That's the second time I've read this in the last couple of days...does anybody remember that Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of stew? Jacob didn't steal a darn thing, he made his brother keep his side of the bargain.God loved and blessed Ishmael and his descendants. Don't forget Esau and Jacob . Jacob stole his brothers birthright.
God's will be done.
Quoting myself here:What I meant was, how were they able to determine which texts were inspired and which weren't? Are there criteria?
Yes he did.That's the second time I've read this in the last couple of days...does anybody remember that Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of stew? Jacob didn't steal a darn thing, he made his brother keep his side of the bargain.
Still looking for more information... as a for instance, imagine if someone from Chinese culture without any background in Abrahamic teachings read the bible - cold, no preparation. What should they look for to help them see it was supernaturally revealed? Fulfilled prophecy, what else?
I am always amazed at the ebb and flow of prophetic utterances...From what I understand the apocrypha were written in the 400 silent years between Malachi and the birth of John the Baptist. It is believed no divinely inspired prophetic utterance was made in this time.
I don't care who it is that reads the Bible through, no matter where they come from, I will seem overwhelming, I remember my first time and I had soo many questions. About the 10th time through, everything started falling into place. I don't retain well so that is why I have to read it so much. Now when I read one passage, my mind just goes to all the other passages that help explain that passage. This is like most situations, the 2nd or 3rd time I watch a movie I start seeing other things that I missed the first time because of what I was focusing on. Like I have been saying, their is no hidden messages in the Bible other than end time Scripture. I guess if a person doesn't know how a seed grow into whatever the seed grows into, then they could struggle with a few of the parables. The parables were designed for the farmers, but even they missed the meaning of a couple of them. i.e. the 4 seeds and the Wheat and the Tares. Jesus even had to explain the 4 seeds parable to his disciples. So therefore the explanation of the parable is explained by Jesus in the text, just like the parable of the Wheal and Tares is explained in the text. I the Bible was too complicated, it would not translate easy enough for someone of different speaking languages could understand it. This is what is said about the Quran, you have to read it in the Arabic to fully understand it.Without preparation, reading the Bible cold, the case for fulfilled prophecy is actually not that good. It's the interpretations, the oral tradition, the literature around the bible which, after a proper build-up, give certain passages their significance, in my opinion.
This kid currently doesn't believe in supernaturally inspired as in "from G!d" as others might.I'm looking to see if they have more that talks more directly about criteria for how we would determine something is supernaturally inspired.
Wow, that is really interesting!Without preparation, reading the Bible cold, the case for fulfilled prophecy is actually not that good. It's the interpretations, the oral tradition, the literature around the bible which, after a proper build-up, give certain passages their significance, in my opinion.
Something came to my mind just now - one of the early translators of the Dao De Jing, I think it was Wilhelm, really seized on a passage where he thought he saw the Tetragrammaton in Chinese spelling. He was primed to see it (primed in the psychological sense).
Another example of "cold reading" of foreign scripture in China occurred to me: When Buddhism first entered China via the silk road during the first millennium, it was understood as a kind of "foreign Daoism", and many Daoist terms were used during the first translation efforts of Buddhist sutras from Sanskrit and Pali into Chinese. Zen Buddhism, which first arose in China, has a noticeable Daoist influence.