Don't get the differing problem. You and 5 of your friends go to an event. I then ask you to describe the event. They will all differ. Some will include things you don't and will exclude things and details you put in. Are you all liars? of course not. But your documented evidence differs and seems to contradict each other. Does it, no. I'm not pretending that all examples in the Bible are that easy. But some are. and others may just be perceived as contradictions. Can you assure me you have ruled out all those possibilities in every case?
So you're suggesting that your god, when "inspiring" the Single Most Important Message (tm) to it's supposedly beloved creation, the one great slice of communication that it intends to spread it's Word down through the ages...
The book that is supposed to bring his widdle wost sheep back to the flock to "think like children" (this action allegedly being the one thing that this god "wants" more than anything else EVAH!)...
You're suggesting that when the all-singing, all-dancing Creator of All That Is writes his one Big Book, it allows for it's ghost writers to simply "forget" s**t? Or otherwise record faulty information?
What kind of sloppy ass editing is that lol?
I propose that if ANY holy book was actually written by a GOD, it would be the most universally inspiring, emotionally overwhelming, enlightening and eye-opening piece of literature in the history of all existence.
You wouldn't be able to read the thing without stopping every 20 seconds to catch your breath. Translations would be flawless, all the time, because a god, especially a super tight-assed and facist one like Yahweh, would NEVER allow a man to put errors in his biography. This is the sinister deity who smote a poor bastard just for catching the Ark of the Covenant as it was falling.
If the bible was written or inspired by a *GOD*, you simply would not be able to deny it's amazingness, and surely it would be absolutely unique among books; there would be NOTHING else like it. There couldn't be.
Now I'm sure there's going to be some sort of profession of amazement with the bible... I'm sure it IS *your* favorite book.
But the majority of the planet disagrees. And an often listed reason is simply "It's just not a very good book."
It's poorly written 14th century English is an odd choice to stick with, the lack of narrative structure is rather confusing (actually had a Christian friend laugh and say "DUDE, you're not supposed to read it in order from front to back! Come on!
) it's chock full of unlikeable and unsympathetic main characters, morally bankrupt bronze age societal laws, terrible science, hundreds upon hundreds of gaping plotholes and internal contradictions, and just straight up, poor writing.
You need armies of translators, interpreters, apologists and preachers to make heads or tails of what it all "really" says, because apparently just reading the words that are there and assuming that the authors said X Y or Z because they MEANT X Y or Z ... Apparently this is wrong. And allll these "biblical scholars" who Christians depend on for clarity of their god's message, after like SIXTEEN HUNDRED YEARS of translating and interpreting and apologia and preaching, STILL can't come to a universally agreed-upon version of the book?
I'm sorry man, that's just freaking embarassing. You'd really think Yahweh would have shown up by now to set the record straight.
And yet... The hills are strangely quiet in this regard. Odd.
Most Christians say you need to read the thing over and over and over for YEARS to get a proper understanding of the source material (clear cut example of brainwashing there), and every denomination reads it differently anyway.
An all powerfull all knowing super being couldn't write a book straight forward enough that even the most mentally meager of it's sheep would read it and have a chance to understand Yahweh's messages in their entirity? It couldn't just SAY WHAT IT MEANS via words?
lulz... Even Paris Hilton can write a book with a beginning, middle, and an end, that doesn't require translators or apologists or interpreters to make sense of it... It might even actually hold your attention if you're bored enough, even though it might as well be written in Crayon by a monkey.
Yet a god can't???
Of course it could. But something divinely coherent with universal appeal is not what we got, is it? We got a giant, bloated, convoluted mess of a murderbook/fablebook that apparently requires YEARS of "schooling" to "get", and is so vague and so chock full of loop holes that there's room for over 38,000 interpretations of what it means.
Sigh... Yes, I know, I know, YOU think it's the greatest thing ever. You've polished up the mountains of awful within the confines of your brain washed consiousness, and you think it's just the most awesomest, incredible book in the history of books and it makes you feel loved big huggy bunches and you quiver with anticipation every time you turn the page.
I suppose if I REALLY had myself convinced that a giant malicious space elf was going to send my eternal essence screaming into a pit of napalm BBQ for all eternity, where thorny-cocked demons raped my nostrils for the rest of time, I'd find a way to be a super-fan of that terrible manuscript, too.
But the truth is, the rest of us, the billions and billions standing OUTSIDE your spooky cult bubble, it's just a crappy book. Sorry, I'm not trying to offend, I'm rendering my honest review of the material. It's just not good. It's not even "decent". As a piece of literature, the bible is one of the most boring and meandering books I've ever had the displeasure of reading. I've read it several times (I'm a glutton for punishment), and it gets WORSE every time.
Big huge important question here: Why didn't your god make it's One Great Communique' to it's darling creation universal and timeless? I mean, it KNEW it wouldn't be writing a sequal right? Well, past part 2 I guess 'cos apparently Yahweh didn't get it perfect the first time (no surprise there, screwing stuff up and then smiting his way out of it is practically O.T. Yahweh's defining character trait lol).
But why is everything told within the context of bronze age jewish goat herders? Endless analogies to farming and livestock... No mention of anything outside of the ancient Middle East... No talk of magnificient South American water falls, or the Grand Canyon, which you can't deny would be pretty convincing just by themselves...
"Stuff 4:18 And Truly, I say unto you, across the furthest Eastern seas, across more horizons than man may cross in this day, I tell you will be found a chasm in the Earth so great that blah blah blah blah."
Or how about mentioning anything going on in the far East? There was a TON of fascinating stuff going on over there in Jesus alleged day, and there's zero mention of any of it. This really isn't a surprise I suppose since the Yahweh character obviously hates Asians, having sent probably 95% of them to hell over the millennia as Christianity didn't even become 1% of the population until the early 1900's.
There's virtually *nothing* on the rest of the world or what's going on in it (because the authors had no knowledge of the world) and when it tries to get universal and addresses cosmology, it fails. Miserably. EVERY time.
Anyway, my point here is, for being a god? Your guy REALLY sucks at writing compelling literature. He actually writes exactly like you'd expect a big conglomeration of mysoginistic, slave-owning, child-marrying, homophobic, genocidal primitives and Jewish Rabbis with sticks up their collective asses, looking to maintain a vice grip on their tribes' loyalties and behaviors.
It is one UGLY book. U.G.L.Y., and it ain't got no aliby, it's UGLY. And I'm supposed to believe it was written by a PERFECT super-being? It boggles the mind how someone could be played for such a rube.
I dunno. Maybe Constantine should have hired playwrites to edit the Rabbi's tribal myths before they frankensteined the bible together in the first place... I'd still never believe stories about boats that carry 60,000 species of spider on them or that having a Rabbi spit in your eyes will heal you, or that you can produce striped goats by making them fornicate in front of striped sticks...
But at least maybe hiring professional writers would have made it a more entertaining work of fiction. One people would actually be interested in reading.
Try "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac. Now THAT is a book. And reading it actually had the unanticipated effect of making my life better, and more enjoyable!