How can the study of the Bible strengthen and elevate the mind as no other study can? How can the study of the Bible strengthen and elevate the mind as no other study can?

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As far as the Wisdom in the Bible is concerned, I was just reading this poem called If by Rudyard Kipling. I'm pretty confident anyone who actually wants to read the Bible for its Wisdom, doesn't need to spend years going over 1000s of pages in a language you're going to misinterpret half the time; 32 lines of this poem and you're half way to enlightenment !

On a more serious note, the problem when people try to use books like the Bible to elevate the way they think is that they fail to read it in an objective way and remember the true reason they are reading it. Most often, all that should be actually noticed is brushed aside for all the fluff on the "illogicasies" of God.

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Why are so many people, in what is supposedly the most advanced country in the world, unable to think honestly about this badly-flawed old book. It is full of mistakes. All the squinting and mental gymnastics in the world will not hide this clear fact.

One of the great things about this "most advanced country in the world" is that no one has to read the Bible if they do not want to. If I have some time, I will try to answer some of the questions that are raised by the video that you posted, although I wonder if you're really interested in reading serious answers. My biggest question is why you seem almost obsessed about disproving the Bible. If you really don't like the book, read something else.

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I think posts #3 and #7 raise points that are relevant responses to the original question.  As a piece of literature, the Bible presents opportunities to do comparative studies of word and phrase use when comparing translations, aside from the possibilities of tracing the development of English as a living language (compare the KJV to a contemporary translation!)  Go further by comparing translations with paraphrased versions.

As a historic record, it gives insight into life patterns and beliefs in past cultures that could be helpful in relating to descendants of those cultures in modern times.  The geography of events and locations described in the Bible can support research into how cultures develop, factors influencing location of settlements and events, and how environments evolve and change over time.  Sociologists can trace patterns of societal or familial hierarchy and how those attitudes influenced the development of governmental patterns.

Any of these approaches could "strengthen and elevate" a student's mind without addressing any faith component the student might or might not bring to the study.  For me, insights I glean through these fields of study enrich and expand my appreciation of the Bible.  As I work to understand and apply the lessons in the Bible (yes, I deeply believe that the Bible is a gift from God to direct my life and relationships to the world around me), I take pleasure in additional lessons learned along the way.

 

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Well, for every person who reads this book, there may be a different reason. Some read as it feeds their faith. For others, there is a desire to...

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I don't personally believe that the Bible can strengthen the mind like no other study can. I believe that it can be a good thing to study, and would give great insight to anyone who reads it, not just people who believe it's true. However, I also believe that there are many other things that can be studied and be much more effective and useful than a book that tells people how to live their lives. 

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conmicha1 | Student

How can the study of the Bible strengthen and elevate the mind as no other study can?

... as no other study can? Hmmmm... In other words, Does the Bible contain some property which no other book can provide? Simple answer,

No.

It is just an old book, full of revisions, additions, contradictions, errors, brutality, sexism, etc etc. It is not a magic book and only a little objective study in to the history of the Bible's origins will prove it to you.

jesus is the way my brother

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Jesus saves

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We do not consider the bat a bird now because it is a mammal (a classification term that man has come up with--remember), but to the ancient Hebrews, the classification of bats with other flying creatures would have been perfectly acceptable. -SP

Well, let's ignore your dreadfully sexist use of the word 'man' to describe the human race, and let's gloss over your attempt to suggest that maybe we are wrong to classify bats as mammals, and we'll move to the crux...

Ahhhh... Translation Errors ... the refuge of the desperate... If God dictated his 'word' to people then presumably he took pains to ensure the original didn't have any God-to-human errors. Why then does he not protect his work during the next generation of translation? God is extremely lazy it seems.

Or, in fact, the oft rolled-out excuse of translation errors is a sham. BECAUSE... HELLO???? WHAT ORIGINAL BIBLE ARE YOU REFERRING TO? There isn't one.

The Bible is a provably messed-up, mish-mash, hotch-potch load of nonsense. And the wild contortions and reflex foot-shuffles that people do to ignore this fact is horrible and embarrassing.

   seek and you shall find knock and the door shall be opend...... knock my friend you might be suprised at what you find. Jesus saves. and he is mad at the wicked every day it takes alot of nereve to say those wicked things to his loved followers trust jesus and you will be saved.

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How can the study of the Bible strengthen and elevate the mind as no other study can?

How can the study of the Bible strengthen and elevate the mind as no other study can?

