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Completely wrong? Sole message? Teaches? Interesting points considering there is no sole message and it teaches nothing.
It teaches many things actually. I'm sorry that you see it that way.
I could read any book, literally any book, and take messages from it that i believe could be useful and applicable in real life and make it my bible.
You could, but the difference between the Bible and any other book is it's the Word of God.
The purpose of the bible is not what is inside of the book but what it represents and what it does for people
I would say that it is what's inside that counts and what it represents. Its history of the 1st-century church and further back into history about Israel.
With that, We should "update" the bible by adding more experience to it and offering MODERN ways of life. As of right now if a serial killer begs for mercy and forgiveness, the bible says that the serial killer would be forgiven. WE SHOULD PROBABLY CHANGE THAT!
We shouldn't change it with modern days of life because in the Bible that is how it was back then everything that happened. Changing the forgiveness and stuff like that would be altering the message. Why should we change the part where a serial killer can't be forgiven? It shows that God is merciful, loving, and graceful.
The world is full of conflict. Religion teaches us that we have to suck it up until the second coming when God will throw the wicked into the lake of fire (or something like that) and the meek will inherit the earth.
There is more to it than just that. God doesn't throw people in Hell. Nowhere in scripture does it say that. People send themselves to hell for the choice that they made,
One of God's commandment is "thou shall not kill." But He had David running around killing his enemies. He condoned it. And He himself wiped out everything with His 40 days and 40 nights of rain crap. So life isn't as precious as He would have us believe.
A lot of the Old Testament stuff that was killing involved were over Israel, or God was judging people because they were doing evil, and God took a stand and said enough is enough and decided to do something about it.
So, instead of waiting for the second coming, I say we nuke the bastards causing all the problems and stirring the pot as it were. We then declare ourselves to be the meek and lay claim to the planet. Then, if and when He comes, we can just tell Him that we took care of it all ourselves and that we no longer need His services and that He can just fuck off and leave us the hell alone.
Only more problems would arise. We can't take care of it ourselves because, we as humans aren't perfect at all and we'll always mess things. God on the other hand loves us and wants a relationship with Him. That's why there are Christians around the world spreading good news to people, so that when the time comes people will be ready and not perish.
In Washington state we've had days where it was sunny, but still chilly outside wasn't completely hot. It rained today in the morning. It starts getting hot around here towards the course of June. Washington is known for having late summer weather. We also are pretty early when it comes to fall weather with all the rain that we get.
Prayers is not a way of God making us beg. It's a part of our relationship with God and to be able to talk to Him. It's also showing that we are obedient to God when we pray and it's an act of faith when we pray. If I stopped praying then I would basically have a lack of faith in God, and a lack of trust in God's Word.