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just my 2 cents worth

OK i have read quite a few though not all of the responses because well there are way to many of them for me to spend my precious online time to read BUT i wanted to put in one very important thing that seems to be missing from many of the posts. I am going to do this copy and paste style with a link to my source

“The Bible was written over a period of 1400 to 1800 years by more than 40 different authors. The Bible is a compilation of 66 separate books, divided into two primary divisions: the Old Testament (containing 39 books) and the New Testament (containing 27 books). It is believed that all of the books of the Bible were written under inspiration of the Holy Spirit. "

My Point:
The bible which is consistently referred to as the only true “holy work” because the others were written by man and that the bible is really “gods word” was in fact written not only by one person but 40! {think it could have been corrupted by those persons own views on life????}

“The first five books of the Old Testament (known as the Pentateuch or Torah) was written by Moses”

My Point:
Many people (particularly christians) condemn other religions because there “holy work” was written by a “human prophet” however their original “holy work” was written by alas a HUMAN PROPHET.

I have known this fact for a while and it is kind of upsetting that more people are not aware that the bible was not written by either “God” or “Jesus” but by a human.

So therefore if one of the criteria is that the “holy work” must be written by a “human” than sorry Christianity you meet that criteria for a cult…

here is the source “http://www.allabouttruth.org/when-was-the-bible-written-faq.htm”

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Just so you know — your “source” isn’t really a very good one.

Most scholars believe that the Pentateuch is actually the work of at least five different authors. This is called the “Documentary Hypothesis”, and it (or some minor variation on it) is a pretty standard view among bible scholars.

The basic theory is that four separate original works (called “J”, “E”, “D”, and “P”) were combined by a fifth author (called “R”), to produce the current document.

There are some other ideas floating around, too, but the only ones who believe it’s the work of a single author (whether Moses or somebody else) are those who blindly accept the traditional account.

A similar argument is given for the synoptic gospels (Mark, Matthew, and Luke). Matthew and Luke “borrowed” from Mark and another lost document (called “Q”) in producing their books. And very few scholars actually think that the names on them are correct (in the sense that that’s who wrote them).

Many people (particularly christians) condemn other religions because there “holy work” was written by a “human prophet” however their original “holy work” was written by alas a HUMAN PROPHET.

Gosh! I think you are ripping us off at $0.02 for that. Does anyone really believe that God actually wrote any of that Bible text himself, personally? That is a really blasphemous insulting notion. If He had written it personally, the Bible would not have all the ambiguities and inconsistencies that have divided its readers on its meaning for thousands of years now. It would be a much better document and a good read.

I think the universal claim is much less: that God inspired man (in general) to write it and later to edit and translate it many times. So, if you can stomach that indigestible lump, which is devoured by just about all Christian, Hebrew and Islamic sects, then it does not matter who or how many people wrote any of it, and no one should be surprised that they made so many mistakes. Nothing can be proved about its authorship. You just believe what you want to believe (or are conditioned to believe) about it.

The only sure thing is that all of the authors lived so far in the past that they were necessarily much more ignorant than most modern humans about nature, science and almost everything. Think about this! His ghost writers could not have been inspired to write about the world as we know it today because that would not have made sense to them or anyone else at that time and the writings would have been binned. Imagine an inspired Moses writing his Genesis about genetics as we understand them. What an absurd notion. This would not matter one bit if so many Christians did not insist on taking this ancient text as a “good news” guide to history, science, medicine and sociology.

The ignorance of the authors of the scriptures was not their fault, but it does seriously erode their credibility today on almost any subject. After all, they had no knowledge even that germs spread disease, so how could any modern human take seriously their advice or rules about diet or blood treatment. In our world they lack even an elementary school education and are not qualified to give advice about anything.

Nevertheless the Bible served a useful purpose until mankind grew a sufficient understanding of the world to be able to base his moral code on a more stable foundation.

However all religious people must be conservative by nature, and conservatives tend to have a problem adapting to change and better ideas.

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