Analysis Of Marcus Borg 's The Bible

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Recently I have been overwhelmed by the various conflicting views on the interpretation the bible. Many people say that to be a Christian you must follow and believe the bible verbatim. However, I realize that it is nearly impossible to do that because of the context in which it was written. Marcus Borg’s has successfully provided a logical way to read the bible, with still being able to respect and incorporate older Christian traditions, but also focusing and taking into consideration the modernized world and reality in which we read the bible today. Hence the essential subtitle, Taking The Bible Seriously But not Literally. I salute Borg’s for taking on the challenge of addressing a burning issue that separates two distinct group of…show more content…
Therefore, the way we see affects the way we read. “As we enter the twenty-first century, we need a new set of lenses through which to read the Bible. The older set, ground and polished by modernity, no longer works for millions of people. These lenses need to be replaced. The older way of seeing and reading the Bible, has made the Bible incredible and irrelevant for vast numbers of people… The need for new lenses thus exists within the church itself.” I fully agree with this assertion formed by Borg. The new and constantly evolving ways of science, technology, and analytical thinking, have led many people to reject the teachings of Bible. To look at the Bible through the eyes of a non-Christian, it would be easy to make rational altercations against its accuracy. Borg included the counterargument that is made by many conservative evangelical Christians, which is, “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it.” As if this blunt answer to the textual variants, could possibly hold any value to a non-believer. Similar to Borg, I believe that it is necessary to address the context and differences of the time period that the Bible was written in, and rather than completely denying the scientifically advanced ways of todays society, incorporate it as a prompt to a better understanding of the scripture. Another analogy used by Borg in the first section of his book; came from the traditions of Buddhism, where the teachings of Buddha were seen as “a finger pointing to
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