But seriously, if you were smart 2,000 years ago, you probably had something to do with religion (that was the only place they taught anything and where the first universities began). So I figure there’s gotta be somethin’ smart up in there.
Jesus. A very nice dude. In all honesty, I think he was the most understanding man to have lived. He just really loved, understood, and accepted people while wanting the best for them. If you read only his words, it paints an extremely different picture than the rest.
If you want the quick version, you can get 90% of the way by just reading Genesis and Exodus, Matthew, Mark, and Luke (John gets a touch long winded and preachy). Those last three are the new testament and have all of Jesus’s actual words. If you want to have fun, read Revelations. Yikes. The old testament has a lot of… well genealogy and God being mad at various groups of people, telling them to do something, them not doing it, and then him being mad again. Most of the other books in the new testament are letters from Paul or other apostles and they’re pretty preachy. Most of the good solid content is contained in the books I outlined above.
Now onto the Quran.
I lost my Bible on a greyhound bus. Finally replaced.
Getting into the books that included Job and Psalms.
I’m most surprised at how much reference there is to humans being the ‘highest’ creature. Incredibly interesting research has surfaced recently on other animals’ level of conscience. The most notable event was the signing of the declaration of consciousness by incredibly well respected researchers (attended by Stephen Hawking). They declaring that many animals have what they’re defining as forms of consciousness very similar to our own.
In any case, I do enjoy the benevolent sentiment of Psalms more-so than the books that come before it.
Many philosophers ponder the idea that we can never know particular things for certain. Whether true, or not, this notion is incredibly important in the search for knowledge. Being agnostic regarding knowledge or conceptions of things can allow us the creative girth to think about problems in new and incredible ways, which can then spark novel solutions.
Everyone knew that the earth used to be flat.
Also been reading 10 Theories of Human Nature. The coolest takeaway is from the overview of major religions. Christianity talks about God being everywhere and in everything. Hinduism talks about Brahman, which is the original spirit and the thing that makes up the universe on its most basal level. In all the incredibly eloquent depictions of these ideas and beliefs, there is a striking resemblance to the description an excited scientist would give to energy. “It makes up everything!” he would say. “You can’t destroy it, nor can you create it. It passes on from form to form!!” he would continue. There’s just such a striking resemblance and I think that is cool beans. Maybe the smartest people in the world 2,000 years ago felt, and couldn’t ignore this fact that there was something that connects us all and that we are all ‘one’ in a sense. They didn’t (and couldn’t) have a scientific explanation for it. So they created a religious one. Cool beans, I say. Cool beans.
So after the first few books of the Bible, and then all the way to Maccabees which is about half way through the old testament, I’ve found the books to be very similar. The stories are, to me, mostly the same. Someone followed God’s rules, him and his sons were rewarded. His sons don’t follow the rules so well, eventually lose everything, God is mad for a while and then someone comes along who follows the rules again and God is nice.
I honestly did not mark a single page nor really get much out of all of these books. Which though I am disappointed about, I’m really happy I read them.
The new section of books beginning with Job are said to be the books of wisdom and have begun with God and Satan testing Job. I’m really looking forward to these ones.
My review of the Christian Bible is not meant to be derogatory. It is meant to be an open review of the actual content of each book seen from my perspective. This won’t contain many opinions on religion, which are ideas unto themselves and will be spoke about at a different time.
I’m reading it because I figure that if you were smart 2000 years ago, you likely studied theology and therefore likely contributed to this book. So it’s got to have some intelligent tid bits here and there. I guess we’ll see.
The first 2 books of the Christian Bible are interesting. Genesis and Exodus. They tell the stories of creation and then the Jews being led from Egypt out of slavery where God tests them all over the place in the desert before he gives them the land of ‘milk and honey’.
The next 3 books of Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy are mostly made of rules, land distributions and lineages. The rules are… well… funny. I just found myself laughing. Apparently I haven’t been stoning half as many people in my community as I should. These are the parts of the Christian Bible that explain God’s disdain for homosexuality as well. God is a referenced as being jealous on at least 5 occasions and there are many more examples of him mad; mad enough to kill many thousands of people at a time.
Onto Judges now which has lots of stories of Israel concurring different kings and regions of present day Israel.