AIBU to think I will go to hell for putting a Bible in the recycling?

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Dh and I are having a huge sort out of all our books. He's already taken a big pile to the charity shop, and we've binned/recycled a load of stuff that wasn't fit for the charity shop. Now we are sorting through some of the other books, and we have thirteen editions of the Bible - one I got when I was christened, ones we got when the dses were dedicated, and various others we have acquired over the years - especially when I was attending a very active evangelical church.

I have decided that I can live without my copy of The Bible in a Year, and dh has put it in the recycling (I made notes in it so can't send it to the charity shop). I am afraid I will go to hell for recycling or binning a bible - AIBU?

YouTheCat Sat 06-Apr-13 15:21:23

Does Jesus not recycle?

BlackeyedSusan Sat 06-Apr-13 15:23:09

you do not go to hell for recycling a Bible.

HairyGrotter Sat 06-Apr-13 15:23:20

YABVU given Hell does not exist and the bible is merely a long winded story. Just another tale so can be lobbed in the bin or recycled (I vote bin, poorly written and boring)

Bilbobagginstummy Sat 06-Apr-13 15:23:31

Is it worse to bin than to recycle?

MagratOfStolat Sat 06-Apr-13 15:23:47

Did you burn it in the back garden naked, whilst simultaneously sacrificing a vestal virgin and the goat you got from your benefits lifestyle?

If not, you're fine.

YouTheCat Sat 06-Apr-13 15:24:58

Or what Magrat said. grin

Tigerbomb Sat 06-Apr-13 15:26:18

I feel for you - I am the same, I have a spare couple of bibles and a copy of the Koran that are still on my bookshelves because it feels wrong to put them in recycling

MarvellousYou Sat 06-Apr-13 15:27:53

God forgives, I think he'll be pleased it didn't end up in land fill. <polishes halo>

monsterchild Sat 06-Apr-13 15:28:47

I have a book of Mormon in German, bin or recycle?

WaitingForMe Sat 06-Apr-13 15:29:31

I thought the Koran was a full on hellfire job - they aren't even meant to touch the floor if I remember rightly.

Never heard anything about respect needed for Bibles.

zwischenzug Sat 06-Apr-13 15:30:10

Little point in giving a logical answer here given that organised religion is illogical in the extreme. If putting a bible in the recycling has a profound negative mental effect on you, perhaps you shouldn't do it. Or you should wait until you come to the realisation that organised religion makes no sense and then recycle it.


Magrat - thankfully for the neighbours' sanity and eyes, it is too chilly for me to dance naked in the garden here. And I have no goat - though ds1 has bet dh £50 that by the time he (ds1) is 40, he will have kept a goat for a full year.

zukiecat Sat 06-Apr-13 15:31:06

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Well - we are damned together, then, zukiecat!! I would have put Jesus in the cupboard too.

MarvellousYou Sat 06-Apr-13 15:32:36

I have 14 bibles don't you know, its hard to find a strong enough bookcase <checks halo again>

FeckOffCup Sat 06-Apr-13 15:33:10

Does that mean that conversely I go to heaven for putting my copy of fifty shades of grey into the recycling rather than inflicting it on anyone else?

HairyGrotter Sat 06-Apr-13 15:35:23

A huge Jesus? Fuck that, I'd have tied stones to it and lobbed it in the river. It's what he would've wanted (if he had existed)

YouTheCat Sat 06-Apr-13 15:35:42

50 Shades should be burnt, just in case some poor soul should get their hands on it.

MagratOfStolat Sat 06-Apr-13 15:35:52

No FeckOff: That you need to burn, if it even will ignite after all the bodily fluids....

FeckOffCup Sat 06-Apr-13 15:38:24

No bodily fluids on mine, sadly egotistical controlling arseholes do not float my boat even if they do have a really really tragic backstory hmm.

HoppinMad Sat 06-Apr-13 15:39:01

Tiger Maybe drop koran off at a local mosque if theres one nearby? I'm sure theyd rather you did that then recycle.

Same for the bibles, take them to a church if they are no longer needed.

MurkyMinotaur Sat 06-Apr-13 15:45:57

Christians believe that the bible's contents are from God and tell us about Jesus. But the actual physical book is just paper and ink. We worship Jesus rather than the bible itself. So absolutely no problem to throw one in the recycling!

SquirrelNuts Sat 06-Apr-13 16:03:35

If thhats the case I'll see you down there, I recycled the one we were given at school when I was 16

HoHoHoNoYouDont Sat 06-Apr-13 16:11:40

What Hoppin said.

I bought dd1 a purple glittery Jesus for Christmas a few years ago, from Paperchase, and a (lovely in every other way) friend said that she thought it was blasphemous.

We had a big clean out at work a few months ago and the cleaner wouldn't throw away a battered old bible because she thought it would be irreverent, so I had to do it. I suspect I sold my soul a long time ago, if indeed I ever had one. smile

chanie44 Sat 06-Apr-13 16:13:11

I put my palms from Palm Sunday in my composted in the hope that it gives me good compost.

