Originally posted by KneverKnight
Surely something like this must give any religious person, Christian or otherwise, pause.
EDIT: Man made religion after all.
As that article makes clear, limbo was never a concept from the Bible. It was invented in the Middle Ages in an attempt to explain something that troubled people. So a Christian who's quite fundamentalist about the Bible could pretty much ignore the whole doctrine without feeling any conflict about it.
I think even if someone tried to change the Bible, how I felt about it would depend on context. Some people couldn't handle it - there were people who violently resisted translating the Bible into English rather than Latin because they thought it was wrong, there are people who think the King James version is handed down from on high and won't read any modern translation.
But the fact is our knowledge and understanding of what was written is imperfect. There's always the possibility that someone will discover new copies, older than the ones we have, that indicate the copies we rely on may be incorrect. If that happens, I think people will have to seriously consider amending the Bible accordingly.
I believe there is such a thing as 'ultimate truth'. I just don't believe I necessarily know it, and I get quite nervous around any person who claims that they do. There are certain basic things about Christianity that I think are fundamentally important to it, and if those were convincingly challenged it WOULD give me pause. But a lot of the rest is just details that people have been arguing over for centuries because there is no clear answer.
Heck, even the things I regard as fundamental seem to be open to interpretation. I know of people who consider themselves Christian who don't take the crucifixion of Jesus literally, never mind the resurrection. I honestly struggle to understand how they do it, but they manage.