ANSWERS: 75
  • No, it's a book.
  • That's a hard question because your answers are likely dependent on whether the person answering it believes it. The best unbiased answer I can give is that the bible was written by many people from many cultures over a long time period. Odds are , there are some flaws just because the number of hands, translations and biases. Some will argue that God would not have allowed that too happen, but that point seems rendered moot by all the other atrocities that have been done based on misinterpretations (or proper interpretations to those who believe those atrocities were justified). Being untrue and being a lie are not the same thing. In order for it to be a lie, it would need to be proven that the people who compiled it did not believe it. I believe that in most cases those who compiled believed it even if some of the authors of individual books did not . Not saying this is the case, but it does make a difference.
  • Most likely yes,sorry.
  • I don't think labeling the bible "a lie" is appropriate. The bible is a collection of fables and accounts, some of which happened, some of which did not, and some of which we do not know. There are many claims made about the bible such as, "It is inerrent," or "It is a good source of moral instruction." These statements are at best misled, and at worst, lies.
  • no, i dont think its a lie : /
  • Most likely both yes and no. The Bible is truth in that millions of people have been helped by it, healed by it, shown the meaning of love by it. The Bible is not truth in that millions of people have been led astray with it, killed with it, and taught to hate with it. The real question is: "What is the Bible to YOU, and what will you do with Jesus, called the Christ?"
  • It's a beautiful story, but just a story nonetheless.
  • No, lies are deliberate works of untruth being passes as untruth. At best, the bible is a moral code handed down from God, at worst it is a collection of myths and legends of the Semetic peoples.
  • hmmm, well Iv learned that the bible has been re-written and interperated many times, so, the original word of god may have been truthful, but todays methods of teaching the bible seem extreamly out of place. I beleive anyone should be able to be happy regardless of what the bible says, God wants us to be happy(at least I think he does) and learn at the same time from the mistakes we make in life, and they're called consequences.
  • The bible is a grand tool of manipulation.
  • I can't tell you about the bible. But the cake is most certainly a lie.
  • Nope, its just bulls#!t
  • No. It is a holy Book. I should be studied with due reverence. It should be studied with a mind full of faith. It is not a Book for studying critically and passing comments. Studying it with reverent faith one will be enriched.
  • Now we know the bible has been rewritten so many times the stories could have changed many times.
  • It all depends to your knowledge, your method of analysis and references that you have.
  • I've never had God lie to me. People on the other hand are very good at it. The bible may have been written by people, but it is the inspired word of God.
  • Its a story, just like every other book written. Yes its a lie, it brainwashed the public into believing something that controls their lives.
  • That depends on what basis it is made of. And in this case, it's our imagination. As we all know, imagination is not limited by tangible proof.
  • If someone believes in something then it is the truth to them. This question is antagonistic to believers and non-believers as such.
  • It's different things to different people. Some swear by it others feel it is false. We should each look at it and decide for ourselves based on our knowledge and ability to take it objectively.
  • It's certainly contradictory. Consider the commandment: "Thou shalt not kill" Exodus 20:13 Now consider some of the other instructions in the bible: "If a man commits adultery with another man's wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death." Leviticus 20:10 "If a woman approaches an animal to have sexual relations with it, kill both the woman and the animal." Leviticus 20:16 "If anyone curses his father or mother, he must be put to death." Leviticus 20:9 "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven... A time to kill." Ecclesiastes 3:1-3
  • A fable and a fantasy for sure
  • no, its a book.
  • Jesus Christ is real, and is the son of God. However the modern day bible has lies in it, but not all of it is lies. If i was you i would trace back the oldest Bible i could in Latin or whatever language it is and translate it and then decide what you believe. All the best, God Bless You!
  • No. Is "Hop on Pop" a lie? Just a story.
