Have I ever read the Bible?
When bored, really bored, in a motel somewhere, I have actually started to read the Bible. After a few pages, I shake my head and really wonder if anyone has ever read the whole thing, and am assured, if so, that person has not gained anything which could honestly be called knowledge. The Emperor obviously has no clothes. Why, anyone could say just about anything about anything, and recite some line from it, and any group of people, most I'm sure never having actually read it, would rub thier chins, shrug thier shoulders, and say Amen. That is what I think must happen in 99% of Churches on Sunday. I see the same on TV when I am amused by some CBN preacher.
Regardless of never having read the thing, this I think I can safely propose. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, in the Bible, that was not known by the people in the time and place it was written. None of the scientific knowledge obtained in the last 500 years comes at all from anything in that book. In fact, it was only when some brave souls started to look away from it, that human progress advanced. If this clue is not enough to sway a sane person that the Bible was not divinely inspired, then what can one offer?
With the technology available to destroy us, this disconnect with reality which religion promotes, makes religion a potential fatal flaw of human adaptation to environment.