Originally posted by Vivaldi
The words in the Bible are Christian.
The old testament was written before Christ was born and so can not really be called Christian. It would be more accurate to call them Jewish.
The assumption that the bible is a single book and that any statements about it must apply to the whole book is unfounded. Many people read the whole Bible but to not bother to find out about its history and where it came from.
If I handed you a Bible tapped back to back with the Quoran would you declare the whole to be Christain. What if the Catholic Church had a council meeting and declared that the Quoran was a book to be included in the Bible ? What about the books in the Apocrapha ? What about other religious writtings that were written before and around the time of Christ? Have you read them all ? Most of the Bible is written in the context of the time and location that the particular book was written. To really understand what is being said one should really study the history and culture of the writer. And if possible learn the language and read it in its origional language as much can be lost and changed in translation.
For example the statement that Mary the mother of Jesus was a virgin is clear in most English versions of the Bible but is not so definate if you look at the origional and could also be interpreted as "Young Woman"
Many splits between Churches are due to different interpretations of particular phrases in the Bible.
Many Christans are not Roman Catholic but do not realise that the Bible they are using could be said to have been put together by the Early Catholic Church and not by the 12 diciples of Jesus.