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[–] Whitemail 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I don't even know where to begin teaching someone how to understand what the Bible is really trying to communicate. Much of it is just stories, and those are mostly straight forward except sometimes you should have a bible with notes to describe occasional cultural things like we don't understand.

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[–] truthbeloathed [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It seems the bible could be a foundation, obviously. But it only seems obvious as I consider it. Besides the constitution, I'm not sure we are really at a point to sustain without guidance.

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[–] Whitemail 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The Bible is founded in Hebrew/Jewish culture and the Hebrew language. The revelations of God and his plans existed in the Hebrew language for over a thousand years before the official Greek translation was made (known as the Septuagint, which means 70 in Latin, so it's abbreviated as LXX sometimes) and over a thousand years before Aramaic came into being. What has happened, though, is a Hellenistic (means Greek) reorientation of everything to be understood according to the Greek and later Roman culture that adopted much of what was Greek. Catholics, protestants, and the modern offspring of protestants are all steeped in this Hellenistic warped understanding of things. The Catholic church adopted a role of primarily being a political institution that mediated between European states of Catholic followers.

There is a sort of ethnocentric pride about the Catholic church and it's offspring that repudiates the existence of other churches that were either destroyed or remained very small thanks to the religion of piss called Islam. The Catholic church had the luxury of being far away from that, and then later they were the religion of colonialism. This has resulted in them becoming huge. Hellenized Christianity has become the dominant Christian force in the world, but this does not mean it is the best.

There is a guy called Lamsa who came from the Middle East in an Aramaic speaking area. He has pointed out so misunderstandings in things Jesus said. Two examples I recall is one where someone said he had to bury his father to Jesus. Then Jesus said, "Let the dead bury the dead." This sounds a bit mean and absurd when understood as Jesus forbidding this guy from going to his father's funeral, so he could follow Jesus instead. What it really means is based in a figure of speech. It means to stay with an elderly person until they die and could obviously take over a year.

Another example that is more pertinent and commonly misunderstood is this matter of becoming like little children. The Catholic and protestant assertion is that little children have faith because they believe in Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, etc. This is actually more of an assertion that children are gullible idiots (obviously not their fault) and that being a gullible idiot is a virtue. What it really means according to Lamsa is to start over from nothing. This ties it into Jesus claiming in John 3 that one must be born again. What are you when you are born? You're a child. As one who has a high-ranking black belt in living according to this world and its religion, Jesus is telling you to throw your black belt, which took years of hard work and dedication, in the trash and to put on a white belt.