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.




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Comment by John Aultman on June 5, 2012 at 10:09am

In Richard Dawkins book The God Delusion he says "Religion teaches people that it's a virtue to except things they don't understand".  For me that was a deja vu statement since I was told many years ago by christians including a minister that, "You didn't need to understand the bible just except as the word of god". I knew then they were trying to hide something and that led me to reading the bible and to atheism.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 5, 2012 at 9:13am

I haven't read the bible, nor do I really want to.

What I have read of it is enough to convince me that I don't NEED to read all of it, at least not to justify my rejection of the bible as a credible referent or a necessary guide to life.

I have been helped in this regard by those such as the person who created The Skeptics Annotated Bible.  He and others like him have unearthed the essential chestnuts which demonstrate the inaccuracies, contradictions, and failures of the bible.  They did the grunt work and I thank them for their efforts.

I suppose I could read the bible to say I have read it and accomplished that, but to me, it would be a hollow accomplishment.  I know the bible for what it is, and I reject it as any form of authority.

And that's the name of that tune.

Comment by Pat on June 4, 2012 at 8:47pm

Here's another good way to at least start reading it. Unabridged and in full graphic detail.

Comment by Kelly Christopher Phelps on June 3, 2012 at 10:49am

Job has some very majestic prose, Ecclesiastes and Proverbs some wise sayings, Song of Solomon is sorta, kinda risque.

I like the part where God wants to kill Moses, or was it Abraham?, but couldn't quite catch him.  LOL



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