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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Cringe

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      brilliant
      saved
      your soul that is

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >brilliant
        >saved
        >your soul that is

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    There is another…

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The bible is absolutely the best book ever written. Joyce and Eliot attempt to nest their metaphors like the biblical authors and don't even approach the level of sophistication and detail. No book has even a fraction the power to change a person's entire worldview and self concept like the Bible

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      No book has the scope, the depth, the Titanic implications, of the Bible. Not only is western culture completely and fundamentally founded on biblical theology, western psychology is entirely organized around it as well.

      People's belief in choice, their concepts of good and evil, all biblical in source. But the modern concepts are designed precisely to obfuscate the Biblical perspective, that all negative energy or emotion is inherently satanic, that an all powerful god exists as the prime and first unmoved mover, that all people are servants to God and only God
      A cursory glance at these facts will demonstrate how the common conception of choice and morality are inherently designed to obfuscate the nature of satanism, to remove control from the individual, and instead to the guilt social complex whereby action is policed by people who believe themselves judges of value
      Only God judges, only God knows who deserves what. for people, there is only one path, the path of righteousness and service to God . Anything else is satanism. may god be with you

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >emotion is le evil
        Wow, so deep and fundamental. Can't wait to kiss the ass and be a servant to a literal autist.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Emotion isn't evil, negative emotion has a source that is evil

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            If you believe in monotheism then all emotions exist for divine purpose. Hating evil is good. Loving evil is evil. So the rational target of the emotion is what matters.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            This isn't a counter argument my point stands
            Evil exists, emotion can be sourced from evil. Action can be sourced from evil. There are spirits or gods or entities, such as Satan, the let's say king of evil, from which certain things, such as the emotion guilt, are derived.
            A person who guilts another person participates with Satan, and as such is satanic, or someone who participates in the externalization or manifestation of, satanic energies.

            To an extent all people are subject to such energies, or emotions. There is an escape, but it is only through the grace of God, prayer
            You can be a servant of the flesh, of Satan, or a servant of the spirit, or God
            A person who believes they are their own master is a person subjugated by their flesh, or by the encapsulation of their spirit
            A person who is a slave to their spirit is a servant of God
            It all checks out logically speaking. It's unfortunate Aristotle takes the credit of the unmoved mover, he certainly didn't come up with the idea, and it's one of the original arguments for gods existence. It's hasn't been disproven, it's only been acknowledged it can't be disproven, which is somehow a disproof according to scientismic atheists

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Why all the supernatural mumbo jumbo just to explain that feeding into habits of anger, guilt, and malice tends to make them grow stronger whilst being a detriment to the community, whilst feeding into habits of kindness, patience, and good-will help shape the community for the better and solidify such behaviors as automatic?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >nested metaphors in Bible
      Where?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      TPBP

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >to nest their metaphors like the biblical authors
      Are you sure this isn't just millennia of literary nerds coming up with their own bullshit on what the original authors re𝘢lly meant?

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I've been reading the New Testament, currently at St. Mark, and I like that I'm coming across passages that I've heard referenced in other writings.

    >3:25 - And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
    >Lincoln's House Divided Speech - "A house divided against itself cannot stand." I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Biblical sayings and even basic recurring themes found in the different passages of the Bible seem to re-emerge in our culture almost spontaneously. Even at times, it seems this happens almost unconsciously. I'm not even sure whether people are always conscious of whether they're doing it or not. As a believer I think this happens because God's word resonates very closely with reality and truth itself. So any work of media or what have you that borrows from the power of God's word in some way, even if not directly quoting from it, just somehow turns out "better." Perhaps it does so without the creators or promoters even realizing that they have borrowed elements from somewhere in Scripture, or that this arrangement might be helping their (non-explicitly Christian) product succeed.

      As an avid Bible reader, I've noticed too many examples to count, in all kinds of mundane situations and contexts. What I think happens is that these tropes or themes are deeply suffused into the cultural consciousness of our culture, certainly in English. This is because the King James Bible, along with the writings of Shakespeare, was perhaps the most influential book in shaping our language itself. You will notice the Samuel Johnson 1755 dictionary of English, as well as Noah Webster's 1828 American English dictionary, both freely draw quotations of examples of English word usages straight from the Authorized version. Because that was the accepted way in which English, in its most precise and perhaps also loftiest form, was used.

      So because of that, our culture is inherently suffused with all these concepts. When they emerge in some way in our culture, whether consciously or not, I think it lends success in some measure often times. I think this is true regardless of whether or not the person writing the literature or whatever else even intended to reference or emulate something that exists in the Bible at all. The reason why it lends success is simply because God's word is actually powerful. We sure are blessed to have such a strongly Biblically-oriented language, even if so many people today are unknowing of this fact. For us it may truly be said, "That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us". (Acts 17:27)

      You probably want me to give examples, but I'm not going to give any. It's your job to find them. As Jesus said in John 5:39, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The depth to which the bible is subsumed within western culture cannot be overstated
      Not reading this book is a crime to the Western kind that desires to know itself

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yea, I'm starting to realize that our entire culture and all that it includes comes from the Bible, specifically the King James Version. Not just literature and speeches, but you won't find a Hollywood movie that wasn't inspired by some of the stories in the Bible. I now understand my old professor at University who asked how many of us had read the Bible. When no one raised their hand, he said "what are you even doing here, then?"

