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09-07-2014, 12:13 PM
RE: How do they know?
(09-07-2014 11:26 AM)Maribeth Jones Wrote:  Hi. I'm new here. This should be on the Intro thread but I lost it. I'm looking for the older group meeting down the hall? I'm 59. I'm a language teacher and former journalist. I'm not here to judge or convert or subvert. I was led this way this morning. Thanks for your help.

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09-07-2014, 12:18 PM
RE: How do they know?
(09-07-2014 12:01 PM)Impulse Wrote:  I appreciate all the replies so far. Most have said "the Bible" and maybe that's all there is to it. However, I imagine if I approached for example a priest, minister, or rabbi with this question, they would have a different answer. Maybe oral tradition or prophesy or spiritual revelation? I'm not sure what their answer(s) would be, but that's what I'm looking for.

Yes. The Catholic church (the one I'm most familiar with) claims two sources of dogma: revelation (basically the Bible) and tradition (basically what's been handed down orally through the apostles, who presumably got it from Jesus). Officially, "tradition" stopped when the last apostle died, but that hasn't stopped popes and ecumenical councils from declaring and defining new dogmas (such as the "Immaculate Conception", which is fairly recent, and nowhere to be found in the Bible). And then there's interpretation, which was mentioned by someone else already. The Catholic church will loudly denounce Protestants who interpret the Bible to match their own teachings, but really the Catholics do the same thing.
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09-07-2014, 12:24 PM
RE: How do they know?
(09-07-2014 11:26 AM)Maribeth Jones Wrote:  Hi. I'm new here. This should be on the Intro thread but I lost it. I'm looking for the older group meeting down the hall? I'm 59. I'm a language teacher and former journalist. I'm not here to judge or convert or subvert. I was led this way this morning. Thanks for your help.

Welcome. I must have missed your intro.

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09-07-2014, 12:24 PM
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Also, the Jews have many many volumes of commentary on the Bible (which for them does not include the New Testament, obviously). I forget what they call it (Talmud?), but it carries a lot of weight with them, maybe as much as the Bible itself.
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09-07-2014, 12:26 PM
RE: How do they know?
It all depends on how well their day is going.

If they find a tenner on the street, get a pay rise and dodge the traffic on the way home from work... Praise Jebus!

Step in dog shit, lose your job and break down on the way home... God works in mysterious ways/we cannot know the mind of God/Its all part of his plan.

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09-07-2014, 12:31 PM
Oral tradition
In the "gap" between the assumed date of Jesus Christ's time on Earth and the writing of the scriptures -- 100 years or so as I recall -- what stories were out there were passed on via storytelling, which was common at the time. Anybody - correct me if I'm wrong.
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09-07-2014, 12:33 PM
It happens
Yes, yes it does. Cool
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09-07-2014, 12:37 PM
Torah is text Talmud is oral.
Yes, it carries a lot of weight. Whether that is more or less than any other scripture "weighs" to its adherents, well, it doesn't matter.
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09-07-2014, 02:00 PM
RE: How do they know?
(09-07-2014 11:26 AM)Maribeth Jones Wrote:  Hi. I'm new here. This should be on the Intro thread but I lost it. I'm looking for the older group meeting down the hall? I'm 59. I'm a language teacher and former journalist. I'm not here to judge or convert or subvert. I was led this way this morning. Thanks for your help.

Maribeth, welcome aboard! Good to have a teacher's perspective. You don't want the older group meeting down the hall. This one's more fun, especially when we have a live human piƱata.
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09-07-2014, 03:23 PM (This post was last modified: 09-07-2014 03:31 PM by CleverUsername.)
RE: How do they know?
They get this stuff either from their heads, or the spoon someone else shoved in their mouth, like every other religion related thing.
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