"Begin at the beginning,and go on till you come to the end: then stop." (Lewis Carroll, 1832-1896)

Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked."Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat."I don't know," Alice answered."Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."

"So long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

"All right," said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone. "Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin," thought Alice; "but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!"

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I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe. Like Arthur Dent from "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", if you do not have a Babel Fish in your ear this blog will be completely unintelligible to you and will read something like this: "boggle, google, snoggle, slurp, slurp, dingleberry to the power of 10". Fortunately, those who have had the Babel Fish inserted in their ear, will understood this blog perfectly. If you are familiar with this technology, you will know that the Babel Fish lives on brainwave radiation. It excretes energy in the form of exactly the correct brainwaves needed by its host to understand what was just said; or in this case, what was read. The Babel Fish, thanks to scientific research, reverses the problem defined by its namesake in the Tower of Babel, where a deity was supposedly inspired to confuse the human race by making them unable to understand each other.


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Monday, June 19, 2006

The Bible Is Not Inerrant

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“We should not expect to find in Scripture full scientific accuracy or complete historical precision,” they say in The Gift of Scripture.

Of the notorious anti-Jewish curse in Matthew 27:25, “His blood be on us and on our children”, a passage used to justify centuries of anti-Semitism, the bishops say these and other words must never be used again as
a pretext to treat Jewish people with contempt.

The bishops say: “Such symbolic language must be respected for what it is, and is not to be interpreted literally. We should not expect to discover in this book details about the end of the world, about how many will be saved and about when the end will come.”

These are now considered literally 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.”




Blogger Dikkii said...

I wrote a post about this once upon a time.

My contention was that given the assumption that the bible is written by God through man, and information is also provided that no man is without sin, then it is more or less implied that the bible cannot possibly be inerrant.

Good post.

21/6/06 10:54 pm  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

Dikkii's Diatribe Archives @

If man is inherently sinful, then there is a game of Chinese whispers from God down to man. "The ambulance is coming" quickly becomes "the purple goose is cooked alpha pension wigwam", as the scribe writes down what he thinks is correct, the translator translates and the publishing houses print while trying to avoid copyright lawsuits from the previous translators.

26/6/06 10:20 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God speaks in Chinese?

27/6/06 12:14 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE jeffie the troll: God supposedly speaks aramaic, hebrew, greek, german, english (but not americanese) and various asian languages.

But then, that god exists at all is just nasty propaganda promulgated by the more sheeplike in the given populations.

27/6/06 3:24 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God speaks to all that are willing to listen.

28/6/06 9:21 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

That is the initial problem, jeffie.

Which god?

Of course you will claim the one and only "true god" which is what all believers do.

They denounce every other god that has ever been except the one THEY believe in.

When you recognise why you don't believe in Odin, you will know why I don't believe in your god.

And you will be one step closer towards becoming an atheist like me.

Afterall, you are atheistic to every god that has ever been, EXCEPT the one you believe in.

You are an atheist like me, you just believe in one more god than I do.

28/6/06 9:48 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, you are on the right path. Realizing that there is a Divine Source is the first step. From there, prayer with intent/focused meditation should guide the soul towards the Source. One must enter into this search not unlike a becomes much harder with age.

28/6/06 12:26 pm  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE:jeffie the troll~~

Sometime in the last paragraph you had a brain fart, or it was a deliberate misrepresentation of what I said.

I do not claim to know of a divine source.

You do.

I also do not claim that there isn't a divine source.

I simply do not believe the claims of those who pretend to know about a divine source.

28/6/06 2:14 pm  
Blogger Dikkii said...

Hi Beep,

Thanks for the plug!

29/6/06 12:17 am  

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