  • The Bible is beyond belief
  • Here is a true saying for you: The Bible is an "out and out" lie but everything "in" it is true. Said differently the truth is veiled in a lie. The lie protects the truth which lays hidden beneath the words. How do we find the truth? Here a little and there a little, line upon line precept upon precept. We must: "rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15). Look at the Bible not as a historical document but rather as a mystery novel with clues pointing you to the truth on every page. The Bible does not come right out and tell us the truth we must piece it together like a giant jigsaw puzzle. Here something I made up a while ago: The word of God is misleading. It's "CON"text is deceiving. But read between the L I n E S and there you'll find the meaning. Out of darkness shines the light, out of the lie comes the truth. Lastly all you need to find the truth is seeking it with all your heart. If you really want the truth you will find it. You don't need a pastor or anyone else. Einstein once said "The only thing that interferes with my learning is education." Christian education will keep you from the truth forever. Why because they don' t know the truth. The answer to your question...the truth is in there but you must find it. Here is an important clue: Nothing in the Bible actually happened in the historical sense. The entire book is an allegory of what happens within us. The kingdom of heaven is within you. He who looks outside dreams. He who looks inside awakens. Carl Jung
  • Old testament-exaggerated tribal history with "god" written into it.Some good stories-I love Job(good boys fascination with the bad boy)and Abraham +Issac(god is freaking insane).New testament-hahahahahahahaha-the character jesus is cool when he throws the money grubbers out the temple,and when he gives the lawyers what for.It's a work of fiction.Check out HL Mencken,"Treatise on the Gods".Mencken>yaweh.
  • It's a lie only to those that don't understand it nor want to understand it.
  • No, being a Christian all my life has taught me otherwise.
  • What sort of a question is this? You are bound to get every shade of belief represented in the answers you receive. I will say it is NOT a lie, that it is truth.
  • Depends on what you believe. I believe it is a metaphor for living. Lots of lessons in there. I don't for one second believe that the conversations and actions depicted actually happened.
  • As many psychologists say...The Bible is like Sigmund Freud's theory, in the sense that it can't be prooved but it cannot be disprooved.
  • The people who tell you that they KNOW the Bible is the word of God, those people are lying, and the way they present the Bible to you, it's being presented as a lie. Taken literally, the Bible is factually incorrect on its own, and since it claims to be right, even "the perfect word of God", then that is plainly a lie. Taken figuratively, it's not a question of whether it's true or false, but whether it teaches good or bad things. The answer then is that it teaches both. So as such it isn't "a lie", but anyone who claims that they KNOW they're reading it just the way God intended us to read it, is lying. All in all, in some ways it may not be "a lie", but if you're looking for truth, it's maybe not the best place to start.
  • It's a fantasy
  • The christian bible has a strong aligning with Hewbrew, Roman, Greek, Corinthian and other records of the day. So I would have to say from secular point of view, no. And from a Christian point of view Imphatically NO.
  • No, not a lie. The old testament is a creation story, a list of laws, a genealogical record, a historical record and a group of songs. The new testament is also a historical record, but, heavily laced with propoganda. Your religious beliefs are between you and your god if you choose to have one. If you need books to help you with that, choose those books carefully. Avoid letting other earthlings help you with finding your religion. Because, no matter what they tell you, none of them know any real truth about religion.
  • Nope, but this damn thing just don't make any sense XD
  • No, You just have to know how to read "throught the lines" .
  • Only in the sense of the world being flat. True, at one time. Dig? ;-)
  • Its a bedtime story, silly ; ) It always puts me to sleep
  • No. There is a fundamental difference between truth and fact. It is true that God exists but I cannot prove it. It is a fact that President Bush said he invaded Iraq because of weapons of mass destruction but it is not true. Catholics believe that the Bible teaches truth about God but it is not historically factual at all times. The Bible's primary purpose is to teach us the truth about God and His (or Her) love for us and how we should love each other, not to teach facts about history or science. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) For more information, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, section 105 and following: http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/pt1sect1chpt2.shtml With love in Christ.
  • I believe it is a lie. We each have our own beliefs, and mine is not of the bible. I do, however respect others beliefs.
  • The bible tells the truth from the beginning to the end.
  • either a lie or a very long fairytale..however you want to look at it
  • No, just a little fib.
  • No, just a long series of myths and fables, with maybe a little historical accuracy thrown in, all interpreted by some folks (mainly, originally for control purposes) as the basis for a whole belief system.
  • Only to those who don't believe it.
  • A lie? Which part? If you try to read objectively the Old Testament, you'll arrive to the conclusion that it is clearly a long mixed epic that includes texts of different types, origins (a lot of stuff is borrowed from other peoples), purposes and quality. But it can be consider the written memory of a group of peoples striving to survive and keep an identity. That is legitimate and can never be taken as "a lie." But, the so called New Testament is very different story. Again, try to read it objectively. Those are texts designed as propaganda, call it "to evangelize" or whatever term: their purpose and the whole tone is religious propaganda, and as such FULL OF LIES. Take for instance Lazarus resurrection (read it again, please). It is so rich in detail (a veritable soap opera) and drama, including Jesus' declaration "I am the resurrection ...." But that major event only appears in John's gospel! What happened to the compiler of the first three? Could such "miracle" be overlooked or forgotten? Impossible, or else how can you explain the painstaking detail of it. Read some scholarly studies on the issue and you will come to grips that the NT is an instrument of promotion and the stories depicted in it dubious at best.
