Before I can publish my biblical observations, concerning any subject, I have to explain my point of view. My beliefs won’t be identical to yours, no matter what I tell you. Am I a Jew or a Christian? I’m definitely not a Jew, and being a Christian depends entirely on your definition of such.
Many of us were indoctrinated in one religion or another when we were considered old enough to comprehend what we were hearing. We weren’t given a choice. Religion wasn’t the only choice taken away from us, and it may take you some time to think of all the choices we didn’t have.
Eating is an example. Some people are taught to use eating utensils like knives, forks and spoons. Others are taught to use chopsticks. Still others are not taught to use anything but their hands. If you knew nothing about religion today, how would you interpret the text in a bible you’ve chosen to read? I don’t expect an answer, but I’m sure you see my point.
My mother took me and some of my siblings to a couple of churches when I was younger than the age of 13. One was called the “Church of the Nazarene” and the other was called “Church of God”. They were obviously protestant, but I didn’t know that back then.
One of my uncles, and his family, were Mormons. I don’t really know what that means, other than Mormons are not considered Christians. The same thing goes for Jehovah Witnesses. Please don’t ask me to explain it. It’s just what I’ve been told. Some people say Catholics aren’t Christians either, but I disagree. My wife, Josie, was raised a Catholic, but isn’t a devout Catholic.
Over the years, I attempted to be a good Christian even though I had difficulty attending church services. I was in the military for 20 years and during that period, I couldn’t follow a routine. I attended services as often as I could, but it was always a different sect each time. The last one I remember from the military was a Southern Baptist church in North Carolina.
I eventually joined a nondenominational protestant church long enough to be baptized, and that was well after I retired from the military. That church was the one my older son and his wife (when they were still dating) were attending. The main reason I didn’t stay with that church is because I moved to the Philippines.
Over the last 15 years, I’ve come to realize that I don’t really consider myself a Christian. I don’t believe the scriptures are divinely inspired at all. In my opinion, and mine alone, they were written by people who didn’t understand what they were experiencing, much like the superstitious people of today.
The next time I post something in this category, it’ll be biblical observations from the Book of Genesis. Every post in this category after that will feature another subject in either that book or another. I’m not going to repeat chapters and verses. I’ll merely summarize my sources of information. My intention is to keep my observations brief and to the point.
I’m not going to try to prove my points as I go along. I’m sure you can read as well as I can.