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Old 01-31-2011, 07:57 AM
 
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I've come to realize that so many christians believe they have all the answers. I have spent long hours studying my Bible and still feel confused about certain things. Why do you think God made it so hard for us to grasp? Why didn't he just lay out what He wanted us to do in simple terms?

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Old 01-31-2011, 08:39 AM
 
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Have you committed your life to following Christ, or are you reading the Bible as an intellectual undertaking?

It really does make a difference as God does not reveal His truths to those who won't believe.
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:39 AM
 
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It is only confusing to people who have independent thought processes.

For those that believe, they just follow along with whatever they are told.
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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It is only confusing to people who have independent thought processes.

For those that believe, they just follow along with whatever they are told.


The bible was written a long time ago, before most of us western country citizens were as educated as we are now. To the uneducated, there isn't a whole lot of ammunition to be used to challenge what is written in the bible.

We can see all sorts of things that don't make sense. It's easy for people like our original poster to be confused.
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:11 AM
 
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I've come to realize that so many christians believe they have all the answers. I have spent long hours studying my Bible and still feel confused about certain things. Why do you think God made it so hard for us to grasp? Why didn't he just lay out what He wanted us to do in simple terms?
It has more to do with human personality than the Bible. Some people are better at seeing truth the way they desire it to be. They can twist the Bible's passages to their liking, forget about the nonsense stuff, and they are content.
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:08 AM
 
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I have been a christian for a long time. I believe that all scripture is inspired by God. But I don't think there is a person alive who has all of the answers. There are some things I feel very grounded in but others afre questionable.
For instance I do not claim to have an understanding of the prophets or revelation.
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:18 AM
 
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The bible's confusion opens the door for evangelists, hate groups, demagogs, political ideologists, etc to advance their 'ideas based on the bible'.
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Toronto, ON
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The bible's confusion opens the door for evangelists, hate groups, demagogs, political ideologists, etc to advance their 'ideas based on the bible'.
In the contrary the scriptured attitude in the bible contains the conscience for the absolute goodness to rectify the human foibles of merciless change. If that is confusing it is because the world was and is maybe now: confusing .
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:46 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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I've come to realize that so many christians believe they have all the answers. I have spent long hours studying my Bible and still feel confused about certain things. Why do you think God made it so hard for us to grasp? Why didn't he just lay out what He wanted us to do in simple terms?

One traditional jewish answers is that he meant for us to understand it using the traditions of the oral law, which were passed down orally from Moses to the judges to the prophets to their followers, and were not written down till the time of the Mishna (200 CE).

A secular view is that the bible was compiled from several different sources, and that the editing was not completely smooth.

We Jews historically have believed in spending our lives studying torah ("turn in it, turn in it, everything is in it") Why should it be easy to grasp in simple terms?
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:07 PM
 
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I've come to realize that so many christians believe they have all the answers. I have spent long hours studying my Bible and still feel confused about certain things. Why do you think God made it so hard for us to grasp? Why didn't he just lay out what He wanted us to do in simple terms?
Stillkit, I have to say, gives you the best and only answer.

If you try to understand the Bible the way we understand any other book purported to be true, you will only get more confused.

If you want to go on believing, put the book on the shelf and leave it there. Just have Faith.

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