• I imagine most Christians have probably never read the entire bible, and rely on what they learn from Church and other more or less reliable sources. It is interesting that it is only fairly recently that the laity has been encouraged or even allowed to read the Bible. I'd guess from the tone of your question you hold neither the Bible nor Christians in high regard. For some reason I've seen no similar attacks aimed at other religions. I find that interesting too. Maybe the Bible is the word of God, but it is a dangerous weapon to use against the faithful.
  • The Bible is the Word of God. It contains the history of His chosen people (both good and bad), prophesy, instruction, revelation. There is an over-arching story that unites it all in the plan of salvation. Everything in the bible must be read 'in context' and with the intended audience in mind. If something is mentioned in both the Old Testament and again in the New Testament, then that tends to be the 'test' that that is a universal point to be obeyed and not just for that one particular audience, within the context of their lives at that time in history. We are told by God to handle his Word correctly (not to take things out of context). 2 Timothy 2:15 "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." Exegesis and eisegesis are two conflicting approaches in Bible study. Exegesis is the exposition or explanation of a text based on a careful, objective analysis. The word exegesis literally means “to lead out of.” That means that the interpreter is led to his conclusions by following the text. The opposite approach to Scripture is eisegesis, which is the interpretation of a passage based on a subjective, non-analytical reading. The word eisegesis literally means “to lead into,” which means the interpreter injects his own ideas into the text, making it mean whatever he wants. Obviously, only exegesis does justice to the text. Eisegesis is a mishandling of the text and often leads to a misinterpretation.
  • Oh, God, Another fanatic!
  • The bible is in the words that it was translated in. People believe anything they want to believe and will believe anything that justifies their actions.
  • I resent that you categorize ALL christians is this question. The Bible is the living word of God... but you must understand that there are two parts the new testament is the new covenant and that is what we live under... Jesus Christ.
  • We must still obey the 10 commandments, but the difference between the two covenants are when it comes to relating to God and interacting with Him and the heavenly kingdom.
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      Are you a Christian? Do you believe Jesus Christ died and rose from the grave to save you? If so then you are no longer under the Old Testament Law. That was only a temporary law for the Jews, not the gentiles. Jesus Christ put all those whom believe in Him under the Law of Love. If you do not believe than you are still under the Old law of which no mortal can live up to. Jesus Christ gave us grace and life! See Matthew 22:36-40. Jesus' new law nullified the old law for Christians this includes the 10 Commandments. To verify this see Romans 10:4. Too many people who claim to be Christians don't know what their Bibles say and go only on hear say from their preacher. Study and learn the truth in the Bible.
  • Technically it's the word of a few guys, written a hundred years after christ.
  • No, it's the word of men playing at being god.
  • Yes, you don't see many Christians plucking out their own eye, stoning to people to death, abducting women, killing their children, marrying their brothers widow and so on. You also see many Christians engaging in lying, greed, the use of the Lord's name in vain, affairs, masturbation and of course their big favorite judging others. Of course they pick and choose. Observing the behavior of many Christians would lead a thinking person to conclude hypocrisy is obviously an important part of religion.
  • The Biblw was written by men ( males) 2000 years ago as a way to conrol and scare people. It's a crock.
  • So, what do you want them to do? Follow it word for word. So they can get up in the morning and don their fig leaf, talk to a snake, eat an apple, and go from there then? Ask a question that makes sense.
  • I think it's because they they find so much comfort in their religion and that is based on the bible. Because of their overwhelming desire to not see the world in reality they simply refuse to acknowledge the many contradictions and inconveniences found in the bible. Much like an addict ignores the negative effect of whatever they are hooked on. See THE OFFICIAL GOD FAQ
  • Some do do that. However, many people don't understand that the law of Moses no longer applied after Jesus death. So, there is no need to follow such things as the prohibitions against eating pork and shellfish, for example.
  • Catholics do this,Jehova witness do this.So don't say all christians do this.Alot do,but alot doesn't.I conform my life to Gods word,I don't conform the bible to me.If it says it is sin,then I stay away from it.
  • They channel Christ. Which is another way of rationalising their picking and choosing. God Told Me to Rob that Liquor Store. or God told me to invade Iraq. Got it?
  • God is perfect; not mankind.
  • The Bible is 66 books long. There are different genres (poetry, historical narrative, didactic, apocalyptic, etc.) of books that compose the Bible. There are parts that are more difficult to understand. Some genres are easier to read and/or teach from than others. Hermeneutics is the art and science of Biblical interpretation. There are different approved systems by which to read and understand the Bible in context. It's not a matter of "ignoring" passages that are "inconvenient", it is that the Bible is a complex volume of books (66), that takes a while to read and understand. The Bible is the word of God. No man has ever fully comprehended it because the God about Whom it speaks is infinite. We, Christians, are very finite. We need His illumination to properly understand and apply what He has written in the Bible.
  • Yes indeed. Can you give me an inconvenient biblical passage so we can go over it? I'm sure you agree with "context."
  • probably cause its inconvenient

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