The Bible is worth reading

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Religion and Spirituality  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: June 24, 2019

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I'm a Christian. Officially. To be specific, I'm Evangelical Lutheran, which is the most common form of religion in the Nordic countries. Simply said, I'm Protestant. Finland has a large minority of Orthodox people, mostly due to our history of being a part of Russia. About 69 % of the population is a part of the same church I am, but that's very little. In fact, the percentage has dropped in just a few years over 5%, which is a lot. To most people, however, belonging in the church is not about faith. I would say less than 40% of the population believes in God. Especially young people like myself tend to be more down to Earth and realist. We don't think we need God because why would we? Most people belong in the church because their parents do. It allows you to be a godmother or a godfather, vote in the hurch elections (although I have never heard of anyone doing so) and get married at church. Most reasons have nothing to do with God.

Even though I am officially a Christian, I am not. I don't like the religion, but I don't mind being officially a part of the church. So far, at least. Last time I was in a church was actually last week, but that's only because I was attending my grandmother's funeral. I have never been to church voluntarily. Last time I went to church to see an actual mass, was when I was in confirmation school and we had to go to a few. That was over four years ago. I think Christianity is bullshit. To put it straight, it's a religion stolen from the Jews, but with a sequel. And everyone knows sequels are boring.

I read the editorial text from Michael and Lauren McAfee, Is the Bible worth reading? https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/michael-lauren-mcafee-bible-reading Even though I personally find Christianity not the religion for me, I've read the Bible. As a kid I used to be very interested in the said religion. I may have even believed in it. I read the actual Bible when I was maybe thirteen, and later when I was seventeen, because it was an entertaining book, and I wanted to read it again when I was older. 

I do think it's worth reading, especially if you like war literature. I do, since my father often read it and I inherited his love for books. If you like violence and gore and sad endings, read the old testament. If you like bullshit happy ending stories, read the new testament. The two don't make much sense with each other, in my opinion. If you look at the new testament and especially what happens after Jesus' death, it's a lot different from what God says prior to that. The apostoles preach about mercy, and how people will be saved if they only have faith in God and Jesus, and believe that he saved them from the sin. In the old testament, there are dozens of laws and rules that need to be followed in order to be saved. Jews still believe that and obey most of the rules. Christians, not so much. To be honest, the old testament is mostly useless for Christians.

The article points out two major reasons why people should read the Bible. It's an opportunity for people to see God through the lives of others. I do agree, in a way. There are dozens of stories in the book about different things God has done. Although that's what they are: stories. Don't get me wrong, I do believe in Jesus. As a historical character. God is bullshit, but Jesus might as well be true, but he's just a psycho. Regular person who thought he was something bigger. 

The second reason is that it's more than just a book full of rules. That's very true. I mean, yeah, there are rules, but I bet 99% of people who call themselves Christian have no idea of them. Did you know that you're not supposed to wear clothing with wool and cotton? The Bible is full of rules no one cares about, at least Christians. That's the major difference between Judaism and Christianity, in my opinion.

Yes, it is a lot more than just a book of rules. It's a story. It's a book written by humans to control other humans, because that's just the point in most religions. I do recommend reading it though. It's interesting, and our culture takes a lot from the Bible. Names, holidays, and swearwords many come from the Bible. You can't know western culture unless you know the most well-known stories of the Bible. 

The Bible is obviously a weapon of power, like many other religious texts are. If someone opposes gay marriages, they can find the reason in the Bible. The rules are ridiculous, not all, but some, but still some idiots take them as laws. I recommend reading the Bible to see how hypocrite people really are, and how people make all kinds of shit up and call it important. That's the point in it, like with all religions. You can write a book, as the Bible was written by several human beings and edited several times, and call it law. Or salvation. Or mercy or grace. All that is bullshit.


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