I want to understand your view of the Bible Didymos, because, I mean, why read such stuff?
There are many answers to this question. First, even if you see the Bible as a joke, you cannot deny the immense influence of the book on history and literature, the arts. It's a significant text.
I think the bible is a joke.
There are elements of humor in the Bible.
Whats wrong with reasoning when it comes to religion with you. I mean spirituality is such a .. well... I just don't understand it.
There's nothing wrong with reasoning when it comes to religion. The problem occurs when someone relies entirely on reason when approaching religion.
Just as someone would miss the point of Dante if they analyze the book with sharp scientific criticism, so too will a reader miss the point of the Bible if the reader uses scientific criticism.
For example, let's look at Jesus being tempted by Satan in the desert. Our scientific mind immediately recognizes that someone cannot survive without food for forty days. So, we should gather that the story is not literal and that scientific concerns are moot. Now we can read the story and meditate on the deeper meaning of the tale - something to the effect of 'preoccupation with material wealth and power are detrimental to one's psychology'.
I don't understand why people think the world is going to end in 2012.
Neither do I. Some people believe this because they have taken scripture and read the scripture in an insanely literal fashion. As a result, they take mythology as literally true and end up with silly beliefs - beliefs which will only hurt the believer.
A good case is the Millerites. Their leader read Revelations in such a literal way, and made calculations from the figures in Revelations to predict the Second Coming. Sure enough, the day came near, believers gave away everything they owned and went to the hills to await Jesus. Jesus never came.
They made the mistake of reading an allegorical document in a literal manner.
I don't understand why people fast as a tradition.
For the most part, people fast in accordance with their faith tradition as a way to cultivate compassion for the people who go hungry every day. They fast to better understand that suffering, and to better appreciate the food they have on a regular basis. I mean, if you never go hungry, you never appreciate your food.
What's the line from Don Quixote? ''Hunger is the best sauce''. Something like that.
I don't understand why people light a certain number of candles for such and such.
All sorts of reasons. It's part of the ceremony. A way to physically involve yourself in worship, in practice. Instead of just thinking, you are physically taking part in spiritual practice.
That's the general idea, anyway.
If the meaning originally has become obselete then why continue to hold a brittle concept. Why not create a new tradition with meaning like a titanium carbon alloy?
Insightful question! The answer is one you may not have expected - there is no reason to hold onto an obsolete idea. This is why religion changes over time; religion adapts to meet different and new social circumstances.
But no idea is always obsolete, or obsolete every where at once. Some times ideas lose favor, only to reappear later in a new form. I do not think obsolete is the best word. It's just that some ideas or approaches to religion are more or less relevant to different people at different times.
Is this some spiritual greatness? No, its fear of change!
Yes, fear of change often bothers people. But this is true in politics, in art, in everything, religion included. But certainly not limited to religion.
It's funny, really. The conservative spirit is all about looking to the past in an idealized way as the model for the present and future. But the conservatives who fear change so much are a product of the change.
Obviously I lack a spiritual side and you've found yours. So plz, elaborate.
You do not lack a spiritual side. And I'm not sure I've found mine. I'm looking for it, though. Can't hurt to look, right?