If I had a dime for every time I’d been asked whether I’d read the bible, I’d be a mediocre rich person.
Okay, probably not. But I could certainly afford to buy a few more coffees.
I find that Christians often bring out this argument when they either feel they can’t get through to us heathen-ish atheists or when they’re losing a debate so badly that they feel they need to whip out the Ace card they’ve been hiding up their sleeve.
It’s as if the Christian believes that if I’d only take the time to read their holy book, I wouldn’t be able to disagree with it. I’d finally admit that their God exists and I’ve been a foolish moron the entire time. Maybe they believe the holy spirit will descend and open my eyes once and for all.
Dear Christian: I have read the bible. I used to be a Christian much like you. I believed in Jesus. I believed in the bible and I believed what my pastor told me the bible said.
One day I decided to read the bible for myself. I’d been told this was the be-all-and-end-all of books so I’d be a fool not to read it at least once, especially since I was expected to base a good portion of my life around it.
It wasn’t what I’d been expecting. I found it was full of violence, genocide, rape, misogyny, contradictions, internal inconsistencies and what I considered to be unethical teachings.
Since then, I’ve read the bible several more times. Each time I read it, it reinforces in my mind that this book that is revered by so many was written by humans – and men in particular. I can’t understand how so many people believe the magical claims found within its pages, especially when they’re told point blank that they need faith to believe it.
There is no evidence any of the supernatural occurrences described in the bible are true. The teachings in the bible are unethical in my opinion, and while there are some good parts in the book, I don’t understand why we don’t treat it like any other book and file away the good parts, acknowledge the horrible parts, learn what we can from it, and finally admit it was written by superstitious people who believed all sorts of nonsense.
The short answer is that yes, I’ve read the bible.
It’s one of the premier reasons I’m an atheist. I wish more Christians would read the bible for themselves, instead of relying on their Pastor or Minister to read it to them.