ChasingDogs Sat 06-Apr-13 16:21:10

shock A friend of mine gave me a glittery purple Jesus for Christmas a few years ago! If I remember rightly he was a money box, with a coin slot in his head a hole at the bottom.

The glitter made dusting Jesus impossible, so eventually I had to chuck him in the bin sad

Poor Jesus. Dd has had to put blu-tac on his feet, so he doesn't fall over.

LadyBeagleEyes Sat 06-Apr-13 16:35:00

I got ds a grow-your-own-Jesus for his stocking last Christmas but he was most disappointing, I was hoping for a full size one but he only grew as big as my little finger.

GraceSpeaker Sat 06-Apr-13 17:00:32

YABU. If you care enough about what the bible says to worry about this as an actual issue, surely you'd have read through said bible to see if it said whether you'd go to hell for binning it and would know whether YWBU?

Or does the bible not provide all the answers after all?

somewherewest Sat 06-Apr-13 17:17:19

Nah its just paper and ink to 99.99% Christians. In fact some churches would give you bonus points for recycling grin. Islam's the one with the hang up about never ever doing anything bad to a copy of the Quran ever unless you want to spend eternity on the devil's toast rack.

zukiecat Sat 06-Apr-13 17:22:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Moominsarehippos Sat 06-Apr-13 17:24:39

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust... and all that.

noisytoys Sat 06-Apr-13 17:25:52

This is why the Bible is still the best selling book. What other book in the house does any one have 14 of grin I have 1 bible. I thought all bibles said the same thing

ChippingInIsEggceptional Sat 06-Apr-13 17:26:16

Loving the replies grin

I don't have a religious bone in my body, but if I were to end up with a bible even I'd feel weird about recycling/binning it grin but in all honestly - it's a book of stories isn't it and if it's not in good enough condition to go to a charity shop, then recycling it sounds fine. However, I'd send it to the charity shop - someone else might find your writitng interesting!

Moominsarehippos Sat 06-Apr-13 17:28:47

When we cleared out my great aunts place we found loads of bibles. They went to mum, who also had her mums old family bibles. No-one else would take them on when mum dies so I have loads of the buggers. Lots have pressed flowers in them, so I suppose they have their uses.

HairyGrotter Sat 06-Apr-13 17:32:29

My dad (the vicar) burnt my copy of 'The Satanic Bible' and not so much as a fiery demon popped out during the cleansing.

I was mostly disappointed, and I think he was a bit too. Has anyone burnt a bible? My daughter was given a 'childrens bible' and things, economically, are getting tough for us, I might give that a go on the old fire, warm our bones.

Moominsarehippos Sat 06-Apr-13 17:34:37

I've got a devils dictionary and the screwtape letters knocking around somewhere. Maybe we can burn and compare?

thermalsinapril Sat 06-Apr-13 17:57:43

Who knows, it might get recycled into a nice new Bible without your scribbling in it grin

FierceBadIggi Sat 06-Apr-13 18:07:43

I don't think a church (in this country anyway) would want old copies of the Bible handed in. They will have a set of pew bibles in whatever version they use. Minister might want it if it's of historical interest, otherwise not!
To Gracespeaker as the Bible was not written in its current form, it would be odd if it contained an instruction of how to dispose of the as-yet-non-existent book. I imagine the rules about not worshipping anything other than God would cover how the Bible should be approached.
So to sum up, recycle away!

Latara Sat 06-Apr-13 18:20:19

As there are so many versions of the Bible.... well, how do we know which is the definitive version? Or isn't there one?

sarahtigh Sat 06-Apr-13 18:21:28

if you really so not want to bin ring local christian bookshop or charity to see if they want old bibles as they may send them elsewhere they will not want them if any pages missing or in really bad condition

raisah Sat 06-Apr-13 19:00:47

Whay Hoppin said. Drop the bibles off at thr local church/ bible study centre & the Quran off at the local mosque. This is also a form of recycling!

complexnumber Sat 06-Apr-13 19:18:54

You do it first, then let us know how many bolts of lightening you were hit by.

We will then discuss and come to some conclusion.

Moominsarehippos Sat 06-Apr-13 19:20:35

Give it away. Then it becomes someone else's problem mwah mwah mwah.

McNewPants2013 Sat 06-Apr-13 19:21:43

I love reading people's notes in books that I have bought from a charity shop.

GraceSpeaker Sat 06-Apr-13 19:32:17

Fierce So, in answer to my question, it doesn't have all the answers. Thanks for clarifying! grin

MrscremeEgg Sat 06-Apr-13 19:38:31


Sorry for shouting, but it seems to be common practice on this thread hmm

it's to do with the glue, apparently

fuzzypicklehead Sat 06-Apr-13 19:49:16

Charity shops are usually still happy to have books/bibles with writing in them.

If you really feel guilty about recycling religious texts, you could send them to our community group for "upcycling". We use individual book pages/verses to create something beautiful that would still carry some meaning for someone.

Or alternatively, you could engage in any number of book-page related crafts

<creeps away after shameless blog linkage>

FeckOffCup Sat 06-Apr-13 22:04:56

My local council recycling website says you can put books in recycling if they are in poor condition, I would link but am on the tablet and haven't worked out how to copy and paste a long link.

