Christian believers always like to scoff at skeptics, questioners, atheists and agnostics by picking out one little verse in the Bible that will counter or squash anything that a skeptic says. In short, they pick and choose to make things fit, bouncing around in the Bible like a bumblebee in a mayonnaise jar.
What these believers can’t get around are the facts that the skeptics bring up, the verse or quote that makes the Bible questionable, if not completely false.
In this, you can look at big things or little things, but the total of it all leads – or should lead for thinking people – to serious questions and skeptical thought. Big things can be the resurrection of Jesus, crucifixion, walking on water, feeding thousands with a few food scraps, calling down plagues on the Egyptians, the flood and Noah, creating the universe, making Adam and Eve, etc.
Little things can be items such as floating axe heads, killing Israelites as a result of David fouling up a census, withered fig trees, putting demons into pigs, and the many, many contradictions and errors throughout the Bible.
Almost any one of these big or little – should be enough to make most consider this nothing more than a tale of Toto, Dorothy, and her collection of friends going to and cavorting in the land of OZ. There could be lots of questions there in that story, one of many on the subject, by Frank Baum.
The difference is that we all know that this Oz story is a fiction for children, a fanciful tale of another unreal world. So is the Bible, but far too many people read it and think of it as factual and absolute truth. But Genesis is not journalism.
Read the Bible critically, you can’t help but come across errors and contradictions that have to – or should – make you think twice. Unless. The “unless” is only if you are taught – brainwashed really – into not accepting anything from facts, logic, truth or science.
If you only believe what a minister, priest, rabbi, imam or other religious type says and dictates, you’re probably doomed.
But to be a truly, thinking believing person in anything, you have to critically consider all aspects and nuances of everything written, including the Bible.
You have to be a free thinker, careful critic and analytical of anything written or spoken. To be anything less is to blatantly believe in fairy tales, or to follow the mental gymnastics of some very creative writers of fairy tales or 1960’s science fiction by the likes of Bradbury and Asimov.