I remember reading the Bible when I was a teenager – kind of as a challenge. I think I read my little onion-skin paged KJV but soon after that I bought a “The Way” version, written in 1970’s hip language.
But I didn’t think critically about what I was reading – I just read it so I could say I had. I’m sure I didn’t make it all the way to the end.
But if I had read it critically, I would have wondered:
Gen 1:1 “In the beginning” – has God always existed?
Gen 1:2 “the waters” – how was there water?
Gen 1:5 God called the light day on the first day bud didn’t create the sun until the 4th day.
Gen 1:7 “the waters above the firmament” – The Chinese thought the stars in the Milky Way were water.
Gen 1:11 God creates the plants before the sun.
Gen 1:16 (personal favorite) “lesser light to rule the night”
Gen 1:25 all creeping things were good (except that damn talking snake) (clean v. unclean)
Gen 1:27 Male and female he created them (at the same time, and after the animals)
Gen 1:29 – they can eat any plant (oh, those magic mushrooms!)
Gen 1:30 they can eat any animal (unclean ones defined much later)
Gen 2:17 the day they eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil they will die
Gen 2:19 God created animals after man in this verse.
Gen 2:22 God created woman after animals in this verse (did he create male and female animals at the same time?)
3:22 The man is become as one of us, to know good and evil. (How many gods are there? And why is it bad to know good and evil? If they hadn’t eaten the apple, would humans be blissfully ignorant?)
3:23 He drove them out of Eden but didn’t kill them.
4:1 I have gotten a man from the Lord. (what?)
4:12 (Cain) A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be.
4:14 Everyone who findeth me will slay me (Everyone being Adam and Eve)
4:17 And Cain knew his wife (who?) and built a city. (not my idea of a vagabond and fugitive)
5:2 God creates man and woman “and called their name Adam”
5:3 And Adam lived 130 years and begat Seth. This version doesn’t even include Cain and Abel.
6:1 The sons of God saw the daughters of men and married them. (Who were these sons of God?)
6:19 Two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark. They shall be male and female.
7:2 Of every clean beast, thou shalt take by sevens, the male and the female (and one of your choice) and of beasts not clean, by two the male and the female.
7:8 Of clean beasts and unclean fowls – 2 and 2.
7:15 2 and 2
8:7 He sent forth a raven which didn’t return (so there’s only one now?)
8:11 In her mouth was an olive leaf (how did it survive?)
8:20 And Noah built an altar, and took of every clean beast (not defined until Moses) and fowl and offered burnt offerings upon the altar.
10:5 Every one after his tongue
10:20 After their tongues
10:31 After their tongues
11:1 And the whole earth was one language.
So if you don’t believe the Bible is 100% fact (and how could you), how do you decide what’s fact and what’s fiction? Why is any of it fact?