My views on the Bible — one man’s views

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I was raised by parents who are still both Christians. Dad was briefly a missionary in Papua New Guinea and had a job as a foreman building a hospital in a small village. I was about 3 or 4 and dad was about 40. We lived in a small hut on the side of a hill. Dad would bring home small off cuts of wood for me to play with because we didn’t have any toys. Our stay in PNG only lasted for a few months because one day our hut fell down the hill it was on in a mud slide! (I don’t remember this, but I was recounted the story many times later in my life.) Luckily we were not home at the time.

I remember going to Sunday school in the suburb of Ainslie in Canberra and attending church. It was an Anglican church service. I had great difficulties reading the Bible because of my eye sight and concentration. It is possible that I was myopic (short sighted) and not diagnosed. My Bible is a beautiful leather bound one which was given to me by my great uncle, Lawrie. It contains both the old and new testaments and was given to me at my christening in 1961.

There is what Great Uncle Lawrie wrote inside the cover of my Bible:

To
Peter Eric Williams

on this occasion
of his Christening
Dec 10th 1961

from Uncle Lawrie, Aunt Iris
and Lester
—————–
“In all ways
Acknowledge Him,
And be slow down thy paths.”

THE

HOLY BIBLE
==========

containing the

OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS

The pages of my bible are very thin which means that sometimes it is translucent and difficult to read. E.g. the words from the other page show through on the page I am reading. This compounds the ‘problem’ of trying to read it.
I believe that the Bible is a fascinating book and contains many interesting and inspirational stories. I also believe that it is not particularly well written {!!! blasphemy !!!} and that, if you’ll pardon me saying so, it could use a good edit. This is reflected in the fact that the book was written over 2000+ years ago.
Yes, I am aware that there are many ‘modern translations’ of the Bible. I find these very useful. Again, and I will repeat myself here. I find that the Bible waffles a lot and takes a long time to get to the point. That’s where it needs editing. That’s NOT to say that I disagree with it nor fail to find portions of it very inspirational. I think that God will be pleased to see that I have the courage to criticise it in a constructive manner.

I must admit that I fail to find the time to read much of the Good Book. I do regularly attend church services, each Sunday morning.

LOVE and Best Wishes,
Patient X

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About patientxmarksthespot

Patient X is a nice guy. Religious and church goer. Not a big Bible reader. Owner of a beautiful cat. Currently single and looking to find a woman as a partner to marry within a few years. Active on one particular internet dating website with over 160 women 'buddies' and chatting via emails on that site to a few of those women. Published poet with three books printed; being collections of my poems. Also collaborated to compile anthology of other poets works. I have been previously published as Patient X with 6 mini-short stories and some poems to my credit. These stories have appeared, at various times online on the www. These were horror/humour and mostly non-fiction and faction. Pat Ientx X
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