I have a long and very complex relationship with the Bible. I was raised on it. I’ve read it through more than once. It was the code I had once promised to live by.
The problem is, the Bible never presents itself as a code. It never presents itself as a sacred infallible text. It’s just a book, like the Qur’an, Pride and Prejudice and Fifty Shades of Grey.
Some of the stuff in the Bible is awesome. Like, mind-blowingly awesome. The Sermon on the Mount. Many parts of the Prophets. The Gospels. But it’s not perfect. There are factual and ethical errors strewn about it. It claims the earth is 6,000 years old. And that’s just stupid. It commands parents to stone disobedient children. And that’s just fucked up. It records God’s command to commit genocide, rape and infanticide right alongside his commands to love and forgive.
When we suggest that the Bible is infallible, we force ourselves into a dangerous corner and end up submitting even to its darkest and most hateful sides. Sides that suggest there is blessing for murdering babies of a certain ethnicity (Psalm 137:8-9)
Useful book. But not something to build your life on.