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The Secret Weapon Of Social Destruction, The Bible.

February 28, 2011

What would you classify as one of the most controversial pieces of literature? If your thinking along the lines of The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger, you are close but not quite there. I’m talking about the Bible. The Bible has been at the center of some of America’s greatest battles. It seems that when either party wanted to find concrete affirmations for their views, the Bible is the go to publication. According to an article in USA Today, the Civil War is the perfect example of such interpretations. Southerners argued that slavery was Gods will and used verses like, “tell slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect” (Titus 2:9) and “slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling” (Ephesians 6:5).  For the Northerners, while it took a bit of creative thinking, the Bible was on their side too. Abraham Lincoln, who was consumed with religion, was influenced greatly by the Bible in all of his writings. Offering the most constructive perspective on religious warfare, President Lincoln is quoted as saying, “My concern is not whether God is on our side. My greatest concern is to be on God’s side”.

I find it fascinating how many core issues in our world are based on religion and how the same text can be used for both good and bad. While I am a Roman Catholic, I do consider the Bible more a work of literature than the verbatim word of God. To take literal meanings of verses and passages seems to be quite ineffective because it can mean anything to anyone. Aside from taking into account the time period in which it was written, the social and moral codes are a vast difference than what they are today. Even today, Conservative Christians use the Bible to advocate social issues like anti-homosexuality, the death penalty and even anti-enviornmental issues. I believe that just because it’s printed in the Bible that something is a sin, doesn’t make it one. If we took everything in the Bible literally then women who did not marry and reproduce should be condemned, yikes.  Times have changed, in every possible way, so to take a book ( the best-selling book of all time) written centuries ago and apply it to modern-day life, seems to be in vain. As a believer in my religion and the basic moral codes it stands for, I do not judge or condemn anyone for their lifestyle or beliefs simply because I’m not God and it is not my place to do so. I believe that is something that Christians, non-Christians or believers of any denomination should adhere to. Minister Henry G. Brinton said it best, “A literal reading of (the Bible) does not give us the moral and political guidance we need today”.

Here at GAI (www.gunewel.com) we would love to hear your thoughts. Our office is a judgement free zone, all are welcome. We don’t care about who you love or what you belive in, what we do care about is providing you with the best financial services possible. Dont pray you will make it through this tax season or economy, stop in or give us a call at 212-979-6830 and let us give you the confidence you need to make it through this fiscal year. We are open Monday-Friday 8am-8pm, and Saturdays 8am-5pm.

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