Is following the Bible harmful? Not at all.
THE HUMANIST'S SUMMARY PART 2: Other Problems with the Bible
There are other reasons why the Bible should not be considered the word of God. They include, but are not limited to: the fact that we dont know who wrote most of it; the fact that much of it was written many years and in some cases many centuries after the events it purports to describe; its obscene passages; and its promises of eternal rewards for the ignorant and credulous and everlasting punishment for skeptics and investigators.
Finally, the harm that the Bible causes in peoples personal lives should be mentioned as a reason for rejecting the book. Its not uncommon to see media reports
about Bible believers committing bizarre, injurious, and sometimes deadly acts.
Some people use Bible verses to justify beating children, withholding medical treatment, handling snakes, drinking poison, chopping off body parts, plucking out eyes,
driving out demons, withdrawing from the affairs of this world, renouncing the pleasures of life, and expecting the world to end.
If the Bible were not viewed as Gods word, these acts would occur much less often.
It is interesting to note that, where Christianity flourished, science flourished. Where Christianity flourishes, women and children are elevated and protected. Without Christianity women and children are objectified, used, and enslaved. Where Christianity flourished our God-given human rights are protected (see Declaration of Independence). Where Christianity flourishes, so does business and free enterprise. And where Christianity flourishes, other religions... including humanism... are also free to practice their beliefs.
Take just this last point. There is no other religion that tolerates "competing" religions, except Christianity. Yes, all religions have exclusive claims. But, only Christianity is truly tolerant of others. You can see their intolerance in the humanist web page we've been looking at It clearly demonstrates an intolerance of Christianity. And it is an intolerance of a much greater intensity than is directed at any other religion. For example, you do not find a comparable page on their web site attacking the Qur'ran or the Hindu Vedas and Upanishads. You don't see then attacking the Book of Mormon and other Mormon "scripture." You don't even see them attacking the Catholic apocrypha or traditions (which have the same authority as scripture).
Their main focus is Biblical Christianity? Why? All false religions, including atheism and humanism, have a demon at their heart. And what do they hate the most? God (Jesus) and the Bible.
Answering The Above Accusations
Lets take a look at some of the accusations in this summary statement.
That we dont know who wrote most of it [the Bible] - Not true. We know all of the authors of the New Testament, except for the book of Hebrews. Moses wrote the Pentateuch (first five books of the bible). The writers of many of the historical books, and all of the prophetic books are given in the name of the book. David wrote most of the Psalms. Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes and most of the proverbs. The only books for which the author is not identified are some of the Old Testament historical books.
But, we know the ultimate author is God. All of the Bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit, and the it was the Holy Spirit the superintended the writers so that everything they wrote is accurate and true.
The fact that much of it was written many years and in some cases many centuries after the events it purports to describe - Not true. All of the New Testament was written within 65 years of the events it records. In the Old Testament, all of the prophetic books were written by the prophet themselves. The Old Testament historic books are very interesting. At times they give references to their source material, that was available at the time for their readers to check. Here is a partial list:
The Book of Wars: Numbers 21:14
The Book of Jasher: Joshua 10:13
The Chronicles of David: 1 Chronicles 27:24
The Book of the Kings of Israel: 1 Chronicles 9:1.
The Chronicles of Nathan the Prophet: 1 Chronicles 29:29
The Decree of David the King of Israel: 2 Chronicles 35:4.
But yes, some parts of the Bible were written long after the events they describe. Moses wrote about creation at least 2000 years after it happened. How did he get it right? Through
the superintending guidance of the Holy Spirit. Yes, there was an eyewitness involved in the writing of EVERY word in the Bible. The Holy Spirit.
Obscene passages - I could use some examples to know what they are talking about. What is obscure to a humanist is often crystal clear to a believing Christian.
Its promises of eternal rewards for the ignorant and credulous and everlasting punishment for skeptics and investigators. - I'm having a hard time even understanding
this part of the humanist's sentence. But I'll try.
By "ignorant and credulous" I assume they mean people who believe God's word. Yes, those who believe and trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior from the just penalty for disobey God, do spend eternity with God. And what is truly good news about this is that it is available to everyone. It does not matter who you are or what you have done -- trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior.
I'm not sure what they mean by "skeptics and investigators." This description seems to have been used to make non-believers (humanists in particular) seem innocent. For example they say: "I'm just a skeptic who is investigating the truth of Christianity. How can God condemn me for simply not having enough information?"
The fact is, you have enough information. If you are a skeptic, it is because you have chosen to disregard the plain evidence God has set before you. God tells you this in Romans 1:18-31:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known
about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been
made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in [t]their own persons the due penalty of their error.
And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.
The humanists write that some people use Bible verses to justify:
- Beating children: in violation of what the Bible teaches
- Withholding medical treatment: in violation of what the Bible teaches
- Handling snakes: in violation of what the Bible teaches
- Drinking poison: in violation of what the Bible teaches
- Chopping off body parts: in violation o what the Bible teaches
- Plucking out eyes: in violation of what the Bible teaches
- Driving out demons: demon possession is real, but we don't have the power to drive out demons
- Withdrawing from the affairs of this world: in violation of what the Bible teaches
- Renouncing the pleasures of life: it depends on what you define as "the pleasures of this life." Drinking is a good example. The Bible does not forbid drinking. Enjoying a glass of wine (or beer) is fine. Getting drunk is not.
- Expecting the world to end: Yes it will. Humanists accuse God of being unable or unwilling to end evil. But, He will end evil, and that means this world will come to an end and all "second" chances to repent and trust in Him as your Savior will end also.
Note: I've indicated which of these behaviors listed by the humanists violate what the Bible teaches. What the humanists claim is in blue. What I wrote is in black.
Yes, the humanists are right. There are people who use the Bible to justify behaviors that violate what the Bible teaches. But, because someone claims to be a Christian and then engages in certain practices, that does not mean those practices are Biblical. The behavior of Christians, and false Christians, does not define what the Bible teaches.
If the Bible were not viewed as Gods word, these acts would occur much less often.
Not true. If the Bible were more often viewed as God's word, and obeyed as written, these acts would not occur. Nearly everything on the humanist's list is a violation of Biblical teaching. In addition, if the Bible were more often viewed as God word and obeyed, we'd see fewer single mothers (and the resulting poverty); fewer suicides; less crime; fewer gender identity problems; fewer riots and disorder; fewer hungry people; less disease; and the list goes on.
The Bible is true, accurate, without error, and a major benefit to humanity.
Next The Humanist's Final Statement:
Many compelling and morally sound reasons support the Humanist position that the Bible is not divinely inspired. Instead of being inerrant, the Bible has far more errors
and immoral teachings than most other books.
By treating this mistake-ridden book as the word of God, humanity has been led down many paths of error and misery throughout history. In too many ways, the Bible continues to produce such results.
But in some cases, the errors caused by the Bible have been corrected and the harms have been stopped. This happened when a scientific approach was applied to problems. Science involves relying on reason, observation, experience, and compassion rather than blindly accepting religious or secular dogma.
We should reject the views of those who say the Bible has infallible answers to todays problems. As Humanists know, science has proved to be a much better source for
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