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My Take: Stop sugarcoating the Bible
The 17th century painting Judith Beheading Holofernes, by Artemisia Gentileschi, depicts a biblical scene.
February 25th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

My Take: Stop sugarcoating the Bible

Editor's note: Steven James is the author of more than 30 books, including "Flirting with the Forbidden," which explores forgiveness.

By Steven James, Special to CNN

(CNN) - The Bible is a gritty book. Very raw. Very real. It deals with people just like us, just as needy and screwed up as we are, encountering a God who would rather die than spend eternity without them.

Yet despite that, it seems like Christians are uncomfortable with how earthy the Bible really is. They feel the need to tidy up God.

For example, look in any modern translation of Isaiah 64:6, and you’ll find that, to a holy God, even our most righteous acts are like “filthy rags.” The original language doesn’t say “filthy rags”; it says “menstrual rags.” But that sounds a little too crass, so let’s just call them filthy instead.

And let’s not talk so much about Jesus being naked on the cross, and let’s pretend Paul said that he considered his good deeds “a pile of garbage” in Philippians 3:8 rather than a pile of crap, as the Greek would more accurately be translated.

And let’s definitely not mention the six times in the Old Testament that the Jewish writers referred to Gentile men as those who “pisseth against the wall.” (At least the King James Version got that one right.)

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The point?

God’s message was not meant to be run through some arbitrary, holier-than-thou politeness filter. He intended the Bible to speak to people where they’re at, caught up in the stark reality of life on a fractured planet.

Dozens of Psalms are complaints and heart-wrenching cries of despair to God, not holy-sounding, reverently worded soliloquies. Take Psalm 77:1-3: “I cry out to God; yes, I shout. Oh, that God would listen to me! When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted. I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help” (New Living Translation).

And rather than shy away from difficult and painful topics, the Old Testament includes vivid descriptions of murder, cannibalism, witchcraft, dismemberment, torture, rape, idolatry, erotic sex and animal sacrifice. According to St. Paul, those stories were written as examples and warnings for us (1 Corinthians 10:11). So obviously they were meant to be retold without editing out all the things we don’t consider nice or agreeable.

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I believe that Scripture includes such graphic material to show how far we, as a race, have fallen and how far God was willing to come to rescue us from ourselves.

God is much more interested in honesty than pietism.

And that’s what he gives us throughout Scripture, telling the stories of people who struggled with the same issues, questions and temptations we face today.

Peter struggled with doubt, and we hear all about it.

Elijah dealt with depression; Naomi raged with bitterness against God; Hannah struggled for years under the burden of her unanswered prayers.

David had an affair and then arranged to have his lover’s husband killed. Noah was a drunk, Abraham a liar, Moses a murderer. Job came to a place where he found it necessary to make a covenant with his eyes not to lust after young girls (Job 31:1).

It’s easy to make “Bible heroes” (as Protestants might say) or “saints” (as Catholics might refer to them) out to be bigger than life, immune from the temptations that everyone faces.

I find it encouraging that Jesus never came across as pietistic. In fact, he was never accused of being too religious; instead he partied so much that he was accused of being a drunkard and a glutton (Matthew 11:19).

Jesus never said, “The Kingdom of God is like a church service that goes on and on forever and never ends.” He said the kingdom was like a homecoming celebration, a wedding, a party, a feast to which all are invited.

This idea was too radical for the religious leaders of his day. They were more concerned about etiquette, manners, traditions and religious rituals than about partying with Jesus. And that’s why they missed out.

That’s why we miss out.

According to Jesus, the truly spiritual life is one marked by freedom rather than compulsion (John 8:36), love rather than ritual (Mark 12:30-33) and peace rather than guilt (John 14:27). Jesus saves us from the dry, dusty duties of religion and frees us to cut loose and celebrate.

I don’t believe we’ll ever recognize our need for the light until we’ve seen the depth of the darkness. So God wasn’t afraid to get down and dirty with us about life and temptation and forgiveness. And grace.

Only when the Bible seems relevant to us (which it is), only when the characters seem real to us (which they were), only then will the message of redemption become personal for us (which it was always meant to be).

We don’t need to edit God. We need to let him be the author of our new lives.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Steven James.

