ANSWERS: 63
  • Yes I do. ~+~
  • No. It's mostly a work of fiction.
  • absolutely not
  • no I don't. I belive that it was a method of control in days gone by
  • How can someone who doesn't exist speak? Let alone write?
  • I believe it is a work of fiction. Its like a exercise we used to do as children at school. The teacher would give us a sentence to say and we would whisper it around to the whole class one by one, and the last person would say what they heard, it would be nothing like what the teacher had said. It is almost like that, the Bible being passed down translated in hundreds of languages to hundreds of people, how could it be words of "God" I don't believe it is verbatim.
  • Yes. Let me tell you why. Not only has it stood the test of time but if you have read & practiced the good advise and learn from the many stories and apply them to your life --you will see it works! However, plp will do anything to divide the truth to fit there beliefs. The ego hates laws and control--yet there is safety and growth in overcoming lifes many problems.
  • No, I think it has been manipulated and rewritten over the years to benefit those doing the rewrites...
  • To what/which Bible are you referring? There are about 32 different Bibles each belonging to a different creed. If you wish accurate answers please clarify your question which will allow accurate answers from each believer in their own faith. Best Regards.
  • In the absence of any supporting evidence, I would go with... Uhhh... No.
  • Most of the OT is based on the mythologies of Egypt, Babylonia/Assyria. The NT is a thinly veiled exoteric Greek version of the before mentioned myths.
  • No, I don't. I think it does provide many answers and I also feel that the answers aren't always the same for all people. I know that my interpretations have not always agreed with those who are my spiritual leaders. I don't think that's a bad thing. I think the interpretation and teachings of the Bible are very personal. In a nutshell I think it is the work of men, but oftentimes men who were divinely inspired.
  • No..the bible is written by men not God..it was selectively put together, large amounts of ancient text were omitted because the religious powers that be who put together the bible did not think that certain parts should be included..:)
  • Its the Word of Humans not gods
  • It's as realistic as "Alice in Wonderland", and has equal amounts of reality as that book. Alice in Wonderland is more interesting to read, though. In other words: No. There's no evidence to prove that the bible is nothing but the words of some mushroom crazed old guy who heard voices all around him, and thought some of them were a "god"
  • No I think it is the opinion of the people who were seeking total control of the peoples mind. Not that hard seeing as though they believe that there is a guy who would send them to a dark place if they did other wise. That holds them by fear and fear is the most useful weapon of all. http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/916414 http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/916427
  • As I don't believe in God, then my answer is "no". There are too many versions of this book, all of the current versions of which are translations so may or may not be accurate. Also, if the bible is the actual and factual word of God, how is it that different gospels tell different stories?
  • No ... it says itself that it was written by men ... as for saying that they were inspired ... well, that is a faith statement ... yet, it was still written by men
  • Yes, the Bible was written by Prophets (God spoke through them). Christianity is based on Faith and I have faith that the Bible is the word of God.
  • No. Even if the original writings were inspired by God, the thing has been so translated, re-translated, redacted, edited and re-edited that it bears little, if any, resemblance to those original writings.
  • It is the words of some higher up...Not the one called God. Not the Lord, either. Or Him, or any masculin pronoun. Its a mystery to me.
  • No. Because "god" did not write the bible. The people who did susposedly heard the information from Jesus (not even god himself) And the bible was written thousands of years AFTER jesus made his debut.
  • I believe that the Bible was written by God through His prophets.
  • The old Testament has relevance to ancient history, but the new testament is kinda like how when we were young and played telephone. Probably one of the most flawed books ever written. The Vatican could use a good editor.
  • No, not all of it. Some of it i think is BS...I don't believe in hell or satin...
  • Nope. Here's a couple reasons why: . The OT tells people to kill their disobedient sons and people who work on the Sabbath - as well as anyone who gets in the way of Jews living in the "Promised Land". . The four gospels don't agree on various points. . The entire thing discusses people and events in one, very small part of the world. Only a few hundred square miles. One might think a creator of the universe would be a touch more inclusive. . Now - having said that, there is stuff in the Bible that can help a person lead a fuller, better life. And there are beautiful parts of it - like the Song of Solomon. But it was written by men for their own reasons. God had absolutely nothing to do with it. . Good question. +5
  • I believe it's the word of man, not God.
