try this experiment: ask God why the bible contradicts itself. read acts 17 (19-20)ask why Jesus told the religious leaders their 'bible' was wrong.
They took Paul, to Areopagus where the supreme court of justice was held; one of the most sacred and reputable courts that had ever existed in the Gentile world.
"Thou bringest - strange things to our ears" - The doctrine of the apostles was different from any they had ever heard: it was spiritual which made it strange to them.
Paul saw the city was consumed with idolatory, but he acknowledges that (on their system) they were a very religious people, he compliments them on this and at the same time takes advantage to show them where it is defective. They did not know the true God. God was to them the "unknown God" written on the alter. As they were religious people, they listened to Paul as he described that God whose being they acknowledged, but whose nature they did not know.
Paul took the fact that the alter was inscribed to the "unknown God" and assumed the right, which neither, philosopher, or judge in the court could dispute, he brought the whole subject of Christianity before them. He used plain and sensible reasonings to convince his hearers of the soundness of his doctrine. So Paul not being convicted of breaking the law, departed.
ask why Jesus did not write anything at all, but he was literate.
I don't know.
ask why so many people at the same time had the same claims of virgin birth, and the claim of being the 'savior'.
and still do
John 4:1 Dear friends do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Why in acts, was praise given for churches who search the scriptures to 'determine' what was true: instead of those who just claimed it was all true?
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
when Jesus pointed out the so-called 'law of God' that Moses gave was not 'really' the law of God, he was pointing out that the bible was not the Law of God. So the religious all wanted him dead. so then he 'dies' or 'doesn't die' either way he's absent, and then the same book gets touted as 'the law of God' that Jesus never claimed was. he claimed the word could not be contained in a book: yet the 'followers' of this man claim it does.
I like Jesus as he is portrayed, but most of it is probably lies. and evidence supports that.
what I believe doesn't matter to anyone but me, and anyone who chooses to agree. what you believe matters to you, and anyone who chooses to agree. we will not agree on this, because an old government handbook based on ignorance of the masses is no longer relevant to a less ignorant people. it has only survived because of indoctrination of children to keep it alive. and if that indoctrination was to stop, then the entire religion dies. same thing with Islamic extremism. Do you think the guys strapping bombs to themselves and blowing themselves up are crazy to believe that they will die and get a bunch of virgins to have sex with for doing it? so also do I think your crazy to believe a man that was killed did not die, did not stay to fix things, and had all the power of 'God' to make life anything he wanted and enforce good. oh, and he raised the dead, but yet was allowed to be killed by his followers. or that he had the power of miracles everywhere but where it counted most.
look at Edward Cayce, he is still immortalized, and never accomplished raising the dead. history would definitely remember an individual who did, without relying on the efforts of one man, namely Paul, in which if not for Paul, Christianity would never have flourished. isn't it odd that the followers of Jesus did not agree about how the religion should be conducted?
but whatever, you are the sum of your beliefs. and so am I. on this--the bible--we will disagree.
"You shall speak My words to them, whether they hear or whether they refuse..."
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.