The bible has no error just life examples that relates to our day to day lifestyle, in the end it proves that when we refuse to follow God's precepts we are prone to fall into uncomfortable positions requiring God's assistance to get us out again.
The bible has plenty of errors. So many infact that you could find truckloads of them by just doing a simple search on google and doing 2 minutes of research. And life examples? You mean like in Deuteronomy 22:28-29?
If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.
Or how about 2nd Chronicles 15:12-13?
They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.
What about the whopper in 2 Kings 2:23-24
From there Elisha went up to Bethel. While he was on his way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him. "Go up baldhead," they shouted, "go up baldhead!" The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two shebears came out of the woods and tore forty two of the children to pieces.
Seriously, you willingly preach and advertise a book that contains this stuff? And this is just the tip of the iceburg! Stuff like this is all over the bible. Rape, incest, murder, genocide, torture, infanticide-- you name it!
but the world has been fairing for the worst in their choices as you stated before even with the way we treat the world we live in.
This is because there's a lack of education. Not because there's a lack of one deity.
When I said open minded I'm simply saying that you've perceived the bible wrong in many ways, so approach it without a judgmental attitude, choosing not to be clairvoyant (choosing the outcome before reading) And again, this is not a sales pitch, I simply recommend the Scofield Study Bible because it's a version that's not biased or misleading
I originally read much of it in a christian-mindset. Once I got through Numbers, I was quite blown away by the horrific nature of it all. So I took a skeptical approach and did more research and realized it's just all false and full of mythical heroes.
I know this will only lead to another question but it's simple God has set a path for us, when we come to him that strong hold that sin had in our life is broken, thus opening up a door of possibilities for us to make it to Heaven or choose Hell, there's no predestination God is simply saying if you wanna make it follow my lead if not you're going to fail. Your destiny is in your hand/choice, I am always with you should you change your mind but I won't force you. God is not going to force us
Okay so...god has set a path for everyone and so he 'programmed' us to fail and break? And after that he judges everyone and allows one to choose eternal punishment which is due to his programming? Again, how is that not malevolent? Unless this god is intentionally evil or very imperfect, it makes absolutely no sense at all.
Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Now this is simple and ancient guilt-tripping in a nutshell. Do you really think mankind is this constantly evil? That right now both you and I are plotting to poison the kool-aid? Of course not! Any decent person could recognize this is complete hogwash. I don't know about you, but I like knowing that people are free to do as they please and arent bound down to a god that intentionally allows bad things to happen, knows beforehand that they will happen, and then blames us for having them happen. That's just immature and evil parenting, right?
Also know this that I have utmost respect for you, and your desire to know for yourself we all need that. But I still recommend you give the bible another chance.
Right back atcha! I may reread it one day, but atm it's last on my list of things to study...again. I've developed a poor habit of finishing books and I think throwing the bible in my lap again is probably a bad decision. Too much stuff going on around here!
This is the very reason why I recommend that you read the bible, You're still at the introduction, though I must say I admire your perception it is without truth, ill explain.
Leviticus, numbers and Deuteronomy are books that contains laws and instructions that are specifically to the Jews, the descendants of Abraham, a man that God had found faithful and chose to bless him and his descendants. Now god gave them his laws while Moses gave them others that he felt would be a guideline for them (Jews.) I could go in dept into that but since you're not a Jew (don't assume) Acts 15:19-20 shares that everyone else is exempted from these requirements. As no one is bound under those laws anymore but under Grace. (Romans 6:14)The bible is tailored in a way in which it's readers are led to start from the New Testament then to the Old Testament why because that's the time we're in know the times then go back to the history and you'll gain a wider understanding.
(Yes I know it sounds weird, but that's why it's not for reading but studying
, the more one reads the bible the more your understanding of it increases.) that's why I recommended the Book of John and the Scofield Notes for Interpretation.
believe it or not it's a prophetic book and nearly all religions are developed from it, business men gain ideals and ideas from it.
have you ever watched the movie "THE BOOK OF ELI,"
awesome movie I definitely recommend it.
The real issue is that there is too much misleading information on God. (eg how can one create their own God, or consider oneself to be God)
It's a simply deception to cause people to get confused and come to a conclusion that there's no God.
Checkout this video I guarantee you'll draw something form it. Maybe more question lol but it's ok. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cou5I3jcsRs
Like I said before, the Bible is no ordinary book that you just read and understand and be able pass judgment on. It's not the largest selling book ever written for nothing. Scientist wouldn't be using it to get a paycheck if it was that simple a book. They wouldn't be able to deceive you with their theories?
You of all people should understand this since you enjoy your freewill so much.
God gives us a simple choice choose him or Don't? He won't choose for you.
Now you should find out "what influences your decision" and not blame God for the privilege of choice
you were given.
That like I don't want to get married because I might want to commit adultery or I might.. and so on.. which is all FEAR that you can make a decision and stand by it.
My friend as I've pointed out you've never actually read the bible, unless you followed the format I gave. From New Testament to Old Testament. any other way and the results will be flawed, confusion and boredom etc.
P.S. remember to watch that video I posted. it's unbiased...