Isn't there one bible text that has been meaningful to you?
I am sitting here this am feeling a bit better and can focus on something other than my recovery from surgery and future concerns.
Then the thought hit me "Isn't there one bible text has been meaningful to you?". I thought of Jefferson approach of cutting out all the mumbo-jumbo and seeing what is left. A text here and there popped into my mind, but I knew they didn't even originate with the bible. One would expect there would be many, but the text is twisted around a bizarre fairy tale, which is at time cruel, so it is hard to separate the chaff from the wheat. Ah...a parable type reference, from Matt 3, two paragraphs, where Jesus tells the Pharisees and Sadducees God will burn them in the hells of fire. So for no reason I take so little from it. But I really want to find those "pearls of wisdom" that had some meaning in my years. John 3:16 obviously has no meaning. I fear that anything poetic or helpful will be too couched into the simple-minded story line. God good, man bad, God commits suicide to save man, man must believe or burn. Surely the "most important book in the world" would have great gems.
We all know Shakespeare
"Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry"
"This above all: to think own self be true"
"The course of true love never did run smooth"
They not only are memorable but helpful. That is what I would expect from a divine book, you know the one where God loves everyone and want everyone to be saved, somebody who cares beyond their own personnel gain or need to be worshipped.
My daughters presented me with a lovely gift pre-surgery. It was a box of pretty stones and they hand painted quotes on them. One is particularly helpful right now. It is a quote by Winston Churchill "If you're going through hell, keep going."
So theist if you got something like this please present them for consideration. And atheist and those in particular who are formerly christian did you have any text that gave you insight into life or help you in someway. And now do they still have the same value as they did.
I am going to post a few that come to mind and give my thoughts on them. Hope some atheist give it a serious go, would truly like to know if the book has some value for everyone.
Religion Kills !!!
Numbers 31:17-18 - Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.