Although I know others will--and already have--disagree, I believe the Bible is an invaluable teaching instrument.  It has become controversial in our highly politicized society.  However, it is the most quoted and referenced book in the world.  No other stands before it in modern times or historically.  This is a book that necessitated that someone name each book, divide it into chapters and then number its sentences to aid in its use as a reference tool.

Those facts aside, our current society--with its dwindling vocabulary and escape from grammatical and spelling accuracy--is evidence of the "lack" of Bible in its teaching/study.  When society frequently read and studied the Bible, the intellectual level of the phrasing and structure of it led to a better educated society in terms of true literacy. Having departed from that, we have also lowered the standards and the quality of writings that are taught.  Students are no longer expected to read texts at the same level--or as early--as even those 25 years ago.

I believe that none of my points have anything at all to do with the Christian nature of the book--or that I have even held it up as the word of God.  Rather, intellectually, it is a prize that teachers should be allowed to utilize on its merit alone--religion aside.

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elfgirl | Student

Why are so many people, in what is supposedly the most advanced country in the world, unable to think honestly about this badly-flawed old book. It is full of mistakes. All the squinting and mental gymnastics in the world will not hide this clear fact. Please watch this 2 minute summary of only some of the bible's mistakes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c0RFxXrYzg&NR=1&feature=fvwp

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frizzyperm | Student

How can the study of the Bible strengthen and elevate the mind as no other study can?

... as no other study can? Hmmmm... In other words, Does the Bible contain some property which no other book can provide? Simple answer,

No.

It is just an old book, full of revisions, additions, contradictions, errors, brutality, sexism, etc etc. It is not a magic book and only a little objective study in to the history of the Bible's origins will prove it to you.

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elfgirl | Student

By the way... The BBC have just broadcast a really lovely 3 hour radio programme on the origination of The KJV. Yes it is a sublime work of litreature, no, it is not god's word...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00x3qy7/King_James_Bible_The_Story_of_the_King_James_Bible_The_Commission/

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elfgirl | Student

We do not consider the bat a bird now because it is a mammal (a classification term that man has come up with--remember), but to the ancient Hebrews, the classification of bats with other flying creatures would have been perfectly acceptable. -SP

Well, let's ignore your dreadfully sexist use of the word 'man' to describe the human race, and let's gloss over your attempt to suggest that maybe we are wrong to classify bats as mammals, and we'll move to the crux...

Ahhhh... Translation Errors ... the refuge of the desperate... If God dictated his 'word' to people then presumably he took pains to ensure the original didn't have any God-to-human errors. Why then does he not protect his work during the next generation of translation? God is extremely lazy it seems.

Or, in fact, the oft rolled-out excuse of translation errors is a sham. BECAUSE... HELLO???? WHAT ORIGINAL BIBLE ARE YOU REFERRING TO? There isn't one.

The Bible is a provably messed-up, mish-mash, hotch-potch load of nonsense. And the wild contortions and reflex foot-shuffles that people do to ignore this fact is horrible and embarrassing.

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elfgirl | Student

As for " a vast number of factual errors" [in the bible], who can really prove that it was a factual error - Thisasainkid.

I can, watch closely... Leviticus 11:13-19...

And these you shall detest among the birds; they shall not be eaten; they are detestable: the eagle, the bearded vulture, the black vulture, the kite, the falcon of any kind, every raven of any kind, the ostrich, the nighthawk, the sea gull, the hawk of any kind, the little owl, the cormorant, the short-eared owl, the barn owl, the tawny owl, the carrion vulture, the stork, the heron of any kind, the hoopoe, and the bat.

Okay-cokey, are you ready?...In the above verse, The Bible clearly states that bats are birds. Bats 100% definitely aren't birds. The Bible is wrong. QED

Piece of cake.

 

 

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jennie-15 | Student

"claim that God wrote it"

No one claims that God himself wrote the Bible, but that various people had written it under his direction.

As for " a vast number of factual errors", who can really prove that it was a factual error, rather than the correct representation that other books failed to cover? Can you really prove that there is no God? Only mundane minds will refuse to see what is beyond this world.

Back to the original question - I agree with post 2 on this. It will only strengthen your mind if you truly believe there is a God; if you read it with a cynical mindset, then you will never be able to achieve anything from reading the Bible, besides a number of critical remarks.

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elfgirl | Student

Can the Bible elevate the mind as no other study can?

No, because it is not a 'magic' book. Even the slightest unbiased investigation of the Bible reveals that it is simply a very old collection of stories. It has a vast number of factual errors which cast grave doubt on the rather fanciful claim that God wrote it. Therefore, believing all the claims of the Bible does not elevate the mind, rather it distorts it.

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