I had posted the following article and got a number of comments. One comment was why an article like this appears in my web site because it has nothing to do with Port Orange. I am going to delete all comments to the article, both pro and con. Comments will not be allowed on this article. — hank springer
…..The Bible is messy.
It’s confusing and contradictory and just plain weird in some places. For a skeptic like me, every passage raises new questions and doubts, and shines a floodlight on any that were already lurking in the shadows. For a while, I actually refused to read the Bible at all, for fear that my faith might not make it out alive.
I’m not proud to admit it, but whenever someone tries to tell me what “the Bible clearly says,” a large part of me wants to smack them over the head with it.
I wish the Bible was clear. It would make things so much easier, wouldn’t it?
I don’t think I ever believed God literally wrote the Bible.
Even in the early days, that idea seemed a bit far-fetched. But almost without realizing, I had been grasping onto the idea that it couldn’t just be a load of old books written by people. People get things wrong. I wanted the Bible to be more than that. It had to have some sort of divine, supernatural power that made it worth all this attention. If not, what made it different from anything else people have written? How could I trust it at all?….