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        except?

        i'm glad i'm not that stupid.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >starting to realize that our entire culture and all that it includes comes from the Bible
        How the frick did you just realize this? I'm not even trying to be mean, were you just sheltered from all things religion?

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yeah, Numbers 33 was utterly fascinating:
    [5]: And the children of Israel removed from Rameses, and pitched in Succoth.
    [6]: And they departed from Succoth, and pitched in Etham, which is in the edge of the wilderness.
    [7]: And they removed from Etham, and turned again unto Pi-hahiroth, which is before Baal-zephon: and they pitched before Migdol.
    [8]: And they departed from before Pi-hahiroth, and passed through the midst of the sea into the wilderness, and went three days' journey in the wilderness of Etham, and pitched in Marah.
    [9]: And they removed from Marah, and came unto Elim: and in Elim were twelve fountains of water, and threescore and ten palm trees; and they pitched there.
    [10]: And they removed from Elim, and encamped by the Red sea.
    [11]: And they removed from the Red sea, and encamped in the wilderness of Sin.
    [12]: And they took their journey out of the wilderness of Sin, and encamped in Dophkah.
    [13]: And they departed from Dophkah, and encamped in Alush.
    [14]: And they removed from Alush, and encamped at Rephidim, where was no water for the people to drink.
    [15]: And they departed from Rephidim, and pitched in the wilderness of Sinai.
    [16]: And they removed from the desert of Sinai, and pitched at Kibroth-hattaavah.
    [17]: And they departed from Kibroth-hattaavah, and encamped at Hazeroth.
    [18]: And they departed from Hazeroth, and pitched in Rithmah.
    [19]: And they departed from Rithmah, and pitched at Rimmon-parez.
    [20]: And they departed from Rimmon-parez, and pitched in Libnah.
    [21]: And they removed from Libnah, and pitched at Rissah.
    [22]: And they journeyed from Rissah, and pitched in Kehelathah.
    [23]: And they went from Kehelathah, and pitched in mount Shapher.
    [24]: And they removed from mount Shapher, and encamped in Haradah.
    [25]: And they removed from Haradah, and pitched in Makheloth.
    [26]: And they removed from Makheloth, and encamped at Tahath.
    [27]: And they departed from Tahath, and pitched at Tarah.
    [28]: And they removed from Tarah, and pitched in Mithcah.
    [29]: And they went from Mithcah, and pitched in Hashmonah.
    [30]: And they departed from Hashmonah, and encamped at Moseroth.
    [31]: And they departed from Moseroth, and pitched in Bene-jaakan.
    [32]: And they removed from Bene-jaakan, and encamped at Hor-hagidgad.
    [33]: And they went from Hor-hagidgad, and pitched in Jotbathah.
    [34]: And they removed from Jotbathah, and encamped at Ebronah.
    [35]: And they departed from Ebronah, and encamped at Ezion-gaber.
    [36]: And they removed from Ezion-gaber, and pitched in the wilderness of Zin, which is Kadesh.
    [37]: And they removed from Kadesh, and pitched in mount Hor, in the edge of the land of Edom.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      How cute you make it out like it's just a list ships like in the iliad lol what could possibly be in such a book like that!

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Wow masterful prose

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    A book talkin bout who begot who for pages is kinda a snooze innit?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      THE BIBLE INNIT

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    For me it's Zhuangzi
    This is a book that can REALLY change your life. And it doesn't depend on israelite worship or giving yourself brain damage.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You invalidated your own opinion

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    /lgbt/

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >can't be refuted
    >Can only be ignored
    ADDS UP

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It’s the best book ever written, but it’s not the best novel, not the best book of poetry, best autobiography or even the best theological book. The Bible is best in a generalized sense, simply due to it being a book that has a bit of everything but isn’t focused on one specific genre and, being frank, doesn’t have the absolute best of any genre. You go to Homer and not the books of Samuel when you want the archetypal pre-scientific history/myth, or Aquinas and not St Paul when you want the apex theological work.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      LMAO

      >to nest their metaphors like the biblical authors
      Are you sure this isn't just millennia of literary nerds coming up with their own bullshit on what the original authors re𝘢lly meant?

      LMAO

      https://i.imgur.com/oiCL42I.jpeg

      Why all the supernatural mumbo jumbo just to explain that feeding into habits of anger, guilt, and malice tends to make them grow stronger whilst being a detriment to the community, whilst feeding into habits of kindness, patience, and good-will help shape the community for the better and solidify such behaviors as automatic?

      LMAO

      It's so clear who your audience is, it's even clear who the speaker is

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