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The Bible: Should It Be Updated?

Postiwyd gan MarshMallo o Caerdydd - Cyhoeddwyd ar 31/05/2012 am 09:48
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I am not a Christian, I am not even religious, but most First World countries are Christian ones. This means most people in the First World follow the Bible and sincerely believe that it is the best religious book to follow. I like to believe that I am in some way understanding of others, their cultures and religion, but it is impossible to ignore the way Christianity is above all other religions in this country.

The problem lies with when the Bible was written, who wrote it, and what the world was like back in those days. I’m sure people are happy enough to follow it, and they feel that it helps them express themselves, but it starts to get dodgy when it stops others from expressing their feelings. The best example of these problems is the gay marriage debate. I believe gay people have the right to get married, but the Bible does not. People all over the world are saying this just because the Bible told them it was wrong. Just because the world was uneven, unequal and much different when the Bible was written.

In my own opinion, I do not think the law and religion should be the same. Laws say gay people can’t marry in some countries, because religion does. Religion has created many splits in society, yet I understand it helps people “find themselves” and better themselves because they have rules and guidelines to follow. I just can’t see why parts of religion would rather hate than love.

Because the Bible was like that then, does that mean it should be like that now? The fact is that things that seemed to fit into society thousands of years ago are very hard to fit nowadays. As I’ve said, I don’t follow the Bible, but I have a right to say this because I live in a Christian country and the religion still affects me.

Because the Bible states gay people are wrong, many people think gay people are wrong, so bullies can find a way of tormenting those who “don’t quite fit” into a country where many people base their beliefs on a book which hates gays. I hear it all the time in school and it doesn’t seem right to me. People think calling people “gay” is an insult. I hate to think people would believe that. If they really were gay, it’s more of a compliment. For being themselves in a country with biblical beliefs.

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SamuelPatterson

SamuelPatterson

Rhoddwyd sylw 48 mis yn ôl - 31st May 2012 - 12:42pm

A very interesting article with great potential for heated discourse. Unfortunately, while many Christians realise that the Bible is terribly outdated, both in social terms and moral values, there are still a great many who seem to find refuge in the apparently idealistic and "whole-hearted" views of neighbourly love and, more than anything, take solace in the supposed afterlife that the Bible promises to people.

Personally I'd rather people be kind and of pure heart because they're decent human beings, and not in fear of spending an eternity in boiling pits of fire. I'm up for getting rid of religion altogether. But I suppose, seeing as that isn't going to happen, a revamp of the Bible would be a great second best.

Unfortunately, the writers of the Bible put in a great defence system. It's called blasphemy. Changing anything in the Bible would be considered blasphemous, and as such, they made it impossible for fundamentalist Christians to adopt any other version of the Bible.

Personally, I don't think it'll be much longer before religion becomes completely separate and people realise its superfluity in a modern society which has made so many advances. Maybe then we can get rid of these gods and demons and humanity can reach even further than we have before.

A great article MarshMallo!

MarshMallo

MarshMallo

Rhoddwyd sylw 48 mis yn ôl - 31st May 2012 - 21:08pm

hisgirl210410

hisgirl210410

Rhoddwyd sylw 48 mis yn ôl - 2nd June 2012 - 12:47pm

I am christian so lets start there, im also bisexual, i go to church and the people there love me just the same
yes there are fundamentalist christian who say gay marriage is wrong but it's not just the bible who says this, Islam also says this as that it is haram(a sin), in some muslim countries you can be hung for being gay
if we were to update the bible then why not update every other religion as many are similar in their beliefs for example in christinity the man was the head of the family and the women beneath them but christians have come away from that and we have women high up in the church and we are equal,the same cannot be said for the isam faith as women are still 'property' of their husband in th majority, which i peronally find aweful

I am sick of people picking on christianity because there are a few who are stuck in the old days, i am not and many of my friends also aren't, don't paint every christian with the same brush, i support gay mariage!

MarshMallo

MarshMallo

Rhoddwyd sylw 48 mis yn ôl - 3rd June 2012 - 11:09am

@hisgirl210410
Thanks for that comment, it's really informative. I forgot to mention in the article that the Bible was just a book that many people follow, and because there is a lot of news at the moment about Christian protests in America. The Bible was a metaphor for all religious books written long ago which dismisses things like gay marriage.

SamuelPatterson

SamuelPatterson

Rhoddwyd sylw 48 mis yn ôl - 3rd June 2012 - 11:56am

I think Christianity is so often used because people are scared to pick on Islam in fear of being seen as politically incorrect? They're both just awful. Offense taken as required,

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