Annunziata Sat 06-Apr-13 22:42:17

YANBU. I can't do it. I have three I need to throw out and I can't. Plus thousands of other people's wedding order of services and funeral orders and a few broken statues and rosaries and the DC's first holy communion worksheets and I just can't do it confused

LeaveIt Sat 06-Apr-13 23:00:47

When I went to a Synagogue on a school visit a few months ago, I asked what happened to the old Scrolls they could no longer use. The gentleman said they are given a burial just like any other holy book like the Bible. I did not know that and I don't know whether that includes family ones as opposed to those used in services.

Ullena Sat 06-Apr-13 23:33:13

Ditzylab ate a bible smitings so far!

DontSHOUTTTTTT Sat 06-Apr-13 23:38:25

I am an atheist bit I am sure if God did exist he wouldn't care about things like that. If he did exist I imagine that he would be more interested in people being generally nice and kind to one another.

When I was about 6-7 yo (so nigh on 40 years ago) my very religious grandfather told me about a boy in his class who walked round the school playground ripping pages out of a Bible and proclaiming he didn't believe in God.

According to my GF, the boy died (I have no reason to think he lied) but obviously this was Devine Intervention. confused

And a bit of a grim story to tell a small child IMO.

lemonpoppyseed Sun 07-Apr-13 00:06:50

I work in a faith-based school, and we had a box of old bibles to be disposed of. We contacted the church, and the official position of the Anglican Church of Canada is that they should be BURNED! Can't quite bring myself to do this; they are still in a box under my desk. smile

The Word of God is not a book.

juwie Sun 07-Apr-13 05:04:29

My dp once used pages of his stepmums bible as fag paper.

SadGiantPanda Sun 07-Apr-13 05:12:38

The OP has not posted for quite a while. It looks like that bolt of lightning might have come for her after all. sad

Stillcluelessat40 Sun 07-Apr-13 08:25:44

She should just have stuck it in the bag for the charity shop. Then it becomes their dilemma, not hers!
(Thinking about The Ring)

Moominsarehippos Sun 07-Apr-13 10:38:00

Just sneak into local churches and leave one here, one there. They'll forgive you.

Feminine Sun 07-Apr-13 10:40:32

Send it to me, I'll 'shabby chic' it up.

Then I'll charge 50 quid for it on Ebay....

<<thinks about a floral oil cloth with an oil stuck crudely on the front>>


Feminine Sun 07-Apr-13 10:40:55

owl stuck on the front! wink

DontSHOUTTTTTT Sun 07-Apr-13 11:33:57

I work in a big charity and we have to throw thousands of books away.(we do get paid a little something from the waste compny that takes them but its a tiny tiny amount). We sell what we can and we cherry pick some books that are sent to schools and libraries in Africa.

We really don't want old bibles unless they are valuble as we cannot sell them. sad

No bolts of lightning here, thankfully, SadGiantPanda - and so far I have eluded the fires of damnation. We can recycle books here, so I won't get into trouble with the local authority either.

I was going to rescue it from the recycling (despite the non-appearance of any lightning, brimstone or other perdition-related natural disasters), until I read DontSHOUTTTTTT's post - and now I am all confused again.

FriggFRIGG Sun 07-Apr-13 14:48:06

Put it in the bin

I dares you.

Get thee behind me, FriggFRIGG!! grin

Tigerbomb Sun 07-Apr-13 16:17:01

I think I'll keep my copies of the Bible and Koran on the shelf. I have one foot in the grave anyway - no need for provocation grin

wintertimeisfun Sun 07-Apr-13 16:36:17

i wouldn't personally put any religious book in the bin/recycle, i would take it to a charity shop smile

Madmum24 Sun 07-Apr-13 16:55:27

In iuslam any worn/damaged copies of quran/koran or any other texts with verses from it should be burned and the ashes either buried or thrown into a river or other clean flowing water.

seeminglyso Sun 07-Apr-13 17:00:48

YABU..but reason has no place in religion so that is why YABU!

Its an old book of crap fiction ...I can think of no better place for it.

DontSHOUTTTTTT Sun 07-Apr-13 22:51:09

Are people's reservations about disposing of an old bible because they think God will be angry? I understand why bibles are important but I don't understand why every copy, even old or dirty ones are important individually?

I am told that I am so churchy that I would bleed dry sherry if I were scratched. But while I wouldn't deliberately throw away a Bible, I wouldn't think I had blasphemed by doing it by accident. Christianity is not like Islam: its holy book is not an object of veneration in itself.

As for seeminglyso I hope you get a thunderbolt: not for your irreligiousity but for your trollish ignorance and lack of culture.


Partly tradition. In the past, Bibles were often the only book a family owned. They were extremely expensive. They were passed down (my aunt has a 400 year-old family Bible), and also because they were considered a source of knowledge. Common people in places like Scotland became literate and well-educated way before most other places because the clergy wanted to empower them by teaching them to read Scripture.

Modern English was pretty much standardised by the Authorised Version of the Bible (and the 1662 Prayer Book).

Not that one would think that, given the way some people talk about religion on the Internet.

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