Lies My Preacher Told Me: Three Ways We Censor the Bible

And thus the saying: Ask 10 Rabbis what they believe about a topic and you will get 20 answers. (my paraphrase)

At least the Rabbis knew enough to consider they didn’t know anything for certain.

Lies My Preacher Told Me: Three Ways We Censor the Bible.

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15 thoughts on “Lies My Preacher Told Me: Three Ways We Censor the Bible

  1. Pingback: Lies My Preacher Told Me: Three Ways We Censor the Bible | ugiridharaprasad

  2. Hi Cindy – this strikes a good chord with me! πŸ™‚ I was raised Jewish and we had several different jokes about Rabbis related to this – another version is “get 2 rabbis in a room and you’ll get 3 opinions”. Attending Hebrew school I can tell you that there really is truth to that. In “Fiddler on the Roof”, there are a few scenes where Tevye is debating with himself about how he should feel about his daughters choosing spouses without following tradition. He goes through several rounds of “on the other hand” that he’d need a few people to cover all the hands. πŸ™‚ I do that all the time about practically everything – drives me crazy. πŸ˜‰

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      1. I’m totally with you on that one Cindy. Most of the posts on my blog touch on uncertainty. As I get older, while I do accumulate more facts and information, at the same time the number of things I begin to realize I am uncertain of seems to grow faster. I’ve noticed this doesn’t seem to happen for most people, but it does seem to happen for some.

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      2. Yeah, the people I can really relate to are in the habit of saying, “The more I know, the more I know I don’t know.” The rest I tend to write off as arrogant idiots. ‘Cause I’m such a nice person and all. πŸ˜‰

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      3. πŸ˜€ Oh yes, and they think we’re arrogant idiots as well – it’s all one big circle of life. 😎 I think that’s why I’ve had a hard time contributing to Nate’s blog lately – it’s just a bit of a messy fight that I’m not sure I can bring any help to.

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  3. Josh

    Judah & Howie-
    I just came from Nate’s blog, which is a firestorm lately. It’s refreshing to read a coherent, respectful conversation from two people. I like reading and contributing there, but there’s so much absolutism and so little allowance for doubts on either side the conversation has become completely stale. Thanks for the pleasant pick-me-up πŸ™‚
    Peace.
    -Josh

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    1. Hey Josh,

      I’m totally with you on that one Josh! I can’t count the amount of times I’ve opened up a browser window to try and respond to some of the comments over there only to end up giving up and closing the window because I thought it just wouldn’t help anyone. There’s some thoughts I really want to add on his most recent post, but still haven’t decided whether I’m going to or not.

      If you don’t already have a blog you should start one Josh. I’d follow.

      Cindy – I hope it’s not a problem that I may have dragged your post on to a topic that isn’t totally related.

      Much peace to you both as well!
      Howie

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      1. Not at all, Howie! Healthy debate leads us down all sorts of paths – I get weary of people who keep grinding and grinding down one particular path and never getting anywhere, only digging themselves deeper.

        For me, true, healthy, and enjoyable debate begins with participants who know they don’t have all of the answers but are more interested in getting to know people and how others think than they are in being right. There’s precious little of that kind of humility on Nate’s comment list. πŸ˜‰

        -C

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    2. Josh, always a pleasure to offer coherent, respectful conversation! I think in my old age I’m becoming a philosopher. After all, when I was young I had EVERYTHING figured out. Then I got old and found out I knew absolutely nada. πŸ˜‰ But I still love to debate – what drives me nuts is trying to talk to people who think they have everything all neatly tied up in a reasonable bow. There’s just no such thing.

      As a little aside, one of my favorite (read sarcasm) comments on that last thread of Nate’s was that Evolution and Big Bang are accepted as true, just not HOW it happened. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!! It did actually make me laugh out loud! As if science has any actual provable evidence for any such theories.

      Ah, well, the world is full of all kinds. Even my kind. πŸ˜€

      God bless you, Josh! Thanks for the sensible comment.
      -C

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  4. haydendlinder

    Hey Judah,

    Thank you for re-blogging that post. I loved reading what David had to say about the Bible. It did not surprise me, but it was interesting.

    Have fun.

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