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  1. Kuldip Vasisht

    shame on christianlity

    February 26, 2012 at 8:12 am |
  2. JC Copeland

    My congratulations to Steven James who "calls a spade a spade" and then writes why, What we have in our hands today that is identified as the Bible has been "filtered" through 2000 years of editing by those e.g. Constantine, the Spanish Inquisition, the Dark Ages, Martin Luther, and each "Jack Religion" that has popped up in a corn field or been dug up in upstate New York. We, as a nation, were not formed "Under Catholiism" or "Under Protestantism", but "by his creator". As long as we tolerate stupidity, we will be bombarded with the insane ramblings of people who will try to force their own opinion of God's word upon us. Recommend two other books, "The Faith", by Monyhan and "The Source" by Michener. We deserve, in this beautiful country to not only notice the emporer is not wearing any clothes, but what he has underneath. As late as 1939, books were burned to prevent the gaining of knowledge. Other books have been written to cloud the real issue. I see Jame's article above as an attempt to clear the skies.....

    February 26, 2012 at 8:12 am |
    • Reality

      JC's family and friends had it right 2000 years ago ( Mark 3: 21 "And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.")

      Said passage is one of the few judged to be authentic by most contemporary NT scholars. e.g. See Professor Ludemann's conclusion in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 24 and p. 694.

      Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

      Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Most contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospel being mostly fiction.

      Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European/Utah white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

      So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, preacher/magic man would do or say?

      February 26, 2012 at 8:18 am |
  3. Jonah

    I believe this article was written simply to undermine the bible and cast it in a negative light. The person who wrote this has absolutely no understanding of scripture. Read for yourselves the scriptures quoted and the complete context and you will see the true meaning of these scriptures.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:11 am |
    • Eric G

      Ahh, the second to last argument of the believer...... "Context".

      Pop quiz!!!! What is the most used "last word" argument used by believers when they have lost the debate?

      February 26, 2012 at 8:17 am |
    • roccobu

      NOT to undermine the Bible but simply to undermine Christianity. Undermining the scriptures, the Old Testament means undermining Judaism and Islam also.
      Right now it is only "cool" and "politically correct" to undermine Christianity

      February 26, 2012 at 8:22 am |
    • Adevilson Silva

      I totally agree with Jonah. And, BTW, if you follow his advice and you do have a brain, you will become an atheist!

      February 26, 2012 at 8:23 am |
    • Dance This Mess Around

      You believe wrong.
      You have eyes, but you do not see.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:45 am |
  4. Reality

    Putting in all into the 21st century:

    Only for newbies and only for those interested in a biblical update:

    1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

    “New Torah For Modern Minds

    Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “

    2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

    The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

    earlychristianwritings.com/theories.html

    For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

    Current RCC problems:

    Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

    2 b., Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

    Current problems:
    Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology

    February 26, 2012 at 8:10 am |
    • Elizabeth Alan

      The King James Holy Bible, first published by King James in London in 1611 is by far the most accurate version of the Holy Bible we have in production today. Moffatt did a wonderful work around the turn of the century, even though he was a rapture enthusiast.

      I have recently released a theory of Lilith and why she is thought to be the first Eve. Even though my theory is fiction, I have used many facts from the Holy Bible to timeline this mythological character.

      New book explores life, meaning of legendary character of Jewish mythology...

      "The Lilith Chronicles" by Elizabeth Alan with Reverend Sean R. Murphy blends historical fact with religious texts, fictional narratives to reconstruct ancient life.

      The focus of debate and confusion among scholars of religion and mythology for centuries, Lilith's character remains a mystery. With this in mind, Alan offers a blend of fact and fiction in an account of her life that begins with her birth around 10,000 B.C. The book shares Lilith's perspective and role in seminal biblical scenes including the Garden of Eden, Noah's Ark and the fall of the Tower of Babel. In the text, Lilith is revealed as a supernatural being whose powers and motives are far more complicated than popular mythology would have us believe.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:29 am |
    • MissusPowell

      "A Myth is a Story that never happened,
      that is happening all the time."
      by Joseph Campbell

      February 26, 2012 at 8:41 am |
  5. Andre

    Thank you for your testimony brother. What is more important than eternal life ? Thank you Jesus.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:09 am |
    • leslee

      Amen! Thank God for walking this life with me!

