That is kind of disgusting! There's no way that bible is clean! It's probably been fondled by all sorts of unwashed hands, sneezed into, nose dripped onto, dropped onto the floor. Gross!
That's true SB! They should probably not eat the pizza, and clean the inside of their microwave now. :)
I know Terry, right? lol
John Hawkins, Sr. wrote, “All people need the gospel.” BALDERDASH. All people do not need the gospel, and if there is one book that is beneficial worthy of a read is
"Published on the four hundredth anniversary of the King James Bible, a book of extraordinary audacity from a remarkable thinker - a secular humanist Bible drawn from the wisdom and inspiration in the world's great literature. Few, if any, thinkers and writers today would have the imagination, the breadth of knowledge, and the literary skill to conceive of a powerful, secular alternative to the Bible. But that is exactly what A. C. Grayling has done, creating a nonreligious Bible drawn from the wealth of secular literature and philosophy in both Western and Eastern traditions, using the same techniques of editing, redaction, and adaptation that produced the holy books of the Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions.
"The Good Book consciously takes its design and presentation from the Bible, in the beauty of its language and its arrangement into short chapters and verses, offering to the nonreligious seeker all the wisdom, insight, solace, inspiration, and perspective of various secular humanist traditions. Organized in twelve main sections - Genesis, Histories, Wisdom, The Sages, Parables, Consolations, Lamentations, Proverbs, Songs, Epistles, Acts, and The Good Book opens with meditations on the origin and progress of the world and human life in it, then devotes attention to the question of how life should be lived, how we relate to one another, and how vicissitudes are to be faced and joys appreciated. Inspired by the work of Herodotus and Lucretius, Confucius and Mencius, Seneca and Cicero, Montaigne, Bacon, and so many others, The Good Book is a publishing event and a literary tour de force."
~ The Science Network
Grayling, using the process of gathering notes on bible versus and writing his version throughout his career, than gathering up all the scraps of paper, organizing them, and writing his version of "The Good Book".
I used a similar technique in high school Latin. I collected notes on my book covers of modern words that had their roots in ancient Latin. After four years of scraps of paper thrown into a shoebox, or a stack of old school book covers, I alphabetized the modern words with ancient roots onto a long role of butcher paper, with the ends scorched to make it look like an archeology find, typed the words, and created a scroll. It was a Latin dictionary scroll and my senior Latin project. I earned an A for Latin.
Looking at this article, I think blah blah blah blah. The author makes a point - 'There is no point of a Savior or gospel is there is no such thing as sin". Which might be true. Without gods, there probably are not sins. There are still crimes, immoral acts, narcissism, hate, abuse, but not sins.
Unfortunately, the bible god, and a lot of other gods, went about committing crimes, immoral acts, narcissism, hate and abuse. According to the bible and works describing the actions of other gods.
But the article, holy jesus! Blah blah blah blah blah!
Dreck, dreck, and yet MORE dreck!
Hey sc, I liked the first page too. God never gives you more than you can handle? What does that mean exactly?? The story Job ? Fate? Pre-destination??
It's all bs to me. My 23 year old g-son is gay (and just fell in love for the first time) and he can't share it with anyone in the family but me. That makes me sad. The worst of it is that denying his happiness is done in the name of, his families, god.
Well, Jeez! What is a person to do when they don't fit into the prescribed mode of behavior? Options?
Do nothing and feel a victim.
Do something and feel shamed.
Gather around those who support and accept him as he is and let the others go. After all, there are 7,198,747,750+ other Homo sapiens on this planet Earth. Surely some would happily accept him.
Do the rebellious thing, Act Out. That will curl toenails, guarantee criticism, and leave a lot of good people out of one's life.
There are probably many other options. The goal, as I see it, is not to be a victim! If one can stand tall, proud, shoulders square, head held high, and celebrate who he is, just as he is, then I would call that "flourishing".
Indeed; 'victim' is not an option. In the U.S.A. at least