When you say you've never heard anyone say it, you are either lying or live a very insular existence. I asked the question because I have been around people that have this perception. They actually believe that it is literally the word of God.
I've sadly had people tell me the bible was written by god...to which I replied "So god is the factory down the road?" Smart aleck statement, I know. Their fault for wording it the way they did, I think you can guess how they worded their statement.
See Attikos. Now it has been proven that you don't speak for the world. Nevermind the factory that prints copies of it, it's well established that the Bible is written by multiple human authors. Not even just one unquestioned source.
You tried to invalidate my actual worldly experience and it was never going to work for you. I'm not sure what people such as yourself get out of challenging discussions like this when you are more suited singing "la la la" with hands over ears.
So it was written by multiple humans of questionable intent over hundreds of years but not signed by any of them? Interesting. I've read it and it doesn't flow or make sense and it is filled with contradictions. But it speaks highly criminal acts.
I believe that you misconstrue the statement "God's Word" that is used by many Christians when speaking of the Bible. This is normal for one that does not rightfully research its usage within a moral society. "God's Word" refers to the works included in a book called the Bible as written by men through the course of teaching and faith on Earth.
Hebrews 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.
And, so it came to pass that man began to write those commandments and laws into a book called the Bible.
How do you explain how we came to be here and how the universe and all that's in it came to be. Of course, most people will try and explain it away using science as an answer. I personally believe it took an higher intelligence to create life.
What if there is a higher power? No one knows who or what that is? The Mayans, Muslims, Christians, Native Americans, Asian, Pagans, Greeks, Romans, Egyptian, etc could all be right. And as much as I love books and stories, I won't believe just one.
As to why anyone would think that god actually wrote it, or guided the hands of men who wrote it mystifies me. It was written by men who wanted to control other men to their advantages. This is true of every holy book and every religion, its all about control, wealth and power. Then, of course, you have them saying that the Bible, Koran, whatever doesn't say directly what is really meant but rather it must be interpreted, by them naturally, to be truly understood. Remarkably their interpretation frequently doesn't really follow what is written on the pages. Instead it favors their will and their ends and insures their wealth and power. I remember reading an article about the history of the Bible. According to the article one of the monks who was translating it wrote in a margin; "I dare not write that which lies before me as it would surely displease my king.". In other words if he accurately translated he would be put to death for contradicting the desires of the King to control as he saw fit. If one simply reads the Bible as a book, like any other, not only does it constantly contradict itself it makes little if any sense. It is claimed to be the most published book of all time, depends on who you want to believe, but if it were published today simply as a book it is very unlikely it would ever find a publisher or that anyone would read beyond the first few chapters, if they got that far.
You're the winner here. The Bible undertaking would have been like having several marginally intelligent people each describe the scene of an accident and then attribute their disjointed conclusions to God.
People think the bible was written by god because they choose to believe so. Too bad it was written by man and is a complete joke if you ask me. To each their own I guess. I'd rather live my life based on facts than beliefs that amount to nothing.
The bible itself was not written by God, but written by men who were inspired by divine intervention. This meaning the men who wrote the bible were instructed what to write by God.
There is no way that these men would have the foresight that God had them write. The prophecies coming to fruition, the way the bible flows is completely out of man's ability to write such a masterpiece.
The way the Bible flows? There is no other piece of literature ever in the history of Earth with more contradictions and lacking in continuity quite like the Bible which is what happens anytime more than one person with different agendas contributes.
The first writings about what Jesus supposedly said came 40 years after his death. Which disciple who actually knew Jesus was around to write that. Write down something someone else said then come back 40 years later, we'll see how well you remember.
Technically, no the Bible wasn't written by God himself. Scribes wrote the words down. But the Bible, in my opinion, is the inspired word of God. The Bible is a great piece of literature whether you believe in it or not.
Hardly good literature since no conventions are followed. It would offer historical insight at best, but people are told not to interpret it and it has simply become something that has a hold on inflexible people who live inside their own vacuum.
Your right about one thing the Bible can give us some historical insight into some of the events that are recorded in the Bible. But as far as it not being a great piece of literature I have to disagree. We interpret the Bible all the time.
I think you asked this cliche' question to let off your frustrations about those who have faith in Bible. Don't waste your time, the Bible is not meant for those who have no desire for God to help them understand it.
Faith is hearing the Word of God and believing. If you don't believe, it is pointless pursuing the question? You are just putting the cart before the horse.
("Does faith require that you deceive yourself into thinking that the gospel writers are beyond reproach?")
Of course not, those who believe in the Bible will understand what faith is as it is defined clearly in Scripture? Faith has nothing to do with deceiving ourselves.
It seems that this question is simply someone finding a place to let off an emotional rant.
Well, at least the "best answer" will give you some comfort like warm milk before bedtime.
I asked a question is all. Do I have ulterior motives? Yes. Do I have my own ideas that I wear on my sleeve? Yes. Did I know that there would be people like you who can't deal with facts and resort to personal attacks? Yes. So? Doesn't change facts.
Your "facts" are pressumptions. There is nothing new here that hasn't been heard before. By all means, you are free to toot your horn. I'm just saying this song has been played many times before. The "can't deal with the facts"...yada yada...yawn.
My obligation isn't to be original or refreshing. I'm sure people like you hear these questions and criticisms a lot, but it's because you never give any solid answers. Your post was all presumption. Trying to get off with aged pop psychology.
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