Does anyone else ever find it troubling that in order to keep the Bible relevant and taken seriously it has to be ‘re-interpreted’ over and over again? Don’t get me wrong, it is amazing that it CAN be re-interpreted over and over for every age but at the same time I find it troubling that it can only continue to be believed as time goes on by doing so. By digging deeper into the text than any average Joe of Today would ever bother attempting, just to make it fit with our current understandings.
At face value, the Bible simply does not pass the smell test. For whoever could believe the extravagant claims without relying on someone more intelligent to help convince them? My personal library is almost entirely made up of apologetic material that I NEEDED just to have a basic level of faith. And still my brain more often than not screams NO! It cannot be!
Whenever a Theist decides to defend the Bible from Atheist charges, they always have to alter something, accept that what is written isn’t actually what is meant. Each time Biblical interpretation must be altered to continue surviving. Tremendous dedication is required to fend off the simplest of charges. People have dedicated their lives to defending it from the most basic of criticisms. Criticisms that are so EASY to come up with.
Will we ever get to a point where it just cannot keep up any longer? Where we have to simply put down the shovels and toss it aside in order to continue living in reality?
Of course, for that to happen there must not be a God. But considering God is seemingly just as absent from the World around us as the Tooth Fairy, does it even matter if He exists or not? We only have this book to go on.
Lately I find myself just giving in to the criticisms. It is far easier and at the end of the Day, more honest than ignoring them and continuing to defend something that is clearly incredibly flawed. Even if that which is flawed is my own interpretation.