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Submitted by Priya (United Kingdom), Oct 27, 2006 at 10:42

Is the Bible humanly inspired? If we analyse the teachings by Jesus, we come to the conclusion that it is not inspired or influenced by a human way of thinking and is written from a totally different dimension. It surpasses all wisdom that can be best thought of by human beings.

If it was inspired by a man, human beings in their selfishness would find it difficult to command a man to love his wife as Christ loved the church, dying for her. Love his wife as his own body, feed her and clothe her when he goes hungry and naked. It doesn't seem to be inspired by a woman, because it asks a woman to respect her husband and to be submissive in love (not fear). It asks parents to never aggravate their children or anger them, but train them in love and in return children should obey their parents. It says it is much difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom, so it was not influenced by a rich influential man. It says prayer of the sinner will be answered and not the self confessed righteous man ,so it is not inspired by a self righteous man who believes he is law abiding ,doing all the rituals and so the only one who's prayer can be answered. In fact, Jesus makes it clear that human beings can never be righteous and sinless, because God is Holy beyond human imagination and the thought that we can go anywhere near him by abiding to rules and laws are futile. Because we are sinners by nature, if not in our actions we sin in sleep.

Jesus stressed on the importance of marriage, (one man for a woman) so much so that he compared legal divorce to adultery (how can we bring that anywhere near one man marrying four women ?). Jesus never allowed anyone to throw one small stone at the prostitute woman, he clearly forgave her. He didn't judge her and let her reconsider her life at her own pace and time. (where does that stand near the honour killings ?). He was open to the people that the law abiders believed were living lawless lives and wouldn't enter heaven. He was beyond all social and racial barriers. These thoughts can never be inspired by selfish human beings who yearn for respect and recognition from others.

His teachings were on a principle based on the concept of the ‘boomerang'. What you send comes back to you.

Judge and you will be judged.

Condemn and you will be condemned

Forgive and you will be forgiven

Give and it will be given to you.

Love your neighbour as yourselves. The measure you use will be measured unto you.

As you sow, so shall you reap.

Jesus always portrayed God as a loving Father, who loves His children. He would do anything for them, so much that he sent a part of himself to die for the past, present and future sins of man. Because he knew man couldn't do it by himself. We don't have to struggle to keep up with laws. God never judges, criticizes or punishes us.

Jesus gave us the picture of Father God as a gentleman, who gives us choices and options. But he clearly gives us the consequences of the choices we make. It is up to us to decide. We can make choices till our last breath and not after that. So if we suffer after death, it not God's punishment, but the consequence of our choice.

Jesus never wanted to see the slightest violence or hatred. When he was arrested, one of his disciples cut off the ear of the soldier. Jesus immediately rebuked his disciple and healed the Roman soldier, who had come to kill him and who was the enemy of his own nation and people and had been oppressing them.( where does this compare to living to kill and behead ?)

He was never in this world to propagate war, bring in a revolution or establish supremacy in this world. For Him it was all about the next world, but the principles to get there are contradictory to those human principles of judgement, war and supremacy of religion, race or sex.

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