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The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible's Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love

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How did the Bible get written

This book gives an in depth look into the story of the Bible and questions its integrity. The story is known to be incomplete and ocasionally contradictory. Filling in the incomplete story and exposing the contradictory story elements is the mission of this book. John S...
This book gives an in depth look into the story of the Bible and questions its integrity. The story is known to be incomplete and ocasionally contradictory. Filling in the incomplete story and exposing the contradictory story elements is the mission of this book. John Shelby is a Christian scholar and has put the time and effort into looking into this story with a critical eye toward spin control.

There are modern relidious groups that are seen as "defenders of the faith" who seek to prevent critical thinking and the personal freedom to question religious dogma. If you wish to know the answers to the questions of what was missing in the stories in the Bible and how do we reconsile the state of faith with our knowledge of what is written then get this book.

The author is clearly skeptical that the Bible was written with devine gudance from its rather diverse origens, internal political issues, and clear attempts to rewrite elements of the true story and cover up the truth. We have all encountered the closed mindededness of church officials and lay people seeking to limit our knowledge and confine our faith to match theirs. If you are comfortable having your options limited by the decisions of others and you don't want to know more, then don't read this book. Otherwise, enjoy the depth of Spong's studies and the insightful appreciations that he has written into this naritive.

The history of the Christian church to dimish the value of the faith of outsiders, to create divisions and excommunicate their own people as heretics, and to revile others as hated even unto those that espouse their own origins as Jews is well documented. The debate over the issue in the Catholic church over pedophile preists is just a current debate over who is actually favored by the church and who is the despised minority. It is painfully clear that these ancient attitudes of sinful religious divisiveness continue even today.

If we wish to eliminate the seductiveness of these sins from our future, we will have to learn to think clearly and with full knowledge of the situation. We will also have to continue to question rigid beliefs and to keep those beliefs that pass the test of time. I can assure you that God does not suffer from an insecurity complex and he will be happy to forgive you and keep his word to mankind in doing so.

So, here lies more truth and some supposition about how the Bible was written. And a good deal of real world insight into troubling parts of the Bible. This is a very thoughtful read and should satisfy those of you who are thinkers about the derivations of the Bible without comitting yourself to reading the original in Greek.

posted by TrueStories on May 15, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Thoughtful insight - though opinionated

I was encouraged to consider scripture differently- this is good

posted by Rkay86 on October 18, 2012

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    Posted October 18, 2012

    Thoughtful insight - though opinionated

    I was encouraged to consider scripture differently- this is good

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

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    WOW, reshaping and turned me down, up, and sideways.

    This book is not for light of heart Christian. It will truly contest anything you have though whether you believe or do not believe in Christianity or Christ. There is so much validity, but it is also coupled with some areas for concern. John certainly puts his spin on it, but I would hope we can reform Christianity with more open minded, liberal, Democratic Christians alike. God bless this book. It is beautiful although challenging.

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