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POLL What are your views on bible stories?

What are your views on bible stories?

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During the Bronze Age, this was the best information they had on how to live and survive as a society, however we have since found better methods, unfortunately not everyone is ready to advance.

LeviBraun Level 3 Oct 17, 2017
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During the Bronze Age, this was the best information they had on how to live and survive as a society, however we have since found better methods, unfortunately not everyone is ready to advance.

LeviBraun Level 3 Oct 17, 2017
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Very little true history in buybull stories. No evidence of Moses, Jews being slaves, and no anthropological, archaeological, or biological proof of Jesus. The four gospels contradict each other and there is no written history of the time that mentions a Jesus.

daddy4pugs Level 6 Oct 12, 2017
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If it were like Harry Potter, which had good morals and was well-written, sure! But as is, hate, cruelty, and hypocrisy aren't things I would like to see kids learning.

Rory_C-137 Level 3 Oct 12, 2017
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Teaching stories that rely on magic should not be taught it teaches children to be gullible sheep.

HeathenFarmer Level 6 Oct 12, 2017
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I never took those stories as being true.. I always saw them as being the type of story where you are meant to learn something. Like Noah's ark.. that couldn't have happened.. I mean come on!

BrandyLee Level 1 Oct 11, 2017
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The Bible is a history book written for the enlightenment of the knowledge elite and the obedience of the masses. Now that the masses have become educated they are no longer so obedient and simply reject the lot as fairy tales, which is their loss because the real history hidden in the books is extremely interesting.

JimEdwards Level 2 Oct 11, 2017
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Can't vote because I don't agree with any of the choices.

pixiedust Level 2 Oct 11, 2017
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Like Aesop's fables. If Aesop had been a psychopathic, megalomaniac.

marvintpa Level 5 Oct 11, 2017
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exactly
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When I was a child I read them as stories just like I did other stories like Cinderella or Little Red Riding Hood. They didn't hold any secret truths to me nor were they special to me in any way. I only liked my children's Bible because it had pretty pictures

Fuzzycow37 Level 4 Oct 11, 2017
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I think of them in the same manner I view all ancient mythological stories from ancient cultures. People used to think in terms of mythology because they didn't have science. And I see them as great literature....say what you will, but the Bible is an epic tale of love, deceit, war, the struggle of a nation. And in historical terms, one cannot study Western literature without at least paying tribute to how influential the Bible has been. Think of the great Western Literary Masterpieces...The Canterbury Tales, Paradise Lost, The Divine Comedy, even King Author and the Knights of the Round Table were searching for The Holy Grail. It is certainly one (if not the most) influential books of all time. But it's not the literal word of God or an instruction manual for ethics by any means.

roberbro Level 5 Oct 11, 2017
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There are some good allegories, but also some awful stories. I think you need an intrinsic, or internal, moral compass before you read the Bible so you can place appropriate weight on the different stories.

tsjames Level 5 Oct 10, 2017
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Just what they are... stories. Some have lessons to be learned which usually is just plain common sense.

mistymoon77 Level 4 Oct 10, 2017
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Many years ago I started writing a book of bible stories. I tried to use a style similar to Uncle Remus. For instance, the story of Adam and Eve. They were sharecroppers and God was The Land Lord. The serpent was a local character named Snake. The moral of the story was that Good & Evil are illusions. I should dig that one out and publish it somewhere.

ThomasMeador Level 5 Oct 10, 2017
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If you write a few lines in one langue then translate to another, it will not translate as it was wrote, so the bible has been translated so many times it that it can not be anywhere near the truth !

Thomas Level 2 Oct 10, 2017
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Stories from the Bible need to be taught but not as life lessons, but rather as literary phenomena that recur in Euro-American intellectual and cultural history.

vertrauen Level 4 Oct 10, 2017
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They can be taken as moral and ethical allegories. But they shouldn't be taken as historical fact.

ErichZannIII Level 6 Oct 10, 2017
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A lot of it is passed on folklore from ancient text, like for instance the Epic of Gilgamesh. Many of the books of the bible weren't completed until after Jesus supposedly died, some several hundred years later.

JamesAnthony Level 1 Oct 10, 2017
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Half the bible is wrote by the Jewish Nation for the Jewish Nation and the other half is wrote by the Catholic Church for domination and control of the world at the time. There are too many other stories, that aren't classified as religious, to read.

davtim68 Level 1 Oct 10, 2017
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I've always said that the bible is an instructional manual on how to be good person.

ajr715 Level 4 Oct 10, 2017
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a far from perfect one, but at that point its all subjective
new testament more so than old
I don't see how. Both of them are full of cruelty and hate. The NT would be OKAY, except for the joyous threats of hell and damnation for anyone who doesn't believe, but even then, it still promotes slavery, women being beneath men in every way, and so on. It's not much of a manual for being "good" when it still supports so much discrimination and horror.
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Having read the Bible I find it is no more a predictor of one's fate then normal social experiences. It does give one insight into the cherry picking various Judeo/Christian people do to justify their believes and actions. I have found it handy to fake a little true believer to avoid wasting my time trying explain my lack of interest in imaginary friends. I don't take this day to day living stuff to seriously and I do sleep well at night.

MuniJohn Level 2 Oct 10, 2017
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Some stories, like the sermon on the mount, have good ideas in them. Others, like Abraham taking his son to be sacrificed, don't. You can't lump all the bible stories in one category.

fishcarrots Level 4 Oct 10, 2017
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When I first decided to read the bible Ibwas told not to read front to back and to start with the story of Job- well I ended up reading the bible 3 times total and each time got more and more upset. God seemed like a total asshole while Jesus seemed like a pretty awesome dude- son of god, I think not, but an awesome dude nonetheless.

Ever googled "god is an asshole" some very interesting reads. And yes god seems very much the narcissistic asshole. The bible confirms it

SunnySmiles Level 5 Oct 10, 2017
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I abstained from voting because I think they're utter BS and they should be taught AND exposed in either theology or philosophy class.

paul1967 Level 7 Oct 10, 2017
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It's hard giving credit to a bunch of bronze-age goat herders who didn't know where the sun went at night.

LouisD61 Level 2 Oct 10, 2017
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I think Jesus was iron age. Was the old testament bronze age? Serious question, not being snarky.
I guess it really was the iron age, but I believe there were couple of stories that could have been from the bronze age, but can't remember which ones.
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