Christianity.com: Why should Christians read the great works of mankind? Isn't the Bible all we need?-Keith Nix

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  • 2012-07-28T21:00:27

whats up steve

  • 2012-06-18T09:58:05

I agree, we must be discerning. To be most effective on an academic level, we studied various subjects to make us more well rounded. As a Christian I believe we need to root ourselves in the Word and God will show us how to be discerning, what things we should read/watch or listen to (music).

  • 2012-06-02T09:35:27

The fact that the Bible never says it is all we need, or that it has any authority, might be a good place for this discussion to start...heck, if we only relied on the Bible we should stop referring to the "Trinity", which isn't in the Bible.

  • 2012-06-01T19:48:33

When you look outside the word of God and revel in the words of man you are seeking to feed your carnal mind and have completely abandoned your search for truth.Solomon said in the book of Ecc. 12:8-14, that the acceptable words are from the preacher(Christ) and that the words of the wise(man) are as goads(a sharp object to force you to move in a driven manner away from that which you are want to go) and nails(to hold you in place once you are forced into the assemblies) which are given from one shepherd(satan) Solomon also said be aware, that the making of many books there is no end(you can read from now to the end of time and never finish reading man's own ideas and thoughts) The Bible was COMPLETED after the death of ALL THE MEN GOD SELECTED TO WRITE IT. It is finished, it holds all of God's instructions to His creation. In Christ's parable of the wheat and tares He is referring to just this scenario, while the workers who sowed the field slept(the apostles had all fallen asleep, the sleep of death) they were no longer there to protect the true word and keep the devil from sending in his ministers of light to mix the tares in with what the true teachers had planted. Man's wisdom is foolishness to God, God's book is finished, He is through writing, After the creation of His world He rested, then man stepped in and put his hand to the finished product and we have had to live with the results of that, now man is putting his hand to the word of God to plant more tares. More than 60 % of what the modern church teaches was inserted after the original manuscripts were completed #1The trinity(The ridicules concept of three separate individuals existing in one body, of course the church can not explain this theory so they say it has to be taken as presented by faith, this stops any further discussion on the matter, for to argue faith is akin to blasphemy) #2 hell(as a place of torture by flames for the majority of God's creation through out eternity. nothing like this was taught in the Old Testament or was it taught by Christ or any of His disciples in the New Testament) #3 paying tithes(money was NEVER allowed to be used as a tithe and only the HIGH PRIEST, no one else could collect the tithe). There are many, many more of these so called "commandments of men inserted by the men in charge of the church of Rome to benefit the church and her keepers that were applied three to five hundred years after the death of Christ, all of them thought up and lobbied for by men for their own gain, whether it be monitory or political. this is not speculation this is HISTORY. The church believes these secrets are safe, after all if no one in the church is going to study their bible what chance is there that they will study history books? Now to complete the chapter, Solomon went on to say"And much study(still speaking of man's books)is a weariness of the flesh." Then comes the true wisdom of God speaking through Solomon when he gave the conclusion of the WHOLE MATTER."Fear God, and keep His commandments;for this is the WHOLE DUTY of man." FEAR GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS(not man's)FOR THIS IS THE WHOLE DUTY OF MAN." I am certainly not taking lightly the work of the men who have written these volumes of books or their sincerity in doing so. I am merely saying that through their misguided efforts of trying to add to what they believe God is trying to say, or changing what they believe is wrong they have broken one of the most sacred scriptures in the bible, Rev.22:18-19 "For I testify unto every man that hearth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things. God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:' "And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. God said it, that's that!

  • 2012-06-01T17:46:46

I'm in agreement with Keith...God has given so much to humankind that we'd be remiss to neglect the great works written by Christians and non-Christians alike. The Scripture admonishes us to "prove all things and to hold fast to that which is good. God has given us His Spirit to discern that which is good, bad, better, and best for our enlightenment and enrichment. We are to "hold fast to the good", if it does not contradict Scripture.

  • 2012-06-01T12:30:22

Only the Bible-literate Christians in the West are capable of full understanding of any great classic Western Literature. Art and music as well, for that matter. Secular non-believers in the West are too polluted with immorality and shamanism to understand the ideals and feelings of their own Christian ancestors and forefathers. Christians' ignorance or indifference on history and on the Western Literature will further damage the society as well as the children, since the anti-christians will further have their own filthy evil ways if Christians stay uninformed on the Christian properties and Christian heritage. Vast Christian missionary reports, old and new, are MUST readings as well in order to understand the humanity and the world.

  • 2012-06-01T05:10:56

in a church world where most christians haven't even read all the bible, I think its necessary to do that first then u can compare each statement in a book with the bible.

  • 2012-06-01T00:01:36

you're right, the God's Word (The Bible) is all we need.

  • 2012-05-30T15:30:06

Yes, Christians should definitely read both the Holy Bible and what's called the world classics(not necessarily recent popular ones). By having living in S.Korea and Japan, I realized most of the books classified as the all-time top world classics have been from Europe, N. America, and Russia. These are some of the things that can be found first-hand: 1)The Christendom is different from the rest of civilizations because of having the Holy Bible, seeking God's glory, and its Christian habit and disciplines of seeking the objective truth instead of what is safe or simply beneficial. The realization of the fact that truth has much more meaning than power - the reason the Christian West has been superior. 2) It's true most entertainment movies and animation works that describe the past have been lying. We see honor-bound and normal people in the classics. We realize the movie makers/authors/artists could no longer interpret the people of former days anymore by being excessively polluted. Learning the history by movies alone is the highway for fatal ignorance and prejudices. 3) What we've been reading lately are recycled ideas/story-plots, with just different packages and except for the staunch emphasis on the popular self-affirming but self-defeating preachings of selfism. 4) It's true nothing beats the original in beauty or in depth. 5) What the Holy Bible says has been right. And nothing else in existence is so profound and transforming and vital to mankind. The classics confirm the Holy Bible externally just as real human lives do.

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