The Bible is considered the ‘timeless word of God,’ but I’d argue its content, and the concept of god, is outdated. Mankind has changed a lot since its last book (chapter, to some) was written, but the messages in scripture have not kept up with the times.
Many believe this book teaches us how to live a life of virtue, but moral standards from the B.C. era hardly apply to modern generations. Our society, as a whole, has a completely different perspective on what right and wrong is when compared to Biblical text. Consider the following verse:
For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head. —1 Corinthians 11:6
The sample above doesn’t carry much merit today. It simply does not apply to Americans (unless you’re an American who practices religions with similar rules) and you’ll find many similar verses in both the Old & New Testaments with similar, unclear passages.
So, I think if the Bible were written today, it’d be vastly different than the one we know now.
What do you think it would say if we started from scratch and wrote a new one?
1.) Would there be as many contradictions?
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. —James 2:24
For by grace are ye saved through faith…not of works. —Ephesians 2:8,9
2.) Would divorce be such a big deal?
Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery. —Luke 16:18
3.) Would rape be promoted or so prominent? Should we add sexual violence, among other rules, to the Ten Commandments?
Behold, I have two daughters who have not known man; let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please; only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof. —Genesis 19:8
4.) How about incest?
Come lie with me, my sister. She answered him: Do not so, my brother, do not force me: for no such thing must be done in Israel. Do not thou this folly. —II Kings 13:8-12 But he would not hearken to her prayers, but being stronger overpowered her and lay with her. —II Kings 13:14
5.) I don’t think slavery should be included either…
Slaves, be subject to your masters with all reverence, not only to those who are good and equitable but also to those who are perverse. —1 Peter 2:18
6.) If a god were included, would it be evil?
I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create evil; I, the Lord, do all these things. —Isaiah 45:7
7.) Would the new god be so angry (if a god is added at all?)?
See, the day of the Lord is coming—a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger—to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it. —Isaiah 13: 9-11
My wrath will go forth like fire And burn with none to Quench —Jeremiah 7:20
His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty. —Job 21:20
8.) And violent?
Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks. —Psalm 137:9
So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them. —Genesis 6:7
9.) Let’s hope that murdering innocent children because of one man’s stubbornness isn’t something the new god/book would brag about:
And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. —Exodus 11:5
10.) Should we be afraid of it (god)??
But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. —Luke 12:5
11.) Would damnation still be a threat/deterrent against “evil” acts? Especially if the new god actually loves its children/creations?
And the smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name. —Revelations 14:11
They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and the gnashing of teeth. —Matthew 13:42
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment. —2 Peter 2:4
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. —Matthew 10:28
12.) Do you think the “savior” would reinforce the violence and rage? Or would a modern redeemer spread peace and love instead?
Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. —Matthew 10:34
13.) Would women be considered equal or lesser?
If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity. —Deuteronomy 25:11-1
I think you get the point…
The Bible, as is, leaves a lot of room for interpretation. The passages are difficult to understand, full of contradictions, and apply to a less-evolved version of mankind. It’s hard to look around at the world as it stands today and find practical uses for its application. Our society has evolved beyond the regulations and understandings of our ancestors.
Don’t get me wrong, the Bible contains a lot of beauty and has the power to inspire. Unfortunately, its contents are cherry-picked, as such in this article, to support an ideological stance or to make people feel good. The ambiguity alone makes people believe it just because it’s convenient.
I don’t think we should use the messages in it anymore. We are in need of a major rewrite, one that includes lessons applicable to the needs of a new, modern era.
Before You Go!
What do you think? Should the Bible be rewritten? What would you put in it, if anything? Please be sure to voice your thoughts in the ‘Comments’ section!