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Now, here's my question: should I read the Bible for entertainment and knowledge purposes, rather than for religious purposes (I'm a deist, and not too long ago I was an atheist)? From what I can tell, a lot of great literary pieces have Biblical allusions and I wind up not understanding what the author is trying to convey because -- surprise! I never read the Bible. Not to mention that some of the stories actually sound *gasp* interesting.

Suggestions? Opinions? Flame possibly?

EDIT: I won't take it too literally guys, I'll be fine.
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#2
I read the bible for fun, right after i read richard dawkins the god delusion. It's a real good read.

and there some messed up stuff in the old testement too.

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#4
Yeah you could do that or watch the Simpsons episodes where they act out bible stories.

The bible does actually look really interesting.
#5
yes. western literature draws so much from the bible, it's good to familiarize yourself with it. just read it from a literary standpoint.
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#10
I was planning on reading the Bible, Qur'an, and whatever the Jewish people read, for fun. Then read some books about evolution and stuff.
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Now, here's my question: should I read the Bible for entertainment and knowledge purposes, rather than for religious purposes (I'm a deist, and not too long ago I was an atheist)? From what I can tell, a lot of great literary pieces have Biblical allusions and I wind up not understanding what the author is trying to convey because -- surprise! I never read the Bible. Not to mention that some of the stories actually sound *gasp* interesting.

Suggestions? Opinions? Flame possibly?



The Bible:
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#12
Well, why not? If you can, do it, I could never even get halfway through, it bored me out of my mind. And that's coming from someone who likes to read stuff about neutrinos.
#13
Its too disjoinnted for me to read. Stop start stop start. Some of it is just downright boring.
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#14
Read it and picture it all in early 1900's style Disney animation. You're better off not taking it literally, you might go out to hurt someone.
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#16
I'd say read it. There's a lot of boring list-type stuff in the Old Testament, but there's a lot of good stuff too. Give it a try.
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I was planning on reading the Bible, Qur'an, and whatever the Jewish people read, for fun. Then read some books about evolution and stuff.

Don't worry, I do believe in evolution.
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Your point?
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Its too disjoinnted for me to read. Stop start stop start. Some of it is just downright boring.

I could just skip the boring parts; this isn't part of an assignment or anything.
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#18
it's always good to read proper literature.

i tried to read the bible from start to finish but i just couldn't hack it. i do like the proverbs section, though.

i've skimmed through it and there are some good lessons and advice, and i think you can get something out of it regardless of your religion.
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#19
the old testament was black metal brutal
its on my to do list to read the old testament actually
maybe the new,
but it isnt particularly high up there
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#20
It sucks when you already know the ending, though.

However, I think you should read it. Reading it doesn't mean that you believe it, especially if you think it's a piece of fiction. You wouldn't believe something like 1984, would you? (That, of course, applies to the people who don't believe in God).
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Your point?

I could just skip the boring parts; this isn't part of an assignment or anything.

When i read...which isnt very often...i need to be kept interested all the time or the book hits the shelf and never leaves again. There'd be maybe one interesting story in the bible amid 10 pages of religious duff.
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#22
as a book, its quite interesting. maybe only in the old testament part. the thought of reading lines that speak of nothing else but praise and blah blah is what makes the bible suck for me...

i didnt get far in the bible though.
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#23
honestly, i've read parts of it out of personal interest, and some of it is quite good. but it really depends on the version you read. King James is a pretty good one.
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Read it and picture it all in early 1900's style Disney animation. You're better off not taking it literally, you might go out to hurt someone.


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Hhhmmm... love your enemies, turn the other cheek, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. How is that going to hurt anyone?

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#26
I've read it a couple of times. It's not an incredibly entertaining thing, but it fits in my pocket and I often have to take 6 hour bus rides.
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Hhhmmm... love your enemies, turn the other cheek, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. How is that going to hurt anyone?



What about the many, many bad things that it also advocates?


I think the OP needs to ask himself if he wants to read it or not. I can think of plenty of books I'd rather read before the Bible.
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#28
Read it. Whether you want to believe in it or not, that's your choice, but it's definately some good reading and some powerful stuff.
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#29
Over 2 billions people believe the book to be a 100% accurate depiction of the world apparently so you'd better understand how a lot of people think. But also theres a lot of messed up stuff in there and plenty of contradictions.
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Hhhmmm... love your enemies, turn the other cheek, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. How is that going to hurt anyone?

hmm...old testement... destroying two whole villages for laying with other men, kill people who work on the sabbath,an eye for an eye...

Juts one example simpled down: man has angered the villagers, villigers form and angry mob and storm his house, man prays, god advises him to offer his daughters body to the mob so he can escape.

You can't pick and choose mate.

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I think the OP needs to ask himself if he wants to read it or not. I can think of plenty of books I'd rather read before the Bible.

It's not just that though, I really need to brush up on my knowledge of the Bible if I end up reading some older books containing Biblical allusions.
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#32
Definitely a good thing to be familiar with.

And as a religious orthodox Jew who has learned most of the Old Testament for over 12 years, I can tell you it is VERY interesting, especially once you hit the early prophets section.

I say go for it.

EDIT: I just realized I may have opened a can of worms by saying that. I am not here to debate anything. But if you feel the need to spark a debate with me, send me a pm, don't pollute the thread please.
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It's not just that though, I really need to brush up on my knowledge of the Bible if I end up reading some older books containing Biblical allusions.



What books are you reading? The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe?
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What books are you reading? The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe?

Nope, the Scarlet Letter. I had to read some Puritan writing a couple of weeks ago also.
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Nope, the Scarlet Letter. I had to read some Puritan writing a couple of weeks ago also.



All the allusions to the Bible so subtle that you'd need to read the Bible to get them, or are they obvious enough that simply living in a predominantly Christian country would provide enough familiarity?
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hmm...old testement... destroying two whole villages for laying with other men, kill people who work on the sabbath,an eye for an eye...

Juts one example simpled down: man has angered the villagers, villigers form and angry mob and storm his house, man prays, god advises him to offer his daughters body to the mob so he can escape.

You can't pick and choose mate.


That's why the Crucifixion took place, so everything wasn't so effing crazy. It basicly destroyed legalism like that and made it so that we don't have to do that crazy stuff. It made it so that it's not about what we do because we're already "paid for." That's one thing that makes Christianity unlike any other religion.

That's enough preaching for me for one night. I will now log off and allow the waves of scorching, merciless flames devour this thread.

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Well, why not? If you can, do it, I could never even get halfway through, it bored me out of my mind. And that's coming from someone who likes to read stuff about neutrinos.


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#38
I like to steal the complimentary bibles from cheap motels and slip them into the fantasy section in libraries. But the bible is almost believable compared to some other religion's creation stories and stuff. I think J.R.R Tolkien wrote the Torah and Qur'an didn't he?
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#39
bibles aregood for two things.

Hiding your hand gun in it.
and hiding your stash in it / rolling paper.
#40
I've read it. I'm an atheist. It is a good book, and historically important, everyone should read it.
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