A nice, objective opinion, which means that a lot of Religious Right zealots will be madder than a Baptist in a brothel, a wet hen, a poked bear, you get my drift about this. My own relatives, for instance, who are very religiously AND politically ultra – conservative come to mind. In fact, I may send this little Op – Ed piece just to stir them up. I owe them. 🙂
I was RAISED religious, but as I grew older, I started to think more critically about such matters. Christian scripture has been through many, many hands over many, many lifetimes, & humans are fallible beings, so therefore the Bible is NOT 100 % infallible after being interpreted & re – interpreted by all those different hands.
Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, printed his OWN version of ” The Good Book “. I’m not sure of the contents, but if I recall correctly, his version omitted much of the Old Testament ( Which so many Religious Right followers tend to follow rather than the teachings of Jesus, strangely enough ), & so many different publishing houses have published different versions of the Bible that it can, IMHO, no longer be referred to as the ” inerrant word of God ” ( Which probably means that Samson probably DIDN’T slay a thousand with the jaw – bone of an ass, or that the Earth / possibly the entire universe was not created in a period of 6 literal 24 – hour days, or that Jesus was not born on 25 December ( more likely towards the early Spring ) ). Bishop Usher added the part about the Earth being created 6,000 years ago.
Is the Bible historically accurate, & if so, how much ? I don’t pretend to know, & my time machine is being re – tuned. 🙂 They obviously didn’t fact – check during those days. So my answer would very likely be a firm ” NO “.
Just some thoughts on a lazy Sunday afternoon, as I am getting used to this relatively Dell Inspiron computer.