  • I think EVERYTHING is the "word of God" Man's filtering distorts It.
  • Take the NT, for example. The majority of it are the letters, mostly written by Paul. Do you think Paul would have seen himself writing down the words of God? Do you think the recipients of the letters would have regarded themselves as receiving words of God? Paul probably didn’t even realise that the letters he was writing would end up being regarded as scripture and included in a book called the Bible. As for the OT the Catholic Bible has seven books that the Protestants have thrown out. So which are God’s words and which ones aren’t? The Bibles people have with them come in numerous different versions. Which ones contain all God's word? Some versions are revised over time, having some words changed and some thrown out. So are they changing and throwing out God's words? Before the revision people would have argued that they were God's words. You can’t be sure that your version is all God's word as it no doubt includes words that might get changed or thrown out in the next revision!
  • No. I think the bible may be someone's interpretation of their concept of God. IMO I think the levels and layers necessary to begin awareness or understanding of the essence of God lies well beyond the furtive grasp of all but a minuscule few through out the entire history of mankind. To say that I could grasp the actual or factual "word of God" would be sheer arrogance. It's like saying the average Joe could understand the mechanics, dynamics, structure, essence, theorem, derivations, form, levels, layers and applications of the general Theory of Relativity.
  • Because there are no original copies of the writtings of the Bible we will never know for sure. There are a few that are supposed to be close to the originals but have been modified by those who have translated them using different words they feel better fits the current needs of the people. Political occurances have also modified the Bible. The NIV has even left out whole chapters and eleminated thousands of words. For these reasons, we only have a general over all of the Bible. If you care to learn more about how the Bibles have been compromised read, "New Age Bible Versions."
  • no. i think its a story that people have wrote form long long ago and passed down. i think that religion is something that the human race has created to stay sane and to have hope and something to fall back upon during hard times.
  • Which bible? And which god?
  • The book itself? ... I believe to be a manifest of ideals set by men through time ... to create power for some by divisions of others by application of fear for sin and truth. If we did not have the bible? ... where would we be in regards to law, politics and a civilised society? Truth and honesty is sought from others by their faith in God and bible to swear under oath so others will believe the words of any accounts in question. When a politician or police officer is sworn to position ... They are sworn into this position by oath to uphold the law and all regard of people they serve by their faith in God and bible. The Bible with its power of control, helps run our system today. What else could they use to create a security for others to believe the truth from one's honor to protect and serve us as a police officer, politician or doctor >>> etc? > Surely not mans word alone? Unfortunately >>> 'Mans word alone will never do' ... as it has never been reliable in past! Yet > The bible was written by man ... so eitherway it is down to the control of man by bible or only his word? At the end of the day ... It's up to each individual to make their own judgement of what makes them feel secure and comfortable. We may need the bible to control the system we call a civilised society ... yet I myself will not be controlled by the power of the book by fear of my actions.
  • Since I don't believe in God in the form of Heaven's God.. I believe the bible is a bunch of stories written by people who should have compared notes prior to writing it. It is FULL of .. I lost my word..but it's on my tongue.. it tells you one thing in one place but in other place it tells you something different. It seems to be a crutch used by Christians to make them walk the fine line or they will be punished and as a child my parents used it on me like that and still do as an almost 40 year old.. " THE BIBLE SAYs if you don't do this..you will go to Hell. " I think it's used as a scare tactic to force people to do what you want them to do.
  • No. I believe that it was written by men who for the most part had good intentions. There are many good things in the bible that help to guide people on a moral path. The problem that I have with the bible is that men wrote the bible and claimed to be speaking the word of god as they did so. I believe the intent in that regard was control. That's not what I consider good intentions. There are countless lunitics roaming the world right now claiming to speak the word of god. Should I believe them?
  • No.I am myself still undecided as to whether or not there is a god but am more inclined to believe there is one than to believe that there isn't. But for the purpose of this question lets say there is. If so the reason I said no is because the bible is written by MAN.man sins and forgets and manipulates and revises ideas , theories and stories therefore there is no way that the whole of the bible can be exactly the actual and factual word of God. If this offends anyone I do apologise and respect your beliefs.
