The reason many people believe that The Holy Bible is the word of God is because they have been told that many times and often at a pre-logical age when loyalty to friends and family overruled logic.
We now live in a world which has changed drastically from the one in which this very popular book emerged.
There are still some who will attempt to pray themselves to health or just accept that, as the Bible asserts, some sin or another has caused them to become ill. But the vast majority of people today have come to realize that most disease is caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites or the body’s own immune system and often has little to do with what we believe, what we say or what we do.
This one fact alone might lead us to question whether or not the Creator would tell us lies or, alternatively, the lies were written by men with much less valid information than we have today.
Modern science has, since 5 July, 1687 when Principia Mathematica was first published in Latin or, at least since 1728 when an English translation was released, revealed to us a very different universe than the one assumed by the creators of the Bible. There are no miracles; only phenomena which we do not understand and less and less of that as we actually believe our own experience rather than the paradoxical teachings of ancient writings of superstitious, fearful, and credulous people.
The Holy Bible is only part of a genre of writings from the Second Century to the Fourth Century by people who attached themselves to the, by then, legendary figure of Jesus of Nazareth and his followers and used, as their inspiration, a flawed Greek translation of ancient Jewish prophecies.
The New Testament was inspired by doctrine created by a man originally known as Saul of Tarsus. These stories centered around Jesus and his followers and were written in Greek and probably in Rome and often by anonymous authors.
If you take Galatians and put it next to the writings of Jesus, you will see and hear two dissonant messages. In Galatians, Saul of Tarsus (who later became Saint Paul), damns anyone who disputes his narrow and vehement theology. In his own voice, Jesus is kind and conciliatory, urging us to be tolerant, forgiving, and understanding with each other. Jesus tells us the Golden Rule and the Parable of the Good Samaritan, urging us to tolerance, understanding, and universal brotherhood. Saul urges us to narrow-mindedness, dogmatism, and blind credulity as the ultimate in desirable human traits.
Furthermore, the Trinity is an irrational and absurd political compromise created in 325. Jehovah sponsors bigotry, hate, and violent aggression as well as being perpetually violent in his many ineffective wars against “sin.” Jesus is kind, compassionate, accepting, and urging us toward universal brotherhood. You’ve got to admire the audacity of the people who got us to swallow the fiction that these two drastically different beings are 2/3 of an indivisible, all-knowing, all-seeing God.
©David N. Dodson, August, 2016, Phoenix, AZ