      February 26, 2012 at 8:14 am |
  6. SSTobierre

    Jesus himself is often portrayed as 'meek and mild'...however many of his actions and gatherings were quite intense and explosive, in fact he rallied people up so much; that may have led to his own demise...just my humble opinion...

    February 26, 2012 at 8:08 am |
  7. cassie

    THIS IS MATTHEW 11:19
    19 the Son of man did come eating and drinking, still people say, ‘Look! A man gluttonous and given to drinking wine, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ All the same, wisdom is proved righteous by its works.”

    It doesnt say he was drunk. It says that he did, in fact, drink wine. The bible does not state that drinking wine is forbidden. What it does tell us is that when anything is done in over abundance it is a sin.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:07 am |
  8. sherry

    How could the Bible be written any other way? It is a book about people, a book about people's lives - a succession of stumbling, getting up, going at it again, and sometimes triumphing. If the Bible's characters were any different then they would be from another universe, aliens from another planet, not the humans that we are.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:07 am |
  9. stacy

    As a veteran agnostic/atheist, it has become fairly easy to recognize those who are angry with others who don't un-believe as they do. They live to blog about how Christians are ignorant, self-righteous, self-serving fantasizers. What a way to go through life. Your intellectual efforts-as relating to theogical and univeral matters-would be better exercized in considering what the purpose of your life actually is. You arrive at two possibilites. There is none and the universe is doomed to entrophy. Or.....

    February 26, 2012 at 8:05 am |
  10. krishna

    there is no god but god means you are god. so shut up and be happy.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:04 am |
  11. Bruce

    Phenomenal article, and very true. Honestly, the realities that this article speaks of are what brought me to Christ.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:01 am |
  12. Adam B. Embry

    The Calvinist tradition has never had a problem sugar-coating the Bible.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:00 am |
  13. Rainer Braendlein

    Mr. James said:

    "David had an affair and then arranged to have his lover’s husband killed. Noah was a drunk, Abraham a liar, Moses a murderer. Job came to a place where he found it necessary to make a covenant with his eyes not to lust after young girls (Job 31:1).

    It’s easy to make “Bible heroes” (as Protestants might say) or “saints” (as Catholics might refer to them) out to be bigger than life, immune from the temptations that everyone faces."

    I agree with Mr. James that the believers both of the Old Testament and the New Testament made mistakes. Nevertheless Mr. James abuses the verses above by implying that they constantly lived a sinful life.

    How does he abuse them?

    First, David:

    Yes, David murdered Uria, the husband of his lover Batseba by the hands of Joab his field marshal.

    However, it was a stumple. David did not always take the wifes of his soldiers and commit adultry with them and then murder them. As fas as we know, David commited such a crime only once in his life.

    After that God sent the prophet Nathan to him, which admonished him strictly. David became very remorseful and confessed his heavy sin. Although God forgave David he had to harvest the fruits of his misbehaviour. What David had done privatly was repeated by his sons publically on the roofs and beneath the sun of Israel with the wifes of David. David was chastised by God.

    2. Sam. 16:

    Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do. 21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father' concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are with thee be strong. 22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father' concubines in the sight of all Israel. 23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.

    David's adultry with Batseba and the murder of her husband was a stumble (of course a heavy one).

    Read 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel of the Old Testament and you will notice that he usually was a faithful believer. For example, he was the legitimate new King of Israel and Saul had lost his kingship. Nevertheless, Saul persecuted David and tried to kill him. David had several opportunities to kill his enemy Saul without any effort, but he did not. He could wait for God's judgement, whereby he never hated Saul, but always forgave him his assaults. David became a model for all believers (even after Christ) not to take revenge, but to wait for God's revenge.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • cassie

      Very nicely done.... thank you

      February 26, 2012 at 8:10 am |
    • A Reader

      A good explanation of the incident. I am not sure James intended to say that these men lead a life of adultery, he was merely pointing out that, even the saints had committed crime and sin and God does came as a guiding light to them. After all repentance is what makes us humane. When you live in a world of lust, temptations are natural.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:16 am |
    • A new start

      Murder is a "heavy stumble." Wow. Now that IS sugar coating!

