Wars have been fought throughout the centuries because men have interpreted the Bible and other holy books as the word of God. But God does not speak to men in riddles and vague stories of life he speaks within us.
For centuries religions have stated their holy books and Bibles were the only true words of God. I have studied very few Bibles and holy books. But what I have studied of the Bible's past was not inspiring nor reassuring.
I studied of many monks labeled M and Q and others who interpreted the christian Bible from many older languages like Old Greek, Old Latin, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and other languages some of which no one today understands. These monks rewrote and reinterpreted the books of the Bible many times as their messages needed changing through the centuries. And today as in the past the Catholic Church decides what books of the Bible to include or exclude from it.
The Bible is like a modern day story past around at a party that gets changed around so much that it is totally unrecognizable from the original story told. Now imagine a thousand stories told and retold over many centuries and handed down and retold in many new languages. The message of the original story gets lost very quickly in time. Even today if you will read books of English which are only 100 years old it is very hard to understand them. The stories are told in unusual ways with weird language phrases which few people understands today.
I doubt that God would speak to mankind in riddles and vague stories past down over centuries in holy books called Bibles. God does not need such a foolish means of speaking to mankind. God does not speak from centuries past in holy books and Bibles. He speaks today as always directly to the hearts of men within. All great past teachers of all religions speak of the kingdom within to contact God but few men hear them today because they see only their centuries old holy books as the word of God.
How can men be so foolish as to kill other men because they believe in their holy books as the word of God. This is the greatest blasphemy of all time the killing of men in the name of God. God does not seek an army of assassins and murders to do his bidding. He can do what he wills with the soft touch of death in an instant or an hour with no help from men.
The only word of God spoken to man is within him in daily contemplation and meditation. All else is the centuries old writings of monks and scribes who do their best to speak for God in their writings but failed. For God does not speak through the centuries of time through monks and scribes he speak to us daily if we would only hear him.
So read the holy books of old with great care. For if they counsel the killing or harming of your brothers then they do great harm and they are the words of men not God. God has no need of books and writings he is ever present and within. He has never left you.-- J.E. Ante
Graduate University of Indianapolis BA 1972, Head of the Life Science Institute Health Library, original organizer of first Earth Day in 1970 and local ZPG chapter in Indiana, Population and Environment Editor with Reflector at Indianapolis University, 12yr organic gardener with fruit, nuts, and berries, lifelong student of Out-of-Body spiritual techniques.