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"Holy books were written hundreds or thousands of years ago - They have nothing to say about the modern world and moral issues" - Discuss.

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Holy Scriptures "Holy books were written hundreds or thousands of years ago. They have nothing to say about the modern world and moral issues." 1) After reading this, my first thought was that growing up all my life being a Muslim with the Koran always there, I immediately thought that this was completely wrong! But after thinking about it, I realised how I could see the point that it made, and how in some ways it is true. Holy books were written a long time ago and simply cannot have an answer to every problem we face today. Some religious leaders of course conveniently re-interpret their books to keep pace with modern scientific discoveries which they can no longer deny: Evolution, origin of the world, the Big Bang and others, and even for example with Christians, modern things such as genetic engineering, abortion, and using contraceptives, which are not allowed for people such as Catholics except for the first one. ...read more.

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They make you conscience of things, such as murder, which is wrong, or rape or theft, they all tell of these bad things and of how to act about them. And even now a days they help to decide on things. One might say that without them we might not have any knowledge of whether hurting someone is bad or good! It might be said that it is ok and not wrong. These 'rules' are in all of the religious books, for Judaism and the Torah, you have the 10 Commandments, for Islam the 5 pillars, for Hinduism and Buddhism you have the aims and views in life and also with Sikhism. And these are the main people that would tell how modern beliefs help us in modern day times. They might say that although they do not give exact examples they give us an idea of them... In the end I understand both views but personally although I do agree with many points of the quote, I would have to go against it. ...read more.

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So that they have their own idea of good and bad, so that they can learn themselves and don't have to be spoon fed for everything... And maybe if the books did tell us of modern issues, wouldn't this change the fate of it happening? Knowing something before it happens might alter it, for better or for worse and imagine if the holy books did mention things such as abortion and genetic engineering, the people who not have a clue of what these things were, and it might just confuse people into making worse choices in life. But instead they kept it to the minimum so that it gave us enough knowledge... Only what we needed. So that we could for some things, decide for ourselves! So maybe it is true that they don't mention modern issues but that is for us to decide. It's our life, our future, US! So why should the choice be already made for us? Even before we have a clue of what it is. Some things just have to be left to us to decide... Abbas Lightwalla ...read more.

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