Enkanowen, on Jun 15 2005, 09:50 AM, said:
If what you state is true then it is impossible that the Bible adequately conveys any sense of what god wants from us.
No, not at all.
I should state that it is my opinion that the Bible as we currently know it is not fully authentic - it does not carry the certifiability of the Qur'an and the Baha'i Writings, for instance. This is just a matter of age and circumstance - the Bible is really old, and was written in a time when durable media wasn't always easy to come by. But that is not the same thing as saying that it does not contain Divine insight, or that people who choose to be guided thereby would be led astray. There are whole revelations that never made it to paper - the peoples from those religions didn't go astray just because their way of transmission was oral and not printed. I believe, as does woody
that God protects the essense of the revelation regardless.
That disclaimer out of the way - God reveals specific laws to Prophets for specific people in specific times - those revelations help that particular people to advance spiritually, materially, intellectually...such that another revelation becomes necessary. The fundamentals don't ever change, but the mode of instruction often does. And, the fundamentals are evident in the Bible, same as any other religion.
Its hard for me to talk on this subject easily, because I tend to want to go yapping about my own beliefs, since I do believe that Baha'i Faith represents the most current revelation from God. But sticking strictly with the Bible, reading from front to back will give you lots of contradictory information - which you can simply write off as being culturally specific information specific to a culture and a time. And then you can start identifying some other themes - Love God above all, seek God, be morally upright (and what kinds of things go into being morally upright)... you can see the themes that aren't culturally specific begin to emerge. There are also some stories which you'll read and conclude 'no way this can be true - it defies logic, common sense and the laws of nature.' All of those stories - are allegories. Plenty to learn from them if one wishes to take the time to reflect and figure out what they might be saying.