Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Reader's Diary #1097- The New King James Version Bible: John 1-3, Jude, Revelations

I know my blogging hasn't exactly been cutting edge lately. I know that I haven't been blogging as often, and when I do, my posts feel even more hastily done than ever. Those who have stuck by me know that a lot of it has to do with taking on an online masters course (on top of my day job and parenting), but my Bible posts in particular are worse again. There are a few reasons for that:
1. I never get much of a response on them. I understand that the very topic makes a lot of people uncomfortable, especially when I've made it a point never to come out and talk about my own beliefs.
2. I've run out of much else to say. Granted, over the years I think I've written some decent posts about the Bible (this post about the book of Esther caught the amused attention of an American minister) but towards the end, I felt I was repeating myself. It didn't help matters that the few new thoughts I did have were mostly forgotten when I'd finally managed to salvage time enough to compose a few lines.

A few meager thoughts on the last books. I liked the tone of the books of John, especially the metaphor comparing us all to children. It certainly wasn't the first time that was used in the Bible, but in relation to that other ubiquitous metaphor (people as sheep), I like the children one way more. Sheep, and no offense to actual sheep, implies a stupid, gullible follower. Children, on the other, implies a naivete as well, but it leaves room for growth and improvement.

As for Revelations, of course I was looking forward to that one. That's where all the wild and crazy stuff happens. The four horsemen of the apocalypse, the moon turning to blood... Are we not entertained? And why have I not heard of the human-faced locusts before? That sh*t cray cray! Actually I was surprised at how much of the book of Revelations I had heard before without even realizing where it came from. (Thank you Iron Maiden!) Once again, the History Channel's Bible Secrets Revealed proved to be an excellent follow-up, but sadly their theories on the book of Revelations were not as juicy (nor as obvious) as my magic mushrooms theory.

Anyway now, I've finally completed the Bible and I can scratch that off my list. But not to worry, I'm thinking of continuing my pursuit of religious readings. Add these to my reading list:
1. The Book of Enoch
2. The Gospel of Judas
3. The Gospel of Mary
4. The Book of Mormon
5. The Quran
6. The Satanic Bible
7. Dianetics
8. A Witches' Bible
9. Kitáb-i-Aqdas
10. The Torah
11. Tao Te Ching
12. Bhagavad Gita 

And I think that'll be enough reading and controversy to last me several lifetimes...


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