We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's interesting because the Bible itself reminds me of a chronological newspaper archive. To me the Bible is, among other things, a recorded historical account of events. I personally believe that a loving God would never require anyone to rely on blind faith alone. The Bible is essentially the truth, and was inspired by God to provide us with evidence of His existence, etc. It is in effect what convinced me to become a believer.
For many years the Bible made no sense to me whatsoever. Genesis for instance, was largely irrelevant, particularly the "begats" section. The enlightenment came when I began to see the Bible in a historical context, or literally as a history textbook. Combined with the spiritual aspect, the Words then began to come alive, and as a result my faith also began to grow dramatically.
It appeared to me that the Biblical authors were more then likely documenting events as they were actually occurring, much like a modern newspaper does today, which also explains the enormous amount of "mundane" detail. Likewise in the case of newspapers, the Bible contains birth and death announcements, general day to day news, war coverage, and the occasional miracle.
My point is that it makes the Bible appear "real", and not a contrived book of fantasy that many ascribe to it. In other words, the Bible doesn't just focus on the "big news," or supernatural events, like Moses parting the Red Sea, etc.
To me, the common every day stuff makes it believable, and therefore more believable. As I mentioned in my earlier post, a loving God would not expect us to rely on blind faith alone. The Bible is God's proof or testemant of His existence.
Forgive me for the spiritual rant. But it is something I truly can relate to.