the Bible actually harmful?
HUMANIST'S SUMMARY PART 2: Other Problems with the Bible
are other reasons why the Bible should not be considered the word of God. They
include, but are not limited to: the fact that we dont know who wrote most
of it; the fact that much of it was written many years and in some cases
many centuries after the events it purports to describe; its obscene passages;
and its promises of eternal rewards for the ignorant and credulous and everlasting
punishment for skeptics and investigators.
the harm that the Bible causes in peoples personal lives should be mentioned
as a reason for rejecting the book. Its not uncommon to see media reports
about Bible believers committing bizarre, injurious, and sometimes deadly acts.
people use Bible verses to justify beating children, withholding medical treatment,
handling snakes, drinking poison, chopping off body parts, plucking out eyes,
driving out demons, withdrawing from the affairs of this world, renouncing the
pleasures of life, and expecting the world to end.
the Bible were not viewed as Gods word, these acts would occur much less
It is interesting to note that, where Christianity flourished,
science flourished. Where Christianity flourishes, women and children are elevated
and protected. Without Christianity women and children are objectified, used,
and enslaved. Where Christianity flourished our God-given human rights are protected
Declaration of Independence). Where Christianity flourishes, so does business
and free enterprise. And where Christianity flourishes, other religions... including
humanism... are also free to practice their beliefs.
Take just this last
point. There is no other religion that tolerates "competing" religions,
except Christianity. Yes, all religions have exclusive claims. But, only Christianity
is tolerant of others. You can see their intolerance in the humanist web page
we've been looking at It clearly demonstrates an intolerance of Christianity.
And it is an intolerance of a much greater intensity than is directed at any other
religion. For example, you do not find a comparable page on their web site attacking
the Qur'ran or the Hindu Vedas and Upanishads. You don't see then attacking the
Book of Mormon and other Mormon "scripture." You don't even see them
attacking the Catholic apocrypha or traditions (which have the same authority
Their main focus is Biblical Christianity? Why? All
false religions, including atheism and humanism, have a demon at their heart.
And what do they hate the most? God (Jesus) and the Bible.
Lets take a look at some of the accusations in this summary
That we dont know who wrote most
of it - Not true. We know all of the authors of the New Testament, except
for the book of Hebrews. Moses wrote the Pentateuch (first five books of the bible).
The writers of many of the historical books, and all of the prophetic books are
given in the name of the book. David wrote most of the Psalms. Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes
and most of the proverbs. The only books for which the author is not identified
are some of the Old Testament historical books.
But, we know the ultimate
author is God. All of the Bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit, and the it was
the Holy Spirit the superintended the writers so that everything they wrote is
accurate and true.
The fact that much of it
was written many years and in some cases many centuries after the
events it purports to describe - Not true. All of the New Testament
was written within 65 years of the events it records. In the Old Testament, all
of the prophetic books were written by the prophet themselves. The Old Testament
historic books are very interesting. At times they give references to their source
material, that was available at the time for the readers to check. Here is a partial
The Book of Wars: Numbers 21:14
The Book of Jasher: Joshua 10:13
Chronicles of David: 1 Chronicles 27:24
The Book of the Kings of Israel: 1
The Chronicles of Nathan the Prophet: 1 Chronicles 29:29
Decree of David the King of Israel: 2 Chronicles 35:4.
But yes, some parts
of the Bible were written long after the events they describe. Moses wrote about
creation at least 2000 years after it happened. How did he get it right? Through
the superintending guidance of the Holy Spirit. Yes, there was an eyewitness involved
in the writing of EVERY word in the Bible. The Holy Spirit.
of eternal rewards for the ignorant and credulous and everlasting punishment for
skeptics and investigators.
Obscene passages -
I could use some examples to know what they are talking about. What is obscure
to a humanist is often crystal clear to a believing Christian.
promises of eternal rewards for the ignorant and credulous and everlasting punishment
for skeptics and investigators. - I'm having a hard time even understanding
this part of the humanist's sentence. But I'll try.
By "ignorant and
credulous" I assume they mean people who believe God's word. Yes, those who
believe and trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior from the just penalty for disobey
God, do spend eternity with God.
I'm not sure what they mean by "skeptics
and investigators." This description seems to have been used to make non-believes
seem innocent. For example: "I'm just a skeptic who is investigating the
truth of Christianity. How can God condemn me for simply not having enough information?"
fact is, you have enough information. If you are a skeptic, it is because you
have chosen to disregard the plain evidence God has set before you. God tells
you this in Romans 1:18-31:
wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness
of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known
about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.
since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and
divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been
made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did
not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations,
and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools,
and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible
man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies
would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie,
and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed
For this reason God gave them over
to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that
which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function
of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing
indecent acts and receiving in [t]their own persons the due penalty of their error.
just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over
to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with
all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit,
malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful,
inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy,
unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those
who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also
give hearty approval to those who practice them.
people use Bible verses to justify:
Bible is true, accurate, without error, and a major benefit to humanity.
The Final Statement:
compelling and morally sound reasons support the Humanist position that the Bible
is not divinely inspired. Instead of being inerrant, the Bible has far more errors
and immoral teachings than most other books.
this mistake-ridden book as the word of God, humanity has been led down many paths
of error and misery throughout history. In too many ways, the Bible continues
to produce such results.
But in some cases, the errors
caused by the Bible have been corrected and the harms have been stopped. This
happened when a scientific approach was applied to problems. Science involves
relying on reason, observation, experience, and compassion rather than
blindly accepting religious or secular dogma.
reject the views of those who say the Bible has infallible answers to todays
problems. As Humanists know, science has proved to be a much better source for
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