What do you know about the Bible?
As many of you know, I am taking classes towards a BA in Christian Studies. Just in the year that I have been taking classes, I have found out things that no church has ever bothered to tell me. I find it curious that churches still keep laymen in ignorance as they did in the times of the Roman Catholic Church being the only Christian church.
I have spent years of my life in a variety of denominations. I grew up in the Southern Baptist Church. We attended an Assembly of God after my parents divorced, as well as Methodist, a nondenominational 7th day Sabbath church, and I became a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod when my children were young. I have talked to members of the Roman Catholic faith, Jewish, Wiccan, Buddhist, Hindu, and other beliefs. I have learned one thing for sure, no "religion" has all the answers to God. I have written poetry on the subject of condemning others, so I have made no secret of my philosophy on that subject. Today, though, I do have a question of my fellow Christians. I want to know what you know about the Bible. I have seen many of you quoting scriptures to back your ideas and judgments, but do you know anything about the history of those scriptures?
Ok, let me state again. I admit to being a Christian. I am a member of the Lutheran Church and a firm follower of Jesus Christ. I guess I will start, in case this carries on to further discussion, with a basic question. Who wrote the Bible? I know many believe that God inspired the Bible to be written by those who have done the writing, but that is not my question. Did Matthew write the book of Matthew? What about the other Gospels? I find them incredible, but I also know that, compared to many sacred books, the Gospels were written closer to the time that Jesus lived than many holy books have been written, but does the fact that they were not all written by those that they are named for matter to the gospel? What say you?