the Hebrews in the name of their God. "The Lord" in the Old Testament was a Man; a Feudal Lord; a War Lord.
Violence does not justify violence. Renounce the violent God of Israel, a Human War Lord. Grow and mature spiritually and adopt the peaceful teachings of Jesus. God is a Spiritual Being. Do as Jesus taught: Love one another, love your enemy, etc.
The fault lies not with God, but in ourselves.
All evil is a projection of the person. All acts of violence, regardless of explanation must be renounced.
The Lord of the New Testament does not condemn.
The Bible consists of the Old Testament (OT) and the New Testament (NT). The OT depicts The Lord as jealous, vengeful and wrathful. The Lord is a warrior God bent on fighting and killing to establish and maintain Israel.
The NT depicts The Lord as a loving, compassionate, personal father of everyone (we are all brothers and sisters). The Lord of the NT does not condemn, but heals with forgiveness. Refer to the teachings of Jesus in the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) and the Adulteress (John 8:4-11). In neither story did the father (or Jesus) condemn the person. He did Not judge. Jesus said, "You judge by human standards; I judge no one," John 8:15.
Divide the Bible into its severable books because the ideals and teachings of the OT and NT are so different.
Because the ideals and teachings of the OT and NT are so different and
the original authors wrote separately and
the Protestants have already separated 7 books from the canonized Bible and
the NT teachings are superior to the OT teachings,
it is proposed to divide The Bible into its several books.
Set high ideals. An Ideal is a standard of behavior. It is also a mental concept which is part of the spiritual.
To set your ideal, break it down under three headings: Physical, Mental and Spiritual. Analyze your daily activities and motives behind these activities. Your ideals change as you become either more spiritual-minded or more material-minded.
Division of the Bible would emphasize a compassionate God.
Division of the Bible would have the following advantages.
The OT depiction of a warrior God can be renounced and
The NT depiction of a compassionate personal father of everyone can be emphasized and
Such division would absolve The Lord of allegations of child abuse and
Such division would avoid allegations of a schizophrenic god and
Such division would reconcile Christian teaching with other major religions of the world.
Is God Schizophrenic?
If you do not listen to me I will make you eat your children.
There are either different Gods...
Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
...or one dangerously schizophrenic God.
Warrior God or Compassionate Father?
Can you renounce the OT, "Warrior God?"
1 In 1534, Martin Luther translated the Bible into German. He grouped the seven deuterocanonical books of the Old Testament under the title "Apocrypha," declaring. "These are books which are not held equal to the Sacred Scriptures and yet are useful and good for reading." Luther also categorized the New Testament books: those of God's work of salvation (John, Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, I Peter, and I John); other canonical books (Matthew, Mark, Luke, Acts, rest of Pauline epistles, II Peter, and II John); an non-canonical books (Hebrews, James, Jude, Revelation, and books of the Old Testament). Many Church historians speculate that Luther was prepared to drop what he called the "non-canonical books" of the New Testament but refrained from doing so because of possible political fall-out.
2 The Bible as we know it predated Constantine by some long period of time. None of the original texts still remain, but three Most Ancient Copies do exist. These are the Codex Siniaticus, originally a codex of the Greek Bible belonging to the fourth century. It was purchased from the Soviet Republic of Russia in 1933 by Great Britain, and is now in the British Museum. The Codex Alexandrinus was probably written in the fifth century. It contains the entire Greek Bible with the exception of 40 lost pages, and is also stored in the British Museum. The Codex Vaticanus was probably written in the fourth century, and parts of the this codex are also lost. It is in the possession of the Vatican Library at Rome.
Next comes the Ancient Versions. These are the Septuagint Version, the Samaritan Pentateuch, the Peshito or Syriac Version and the Latin Vulgate.. The Septuagint Version of the Old Testament was translated from the Hebrew into Greek by seventy (or seventy two) scholars at the famous Alexandria Library in Alexandria, Egypt during the reign of Ptolemy Philadelphus (285-247 BC) The word Septuagint comes from the Latin for Seven. It was given that name from the seventy scholars who did the translation. A large number of manuscript copies of this text exist. The Septuagint became the common Bible of the Greek-speaking Jews and later the Christians. It does not follow the same order of books as does the Hebrew Version, and also contains several books that are not contained in the Hebrew Bible. These books are known as the Apocrypha. The majority of Old Testament quotations given in the New Testament are from the Septuagint version Old Testament.