Originally Posted by lunasmom
This is a good point. Before the printing press you had a monk that would sit by candlelite all day and most of the night copying a book by hand. I'm sure most of them got it right, but don't you wonder how many were tired and maybe skipped a few words that changed the meaning of something in the bible? Just a thought.
Your post reminds me of the story about the a very old priest who had lived his life as close to perfect as one could get. When he finally died and arrived in Heaven, he was offered his choice of how he wanted to spend eternity as a reward for livng an almost perfect, sin-free life. He asked if there was a place were he could read the original documents that were written by the Lord, that's all he had ever wanted in his life and beyond.
They brought him to this huge library full of all the ancient texts, scrolls, papyrus,' carvings, etc., and left him to enjoy himself.
A few weeks later all of Heaven suddenly heard a horrible scream coming from the library. When they all converged they found the old priest standing over a book, pulling his hair out, screaming, "Celebrate! It said Celebrate! Not Celibate! Celebrate!"
I too believe that we are living with a book that was not written in our language, it was stories handed down (remember the game of telephone?), from a time where a word or situation would have a very different meaning and interpretation than it would today.
My understanding is it is the Word of God written down by humans, who, as we know, do, once in a great while (not moi of course lol) make mistakes. We also have a tendency to write our own perception and believe it is the only perception -- hence the reason for more than one Gospel.
This is the reason I believe that it is not the words, or the specific rules that should be emphasized, but instead the love, heart and Godliness (a very different thing than religion to me) the words are meant to remind and teach.
I do believe that much of the way the words were interpreted, and chosen (and left out) were based on control, and keeping some in power and others powerless, therefore my desire usually to read between the lines.
I've watched the documentaries, including the Da Vinci Code, and think there is a lot of sense to it all. We humans are a very envious group, and it would not be the first time the most loved or closest was bad-mouthed by those who coveted that position, be it Judas or Mary. I believe that because the writings were created some time after, when Jesus had already risen and now was a God, I think his humanity was denied. I have a hard time believing that while He lived as a man, he didn't have a sense of humor, or love some above others (or simply enjoy their company), of find himself attracted to a woman, or tell a joke or two. In addition, he was a Rabbi. And rabbis do marry, have children, have relationships and friends, enjoy a sense of humor, have other interests, etc.
Why wouldn't it make sense that Jesus's life was open to the same rules?
Sio I tend to believe these ideas have credence, and personallyl I prefer to follow in the footsteps of someone who is more human. If he wasn't, how could He feel our pain, our joy, if he didn't experience it himself?
On a more practical level, this was thousands of years ago. Even recent personalities, much of their "private" lives don't come out until after they're gone, or years later. Why would this be any different?
After all, we're dealing with humanity, who has the gift (and the curse) of plain old human nature.