      February 26, 2012 at 8:27 am |
  14. Sunflower

    Thank you for sharing the truth, Steven. We all have been warned so there is no excuse when judgement comes.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:00 am |
  15. Dave

    CNN.com...you may need to do your study a bit more about the picture chosen.
    You noted it as "Judith Beheading Holofernes...depicts a biblical scene"
    Well this story is not in the Jewish or Protestant Bible...it is a story from the book of Judith.

    February 26, 2012 at 7:59 am |
  16. Houffman

    Kebos, I respect your beliefs, and you should respect the beliefs of others. The Bible IS an inspiring book and has lasted for thousands of years now. Written, by men inspired by God. It is a matter of faith, of course, your faith in no god and the faith of many millions of others in God.

    February 26, 2012 at 7:59 am |
  17. ITELLYOUWHAT

    Therefore the principles of human evolution from an insane species require a virgin birth of Adam and Eve for the establishment of a moral and just human government (Isaiah 9:6).
    Baptism is associated with accepting Jesus and being saved by grace. Being saved by grace means you should have received a punishment for your sin which hurt other people. The problem is that Grace tends to be put above The Greatest Commandment Matthew 22:37. If Grace were above the Greatest Commandment, then the devil could be forgiven and he would be in heaven. The devil does not love God and this is the reason he is not in heaven. The purpose of following the law is to show others that we love God. Unfortunately, those that view Grace above the Greatest commandment are using the law as a means to judge others as being not good enough to follow it. This is the common argument against the Jew. Love or judge, the choice is yours! Matthew 22:37 states you are called to Love and the law tells us how. Not knowing that God loves us is associated with our inherited sin from the fall of Adam and Eve. For God so loved the world that he sent his son not to condemn the world but to save it. Christ forgives our old sinful ways, since being born again is associated with a change in behavior because we now see that God loves us and therefore we now desire to love him. If grace is infinite, then it would not be a choice to love God. If grace is infinite, there would be no reason to change our ways and become a new creation or be born again. If grace is infinite, then God would accept evil and thus be evil. To forgive and not expect any change in behavior would produce more of the same behavior that the original forgiveness required.

    February 26, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • leslee

      We don't accept Jesus; he accepts us. HUGE difference.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • cassie

      LESLEE.... Jesus accepts us until the day of Judgement (which is the 1000 years of Armageddon). At this time, if we still refuse to accept him or Jehovah, we will be done away with just as Satan and his demon angel followers. BIG DIFFERENCE

      February 26, 2012 at 8:13 am |
    • Dance This Mess Around

      The story of the Anunnaki explains everything about the origin of man.
      It does not answer the "god" question.
      It does answer how the Summerians thought the Anunnaki were gods.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  18. Sandrine

    The Quran is unchanged, unedited and unfettered. Presented in its original form. It receives all of the criticisms from the same Christians who modified their holy book with mistruths and "sugar coating".

    February 26, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • Mirosal

      Your qu'ran was writetn by a ped-o-phile who married a NINE year old girl. Yeah, that's the kind of person I'd want to look up to.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:01 am |
    • RealityChecker

      Next time try to use a believable lie. Those lies are clearly the result of mental illness.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:02 am |
    • sillyt

      I too disagree with the burning of the Qur'an; more people should read it as it provides an excellent example of how not to live one's life.

      The bible contains many values which when passed on to our children, makes them better people. It also contains a log of hogwash and contradictions.

      Both are books written by men. When taken as such they can be useful; otherwise they can be very, very harmful.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:13 am |
    • ForYourInformation

      Ha! the Koran tries to immitate the Bible and yet the Bible CAN be proven historically where the koran CANNOT. The profecies of the bible except for the book of Revelation have all come to pass. Here is something to think about "Sandrine"....the Koran prohibits showing a photo/drawing of Mohamed, well if Mohamed was alive TODAY his picture would be EVERYWHERE additionally if he where alive today he would be thrown in jail for child pedophelia (married a 9yr old girl!) so, what I'm trying to say is that the koran is a book that is STUCK in the middle ages filled with hate for Jews and Christians. If one really studies the Bible one has to choose to follow it because to be a true Christian is NOT for the weak (pray for your enemies etc) in the Koran people are FORCED to follow it and don't get me started in writting about Muslims that want to leave the religion....koran is a joke and I KNOW(through research) more about Mohamed (murderer/liar) and the koran than even your avarage "muslim scholar" the Koran is a VERY dangerous ideology that needs to be terminated

      February 26, 2012 at 8:25 am |
  19. Elie

    The Bible, the old testament, is a story book written hundreds of years after the facts. It has a lot of symbolic stories as well as historic events.
    It is wrong and dumb to take it to the letter or to consider it the word of God because it is not.
    The obsession with what the word of God is and the claim of each religion of exclusive communications rights with God have led people astray from the main divine purpose ifor people to be compassionate, be just and be humble.

