Should We Make Peace With the Bible?What do you feel like saying about any of the following:
Is the Bible:
I. Historical fiction?
II. A book of rules or ethical instruction?
III. A plan of 'Salvation', whatever that may be?
IV. A collection of wonderful literature we may not happen to enjoy actually reading?
V. Divinely inspired? (In what sense?)
VI. An invitation to mystical consciousness?
VII. None of the above? (What, then?)
To what degree is your position open to other descriptions?
What has been our experience with these books? Have they, overall, been good, bad, or simply a mixed influence?
Does the Bible have 'a Message'?
Should children be exposed to the Bible?
Can the Bible be domesticated? Should it be?
What constitutes misuse of the Bible?
Can you think of any good ways to use it?
Could you confidently read anything in it to a dying person? If you were dying, is there anything in it you would want to hear?
Do you find the Bible's depictions of God helpful? -- or horrifying? -- or silly?
How would you expect God to feel about this book?