I have written in my previous article how important it is for us to be conscious of our sources—where we get our information and how do we know what we claim to know.
I will go a step further here—and offer my arguments on why the Bible simply cannot be the word of an all-knowing, all-loving, and all-powerful God, but the words of men with the limited knowledge of the time.
So let me lay this out, one point at a time. If you disagree, please tell me why: I have, and will continue to correct myself when—and if—I am wrong.
- If the Bible is supposedly meant for all Humanity, why did it take more than 1,500 years to write about local issues only (totally ignoring the more important cultures at the time)?
—The canon of the Bible as we know it today was finally compiled in the mid-1500s. (still disputed by people like Martin Luther)—which means that according to “literal” Scripture, humanity was ignorant of the whole Bible as we know it today until only about 470 years ago! Why would the Master of the Universe take so much time to offer his final wisdom, when he allegedly created the whole Universe in 6 days (according to literalists)?
- Why did it take around 40 writers, mostly unknown, and not ONE single word was written by Jesus himself, even when he had years of opportunity to pen his message directly? Was Jesus’ “local ministry” more important than penning down his words for all humanity?
- Why did God choose four writers to write the gospels with so many inner inconsistencies, all of them more than 50 years after Christ’s death, with no sure way of crediting who’s who in penning down the books?
- Why have none of the miracles, like resurrections, EVER BEEN OBSERVED other than by inner-biblical hearsay? Wouldn’t it be helping humanity if God was to reveal himself, especially in the “end times”? Isn’t it more urgent than ever to reveal those extraordinary supernatural claims today, if God really wanted everyone to be saved as he is claimed to will in 1st Timothy 2:4?
- If I remember well, 2nd Timothy 3:16 and 2nd Peter 1:20,21 are the only two scriptures that “claim” direct inspiration… as for the OT, using the words “God said” doesn’t prove that the God character exists, any more than saying “Harry said”—proves that Harry Potter is a real non-fictional character.
It must also be noted that most Biblical writers never claimed inspiration.
- Again, why so cultural? Why would the Heavenly Father only reveal his “words” to a small group of his children and not his global family?
I probably failed to note other justified questions, but overall, these pertinent points do, at least, open the argument. The Bible is certainly not meant as a guide for all humanity since its beginning. Furthermore, the local and cultural comprehension of the time have since been debunked by science thru empirical evidence; proof that an all-knowing God could not have inspired such false claims on nature and the cosmos.
*(see this video)
Bottom line, men wrote the many books and letters that were compiled as the one we know today by the Roman Catholic church less than 500 years ago!
The Bible contains no special foreknowledge of our natural world (on the contrary), and it’s riddled with moral changes and contradictions. The indemonstrable claims are no different than any other so-called “Holy Books” from other cultures.
—Every cultural religious claim cancels out all the others. In no way is this the work of a loving and unifying god… an alleged father of humanity that offers fair and equal care for his children.
I would love a logical counter-argument.
—I didn’t mention prophesy because it’s a whole other article for later.