I stayed up (too) late last night working/playing and StumbledUpon a site that angers believers and rallies atheists — the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible.
[if your stomach is turning from that site, before getting too discouraged, read this: http://www.berenddeboer.net/sab/]
I haven’t done a thorough comb-through yet, but this individual has really taken the time to consider every verse in the Bible and remark on everything from contradictions, graphic violence or sex, and outright absurdities. He does take a great deal of liberty with some non-contextual interpretations, but he does look at everything. And he is clearly very familiar with all of the Bible.
And for Christians, seeing a site like this (which has been around for some time, apparently) should be alarming — not because of the evidence he provides, but because, apart from some Bible scholars and some awesome commentary, the everyday believer has no answer for it.
One has to recognize that the owner of the site is a skeptic, if not an outright atheist. His perspective on the Bible is relatively jaded — I’m certain something, somewhere, triggered his desire to search out the Bible and unearth Scripture he deemed terrible. That must be considered.
But at the same time, he’s thinking about it. Are you taking the time to look at the Bible and actually think about it?
Matthew 7 has several very powerful tenets for us to read and know, but in my personal opinion, v. 24-27 contain one of the most significant commands in the NT. You’re not going to click the link, so I’ll just paste the verses:
24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
Throughout the Bible, the Lord is called our stronghold and our rock. However, here Jesus is saying that our security rests in doing what is said — we’ll be prone to swift destruction. So, do you know what He says? Do you know the Word?
If you get tripped up, I’d love to talk about it. If you’re reading this as a skeptic, same deal. But let’s read it, let’s talk about it, and let’s start getting some answers. Don’t be oblivious. The whole Bible is worth your time, and it’s time for us to know the whole thing.