Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bible Basher

My mother has been reading the Bible again.  She has some dementia, and it almost seems like a fixation for her.  She reads it again and again.  When I say she reads it, I mean she reads it for hours and hours every day.  She did the same thing last year when she was living with my sister, and read the entire book several times over the course of that year. I do believe she gets something out of her reading, but for some reason it bothers me that she spends so many hours a day reading it.  Too much of a good thing?

So come to find out, my Mom has always skipped over "The Song of Solomon" in the past.  Joseph Smith did a translation of the Bible, and he said that "The Song of Solomon" isn't inspired scripture.  But we still have it in our King James version of the Bible.  Well, this time my mother decided to read it.  One day I heard her say, "Why would they put this in the Bible?!  Well, I'm not going to have it in mine!"  I said, "What are you talking about?"  She said, "The Song of Solomon has a bunch of filthy stuff in it and I am not going to have that in my Bible.  I just tore it out."  I said, "Tore what out?!"  She said, "I tore out the entire thing."  Sure enough, she had torn out "The Song of Solomon".  If you've never read it before, Solomon talks about lying with his love.  My mother was horrified.  lol

Part of me wonders what other people would tear out of the Bible if they could......  ;)

8 comments:

Inklings said...

Did she do like Nene thought she would, and wonder who tore it out a few days later? :)

Max Coutinho said...

Hi D,

Many Christians and Jews, regard the "Song of Songs" (aka the Song of Solomon) as a relationship between God and the worshipper as opposed to the relationship between a man and wife - explanation: the first is as sacred as the second.

I personally think that it is about the sanctity, the beauty, of the union between a man and his wife and it makes every sense to be in the Bible as it serves as an advice: marriage is beyond companionship and perpetuating the species. Marriage is also about pleasure, sensuality.

As for tearing parts of the Bible: most Christians would find that offensive. Jews see it as a sin as well. I don't need to point out what Muslims would think of it. So, I don't know...

Cheers

Euripides said...

It's too late. Most of Christianity has shredded the Bible beyond recognition. Instead of physically tearing out pages, most just ignore one passage in favor of another in order to prove a point.

Delirious said...

Hi Max, I would agree that the Bible should remain intact. I blame her dementia for her actions. My thinking is that if someone doesn't like it, they don't have to read it. No reason to remove it! :)

Delirious said...

Euripides, you hit the nail right on the head!! Most "Bibles" today are almost unrecognizable from the early versions! I remember a gay guy who replied to a letter I wrote to the Editor of a newspaper once. He said, "I wish we could remove the parts of the Bible that discriminate against gays". I said, "Go ahead, remove whatever you want, but don't call it the Bible. The same goes for marriage."

Delirious said...

Inklings, so far she hasn't said anything about that. I think the problem might come next time she reads the Old Testament from the beginning. :)

shackman said...

Thomas Jefferson did some serious editing - I like his result

Looney said...

Since I have already given the question some consideration, my choice for deletion is Philippians 1:15-18, where it talks about those who preach the gospel with phony motives. Paul concludes: "What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice."

I would like to reserve to myself the right to be annoyed with those who preach the Bible from bad motives.