  • Yes. +2
  • No...just a badly written fiction!!!!!
  • Not really, It is just over-hyped nonsense about a true fact. Imagine someone writing a dictionary-length book about how much they like pie. That's the bible, except replace pie with god.
  • The bible (and other spiritual scriptures) tell a truth. A - singular - a kind - a type - etc of truth. Used to be the saying 'all roads lead to Rome'. This holds true when we consider God/Allah/The Divine. There are many paths and each are 'true' for the individual in question. How can we know this? Because The Divine/God/Allah/whatever you name it - must love diversity and must understand that no two humans are the same. We are a species of diversity in culture and thought. We do not see the world from the same perspective. Truth has many depths and meanings and, like the roads to Rome, travels through diverse territories, covers different lengths and requires different building materials to reach the Goal. The Divine is not going to punish anyone who seeks it/him/her even if that path was 'false'. If one is earnest and has the right intent in what ever road they follow, they will eventually reach God. In this we find common truths in all religions, mostly agreement on questions of basic morality, murder, lies, theft, etc. Where 'Do no Harm' is a common thread, and the rest are just details that, like the diversity of culture and languages that these religions come from, attempt to speak to the individual on their terms, in words that they understand. While some may see the bible as the wrong path, it does appear to speak to some, to answer their spiritual questions and they attempt to reach for God, as they understand God. Thus the bible is A Truth - maybe not 'THE' Truth, but a truth that is as valid as any other, for those who seek.
  • No, the Bible is not a lie.
  • Prob shouldn't say this as I'm about to head off to christmas eve mass with the in-laws, but yes I believe it is totally made up!
  • No, if you are seeking truth... read the bible. Alot of it is difficult to read, but there is meaning there. There is light in the Bible. If you live your life according to the Bible's teachings, you will find true happiness.
  • No... just fiction...like Harry Potter...
  • this is a vague question. The whole thing? what part? first off, there are numerous historical facts in it. so with this I would say no.
  • No... But men are liars so. That is where wisdom comes in.
  • No, of course not.
  • Some parts of it. Plus it was written by man... what do you expect.
  • No, it's not. The accuracy of the historical context is amazing. It wasn't written by one person, so it's a collection of historical documents which are reliable. It was written by eye witnesses. It has names, dates, and places. There have been over 23,000 archaeological digs directly related to historical events in the Bible. The Bible NEVER had to be changed because it is accurate. 2 Peter 1:16-21 16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17For he received honour and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, my Beloved,* with whom I am well pleased.’ 18We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.* check this out.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XUsSVJZ6S0&feature=related
  • Although I am, personally, am an atheist (and so unlikely to be listened to by many of those that belive in God), I have studied all of the main, and many of the minor, religions in the world, both around today, and from the past. I would never try to discourage anyone from their beliefs, because they are so important to the person that to do so would not only be redundant, but also dangerous to the pyshological health of that person. However, when it comes to believing the bible, word for word, I would encourage those that think you must do so to look at the other religions that were around at the time and previous to the writing of the bible. If you look at the myths of Ancient Greece, Babylonia, Assyria and Many others, including Buddhism and you see that many of the same stories are told as are told in the bible. Now many Christians recognise this, but point out that those other civilisations stole the stories from the bible. But when you look at the times that the stories first surface in each of these civilisations, one can clearly see that, in many cases, the stories appear in other places before they appear in Judao-Christian society. When one looks at the New Testament, and compare it with other religions, mythology and recorded history, one can see that many of the stories of Christ's teachings and actions can be found in other, previous sources, even in the Old Testament itself and retold as stories of Christ's actions (a great example of this is where Christ walks on water, which is a direct copy of a previous prophet's actions given in the old testament and was explained as being attributed to Christ to prove that he was decended from that same prophet). Many of the cermonies, days of celebration and even ways of worshipping Christ can also be seen to be taken from other sources (from the worship of Ra and Sekhmet and Isis from Egypt, heavily from Mithras from Rome and from many other sources). To give an example, Mithras was a Roman God fo the Sun, taken from Persian culture, who was born in a manger in a stable on December 