He can drop by my house in heaven anytime.
Why do you think that you will have a house? Why would you need a house if your physical body is rotting (or rotted) in a grave? What ideas do you have of heaven and why?
Is the Bible cryptic? Sometimes. Is there a reason for that?
Yes. It's make-believe.
The Bible is kind of like that. You can get salvation in a minute.
Salvation from what?
The rest of the Bible is just so we can explain things to Atheists, Mormons, muslim's, Hindu's etc.
Why should anything need to be explained to atheists, mormons, etc? If it the bible is the instruction manual to reach this 'salvation', why should anything need to be explained? Shouldn't any Joe Shmoe be able to pick it up and read for a few minutes and know exactly what they need to do?
Has the Bible been allowed to be edited/changed? YES and no. We have endless old manuscripts and scrolls to help keep things on track. Every good Bible translator should be aware of and using these resources. And I think they do.
Is there corrupt Bibles? Yes, the Jehovah Witnesses have a bible that has been drastically altered. If you are a JW and you just blindly accept this as the truth then that's your problem. At least check into the claims of the scholars for and against this shody workmanship. Then have a look at the organization that supports this New translation. You'll soon see all the problems that pop up as well as their prophetical errors throughout history.
It can't be yes AND no. It is either yes OR no.
Do you personally
dig through these ENDLESS old manuscripts and scrolls to verify that you are getting the correct information?
Let me ask you this? Do you believe that the bible is divinely inspired and is the word of God? Do you believe that reading and understanding it is essential for 'salvation'?
If yes, then why would there be old manuscripts and scrolls. Why would anyone need to 'keep things on track'? Why would anyone need to translate it at all? Why doesn't God use his magic to make this instruction manual clear and concise, impervious to corruption, not requiring interpretation or translation so that one need not rely on some other person's interpretation? We should each have our own magic exact copy of this instruction guide that instantly translates perfectly to the readers first language.
How is a JW blindly accepting 'their' bible as truth any different that you accepting your chosen version as the truth? Do you honestly think that the people that translated and copied your chosen version of bible did not let any personal beliefs affect how they translated and edited the copy that ended up on your bookshelf?
No, I do not stumble all over this book. The problem is I can only learn one thing at a time. Its just like watching a movie. Very soon you realize who the good and bad guys are, and what their goals are. Then just fit the pieces in where they belong. It can be a slow process. But its worth it.
That's why I come to you guys. I've run out of questions for the Bible. So I join you all in your questions. Sometimes I don't know the answer so I wait...Or admit God just isn't going to tell us yet. But all the important ones have answers already.
Ok. Who exactly are the good guys in the bible. I certainly don't consider bible God a good guy.
Do the pieces fit in where they belong or do you (and other xtians) fit them where you want them to go?
By 'run out of questions for the Bible', do you mean that you have given up trying to make sense of it? I don't blame you.
I have posted this in other threads and I may have posted it in this thread already but I am going to post it again.
Bible god either..
doesn't care if we (humans) join him in heaven
is extremely incompetent at getting his message across (among other things)
He/it just does not exist.
Nonexistent seems the most logical to me.
If I am wrong and he doesn't care, then why should I?
If he is incompetent, then he is not all powerful, certainly is not worthy of worship and should be demoted to hall monitor.