Is the Bible up for interpretation ?

Is the Bible up for interpretation ?

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“I will not keep calm”

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#1 Jun 15, 2012
While posting on a different thread this has came up in discussion. I am curious as to what others think about this. Comments???
Woodrow

Whitley City, KY

#2 Jun 15, 2012
Yes.

“Fully Conservative”

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#3 Jun 15, 2012
Should have made this one a poll, Not Ashamed. And I'll give you credit for this one. You posed a question designed to make others think, something your missionaries have slipped on in the last few years.

“I will not keep calm”

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#4 Jun 15, 2012
Mechanic_45 wrote:
Should have made this one a poll, Not Ashamed. And I'll give you credit for this one. You posed a question designed to make others think, something your missionaries have slipped on in the last few years.
Most of us like to assume that others think as we do. I wouldn't say the missionaries have done a poor job of getting others to think. Most missionaries will tell people to think about it, pray about it. If my kids did not question me regarding religion I would be concerned.
The church I grew up in thought in was a sin to question God. I never thought of it as questioning God, I looked at it simply as having questions. I think heavenly father expects that of us just as we expect it of our own kids.
Now as for the question posed. What is your opinion ?

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#5 Jun 15, 2012
not ashamed wrote:
<quoted text>Most of us like to assume that others think as we do. I wouldn't say the missionaries have done a poor job of getting others to think. Most missionaries will tell people to think about it, pray about it. If my kids did not question me regarding religion I would be concerned.
The church I grew up in thought in was a sin to question God. I never thought of it as questioning God, I looked at it simply as having questions. I think heavenly father expects that of us just as we expect it of our own kids.
Now as for the question posed. What is your opinion ?
Some interpretation is required, just not to the point of taking what you want from the scriptures and building an entire doctrine around it. For instance would you take this verse literally:

Mk 9:43...And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off;for it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into a fire that shall never be quenched.

I know of at least one person who did.

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#6 Jun 15, 2012
not ashamed wrote:
The church I grew up in thought in was a sin to question God.
What? They never heard of Gideon?

“I will not keep calm”

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#7 Jun 15, 2012
Mechanic_45 wrote:
<quoted text>What? They never heard of Gideon?
This is what I was taught in a baptist church.
1. It was not okay to bring a black friend to church with me. I was pulled to the side and told that Jesus loved her too but that we shouldn't worship together. Keep in mind I am 35 so its not as if this was WAY back in the day.

2. It was never okay to question where God came from. It was a sin and it would send me to hell.

3. I was going to hell.

4. You could behave how ever you wanted and as long as you were "saved" there was no accountability for your actions. After all you were born again. The worse you could do was backslide.

These are a few of the things I was taught as a child. The religion just never made sense. Like when I was told that , yes people in third world countries that had never heard the gospel of christ would indeed go to hell if they had not accepted Christ as their savior before they died. How do they accept someone they have never heard of. Yes I know that it tells us that everyone would know his name but that isn't always so. Another poor interpretation.
It was the small things that made me wonder and to be honest I knew from a young age that if the God I was being taught was the true one, I wanted nothing to do with it.
When I found the Mormon church it all made sense.

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#8 Jun 16, 2012
not ashamed wrote:
<quoted text> This is what I was taught in a baptist church.
1. It was not okay to bring a black friend to church with me. I was pulled to the side and told that Jesus loved her too but that we shouldn't worship together. Keep in mind I am 35 so its not as if this was WAY back in the day.
2. It was never okay to question where God came from. It was a sin and it would send me to hell.
3. I was going to hell.
4. You could behave how ever you wanted and as long as you were "saved" there was no accountability for your actions. After all you were born again. The worse you could do was backslide.
These are a few of the things I was taught as a child. The religion just never made sense. Like when I was told that , yes people in third world countries that had never heard the gospel of christ would indeed go to hell if they had not accepted Christ as their savior before they died. How do they accept someone they have never heard of. Yes I know that it tells us that everyone would know his name but that isn't always so. Another poor interpretation.
It was the small things that made me wonder and to be honest I knew from a young age that if the God I was being taught was the true one, I wanted nothing to do with it.
When I found the Mormon church it all made sense.
So, what do you say when I tell you the Bible refutes much of what you were 'taught' in the baptist church?