25th to a virgin mother and his worshipers ate bread and drank wine as a sign of drinking his blood and eating of his body (extreme similarities there to Christian worship, yet Mithras worship was from 200 years before the birth of Christ). Even when one looks at the life and teachings of Christ, one can see that where, in the bible, he was known to have travelled from childhood until his early 30s, Historic evidence from India shows a "holy man", who has been absorbed into both Hindu and Buddhist teachings, came from around the area of the middle East and travelled around India for the years where he appears to be missing from the bible, learning about and teaching the Hindu and Buddhist religions. Upon his reappearance in the New Testament, Christ suddenly starts teaching an, until then, new form of Judaism, which (if one one looks carefully and compares Christian teachings with those of Hinduism and Buddhism) one easily recognises as a fusion of the three religions of Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism into this new form of teaching, called Christianity. Now by my saying and pointing out these things, it may look as if I am denegrating or trying to disprove Christianity and being Heretical. But I am truly not inending such, but just pointing out that most of the writings of the bible were done by people AFTER the event and who were heavily influenced by what they believed. If one looks at any newspaper or news report today, one can see that it is extremely rare that even eye witnesses report the same event in the same manner and will add to or leave out things that others report, so why shouldn;t the same be true of the New Testament? I am not saying that it is not true and that you shouldn't believe it, but just to look at it in the same way that you would any other news report (after all, that's what it is, a news report on the life, actions and teachings of Jesus Christ) and accept that, because it is written by men, that it may be slightly distorted in places in its descriptions, so should be treated just as one would treat any other news report today. Believe the overall message but expect there to be some, natural inaccruacies in the way that it is reported by the men that write it. The argument that it must be true because it is "inspired by God" may still hold true, but God didn't tell them what to write word for word (and even if he did, it has been translated and copied so many times that there are bound to be inaccuracies there too), but "inspired" it to be written by men, who may have got a few of the words mixed up in their excitement to write it all down.
  • It's a fantasy for sure
  • No, It is our guide through life before leaving this world. I prefer to head towards heaven, so I do my best to abide by it. I care not what other say or how they read it, I only care that the Good Lord allows me to read and understand it the way he meant for me to.
  • Not all, but some part of it! I being a Muslim too believe that its a divine book as old testament was!
  • Which part? It doesn't lie when it says there was a country called Egypt, Greece, or Rome. The rest of it is pretty inaccurate, and it does contain a lot of lies.
  • I accept the Bible as a book of truth-- but then again, it's my choice.
  • why would such question be posted in a Christian Bible section? this could be posted in atheism,antagonists,even Islam....but in Christianity and Judaism ..this is an ignorant question? please as unpleasant and offensive questions of one's beliefs where they belong! In the NON Bible Believer's SECTIONS...they,we,I would most appreciate it, ...in other words, say ,if atheists, or even Islamists, want to slam or debate or ridicule Bible Believer's Book, more power to them, but do it amongst themselves.... I think the Bible, Old and New, Judaists and Christians, are mocked and scorned by the "highest"cynical, and envious , wrathful men in this world..always have been ..and continue to be.. BUT Beleivers will defend their beliefs justs as unbelievers do theirs...but in unlike manners...ps, true believers , note...politely and respectfully:)justme
  • No it is not! We can be assured that all of God’s ways are truthful, righteous, and loving. When writing to Hebrew Christians of the first century C.E., the apostle Paul confirmed that God’s oath and his promise make “two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie.” (Hebrews 6:17, 18) In his letter to the disciple Titus, Paul also expressed this thought when he wrote that God “cannot lie.”—Titus 1:2. Jehovah has unlimited power, he never acts unjustly. Moses described Jehovah as “a God of faithfulness, with whom there is no injustice; righteous and upright is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:4) You will do yourself well to read God's Word every day of your life.
  • It depends on what meaning or properties you assign to it. Is Alice in Wonderland a lie - only if you asert it to be the truth. . A lot of the Bible clearly isn't true but it doesn't say that it's true in the Bible itself. It's only a lie if people think that it contains the truth...... and sadly a great many people do.
  • I don't believe it to be.
  • I don't know that I would say "lie," more like, never intended to be used as the unerring word of a god.

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