There are plenty of genuine apparent absurdities in the Bible without the need for anyone to go around inventing ones that aren't there.
We must be careful to keep to the topic here: we are not
talking about "absurdities", we are talking about the softening of Christianity to fit in with more compassionate/thinking views in society. As I have explained, this is an alteration in the Word of God. This is embarrassing for how can something that changes be "unchanging"? And this is Nam's (and my) point.
There is a history and a reason to what Nam detects. In very brief terms, two things happened:
1. Luther and Henry VIII appeared and dismissed the pope's authority. Now, at this stage, you will know that the Church of Rome had not only The Bible (a Latin Version), but they also had the pope and the collected works of scholars to interpret what God meant. This comprised a whole library of books on advice, theory, etc. And it changed as "God revealed things" to various papists.
So, what was left for Luther and Henry VIII? The Bible. The Bible had to interpret itself. King James, anxious to avoid troubles in the UK, decided he would publish KJV1611. And if you read this (a complete version) you will see it had the Apocrypha and it had some alterations to make monarchs sound good and order that they should be obeyed. These changes from the Latin Bible of the RCs were probably the first intentional change to reflect the political circumstances of the day. (I will say that KJV1611 is pretty accurate in reflection what the early scriptures said - but it is, of courses based on what they had then and not what we have now. But this is another story.)
But what was the disadvantage that Henry and Luther gave us? As I said, every man and his talking donkey could say what he thought a Bible verses meant (see your idea and Nam's)
If you ever wonder why there are hundreds of protestant spin-off sects, but very, very few RC spin-off sects, you now have your answer.
2. Now, the next big change came in the late 19th century, The great Baptist preacher, Charles SpurgeonWiki
stood firm in the "Downgrade" and "Landmark" softening of God's word. He preached as much Hellfire as he preached Salvation. However, others were against him Mary Baker EddyWiki
and Christian Science, and evangelists, told of the "Feel-good Jesus." It became all the rage. Aimee Semple McPhersonWiki
in particular, was having an off day and preached love instead of fear. She noticed that her collection plate was fuller that day, so she started preaching only the 'feel-good' parts of the Bible. Never ones to miss a trick there came a long line of travelling salvation shows and eventually an entire industry of radio and television evangelists, The message is "All you hear in church is what you want to hear; how much JESUS loves you, why everyone will go to heaven, why women have souls, slavery is bad, and people toss a fifty into the box so that GOD will look the other way for a week or two while they go out and keep sinning."
We add to this dwindling congregations and growing wealth, and we have self-interested people who create all manner of Bibles. "The Word of God you want to hear! With all the nasty bits left out or disguised and lovingly adapted to your particular thoughts on what Yahweh God of War and Thunder should be."