Originally Posted by wolf825
:raises hand: Bible--I've read most of it--was required to...had 12 years of strict catholic school..CCD..retreats and tons other of those youth brainwashing camps too...I read most of it as was required..I thought about it and did the usual discussions about it...and I don't buy it..
AS a book it is an over interpretation by people who warp the meaning and lessons in the book to the extreme...Its a very simple book in its most basic context--and humans complicate the living piss into it and rip it to shreds to support whatever they personally want it to support for them. Man puts too much power into a book and yet most miss the points and lessons....some of which are very valid and true in moral and lesson..like in any good parable story.
IMO--If people really looked at it as a whole and its place--it would tell you to go as far away as possible from these organized religions and those who tell you to follow them for they will lead you.... They are not the answer--they are ALL as external and self serving and false as a golden calf--the churches and religions are there to prolong the problems and the dogmas and prolong the controlling servitude...period..
EDIT: Oh--and its not "history"...and its not the 'exact words' of god...the meaning perhaps in some instances may be close to the lesson to be learned or garnered from--but its not the 'word'....its no more a history book then The Cat in The Hat is a history book about the origin of cats..
Wolf, I grew up Catholic as well. Had to do all that religious stuff like catechism, Sunday school, confirmation, first communion, confession and penance etc etc. We HAD to go to church, there was no choice in the matter. When I left home, I also left the church. Good riddance, I was done with that crap.
Fast forward about 15 or so years. I was about 35 when I started to wonder how I was doing in the scales of God's justice system. I never stopped believing in Him, I just really didn't like all that religious crap, the laws and the constant threat of "you're going to go to hell". Anyways, I figured I'd try reading the bible again. Started at Genesis and read maybe up to 1st or 2nd Kings. I got real bored and Jumped up to the Gospel of John.
It was just amazing to me the stuff I was reading in John. I don't ever remember being taught this stuff, certainly not anything about grace. I kept reading in the new testament and all the lights just came on. He met me there and led me to the truth. I gave my life to Christ and since doing so, the word of God has taken on new meaning. Things I couldn't understand now are very clear. To me reading the bible without the wisdom of the Holy Spirit leaves much to be desired.
I realized it's not about laws and rules and regulations and having to do this and that. Catholicism does not encourage a personal relationship, rather they want to take the place of God. When I truly met the Lord, it was the relationship with me that He wanted, not all that religious stuff.
I tried to go talk to a priest when I first got saved, but he didn't want to talk to me so I didn't go back to the Catholic church again. I ended up attending a small local church. It's great to be with brothers and sisters in Christ to worship and fellowship together.
I guess what I'm long windedly trying to say is, don't let your childhood experiences with religion keep you from exploring the spiritual world. God is real I have no doubt and Jesus Christ is Lord!