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Mark Twain was a very smart cookie.

Just because some people call it love, it doesn't mean it's love.

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Sofia Sofia

Twain may have been like many of us spiritually-minded individuals, who shun organized religion and find little of value in the Bible—yet believe there is a greater life force, what some people call God, out there. We seek it ourselves and while we may come up short, we admire those who seem to have tapped into this force in such a meaningful and powerful way.

And that possibly explains Twain’s motives best—he was just trying to figure things out. He was a man of contradictions who while quick to deliver a humorous and acerbic barb about religion and God, spent the twilight years of his life studying and writing about Joan of Arc, a woman for whom God was the primary reason and motivation for her existence.

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Budwick Budwick

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That more or less describes me. Although rather than believe there's little value in th Bible, I believe there's plenty of value in it, but also in the Qur'an, the Rg Veda, and the other religious texts I've studied. Many cultures understand that creative metaphysical force in different, but no less valid, ways.

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Logan Logan

Man is perhaps the only animal to look up at the stars and ask "Why"? That by no means limits man to religion. It is only when somebody hands another person a book and says "here's why".. that's where the shit hits the fan.

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In the 19th century Americans started moving west and three institutions went with them. There was vaudeville, traveling entertainment. There was lyceum, traveling education and culture. And there was the itinerant preacher, offering a new style of preaching called "hell fire and brim stone". It was very entertaining, only loosely based on scripture, and pastors didn't even try to compete. Instead they switched to preaching public morality and philosophy. Eventually an entire generation grew up not knowing the first thing about the religion they claimed to believe. That is why most Christian churches don't teach doctrines, and most members don't know what they are supposed to believe.

Mr. Clemens was born near the end of that era, and he was among the first to point out the stupidity of what had replaced the gospel message, although he did not recognize that he had only heard the forgery. The bible is still intact and still says what it said back in 1611. It is not reliable to ask people to tell you what the bible says. Many people will make up stuff because they don't know what it says, and many will make up stuff because they wish it would not say what it says. You just have to read it for yourself. Read a chapter of Proverbs every day. Proverbs has 31 chapters so you can keep your place by just looking at a calendar. There is no religion or nothing in Proverbs and you don't have to believe anything. Just read to find wisdom. When you are comfortable with that, then read the bible from Romans to 2 Thessalonians over and over until you start to remember what it says. That is the part that applies to Christians. Here is a book to help you to understand the bible. It's a free download and you can get a hard copy at any bible book store. "How To Enjoy The Bible"

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SmartAZ SmartAZ

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I agree that Twain disliked how many people "used" the Bible to misguided (and often evil) purposes. However, he also didn't seem to think much of the Bible itself either..

It is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.
- Letters from the Earth

When one reads Bibles, one is less surprised at what the Deity knows than at what He doesn't know.
- Mark Twain's Notebook

It ain't the parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it's the parts that I do understand.
- Quote credited to Mark Twain

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PhilboydStudge PhilboydStudge OP

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Mr. Twain was above all an entertainer.

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SmartAZ SmartAZ

Mark twin also lived years ago...doubtless would be singing a different tune today.

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