“I will not keep calm”

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#9 Jun 16, 2012
Mechanic_45 wrote:
<quoted text>So, what do you say when I tell you the Bible refutes much of what you were 'taught' in the baptist church?
I would say I agree, which is why I left the baptist church.

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#10 Jun 16, 2012
not ashamed wrote:
<quoted text>I would say I agree, which is why I left the baptist church.
Now I'm confused. Just what is it you are looking for?

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#11 Jun 16, 2012
Mechanic_45 wrote:
<quoted text>Now I'm confused. Just what is it you are looking for?
You said the bible refutes much of what I was taught in my baptist church. I agree. Where is the confusion? Lol you didnt say the bible confirmed it, then I would understand your confusion on my agreement.
It Depends

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#12 Jun 16, 2012
"not ashamed", I must say I am beginning to like you, lol.

“I will not keep calm”

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#13 Jun 17, 2012
It Depends wrote:
"not ashamed", I must say I am beginning to like you, lol.
:-P

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#14 Jun 17, 2012
not ashamed wrote:
<quoted text> You said the bible refutes much of what I was taught in my baptist church. I agree. Where is the confusion? Lol you didnt say the bible confirmed it, then I would understand your confusion on my agreement.
So is that what you're going by, applying what the bible doesn't say on the same level as what it does? Big mistake.

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#15 Jun 17, 2012
Now, Not Ashamed, what did you think I was trying to apply about Gideon?

“I will not keep calm”

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#16 Jun 17, 2012
Mechanic_45 wrote:
<quoted text>So is that what you're going by, applying what the bible doesn't say on the same level as what it does? Big mistake.
HUH?? Do you even read what I write? I'm not at all confusingI have never applied what the bible Doesn't say. That would mean a ton of assumptions on my part. I try never to assume and when it comes to God I certainly wouldn't assume. Please tell me how what I have said confuses you so.
Maybe you are accustomed to Mormons that don't want to say what they really think. That isn't me. I speak from the heart.

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#17 Jun 17, 2012
not ashamed wrote:
<quoted text>HUH?? Do you even read what I write? I'm not at all confusingI have never applied what the bible Doesn't say. That would mean a ton of assumptions on my part. I try never to assume and when it comes to God I certainly wouldn't assume. Please tell me how what I have said confuses you so.
Maybe you are accustomed to Mormons that don't want to say what they really think. That isn't me. I speak from the heart.
What confuses me is why you follow the Mormon doctrine, when what refutes the church you left is found in the very pages of the bible they likely used, or at least copies they had on hand.
And yes, I do read your posts, just bear in mind with this 2, even 1 dimensional forum what we say to each other might somehow be taken as hostility. You say you speak from the heart. Okay. Hope you realize what I say is with sincere diplomacy.

“I will not keep calm”

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#18 Jun 17, 2012
Mechanic_45 wrote:
<quoted text>What confuses me is why you follow the Mormon doctrine, when what refutes the church you left is found in the very pages of the bible they likely used, or at least copies they had on hand.
And yes, I do read your posts, just bear in mind with this 2, even 1 dimensional forum what we say to each other might somehow be taken as hostility. You say you speak from the heart. Okay. Hope you realize what I say is with sincere diplomacy.
I know you speak with sincerity. I just don't understand why my follwing the Mormon doctrine confuses you. It makes perfect sense to me. What I mean is that the baptist church and Mormon church in my opinion interpret many areas of the bible completely differently. Im sincerely trying to understand your question to me.

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#19 Jun 17, 2012
not ashamed wrote:
<quoted text> I know you speak with sincerity. I just don't understand why my follwing the Mormon doctrine confuses you. It makes perfect sense to me.
Okay, maybe we have been over this part before...but in what ways? And understand, I'm taking the approach of,'I don't have to leave the bible,' which I will try to make clear as we progress

“Fully Conservative”

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#20 Jun 17, 2012
not ashamed wrote:
<quoted text>I would say I agree, which is why I left the baptist church.
Okay. Maybe I just needed to take a second look.

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