The bible just like any other article written by human hand is subject to the author’s interpretation of the evidence. It then follows that the reader will comprehend it biased by his own understanding. It is evident right here in the comments that will follow as each one of you will read this article and take a part of it as the underlying truth and so come to different conclusions as to what it is all about.
Statistics is a great tool and with it you can prove all sorts of things. You can for example prove that the probability of man being related to ape is virtually guaranteed as we have massive odds stacked up against it not being true. However the same stats also indicate that the information at hand is not a fact and is assumed to be true due to lack of an alternative explanation so negating the entire exercise. I am not saying I don't believe in evolution I do however state that the very laws involved in it has the finger prints of a grand design. For me it is God for others it is pure chance.
It is rather funny how the bible gives us all these ideas on what hell is like. I do not however believe that any of those authors actually went there and so it brings about the question as to what it actually is like. If your child behaves badly and you give them a beating (probably get arrested these days) as a way to correct their behavior you are punishing them now so as to prevent them from grave harm later on in life. You could just as easily have used another form of punishment such as putting them in a corner and denying them any participation in the events taking place around them. If you took this as a basis for how a God may choose to punish those who fail to do their part then the absence of God becomes clear. Just like the child stuck in the corner knowing that everyone else is out having fun, those who might end up in hell realize that everyone else is next door having a party in heaven with the big G as the MC and he is stuck outside hearing the doof doof over the wall. Then again it may be a case of some medication that gave them wonderful hallucinations and who knew that someone idiot would be daft enough to add it to the rest of the books of the bible.
Some parts of the bible do carry great value in that it gives us guidelines as to our behavior. Hmmm try walking topless into a church today in the middle of a sermon, eish….yet the missioners had no problem with it just a few hundred years ago. Ok so we rip that page out and put in a new one saying it’s not ok to be topless in church. Presto the bible is now fixed and relevant again.
You see the problem with most believers is they have become sheep since active discussion is not encouraged. Add onto that the doctrine that is pounded into them and they end up believing in the bible and forget that the book is not what it’s about. The point of church going is not to sit there for hours on end then give away a good chunk of you pay and presto heaven is yours. The church or what ever you want to call it is there to help answer the questions you might have and with the bible as an aid only. If you truly believe in a God try answer these questions. Who is God? What is God? Is there a God? All these questions need to be answered by your choice of faith and if not then you might be barking up the wrong tree. So what is the conclusion of all this ranting: The grand picture is we are just specs of dust on a blue planet in an average galaxy out there amongst billions of others just as insignificant as the rest. For some reason we choose to believe that all of that was made just for us and no matter how grand it all is we get pissed of at God for not letting us win the Lotto. You see the choice dough fraught with failures and lack of proof remains yours. If you choose to believe then be grateful for all the wonders the creator put in place to make life on this blue marble possible and stop bitching about the crime. Remember that not all people believe in the same God or lack there of. If you choose not to believe in a God for what ever reason be it lack of proof or too much proof against there being a God you will still live the same life. As a believer you however have hope of something more when you die. So before you decide to go bible bashing today and laugh at all the believers out there remember that at least they have some guidelines as to what is expected from them and it gives them hope.