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I don't interpret the Bible, I read the word and what it says.
I have learned over the years to read word for word, if I don't understand it the first time, I re read it.
Also we have got to remember when we read the Bible, we are talking about a different time, and a different culture.
That is a bad example Rob, because like reading the Bible these things can be learned.
I don't watch the garbage that is on T.V. and I love my computer.
I have studied the Bible for many years. and I am still learning many things about it.
Do you know something Rob I can sit down and read any book and can't remember the paper I just read, but for some reason the Bible I do.
It can the living word Rob, God Gave it to the world, Catholic's got it all wrong.
The Bible clearly says
'FOR GOD SO LOVES THE WORLD HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON." IT DOESN'T SAY GOD SO LOVE THE CATHOLIC'S HE DIE FOR JUST THEM.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ME AND YOU ROB IS I BELEIVE JESUS ALONE SAVES, NOT MY DENOMINATION, OR A POPE, OR MARY, OR ANYONE, OR ANY THING ELSE.
BEFORE I EVEN PICKED UP A BIBLE TO READ I WAS PRAYING TO GOD, I WAS 3 WHEN I FIRST SANG A SONG THAT WAS TAUGHT TO ME IN A ORPHANAGE BY A MAN IN A WHEEL CHAIR WHO CAME EVERY SUNDAY."\IT GOES LIKE THIS .
"DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE BORN AGAIN'
DOES THE SPIRIT DWELL WITH IN AND CONVICT YOU OF YOUR SIN.
ARE YOU READY IF THE LORD SHOULD COME,
DO YOU KNOW WITH OUT A DOUBT ,
THAT YOUR SIN WHERE BOUGHT WITH BLOOD,
DO YOU KNOW WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT
KNOW IF YOU BEEN BORN AGAIN.
I BELONG TO JESUS, THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE TEACHER OF ALL TRUTHS.
I agree. There isn't much on tv anymore that I watch.
And yet we all have our cultural biases. For you, remembering the "old days", is like so many of us. I do watch on tv "Joy of Music", by Diane Bish, as she plays the organ, and so many of the hymns she plays bring me back to my youth.
That being said, one must not make the past a "utopia". As we must pray to deal with today's temptations, and be delivered from evil.
I am not a subscriber to the rather strict sense of the RCC giving the Bible. Yes it is true that the Church was the organizer, and preserved it through the ages(I am speaking mainly of the N.T.) in this respect. But it is mainly in how one views what the Church is, and not our distorted view of the past.
I spend about 2 hours of Bible read/study and praying the Bible a day. I find, it a joy, when I can meditate on just a word or two in the Bible(known as lectio divina).