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26-01-2015, 04:32 PM
Finally reading the Bible cover to cover
Although I hear this is beginning to change, Bible reading has not traditionally been a huge part of daily life for most Catholics. So besides the weekly readings at Mass and the little bit of skimming I did every now and then, I did not really study the Bible when I was a believer. And I didn't need to read the whole Bible in order to eventually figure out that it's nothing but mythology with some historical names and places thrown in. But after nearly six years as an atheist, I recently decided to read it cover to cover, just to see what it's like when you no longer read it with "God glasses" (thank you to Seth for this very applicable phrase).

I'm about halfway through Exodus, so I've barely made a dent. But I am already astounded by how little I knew. For example, if I had actually read the story of Moses closely when I was a believer, I might have noticed that God doesn't actually send the plagues in a desperate attempt to rescue his beloved Israelites from the ever-stubborn Pharaoh. Actually, he manipulates Pharaoh like a puppet master in order to demonstrate how big and powerful he is. At the expense of innocent men, women, children, and animals.

Am I surprised? Not at all. I always thought the God of the Old Testament seemed harsh and vindictive. But I relied on the excuses of the apologists, what they said about the "New Covenant," about not taking everything in the Bible literally, and blah blah blah. How liberating it is to read a story like that and not have to worry about how the God of love and peace could be so horrible.
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26-01-2015, 04:37 PM
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The mental gymnastics required to see a loving and merciful god in those stories just always seemed exhausting to me. Just wait until you get to numbers and the fun stuff in that book!

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26-01-2015, 05:11 PM
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I read it a couple times. The last time I read it back to front. Made more sense that way.

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26-01-2015, 05:38 PM
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26-01-2015, 06:55 PM
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Quote:Finally reading the Bible cover to cover


Why?


Insomnia?

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26-01-2015, 07:55 PM
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(26-01-2015 06:55 PM)Minimalist Wrote:  
Quote:Finally reading the Bible cover to cover


Why?


Insomnia?

No, but I have definitely caught myself nodding off while reading it. Thumbsup
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26-01-2015, 08:43 PM
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(26-01-2015 07:55 PM)Dahlia Wrote:  
(26-01-2015 06:55 PM)Minimalist Wrote:  Why?


Insomnia?

No, but I have definitely caught myself nodding off while reading it. Thumbsup


When I tried to reread the Bubble my eyes would read a few sentences but my mind was going over a grocery list or what I needed to do the next day. I just couldn't concentrate on it. It's boring.

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26-01-2015, 10:58 PM
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I gave up trying to reading from cover to cover when I hit the begats in Genesis 5.
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26-01-2015, 11:36 PM
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The best way to de-convert Christians is to have them actually read their bible.
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27-01-2015, 12:32 AM
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The begats are the best part. At least someone is getting laid.

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