quote:Originally posted by Raptor:
When speaking of the bible, I believe it's important to study the history/culture(s) from which it comes from. Folks now as before read the book go to some bible classes and that's that. Overlooking the importants of the history of the book.
...Perhaps in this case, ignorance is bliss.
Yes, because many parts of the Bible are obviously meant to be taken on a much deeper level than literal. A literal reading of the Bible in non-Hebrew 21st century Western society context and mindset is a recipie for disaster.
I tend to treat many parts of the Bible like I would treat a Buddhist koan. It's meant to be understood on a mental and spiritual level beyond mundane literalistic rationality, because it's meaning escapes methodical rational thought.