How the Bible became the Bible by Donald L. Odell
How the Bible became the Bible by Donald L. Odell
  • "....provides excellent historical background as well as the author's personal history, which enhances his message by providing a glimpse of how the Holy Scripture can really be used." Lee Carroll, author of "Indigo Children" and many "Kyron" books
  • "I just forwarded to friends Balboa's Introduction to your 2nd Edition. Actually Don, I really think this 2nd Edition could not be more timely. I sincerely think there are more people receptive to opening their minds about their programming of religion or the Bible than ever before...." Pat W., (North Carolina)
  • ".... a refreshing synthesis of scholarship and deep personal reflection. Don O’Dell invites us to enter the experience of biblical personalities and groups, and to feel their struggles to find elusive spiritual coherence within their perception of events...." Dr. Jim Nourse, Ph.D., psychologist, acupuncturist and author of Simple Spirituality: Finding Your Own Way, and Opening the Aloha Mind: Healing Self, Healing the World with Ho’oponopono
  • "This highly readable book takes a conversational tone when, for instance, in Chapter 6 (The Time of Jesus), the author gently transitions us from the Old to the New Testament." New Age Retailer
  • "This book is of much value to the serious student of Holy Scripture. It will enable the reader to view the Holy Scriptures in the context in which the books were written and arranged." James J. DeFrancisco, PhD. Miltha Ministries, Mishawaka, Indiana
  • "....provides excellent historical background as well as the author's personal history, which enhances his message by providing a glimpse of how the Holy Scripture can really be used." Lee Carroll, author of "Indigo Children" and many "Kyron" books

2nd Edition, Revised Material

Like Paul’s exhortations to behave correctly as an expression of gratitude to God for the freedom of his grace, that guidane became twisted to mean rigid, almost pharisaical, codes of ritual behavior. And in the end the later New Testament writers and early Church leaders began the cycle of the Old Testament dance all over—codifying, intellectualizing, institutionalizing—to rationalize the spirit in a way that made it predictable, that put it in a theological straitjacket unable to do anything but what mankind had predicted it will do.

Isn’t this what happened to the Pilgrims that settled New England? They fled the British Empire and other parts of Europe to find religious freedom—to develop and live by their own set of moral laws based on their understanding of Christianity. Once here they established communities based on their (now freely) defined versions of Christian law and moral behavior. Life was hard but wonderful. Then they began persecuting those that disagreed with them. They persecuted as fiercely as the English or French Catholics had persecuted them. One needs only to recall the Salem witch trials. So, what had changed? Nothing, except those that had been persecuted became the persecutors.

I am encouraging you to look over those five lifestyle habits I mentioned in January link is here. As we discover inner wisdom we can apply to daily living.

Blessings, Don
January 25, 2024

Like Paul’s exhortations to behave correctly as an expression of gratitude to God for the freedom of his grace, that guidane became twisted to mean rigid, almost pharisaical, codes of ritual behavior. And in the end the later New Testament writers and early Church leaders began the cycle of the Old Testament dance all over—codifying, intellectualizing, institutionalizing—to rationalize the spirit in a way that made it predictable, that put it in a theological straitjacket unable to do anything but what mankind had predicted it will do.

Isn’t this what happened to the Pilgrims that settled New England? They fled the British Empire and other parts of Europe to find religious freedom—to develop and live by their own set of moral laws based on their understanding of Christianity. Once here they established communities based on their (now freely) defined versions of Christian law and moral behavior. Life was hard but wonderful. Then they began persecuting those that disagreed with them. They persecuted as fiercely as the English or French Catholics had persecuted them. One needs only to recall the Salem witch trials. So, what had changed? Nothing, except those that had been persecuted became the persecutors.

I am encouraging you to look over those five lifestyle habits I mentioned in January link is here. As we discover inner wisdom we can apply to daily living.

Blessings, Don
January 25, 2024