Thursday, 5 May 2011

Some facts about the Bible

Biblical inerrancy is the belief that the bible is totally free of error. That it is the literal word of God and all that it says must be taken literally. These people maintain that the Bible is free of error on all major issues: science, history, psychology, politics, maths, art ect.

Circular reasoning is used by saying that the Bible proves the Bible to be true.

Since they believe the Bible is the literal word of God, scripture is "quoted" to then "prove" that one must live ones life in a certain way and obay certain rules, believe certain things and carry out certain activities. Bible scripture is given a huge sense of authority, as it is quoted as though it were being spoken as a command directly from the lips of God.

 No matter how bizzare, restrictive, counterproductive, unethical or plain silly any of these rules and guidelines are, the continual threat of eternal punishment from God becomes the motivating fear behind all of it. This is coupled with a complacent attitude that simply because they believe in Jesus and read the bible, they have a free and easy ticket to heaven, sparing little thought to the multitudes who arn't quite so "enlightened" as themselves who God will enflict eternal punishment upon.

Is the bible really the work of a perfect, all loving God?

The bible is not perfect. It contains hundreds of contradictions, many statements which are absurd and go against common sense and information which was been proven by science to be factually untrue.

The bible is not all loving. There are numerous examples of gross vulgarity, highly questionable morality and extremely unloving, unfair and horrific acts said to be carried out by God and those who worship God.

Has God used his almighty power to preserve the Bible?

FACT: Original copies of the bible do NOT exist.  We only have copies of copies.

Between the different editions and translations of the bible, there have been numerous alterations over hundreds of years.

The bibles that exist today are therefore going to be very different from the original manuscripts in many important ways.

Is the information in the Bible the literal word of God?

The identity of many biblical authors is completely unknown and annonymous.

Of the few books of the bible that deal with the ministry of Jesus, all of these books were wrote well after the life of Jesus and we have no evidence that the alleged authors genuinely wrote these books.

Hearsay is defined as "unverified, unofficial information gained or acquired from another and not part of one's direct knowledge" (dictionary.com). This sums up perfectly the books of the bible.

Evidence deemed as hearsay would have trouble standing in a court of law.

Many biblical stories can be traced as adaptations of earlier stories and myths.

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