I'm seeking a serious answer from anyone who may be religious out there. I also haven't really read up on Bible teachings, so please excuse my ignorance - I don't mean to be, and I'm not trying to start a flame war, I'm genuinely interested (but it might end up in Soap Box!) and didn't really know who else to ask. One thing I never understood was how you can have one book, the Bible, and yet have so many different religions and different "types" of church that spawn from it, each one believing something slightly different. Like for example, that sex before marriage is okayed in one .. branch(?) and yet condemned in another. Like, isn't there Judaism, Catholocism and Christianity that all rely on the teachings in the Bible, and yet believe different things from it and take some rules from it and not others? I know there's the overarching commandments and such, but what about the small details? How can one book have so many different ideas from it? Is it then just a matter of perception on what the teachings of the book purport to say? Honestly.. how does it work?