Can scholarship explain the Bible for us?

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Yes, it can.
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You don't need to be a scholar to read it and know that most of it is fiction.
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Are you stupid?
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No I'm one of the sane intelligent ones, you know the ones who don't believe fairy tales.
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"Explain" the bible in what way? Scholarship can explain a lot of things about the way a lot of books are interpreted. I think you mean "verify," though. Can you expound?
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Sure, but I think it is worth noting that removed from the church, the bible isn't being studied in the proper context.
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Please explain the proper context and why a building would have any effect on said context. 
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The church is not a building. If that was the case, I would be making a silly claim.

I am talking about the Apostolic Church, that is, The Orthodox Catholic Church.




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How do we know, the ones who aren't members of that church, that your contextual condition is correct?


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As St Ignatius of Antioch put it,

"Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop. Let that be deemed a proper Eucharist, which is administered either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude of the people also be; even as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church."


This is the teaching of the apostles and those who followed them.


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That doesn't answer the question. 


How do we know, the ones who aren't members of that church, that your contextual condition is correct?
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To better answer your question, it is simply a matter of accepting that the scriptures belong to the church, and interpretation outside of the context of the church ignores what should be obvious. That the bible is inseparable from the church.
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That sounds more like you don't think anyone who doesn't already accept the bible as true, specifically your sect's interpretation of the bible, should bother studying it at all. It sounds like the church depends an awful lot on telling people "Well, you don't know what you're reading, but I do, so you should listen to me and accpet what I say," without a compelling reason for anyone to do so. 

So I'll ask it more simply: how, without scholarship, do we know your version is correct?
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It should be obvious. The church not only wrote the New Testament, but even determined what is canon.

We know what we use the scriptures to teach. It seems silly to believe anyone else. It's a matter of respecting the opinion that logically has the greatest authority on the matter.


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YOUR REVEALING QUOTE: "The church not only wrote the New Testament, but even determined what is canon."

Not to purposely bloody you up even further again with actual literal biblical axioms, but when you proffer that your Catholic Church determined the canon, then why in the hell did it include THE ONE OF MANY narratives below showing that Jesus is a serial killer?!

JESUS SAID: “I tell you that everyone who has will be given more; but the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. And these enemies of mine who were unwilling for me to rule over them, bring them here and slay them in front of me. After Jesus had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.….” ( Luke 19:26-28)

Mopac, as a TRUE Christian, which it has been blatantly shown you are not, I have to accept this as one of many examples of our Jesus, as Yahweh God incarnate, is in fact, a serial killer, bar none! Now, you can turn, make faces, twist yourself into a pretzel, but the fact remains the same, our all loving and forgiving Jesus in a SERIAL KILLER!

It is truly tough to be a Christian when one reads ALL of the Bible in the 21st century. :(




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It was Jews who wrote the books, no christians involved.
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That's from a parable.
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At the start, most Christians were Jewish. Even Jesus and his disciples were Jewish.

The Church sees itself as being the successor to ancient Israel. Who are the people who call themselves Jews today? Descendants of those who rejected Christ.


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Christians didn't write your fucking book, you lie and Jesus was never a Christian.
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Before we adopted the name that originated from pagans mocking us for our practice of chrismation, we simply identified our faith as "The Way".

Orthodox Christianity is The Eternal Way.

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Can scholarship explain the Bible for us?

It shouldn't need explaining at all, should it? God should have made it simple and intelligible and comprehensible to all who are interested.  But it's not, is it?  But it can be  once one has learned to think for themselves, which those who have blind faith  are simply incapable of doing.

And any amount of education goes some way to explain some  things. The bible needs to be explained only to those far too idle to research  for themselves. Instead we have had - over 2,000 years of what the church and their priests only want us to know. They will steer the child,  the gullible and slow witted towards all fluffy and easily explainable verses concerning god and his creation and how he loves us. And of Jesus healing lepers and dying for our sins; but they can't explain why Jesus didn't cure leprosy altogether and eradicate this agonising and deadly disease from the face of the earth. Why  didn't Jesus, son of God relive ALL of those from suffering this slow, painful and agonising torture, untill death?

They won't be able to tell us why "god" even bothered created anything at all first place. WHY?   Because they are full of shit and want you on your fkn knees begging for life and sustenance. 



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Sure, but I think it is worth noting that removed from the church, the bible isn't being studied in the proper context.

And there you all have it. See my  post 21 above; "we have had - over 2,000 years of what the church and their priests only want us to know".



According to Mopac, we are so fkn dumb in the 21st century that  - ` We need the fkn church to interpret and ex[plain this bullshit otherwise we will never understand it for ourselves'.

The fkn patronising audacity of these fkrs astounds me at times.

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If it was really as easy as you say, there wouldn't be such a large proliferation of heresies that all claim to be biblical.

No one is calling anyone stupid except you, and it isn't nice.

It should be obvious that the bible isn't in its proper context removed from the church. It isn't even simply a matter of interpretation.



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THE ONE OF MANY narratives below showing that Jesus is a serial killer?!

Lol serial killer must mean something different where you come from. How much of the Bible have you read? It is pretty obvious from your post that you never read Luke 19.
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Lol. His other posts cover the other books.