  • When someone presents some evidence that the bible is the word of god I just might.
  • Thomas Paine, in 1795, said it better than I ever could: Excerpt from "The Age of Reason" :CHAPTER II - OF MISSIONS AND REVELATIONS. EVERY national church or religion has established itself by pretending some special mission from God, communicated to certain individuals. The Jews have their Moses; the Christians their Jesus Christ, their apostles and saints; and the Turks their Mahomet; as if the way to God was not open to every man alike. Each of those churches shows certain books, which they call revelation, or the Word of God. The Jews say that their Word of God was given by God to Moses face to face; the Christians say, that their Word of God came by divine inspiration; and the Turks say, that their Word of God (the Koran) was brought by an angel from heaven. Each of those churches accuses the other of unbelief; and, for my own part, I disbelieve them all. As it is necessary to affix right ideas to words, I will, before I proceed further into the subject, offer some observations on the word 'revelation.' Revelation when applied to religion, means something communicated immediately from God to man. No one will deny or dispute the power of the Almighty to make such a communication if he pleases. But admitting, for the sake of a case, that something has been revealed to a certain person, and not revealed to any other person, it is revelation to that person only. When he tells it to a second person, a second to a third, a third to a fourth, and so on, it ceases to be a revelation to all those persons. It is revelation to the first person only, and hearsay to every other, and, consequently, they are not obliged to believe it. It is a contradiction in terms and ideas to call anything a revelation that comes to us at second hand, either verbally or in writing. Revelation is necessarily limited to the first communication. After this, it is only an account of something which that person says was a revelation made to him; and though he may find himself obliged to believe it, it cannot be incumbent on me to believe it in the same manner, for it was not a revelation made to me, and I have only his word for it that it was made to him."
  • The Bible is the word of a lot of people.
  • 2 timothy 3/16 all scriptures are inspired by god. this is just part of the verse look it up to see the rest.
  • im writing my own version as i speak god gave me that right
  • 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 don't believe that God wrote it, nor do I believe that he inspired people to write it. Something like the Bible is not something an omnipotent being would create. That is....unless he was deliberately trying to fool people into thinking that...
  • no it's not. it's been translated so many times. each time something is translated it loses something. man wrote it, so you know it's not as it's supose to be.it's just a story. that's it.
  • The existence of God is unprovable in itself, therefore, I don't believe the Bible is the word of God.
  • no i don't!
  • I believe in god and no I don't believe the bible is 100% actual or factual
  • Absolutely....
  • No, and my resoning is two tiered. First of all, I don't think there is a god, so there can be no "word of god." Secondly, the bible contains too many inconsistancies and contridictions to be the word of any supreme diety.
  • 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.
  • Uuuh, no
  • Absolutely, just as "The Night Before Christmas" is the actual and factual word of Santa, and DC Comics is the actual and factual word of Superman. Both of these heroes have withstood the test of time. Superman has been around since the 1930s. Here are some of the ways we know that Superman is God: "Superman alters the nature of reality and creates a reality of his own, which defies human understanding and logic. He also violates every rule of physics and all scientific principles known to humanity. The notion of Superman is based on the idea of a battle between "good vs. evil," from an exclusively American perspective, where the battle always demonstrates an external threat to American society and its people." http://www.watchingamerica.com/thenationpk000025.shtml
  • No. It's an historical account of just how much people were into their wine back in those days. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNy6ziOyxoA
  • u r in the Christain,Christain Bible section...Absolutely without any doubts...we do:)justme
  • Yes it is factual and historical. But remember that Jesus Christ is the real WORD of God.
  • yes: translations,,,,no but the real word of GOD YES. +2
  • Not a single word. Some passages may -- MAY -- possibly be divinely inspired, but none of any of the various Biblical scriptures was authored by any deity. Every word in all the holy scriptures was written by a human being.
  • The Bible contains the Words of God written by fallible humans.
  • no it didn't come from his mouth.
  • Yes (2 Timothy 3:16-17) All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work
  • Definitely not. Since when does any human being know what 'god' wants? Have they had a discussion with them? Did they interview them before writing the book? Come on people wake up.

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