Is the Bible the “Word of God?”


Most Christians carelessly assume the Bible was inspired by God. However, there is no way to prove such a belief. All one can do is attempt to prove the Bible was not inspired. This is embarrassingly easy to do.

Many Christians would consider a critical approach to the text a disloyal “attack” on the Bible. This is misguided. Literature purported to be a message from a divine creator should be rigorously tested to ensure it is not a fraud. It should be attacked. What is there to be afraid of? If the Bible really was authored by God, it should easily withstand any test and provide convincing proof of its divine origin. However, upon minimal investigation, the case for divine inspiration collapses. When analyzed with a reasonable dose of skepticism, minus the unfounded presupposition of divine inspiration — just as one would approach other ancient documents such as the Greek myths or Islamic Qur’an and Hadiths — it quickly becomes apparent both the Old and New Testaments contain numerous contradictions, anachronisms and other errors which preclude inspiration by an omnipotent and omniscient creator. Ultimately, the book regarded as sacred by so many Christians turns out to be nothing more than the work of fallible human beings — just like every other book in the world.

The brief and concise exposés listed in the column to the right are more than enough to conclude the Bible must be judged unreliable.

Here are a few highlights:

I support all of these claims with scripture making references to the original Hebrew and Greek. I usually cite the New Revised Standard Version Bible which I realize is not everyone’s preferred Bible. However, most of the verses I cite appear virtually the same in other popular translations. Where there are substantial differences, I deal with them. Incidentally, you will notice that some key passages as they are rendered in the revered Holy Bible: King James Version are clearly fraudulent.

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