Do you really believe we should live by the words in a book written thousands of years ago?
Nothing and no one binds you. You are as free to live on your own terms as anyone. The books, whether written a thousand years ago or a week ago are tools. You use what rings true to you. The only truth that you must believe is that which you experience on your own.
We have got many ideas for our development/growth and for our daily life from these books. So why shouldn't we believe in it?
I will say this: I'd hate to live by the words in a book written in today's confused times of chaos, madness, and technological mayhem.
No, not really.
And it depends on the book, and whether or not the book is capable of updating itself to keep with the changes of time.
Best case scenario is that you would use such a book as loosely defined guide lines.
If I were to choose a book it would be anything by Socrates or Plato, and H.G. Wells' "Time Machine."
The Book I suspect you refer to, has a message that is as relevant today as it was when it was written. If we had consistently applied the principles contained therein, we would not be in the mess we are now, and maybe the relevance of the writings would be more apparant.
I do it. I live according to the teachings in the Holy Bible.
As a Christian, I choose to live by the words of the Bible and lead my family accordingly. Sometimes, I don't always hit His mark but God knows I'm trying.
What you choose to do is your business. I will say that your question is more than a little condescending in it's tone.
If you mean the Bible, then only the part that says "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". Everything else in it are only examples of how people lived or didn't live by the Golden Rule.
words are words, symbols, and often lacking. Would i rather have a tasty milkshake, or would i prefer the word "milkshake"? i think i'll choose the former, the experience.
We most definitely should live by the scriptures. Being 2000 years old makes them more credible because they have been tried by fire and still standing. The track record of 2000 years is remarkable. Any way you look at life; it's just another stage enacting the same values in the scripture.
Every scripture, as the number of people criticizing increases and time passes, WILL convergence unto the truth. It may be diverging as people go thru the pros and cons for some time, but at the end of the day when all has been said and done, majority shall converge on the scripture in the B.I.B.L.E.
Human nature has not changed in 10 thousand years, only pacified by receiving sufficient material needs and to be patient due to their established faith that their wants and desires shall be eventually fulfilled. Our democracy has had the success so far for the same reason.
I have written a Hub on this question and look forward to any honest responses that may occur. I know that people have strong feelings on a subject like this and I do not mean to offend anyone, and I do expect double-talk responses, but I have presented a piece of my convictions on this subject although there is much more that I could say.
It really depends on what book you are referring to. :0)
I, for one, will only adhere to the words of the Holy Bible, in particular, the New Testament.
What makes the Holy Bible so amazing, is it is just as relevant today as it was 4,000 years ago, when the patriarchs first started to put "paper to pen". It is also important to note that there were works that were considered Scripture, by the ancient Hebrews, such as the Book of Jasher and Enoch, that are referenced in the Bible, but did not find a home there, even though they are far older and seem to be quite reliable.
The Old Testament is great for an over-all historical perspective on how the Almighty delt with the Hebrews and Israelites prior to the Old Covenant and the Israelites and Jews during the Old Covenant. It will also tell you about all those nations that interacted with Israel during this time.
The New Testament is about the approaching end of the Old Covenant and the Jews falling out of grace with God and no longer being His "chosen people".
The New Covenant is thus ushered in by Jesus the Christ, God's only begotten Son, and begins as soon as the Old Covenant ends in 70 A.D. - with the final destruction of The Temple in Jerusalem along with the destruction of the "great city" and most of Israel and Judea.
In A.D. 70 the New Covenant began and now everyone, both Jew and Gentile alike, are now welcomed to partake in Christ's masterful plan of salvation.
The Old and New Testament are simply fascinating and I believe they are inspired of God, on a spiritual, practical, and historical level.
So, at the end of the day, it would seem to me that the closer the writings and accounts are to the original "Source", the more accurate, reliable, and truthful they tend to be.
depends if the book teaches you how to kill dinosaurs and you want to kill a dinosaur could be helpful
If the truths in the books can pass the test of time then the knowledge in the book is useful. For example, there were mathematical concepts that were thought up thousands of years ago that are still valid to this day.
I do believe that time place and circumstance should also get factored in when making important decisions.
yes, I really and sincerely think, that the heart or spirit of mankind, has not progressed much. Learing has, science has, medicine has..............but still, in our hearts or souls, we are still a selfish being.
We still, need someone with authourity, to ' draw the line".
Yes, I think this.....of us.
The problem is often people, not books. People have that tendency to force their beliefs on others, to use them to discriminate in a negative and often apply them the way it fits for them.
I will just say that we need to remember that this book has been put together, translated and interpreted many ways and times.
Now, the Bible is full of wisdom but I could be writing about the Koran and saying exactly the same thing.
I even feel strange answering the question because it feels like a bait... let's say that peace and love are part of the way, when they are not there or get lost in the process, we need to regroup and THINK. I really get uncomfortable with people who just repeat, get programmed and repeat, try to convince talking like a worn out disc... THINK, be love and peace is my motto.
Love and peace to all
Much depends on the contents of the book. For me I live by the words in the Bible. I believe the Bible is a treasure that contains valuable teachings & covers every aspect of our lives. It contains so many promises, prophesies, wise advice & inspiring stories which are to be treasured for eternity.
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