    February 26, 2012 at 7:57 am |
    • RealityChecker

      Elie's claims have ZERO basis in reality. Liars are prone to such mistakes.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • ForYourInformation

      "Ellie" when was the last time you actually read the Bible? Start at Genesis and work your way through it ...you will be enlightened on the relevancy and accuracy of the book. Not to mention that you will uncover so much history and that in spite of the fact that it is written throughout hundreds of years it's quite amazing how it all fits toghether. Historically alone it is a gem ( I personally have been to Israel 2x.Turkey 4x,Greece,Italy) and have been to the places refered to in the Bible, it is so sad that too many people don't even open the book yet criticize it as if they know what they are talking about....

      February 26, 2012 at 8:35 am |
    • ForYourInformation

      Ellie" when was the last time you actually read the Bible? Start at Genesis and work your way through it ...you will be enlightened on the relevancy and accuracy of the book. Not to mention that you will uncover so much history and that in spite of the fact that it is written throughout hundreds of years it's quite amazing how it all fits toghether. Historically alone it is a gem ( I personally have been to Israel 2x.Turkey 4x,Greece,Italy) and have been to the places refered to in the Bible, it is so sad that too many people don't even open the book yet criticize it as if they know what they are talking about....

      February 26, 2012 at 8:36 am |
  20. ITELLYOUWHAT

    If God created something from nothing, then both something and nothing would be apart of him. The problem is that something and nothing are total opposites. Like good and evil. Nothing is associated with no movement, something is associated with movement and to be both would be like saying that truth and lies are the same. If God created something from nothing, he would not be a jealous God because he could easily turn something back into nothing. The point here is that no scripture in the Bible specifically states that God created something from nothing. Science is promoting it and the church is beginning to accept it.
    Finite Universe – zero and one are equal (matter can be infinitely divided into nothing – God is Nothing that created everything out of emptiness) "At the Planck distance and the Planck time all physics, as we know it today collapses. This is the reason we call the beginning of the big bang a singularity. You cannot apply ordinary reasoning there. Zero and one have no sense there.OK?" J-P Burri There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Big Bang views one and zero as being equal, since it states that zero appeared out of the absence of zero; then zero created something. Many scientists believe or have faith that light does not have mass, thus they believe the Universe is Finite. Religion promotes the most commonly accepted idea of the group. If light does not have mass, then it would be impossible to move an electron. Light described as a particle means nothing, if it has no mass since it would be impossible to distinguish from nothing because no mass means void of substance. If it has no substance, then nothing is present to distinguish the particle from other particles.
    The Big Bang theory prevents any condition where something has always been. Infinity is defined as the difference between one and zero. Once one and zero are the same according to the big bang, the definition of infinity as stated above is no longer valid. If the big bang occurred, all math's must deal with the proof of 0=1.
    Infinite Universe – zero is not equal to one (there is a point where matter can't be divided – God is Something that can neither be created nor destroyed that is dependent on nothing.) An infinite universe lacks a beginning, so there is no one set past or a given future. The infinite Universe supports the view that all particles considered to be energy have mass or substance; that there is one fundamental particle which accounts for all the diverse forms of matter in the Universe. It is the ultimate example of team work, since it fundamentally has no reason to destroy itself. So, why does evil exist? Free will and without freewill, God would lack choice. Balance is the nature of perfection in the Infinite Universe. In an infinite Universe the total amount of something remains constant. When an atom is divided it no longer has the characteristics of the original element. There is a point where matter can't be divided and at this point something and nothing are distinctly defined. In the infinite Universe, the term infinite is used to describe the difference between something (1) and nothing (0). There is an infinite difference between zero and one.

    February 26, 2012 at 7:57 am |
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