For those of you who are professing Christians: Do you believe that it is possible, or impossible, to be a Christian and at the same time, disbelieve parts of the Bible?
is it possible to blow dudes and consider yourself straight
In the beginning of Genesis alone it talks if the works God created with two different descriptions. I am a Christian and I believe that God gives up hope, comfort and guidance through the Bible, however I do not believe it is 100% literal
And correct for everyone. First it was written over 1500 years ago, second it was inspired by God but written by man and third, it's been translated how many times by how many people????
Which descriptions are you referring to?
I don't think God inspired man just to get a half baked half true work. What's the point of inspiring if its not going to be "good"?
Impossible, however one could interpret it wrongly.
Oh wait. I misread the question. It is possible for one person to disbelieve parts of the bible but that may be because they're going through a hard time or anything really or just can't wrap their mind around it.
Possible. Personally, I believe it's been tampered with by humans, primarily the Roman Emperor Constantine. Furthermore, most people read a translation-of-a-translation, not the original Aramaic. I have to believe some of it got lost in translations.
Possible. The fact that we are not perfect but still attempt to do the best we can is a hallmark of Christianity. One of the hardest issues in religion is FAITH, everyone struggles with it some way but Ill also tell u there is a peace unlike anything
else in this world, that comes from FULLY handing yourself to God/Jesus. Something that is often talked about and scares me is the expression, "missing heaven by 12 inches."(the distance from ur heart to ur brain. And anytime it's used is when
referring to someone who has read the bible and has knowledge of the bible but doesn't "feel" God or "know" God and that may be the thing God wants from us most, a relationship,
a true loving and personal relationship and all the other stuff is so much less important than love. Possible? I'd say nearly every Christian struggles with it but God encourages us to seek truth as humans, he doesn't want robots as his children.
Well, these results are very discouraging.
The poll numbers or comments or both?
Percentages. 71% (apparently) disbelieve at least part of the Bible.
That wasn't your question. Your question was whether a person can fit into a category and retain a specific characteristic. There are 71% of the respondents believing someone else can still be a Christian while not believing Lot's wife became salt.
And that would be disbelieving part of the Bible.
I take it you believe, pinky? Personally I do.
With no reservations.
If the almighty God who spoke the earth into existence can't get his entire book right, why would you believe any of it?
I think someone can be a Christian and not believe everything in the Bible. I know plenty of them that do that. However, I don't think they are correct.
We can't choose to believe the stuff that we like while ignoring the rest.
I don't have all the answers. 1. I'll never have all the answers, and 2. I am still young. I have a lot to learn.
And I will learn. It is so frustrating getting in debates about Christianity and have someone stump me. I've known enough mature
Christians in my life to know that a lot of answers are there if you will look for them and commit them to memory. I feel like Christians need to be more prepared to defend themselves.
@hsim, You're right. Read 'The Case for Christ' by Lee Strobel for starters.
I'll definitely look into that pinky! Thanks for the recommendation :)
When the Bible was originally written it was perfect, from the mouth of God through His prophets. Over time, it has been through many, many translations. In those there have been mistakes made. So... I believe the Bible to be the true word of God...
... As far as it is translated correctly.
Are you familiar with Jewish copying practices? Talk about draconian. I trust that the ancient manuscripts are accurate and faithfully passed down. And I trust the older translations into other languages.
Some of the newer 'translations' I don't regard as being the Bible. They are paraphrases at best, misguided and inaccurate at worst (I'm thinking of 'The Message').
I prefer to read the KJV, NIV 84 or the NKJV, myself.
I think both the Jewish & Christian bibles are guides to live by. I don't think any of it really historically happened. And since so many people misconstrue their messages, they hurt more than they help. Just my opinion. Let the flaming begin.
I'll disagree, but won't flame you. You're entitled to your own belief.
@Dij, Have you ever researched the historical accuracy of the Bible? There are numerous persons, places and events in the Bible that have been independently verified by archeology.
In fact, while not every person, place, or event mentioned in the Bible has been proven yet, of the ones that have been verified, the Bible has never been proven wrong on the details of any person, place or event that it lists.
Pinky, I agree that many of the people in the bibles really lived & the places really existed or still exist. I don't believe the stories about them though. I believe many of the events of the bibles are metaphors.
Not an issue of disbelief for me. I know I will not fully understand the entire Book at any point in my life. I will continue to seek understanding and live a moral life based on my current level of understanding.
I'm torn on this one.
Catholic Christians do not take all of the Holy Bible literally.
Because not all of it was meant as a history lesson - it's a library with facts, truths, fables, and some fiction - but it is all inspired to convey Truth
Exactly, nelsor- as a catholic I am amazed by people who think the bible was written like a newspaper article or an encyclopedia.
Those people are setting themselves up for a crisis of faith because they expect something the authors never intended.
I didn't say all of it should be taken literally. The Bible incorporates numerous types of literature, some of which are historical and factual in nature, and others which are poetic and/or allegorical in nature.
One must study to learn the differences.
Aaah. I just read the replies. Congratulations to me for parroting you. Lol.
I acknowledge that the bible has been translated over and over, from culture to culture and language to language over millennia. Some parts are bound to get changed from their original meaning. I focus on the broader message: love thy neighbor
While you make a valid point, I completely disagree. The Dead Sea Scrolls is the best example. Should look into it if you don't know much about it. As a Christian, I research the oldest known text. Latin, Hebrew and so forth. The Bible I the Word.
ecm - I'm atheist and found your comment fascinating. I look forward to seeing you in the next SoH religious debate.
@earlybird Thanks (: The Bible talks about not taking it for granted, researching and questioning it, which is what I try to do. The thing is, the Bible is the Word of God, and whether it is literal or not, I must examine with an open heart and mind.
@Earlybird, Have you ever read the book 'The Case for Christ' by Lee Strobel?
You strike me as an intelligent individual who likes to be well-informed. I think you would enjoy reading it, at least for the sake of intellectual honesty with yourself.
Pinky - I noted that. Thank you.
I sure hope so, because there are some messed up parts of the Bible.