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The Bible has been translated so many times that its true form is far from what we read today. And its very vague. That's why so many people can get so many different viewpoints from it. I don't take the Bible seriously. Its a historical book and that's about it. Its attachment to "God" has long since been lost because of the "editing" of man. Also, keep in mind there's many different versions of the Bible - some have more books than other, and so on...
Many of the scrolls, which date from about 250 B.C. to 68 A.D., are biblical manuscripts -- the oldest record of the Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. The previous oldest Bible manuscripts were the Masoretic texts, carefully preserved by a group of Jewish scholars called Masoretes, which date to about 900 A.D."Overnight, we have texts that are 1,000 years earlier," said Jack Levison, a New Testament professor at Seattle Pacific University.The entire book of Isaiah and text from all but one other book, Esther, in the Hebrew Bible were found in the scrolls, which largely -- if not precisely -- confirmed the accuracy of later translations of the Bible.
And the other side of that coin is; WHY can't earth be the only civilized planet and everything else be made of lava, ice, rocks, or just plain dirt with no sign of life, what the hell is wrong with that being just the way things are??
Have to disagree with you there as there's too much evidence to the contrary. Take for example the dead sea scrolls. A complete copy of the book of Isaiah was found and actually confirms that the text is accurate. Original texts are not only available but have proven accurate.
Because the world isn't flat(as was once believed), the Sun doesn't revolve around the earth (as was once believed). All of the things here on earth came from our Sun, including you and me as well as every element on earth. All stars are suns and follow the same life cycle. What would make anyone think that the trillions of stars would be different. I certainly have no answer basically because I am an inferior human who doesn't have the intelligence to understand everything, hence I have no answers. I have an opinion as do you. I will keep my opinion and respect yours.Man has identified only 4% of the matter in the universe. The rest is 'Dark Matter' and 'Dark Energy". And man doesn't even fully understand that 4%. I think we have a looooong way to go before we state imperically what is and what isn't. In the end, none of us know squat, just like you're dog can't explain the internet.
Couldnt have said it better myself. i think finding some proof of life on mars now or past would be HUGE as far as religion is concerned. Just seems like something like that would be very damaging to the credibility of the bible and god.
Quote from: mtnbucman on June 11, 2007, 07:16:27 PMHave to disagree with you there as there's too much evidence to the contrary. Take for example the dead sea scrolls. A complete copy of the book of Isaiah was found and actually confirms that the text is accurate. Original texts are not only available but have proven accurate.Yeah, the scrolls are such good news for the church that they kept that certain religious folk kept certain contents secret for close to four decades. Why do you think that happened? There are books in the scrolls that contradict the Bible and teachings of the church. But, of course, THOSE books are discredited by the church. The scrolls were first found in 1947...from Wiki......a large part of the finds from Cave 4 were not made public for many years. Access to the scrolls was governed by a "secrecy rule" that allowed only the original International Team or their designates to view the original materials. After de Vaux's death in 1971, his successors repeatedly refused to even allow the publication of photographs of these materials, preventing other scholars from making their own judgments. This rule was eventually broken: first by the publication in the fall of 1991 of 17 documents reconstructed from a concordance that had been made in 1988 and had come into the hands of scholars outside of the International Team; next, that same month, by the discovery and publication of a complete set of photographs of the Cave 4 materials at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, that were not covered by the "secrecy rule". After some delays these photographs were published by Robert Eisenman and James Robinson (A Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls, two volumes, Washington, D.C., 1991). As a result, the "secrecy rule" was lifted, and publication of the Cave 4 documents soon commenced, with five volumes in print by 1995.
There are many religious books that have been written and preserved but that doesn't mean they are of Divine origin. That is why John wrote - "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world."