|Bibles were not written on stone. Well, yes they
were, to a degree. We have the Ten Commandments (or should I say we had),
and we could possibly squeeze into this category the Rosetta stones of
Persia and Egypt.
But on the whole the
sacred writings handed down to us were laboriously inscribed (by
'scribes') on parchment made from animal skins, or papyrus made from
beating a reed-like plant into pulp. Not much different than paper of
today, in fact.
Neither of these
methods could be considered a 'sound' transference of information.
Even the Stones
mentioned were lucky to survive as well as they did for all those
hundreds of years.
And there were spoken
Oral Traditions handed from one generation to the next. Have you ever
heard a rumor or story as it changed while being transmitted and
translated from person to person?
Surely I must have a
purpose in telling you all this.
Not really, just
But it is amazing to
me that in spite of all this, the information
survived and is handed to us in the very same form that the Ancients
How can we know this
for a fact?
We have the Dead Sea
Scrolls and other such finds to confirm it.
Well, that's basically
how we got the Bible. Now, what are we going to do
Most people, it seems,
either use it as a dust collector, or keep it securely zippered in a
leather bag that they take with them to church on Sunday.
But for this section,
we will be taking it out so we can sneak some fresh looks at it, and
to, hopefully, help shed some light on the Bible. Some of that light
will be "Through a glass, darkly," argued about, and fretted over. But
that's where truth comes from. Not from just blindly accepting what
someone has said. Jonestown and Waco are a couple of examples that come
If you find something
here you disagree with, read on, chances are you will find your own
belief farther on. My purpose is not to take a stand on one point of
view or another, but rather to present information so that one's heart,
or head, or whatever part of you that does the reasoning, can come to
an enlightened opinion. (I intentionally did not say "decision,"
because that would mean the end of your search. And for my
part, I hope that never happens.)
So please be
forewarned: If you don't like controversial material, please do not
read this section. And don't think that because you read it here, that
I agree with what is written. For my opinion changes (and as I like to
consider it grows) daily.