"The Bible is a book. It can't cause anything",#3 - has to be the most ignorant, uneducated , backward thinking and thoughtless statement ever written on this forum. Or is the statement by the Reverend Tradsecrete , correct?
And of all the "books" that this could have been said about, the author of that ridiculous statement was talking about one of - if not the - most influential "books" ever written.; the Bible which is full of words. Indeed the Christ himself is called "The Word". When words are put together they become magic, they cause/d people to do things , this is why the ancients called it -SPELL - ING. And for anyone that has studied the scriptures in any depth would know this fact.
This is like saying 'words can't cause anyone to be hurt or disappointed or depressed, or happy or suicidal when they clearly can and do . Words on a internet forums & and other social media have caused suicide rates around the world to sky rocket caused by words.
Words in books have caused people to murder. John Lennon's murderer Mark Chapman said he killed John Lennon because the favourite character ever in a book he was reading - Holden Caulfied, would have killed John because he didn't like "phonies".
Words can be formed into all kind of revealing sentences and paragraphed that tell us information that can or cannot be acted on and used for benevolent or malevolent purposes. The Quran clearly instructs adherents to Islam to kill anyone not Muslim and it causes many its followers to do just that, no matter how much the apologist want to deny this fact.
So it is a pretty much an established fact A book can and does "cause " people to act, or think, or believe, or learn.
What is different then about the bible that we are told "can't cause anything". Well in truth it is worse than any novel or instruction manual ever written and to say that it can't cause anything, by a member of the clergy is nothing short of profane" How contradictory can one get or ever live to be!?
The bible instructs people to kill, and these are not man made laws if the bible is to be believed, they are direct orders to Christians written in a "BOOK", a book whose words were "breathed into it" by god.
Crimes and Punishment.
Adultery : Death
Homosexuality : Death
Working on Sunday : Death
Cursing parents: Death
Blasphemy : Death
These words in the book called the bible have caused death.