Not sure who will hear this, but I will give it a shot. I am a Lutheran preachers kid. Have a Master's in Social work, Legal Background, Sales and Marketing, Researching Queen. I know my NIV Study Bible fairly well. Also read the Qur-an and Gita. Don't go into the buildings anymore, too intolerant. Would rather stretch to how we are alike instead of different. As far as I know the tenets of the Bible are this: God hates it when men commit social injustice and pollute His earth. I am using the He, but other cultures know God as a her. God loves wisdom and knowledge. God says, love me with all your heart soul and mind and love your brother as yourself. Who is my brother? Everything that God created. We are all atoms. If one really reads, the bible and I have heard from many that they consider the NIV to be pure. King James was altered by King James. Won't go any further than that. The mornons us this bible and I always said if I didn't want anyone to know about my awesome Father, I would give them this one. Too many thees and thous. Plus the book of mormon was plagerized off the King James. Sorry I am in transit, well I have landed, but my mouse got stolen on the journey.
I got into my NIV after a long arduous time in AZ. Sinful state. Starting ripping it down with Wikipedia. Love Wikipedia. However the NIV study speaks of all nations, is metaphysical and God to me is mightier than the God I knew before. Could tell you I had a Rhema, but most would not know what that is. However, God says not to argue over Genealogy, or race. It is an incredible book about the history and cultures that were ruling at that time. As is the Qur-an. The Gita is a bit different. More story told. However, the word of God was initially written in song and poetry.
I met a Muslim brother, born in Bethlehem and I spoke to him about what I knew in my NIV and he told me that he grew up in Iraq and learned his bible by memorization. He told me the stories were the same, only they had different names. He was the one that drove me to read the Qur-an. Went to this cool book store and found a study Qur-an.
As far as I know the God that I know is not into politics. Such as the Spanish Inquisition, etc. Always a human agenda that is not about God. Mostly done in the name of social injustice, power and control, all about man. All about politics today.
However, no one reads anymore. They are just used to the soundbites and everyone is ignorant of the word of God, which to me is so precious. If we could at least do the Golden Rule, which most don't know about, but He speaks of it in His word, we would thrive. Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul did a great book on the bible. Not for the faint of heart. You have to be able to follow and hear. He depicts God as I see Him or Her. Not into arguing semantics. Semantics is what got what God is all about. What I love about the NIV study is that there is an intro before the book. Speaks of history, language, Semantics, etc. Puts a whole new spin on God for those who read. He is not about sound bites, which because of the computer age, most can only hear. I do not buy dot.com. I believe that is part of the 666 really if you want to know. The destruction of a nation. Listen to voice mails from companies. You have to listen to all this shit before you get to customer service. Then listen to the side affects of any drug...5 minute speed dial. I am holistic. Passwords that anyone can break into, which I have had happen. Really now. I grew up with out all of this and happened to see Ephesus in Turkey. Amazing what occurred before the tech gig, that no one can live without. The hottest list gift for kids is a $500.00 X box. What happened to trucks, crayons, the world of make believe with boxes or dirt. This is long gone. However, I hope to create a place where that can exist again. Like the net for talking and research. However, it is taking the on the ground stores away. Not a Godly moment. I just say, stop taking a few clips out of His word to use them for your agenda. It is a more look in the mirror moment. All Nations, All cultures. We are all God's children last I checked. Supposed born from Adam and Eve. Therefore, we are all interrelated I say. Therefore, I am Hispanic, Muslim, Arab....too many to speak of and go way back to many different tribes.
Just my thoughts and I travel very tight with God. God Bless you all. Stay Safe.