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Old 06-16-2009, 02:01 PM   #641 (permalink)
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Old 06-16-2009, 02:45 PM   #642 (permalink)
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So is my imaginary friend. He told me so.
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Old 06-16-2009, 03:43 PM   #643 (permalink)
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Old 06-16-2009, 03:48 PM   #644 (permalink)
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Hehe I know. I was hoping to kind of kill that joke and move on with the subject. I'm not an idiot.
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Old 06-16-2009, 04:09 PM   #645 (permalink)
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now you're clever.

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Old 06-18-2009, 12:43 AM   #646 (permalink)
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"As long as Christianity is the dominant belief system America, we cannot afford to be biblically or theologically illiterate, regardless of our personal beliefs. To save the country, nit to mention the planet, we are all called once more to ask the most basic theological questions: 'Who was Jesus before he was the Christ? What does it really mean to follow him as a teacher and not just worship him as a supernatural deity on a rescue mission?'"
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Old 06-18-2009, 09:57 AM   #647 (permalink)
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worshiping anything is unhealthy, I'm all for following the teachings of Jesus and letting God strengthen a person when they need it. As long as a person is aware of who they are, strengths and weaknesses I don't think following the bible as a guide will make one lose themselves. People have this black n white way of thinking about it at times, if you believe you're lost and if you don't you're lost.
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Old 06-18-2009, 11:25 AM   #648 (permalink)
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"As long as Christianity is the dominant belief system America, we cannot afford to be biblically or theologically illiterate, regardless of our personal beliefs. To save the country, nit to mention the planet, we are all called once more to ask the most basic theological questions: 'Who was Jesus before he was the Christ? What does it really mean to follow him as a teacher and not just worship him as a supernatural deity on a rescue mission?'"
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I would agree on account of the fact that the Bible is pretty culturally significant. All sorts of good literature makes references to it. Any intelligent person must know the staple stories of the Bible (Adam and Eve, Jesus, David and Goliath, etc.)

I don't even understand how teaching the Bible as any other book would be favoring a religion. It has an undeniable influence on all sorts of great books. Teaching it as if it were a novel would be great in my opinion. Of course, their are parts that are more important to know than others.

I am a weak atheist. I still believe that some religious texts say some profound things to ponder about. I certainly believe that at least the Bible should be read. After all, we read Greek mythology.

I don't think that knowing the Bible will save the planet at all though. That claim is outrageous. Even that sort of "save the planet" attitude is poison in my mind. Then people forget about their own existence and start being-in-others and such.
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:43 PM   #649 (permalink)
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Old 06-18-2009, 02:42 PM   #650 (permalink)
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I think too many people shy away from knowing the bible just because they want to feel they are unique, or nonconformist. It's similar to an ignorant person feeling better about themselves not knowing the answer to a question then taking the time to read the book assigned to them in school. Life is too short, knowing about a religion won't make your life any better or worse, it's just information to use as necessary.

I agree with Skysword... the Bible should be treated like a great novel that has highly influenced a lot of people. Like Shakespeare or Jules Verne, I tend to just nod and agree when people bring up books they wrote that I never read... same thing applies with the Bible.
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