Why are basic facts about the Bible important to understand? Because when you hear someone say, or when you say yourself, that you believe the Bible to be the literal word of God, that you know what you are actually saying. What version of the literal word of God are you talking about?
And, let’s be real, do you really believe in following the LITERAL word of God? Do you really believe homosexuals should be stoned to death? Or that people who cheat on spouses should die? Leviticus 20? Probably not. Perhaps you believe in the literal Hebrew translation of the Old Testament? Or do you mean the literal Greek translation? Or maybe you mean the literal Hebrew to Latin to English translation? Now that you think of it, maybe you only believe the literal translation of the New Testament? So which translation there? Are you perfect like God wants you to be Matthew 5:48 or are you perfect the way you are? Which one?
Do you know where the idea of the most adopted Trinity came from and why? Did you know it was bureacratic decision? Did you know that it is not in the bible at all? Did you know that tens of thousands were killed because they didn’t agree with the prevailing government’s adoption of that Trinity? Did you know that over the last 2000 years of Christianity, tens of thousands of Christians killed Christians over disagreements concerning interpretation of scripture, like who is allowed to take the sacrament/Eucharist wine, who is allowed to preach, who is allowed to read the Bible, and who is allowed to attend church?
If you didn’t know all of these indisputable facts, don’t fret! It is not important that we know EVERYTHING about the scriptures. After all, we can’t learn Aramaic, Hebrew, Latin and Greek just so that we can read the scriptures. What is important is to understand that if we choose to judge and condemn other Christians for their interpretations of Scripture simply because our pastors told us to, yet the meaning of those scriptures can’t be proven or disproven in any way, then we are not righteously judging are we? I don’t know anyone who can read all of those languages and can tell me which version God prefers. So let’s take that mote out of our eyes and snap out of it.
Stop Pretending You’ve Read the Bible