There is little profit in getting credulous, and next being made use of through it. As for bible matters, it helps somewhat to get a reliable and not all dated translation. Today's New International Version (TNIV) is as good as translations go these days. If you cannot make out the right things to think and do from the Bible medley of statements, Bible commentaries to look up, are on you.
Liberal and textual Bible criticism should not be overlooked. First-class information first, at least before you get conditioned into hard-core fundamentalist views - for they are not good for the humanist side to yourself, is the bet.
Those who are much schooled may avoid getting branded as more or less garrulous fellows. On the way up toward that, seek or find and stick to only the best sources at hand; fair treatment of the material and sources is called for too. It requires thinking, a sort of thinking that may be schooled! Still you may not have got something of value back for all the time and work you have invested, unless you are sound deep inside - there is that risk. For pet thoughts tend to talk of a person's id (libido, and if that is twisted and gnarled, may a straightforward outcome result, you think?
The words of the wise are like goads . . . Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.
It says really wise words encourage many to do something of value. In addition to "what?" You may need simple designs or programs that answer "who, why, how, when, how long" and things like that. If you get content with less than good answers to "how", you may be stalled. Textual criticism may lead away from being a conform folly-guy, and that trusting in yourself is hard work at times, it should pay to strengthen yourself in the best way you can. It helps a lot to be discreet and take your sources into account.
You could go a long way and find you are tired of Bible words that serve others than yourself and nearest of kin, and further from there. "Aren't there other and better things to study?" you might ask before it is too late and senility is knocking at your door, if it is not death. Yes, there are. Vedanta, and straight Buddism helps by showing many answers to "why" and "just how". Hence the handed-over teaching that to be born as a human is an opportunity to develop and thereby make the best of life, and also get more worthy successes and better able to do good.
Anyway, after getting awfully disillusioned with much, you may still manage to think and do something positive, also as an unhappily married guy or an unhappy divorcee. The right sort of positive thinking may slowly free you from much untoward. Mantra-thinking is fine. Also, the boatman gauges the waves and currents in the water to get to the shore safely and in one piece.
The next problem with the Bible is that you may have got your id (libido) hooked on many sayings and tales in it. You may thus sit and hope that Jesus loves you even though you have not met him. That is one of the things id projections may do.
In the same vein you may think that God the Father is a benevolent and fit Father, even though Christian theology says he sacrificed his own Son-God, and otherwise stood for man-slaughter, slavery, sacrificing animals Through faulty id-identifications as to who are good or not, little ones may fall victims to godfalling with plots in the back pocket, so to speak.
Id projections may not be easily reclaimed. Manage to get in rapport with your delicate, Inner Child (archaic layers of the mind, or id) to have sound libido, which is capable of mastering and accomplishing much.
A detox design, can it bring back your Inner Child and its vivacity? I hardly think so. But if you want to try, there may be something to struggle for and other things to go against.
How will you be?
Write down your sincere responses. Next, go for the things in boldface before you come to harm.
CAPTION. Six choices on six slide scales. Mark off along the horizontal bars - the higher the numbers, the higher intensity, the stronger and more emphatic the "yes!". Then count your scores. Study your informal profile. Less than 4 on any score could suggest you are vulnerable to derangements or negative influences.
Going for better holistic health, consider each of the six dichotomies above, for example in the light of good Bible points like:
SO: From this you should get an inkling of what you are up to . . . or do you? First, for Gentile followers, all the apostles and the Holy Spirit disregarded all the commands of Jesus, and settled on just four requirements for non-Jewish followers, and "no to blood food" is one of them. Acts 15 is about all that, and it is conformed in Acts 21:25.
Also, unless you are a circumcised, Saturday-resting Jew, there should be no reason to chew on sayings and commands of Jesus, for he "was only for Jews," he informed [Matthew 15:24]. He aspired to save them together with his Father, but it failed so badly. Afterwards, the "fisher net" was cast over Gentiles. Acts tell of it. According to the freedom (from Jesus) in Acts, you might avoid becoming one of those "hypocrites who says yes to Jesus" but without being of Jewish origin, and without showing all the signs of a real Jesusian [Jesusian hallmarks].
It should help to realise that "following Jesus" has been outdated for nearly 2000 years, since about 50 AD, when the rules of Christianity were laid down by the Holy Ghost in all the apostles: The Apostolic Decree, or Jerusalem Quadrilateral came into being, and it was simple. [WP, "Council of Jerusalem"]
Christianity for non-Jews is about getting the Holy Spirit and align to the four requirements for non-Jews (Acts 15:13-29 and 21:25). Building on that, the Second Vatican council declares that the Church rejects nothing that is holy and true in Buddhism and Vedanta (Hinduism), and exhorts her sons [and why not daughters] to recognise, preserve and promote the good things found - ways of life meant for enlightening, spiritual and moral precepts and teachings:
Here are main areas covered on the pages of this compilation of essays:
Astrology ❇ Bible absurdities ❇ Bible history ❇ Bible inconsistencies ❇ Black pudding ❇ Christian and saving sex ❇ Cults ❇ Divination ❇ Farcical divorce ❇ Gnostic texts ❇ Gross cannibalism and church sacraments ❇ Hebrews were Canaanites ❇ How to hinder the end of the world ❇ Hyssop ❇ Invented tales of the Old Testament ❇ Jesus insanity and diagnostic tests ❇ Jesusism, the inferior religion ❇ King dangers ❇ Ogre righteousness ❇ Omens ❇ Pagan sides to Christianity ❇ Paul against Jesus ❇ Penance ❇ Pigs and Jesus ❇ Portents ❇ Prophet abuse ❇ Road test ❇ Saving sex ❇ Silly faith ❇ Surveys of insanity ❇ The faulty sayings of Jesus about mustard ❇ The greatness of Buddhism by contrast ❇ The two Bible versions of the death of Judas ❇ The unrighteous God ❇ Thomas ❇ Tongues ❇ Unsound Christianity ❇ What the Bible's God is like ❇ Wisdom.