Hi everybody! As you've probably deduced from my user name, I am none other than CrazyOldTeenager. Unless of course, this is my psychopathic zombie grandma who's rise from the dead to troll all of us mere mortals.
Conjecture aside, I'll get to the point. I've noticed more and more in the Christian world (particularly amongst the Christian right) an assortment of severe misunderstandings regarding the nature of the Bible. Many tend to look at it as some sort of contemporary journalism, written from the perspective of a detached, timeless third party. In reality, the Bible is a collection of various kinds of literature--history, poetry, teachings, parables--all of it reflecting the attitudes and mindset of humanity over the course of thousands of years worth of change and chaos. The Bible is not some collection of rules on how to eat your supper or under what circumstances one can bang their wife---it is a look into the deepest parts of humanity's nature.
The Bible does not merely describe static events, it does not merely spit back cold hard facts. It tells of attitude, it tells of emotion. It tells of love, it tells of hate. It tells of joy, it tells of grief and brokenness. The problem is, it's so easy to miss the point of it all when we spend too much time focusing on details---details that might be important were it a user manual describing how to assemble a computer---but nevertheless, details that are unable to carry the meaning of what it is to have given up on life, or to feel the joy of holding your newborn born child in your arms for the first time.
For this reason, I am posting this link below. It is a link to a Tumblr series called "What is the Bible?" by pastor Rob Bell. I hope it will help all of you as much as it helped me, as I personally found it fascinating. I should warn you that the series is quite long, so it's best read over the course of several days, or possibly weeks.
If anyone is wondering what Christian Orthodoxy is, well it is based on Paul's letters: Tyndalearchive.com
2 letters of Paul are missing from the New Testament, 1 Corinthians 5:9 and Colossians 4:16.
How the canon of the bible was formed: Infidels.org