The Bible And Christianity - The Historical Origins A rational, secular, historical perspective on the history of Christianity and its scripture An essay by Scott Bidstrup "If the truth is that ugly -- which it is -- then we do have to be careful about the way that we tell the truth. But to somehow say that telling the truth should be avoided because people may respond badly to the truth seems bizarre to me. To others, the Bible is a historical document and a source of controversy. To others still, the Bible is a self-contradictory mish-mash of arcane rules and proscriptions, mostly relevant to long-dead cultures in far away places.
Copyrightedslightly edited with permission by Gary Amirault, Introduction by Gary Amirault Ancient Greek and Roman poets, philosophers and statesmen such as Seneca, Polybius, Strabo, Plato, Plutarch, Timaeus Locrus, Chrysippus and Livy tell us they invented fables of Hell "Since the multitude is ever fickle, full of lawless desires, irrational passions and violence, there is no other way to keep them in order but by the fear and terror of the invisible world.
Roman Catholicism borrowed its myths of Hell from the Romans, Greeks and Jews who, in turn, borrowed them from the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians.
So if a hell of everlasting punishment is a myth invented by power hungry men trying to control the masses, how did the idea ever get into the Bible? It is commonly taught and regirgutated by "the masses," that Jesus spoke more about Hell than He did about Heaven.
Or is this another one of those fabulous fables perpetrated upon the ignorant masses to keep them ignorant.
A study of this man-made invention requires hundreds of pages. Below is a short article by Sam G. Dawson centering on the English word Hell and the Hebrew and Greek words behind it in our traditional Bible translations.
Sheol, Hades, Gehenna, Tartarus Perhaps this is the time in your life to "Study to show yourself approved. Dawson I was righteously indignant when, a number of years ago, a caller uttered these words on a call-in radio show I was conducting. Perturbed by his haphazard use of Scripture, I pointed out to him and the audience, that hell couldn't possibly be something invented by Catholic theologians because Jesus talked about it.
I now believe that while the Western concept of hell found in most Christian denominations comes primarily through Roman Catholicism, the roots of this doctrine go much deeper.
Yet none of our concepts of hell can be found in the teaching of Jesus Christ! A Plea for Open-Mindedness as We Begin If we strive for open-mindedness and truly want to know what the Bible teaches, the following quotation will help us in our search: We do not start our Christian lives by working out our faith for ourselves; it is mediated to us by Christian tradition, in the form of sermons, books and established patterns of church life and fellowship.
We read our Bibles in the light of what we have learned from these sources; we approach Scripture with minds already formed by the mass of accepted opinions and viewpoints with which we have come into contact, in both the Church and the world.
It is easy to be unaware that it has happened; it is hard even to begin to realize how profoundly tradition in this sense has molded us.
We may never assume the complete rightness of our own established ways of thought and practice and excuse ourselves the duty of testing and reforming them by Scriptures.
Of course, Packer just reminds us of Biblical injunctions to test everything proposed for our belief.
For example, in 2 Cor. Try your own selves, whether ye are in the faith; prove your own selves. In New Testament times, one was only a disciple of Christ when he was willing to examine himself, his beliefs, and everything proposed for his belief as a child of light.
Nothing less is required now.Detailed look from a Wesleyan perspective at the issue of inerrancy in the church today, assumptions and history, relation to revelation, concluding with a dynamic-plenary perspective that rejects absolute inerrancy.
The use of the word “epiphany” for the revelation of divinity predates Christianity. The Syrian (Seleucid) emperor Antiochus IV (reign BC), the villainous tyrant of Maccabees, named himself “Epiphanes,” because he considered himself the manifestation of divinity on earth.
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Sacred Signs and Active Participation at Mass Essay by Fr. Folsom, vice-rector of Sant' Anselmo delivered as an address to the Adoremus Conference held in Los Angeles on November 22, In the English version of the Bible the word Glory, one of the commonest in the Scripture, is used to translate several Hebrew terms in the Old Testament, and the Greek doxa in the New Testament.
Sometimes the Catholic versions employ brightness, where others use glory. The Bible And Christianity - The Historical Origins A rational, secular, historical perspective on the history of Christianity and its scripture.