I don’t get the logic of this. I really don’t.
The Bible is a book written by the hand of man. Actually, it is a series of many books, and it was men who decided which among many choices of books should be included, and it was men who decided how these books should be arranged. It is men who translated, or mistranslated, the Bible into all the languages that it is currently available in.
It is men who interpret the Bible. It is men who disagree as to how the Bible should be interpreted. It is men who declared the Bible to be inerrant, and it is men who tell us that the Bible IS inerrant. It was men who told us that the Bible was perfectly translated. Nowhere in the Bible does it declare itself to be the inerrant word of God, because the Bible did not even exist as a single coherent work until well after the last book of the Bible had been written.
So, men are imperfect. They are ridiculously, ludicrously, insanely imperfect. Men are perfectly capable of lying to attain personal agendas. Men are perfectly capable of reading the same Biblical passage and coming up with as many interpretations of that passage as there are men who read it.
It is men who pick and choose which passages to follow (homosexuality is bad) and which not to follow any more (children who misbehave should be stoned).
It is men who put words into the Bible where no words exist (abortion is murder), and men who are willing to die or kill for these self same non-existent passages.
The point is that, for the average Joe or Mary in the pews, God at no point enters into the equation. And even for those who have some kind of personal relationship with God, this relationship usually goes no further than a friendship / prove He exists type of thing. There is still no God there telling people that the man there standing at the pulpit knows what the heck he’s talking about. And even if there is for some people, there are just as many “Gods” talking to people in other “pews” telling them to believe then man at the pulpit who is delivering an opposite message.
God may or may not have been part of the original inspiration for the work, but it is pretty clear that the Bible is not wholly the word of a perfect being. If so, then I suspect that the darned thing would be a whole lot clearer, and we wouldn’t have umpteen thousand religious sects that each interpret the Bible differently.
It is the Bible which states a seemingly clear law (Thou shalt not kill), and later in the same story orders the followers of that law to murder innocent men, women and children. Is killing only acceptable if God decrees it to be so? Do I get a get out of jail free card if I murder someone and say that God told me to do it? This clearly is the direction in which chaos lies.
The first two chapters of the Bible are actually the merging of two different books, each giving an alternate view on the creation of the world. One suggests that man and woman were created simultaneously, and another states rather clearly that man came first, and woman was created much later after the first man became bored. Was the first man then created with genitalia? Let’s face it, much of a man’s equipment is not really necessary unless there is a woman around to make pregnant. And if we are made in God’s image, why the heck would HE need genitalia? Did He really anticipate His little fling with Mary that far in advance?
As I said, I have no problem with the Bible as a book. Even if as a book it is largely fictional, it still gives ideas as to how ordinary men and women lived and believed in those times. If we accept the Bible as only a book, we can find things of moderate interest in there. But inerrant? Not by any reasonable stretch of the imagination. I was tempted to say not by the furthest stretch of the imagination, but this is clearly incorrect…proven by the many biblical literalists out there.