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    The New Testament was originally written in Greek, which at the time had no punctuation. It didn't even have SPACES. The fact that it may have been farked up when copied and THEN farked up even more in translation is not surprising.
  • Why is Jesus holding the Geico gecko?  Did I miss something?  I hope he has medical insurance.
  • Mitch Mitchell: Why is Jesus holding the Geico gecko?  Did I miss something?  I hope he has medical insurance.


    How do you think he healed all those filthy moochers on his travels?
  • you're dealing with a book that was piece mealed together from lots of letters and writings over time. a lot of time. then self-appointed powerful types included and discarded whatever they wanted. little hard to get flow and continuity under those circumstances. truly difficult read / comprehension in many spots.
  • People defending the bible remind me of those glowing reviews on video games from people who only played the first half hour and whose livelihood depends on maintaining a good relationship with the publisher.
  • As someone who enjoys reading ancient works, the Bible is kinda primative. But that signals more that the authors weren't in command of Aristotalian ideas of story form. Considering most of the OT is actually a Sumerian political document, which is why if feels a bit like the writing behind Gilgamesh, it's actually pretty good. For the period.

    There are various reworks of the bible that try to tell it as a proper Aristotelian era story. I haven't read those.
  • Mitch Mitchell: Why is Jesus holding the Geico gecko?  Did I miss something?  I hope he has medical insurance.


    Better yet to have life insurance. Agent heard whooping it up,"He rose, claim denied!"
  • In before some illiterate fool regurgitates something they heard about Bronze Age goat herders.
  • This fandom is almost as bad as the Rick & Morty one.
  • Begoggle: This fandom is almost as bad as the Rick & Morty one.


    I never saw anything close to Pickle Rick in the bible, though.
  • The aside about the author's favorite burger joint was interesting.
  • A cobbled together, heavily edited, multiply translated, multiply transcribed book of bronze age fairy tales is badly written?
  • Christians offended by something, story at 5pm.  And at 6pm.  And another at 7pm.  Also at 8pm.  And a new one at 9pm...
  • Smoking GNU: Begoggle: This fandom is almost as bad as the Rick & Morty one.

    I never saw anything close to Pickle Rick in the bible, though.


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  • Mitch Mitchell: Why is Jesus holding the Geico gecko?  Did I miss something?  I hope he has medical insurance.


    People weren't his only followers.
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  • Author is an attention whore looking to sell books.

    In other news, the Dow rose today.
  • Defenders of The Good Book have much in common with knee jerk LEO enthusiasts.
  • Smoking GNU: Begoggle: This fandom is almost as bad as the Rick & Morty one.

    I never saw anything close to Pickle Rick in the bible, though.


    Don't talk about pickles on Fark, I'm trying to eat.
  • puffy999: Smoking GNU: Begoggle: This fandom is almost as bad as the Rick & Morty one.

    I never saw anything close to Pickle Rick in the bible, though.

    Don't talk about pickles on Fark, I'm trying to eat.


    It's an entirely different type of pickle incident.
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    The New Testament was originally written in Greek, which at the time had no punctuation. It didn't even have SPACES. The fact that it may have been farked up when copied and THEN farked up even more in translation is not surprising.


    Well I suppose for broad-minded sophisticates who think all languages should be constructed exactly like modern European, that could be a problem.

    As to translation, to my mind that is a feature, not a bug. The Bible itself contains passages that are translations of other parts. I'd say that points to the fact that unlike the holy books of other religions, translation, interpretation, and contextualisation is part of what it's all about.

    There is no doubt that the Bible has been weaponised by some, but it has had an uncanny way of breaking free from such attempts and becoming an instrument to challenge authority and speak truth to power.

    Not all Christians, indeed not all evangelicals, are flat-earther fundamentalists, y'know.
  • Smoking GNU: puffy999: Smoking GNU: Begoggle: This fandom is almost as bad as the Rick & Morty one.

    I never saw anything close to Pickle Rick in the bible, though.

    Don't talk about pickles on Fark, I'm trying to eat.

    It's an entirely different type of pickle incident.


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  • Millions of Evangelicals and other Christian fundamentalists believe that the Bible was dictated by God to men who acted essentially as human channelers. Each phrase is considered so perfect that it merits careful linguistic analysis to determine His precise meaning.

    That's called a "straw man", and when your article's premise is a straw man....well.....you know. 

    A good culling might do a lot to improve things.

    The conclusion is a non-Christian (and non-Jew) telling Christians (and Jews) that the basis of their belief is wrong. There are a lot of adjectives that can describe this (best of these might be "stupid"), but I think "arrogant" is probably the worst offense here. 


    Just be cool to each other, folks.
  • Always nice to see people following the guidance of their holy book and speak to others with "anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language".

    Now if only they would read the damn thing once in a while, they would know that list is what they're specifically told NOT to do:
    Colossians 3:8: But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
    /If people actually tried doing that whole "don't be a hypocrite" thing, religion would cease to exist practically overnight.
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