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The Danger of Taking the Bible with a Grain of Salt

October 8, 2005

I just don’t understand this, the Catholic church as recently denounced the Bible, or at least parts of it:

THE hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church has published a teaching document
instructing the faithful that some parts of the Bible are not actually true.

The Catholic bishops of England, Wales and Scotland are warning their five
million worshippers, as well as any others drawn to the study of scripture,
that they should not expect “total accuracy” from the Bible. “We should not
expect to find in Scripture full scientific accuracy or complete historical
precision,” they say in The Gift of Scripture. The document is timely, coming as
it does amid the rise of the religious Right, in particular in the US.

Why even read and study the bible if you don’t belive it’s the true and inspired Word of God. This article goes one to state what you they believe to be true and untrue:

UNTRUE
Genesis ii, 21-22
So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall
upon the man, and while he slept he took one of his
ribs and closed up its place with flesh; and the
rib which the Lord God had taken from the man
he made into a woman and brought her to the man

Genesis iii, 16
God said to the woman [after she was beguiled by
the serpent]: “I will greatly multiply your pain
in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth
children, yet your desire shall be for your
husband, and he shall rule over you.”

Matthew xxvii, 25
The words of the crowd: “His blood be
on us and on our children.”

Revelation xix,20
And the beast was captured, and with it the
false prophet who in its presence had worked the
signs by which he deceived those who had
received the mark of the beast and those who
worshipped its image. These two were thrown
alive into the lake of fire that burns with
brimstone.”

TRUE
Exodus iii, 14
God reveals himself to Moses as: “I am who I
am.”

Leviticus
xxvi,12
“I will be your God, and you shall be my
people.”

Exodus
xx,1-17
The Ten Commandments

Matthew v,7
The Sermon on the Mount

Mark viii,29
Peter declares Jesus to be the Christ

Luke i
The Virgin Birth

John xx,28
Proof of bodily resurrection

Read the article for yourself

So basically they’re picking and choosing what parts of the Bible can be believed and witch parts cannot. I notice that they have Exodus 20:1-17 included in the true section. I wonder if they realize that Ex 20:8 says this

20:8 Remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it. 20:9 For six days you may labor and do all your work, 20:10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; on it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, or your male servant, or your female servant, or your cattle, or your resident foreigner who is in your gates. 20:11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth and the sea and all that is in them, and he rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it.

AiG has a good rebuttal on it’s website:

An article in The Times of London by Ruth Gledhill about this study book is
accompanied on the newspaper’s website by a discussion. One posting, by an
atheist, is particularly telling. Referring to the Gift of Scripture’s repudiation of biblical literalism and creationism, the atheist says:

‘Having been obliged at last to make these concessions, I wonder how much
longer it will take for the virgin birth, the divinity of Christ and the
resurrection also to be conceded as “symbolic”.

Now if an atheist can see what will happen if this continues, than why can’t Christians. I don’t know to me it just one sign that the end is near!

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