Originally Posted by Fourteen
I will say that there is much archaeological and historical proof that supports the Bible's authenticity, for those with an open mind and who are willing to consider all facts available. For those who have already decided to ignore those facts, nothing anyone else says will change that.
You're apparently going under the assumption that some of us who know how the modern Bible was compiled and created are atheists. One should never make such presumptions when one doesn't have all the facts.
Archeological digs and historical fact checking have proven that some of the places existed and things that occurred actually happened. That still doesn't prove a particular natural disaster was the wrath of God, even though the Bible may state it as such. The Bible is an historical volume that's true, but it doesn't
mean it's the unadulterated Word of God.
The Bible is full of sexual deviance, murder, and intrigue. Pretty racy stuff for a holy book, don't you think? Some of the people involved in a lot of the worst stuff were never punished for their sins, either. King David was a liar, adulterer and murderer, yet he was one of God's champions according to the Bible, and with his adulterous mistress sired Israel's greatest King, Solomon.
Let's also not forget Lot's two daughters who decided to get their father drunk and have sex with him, because they wanted children. They both gave birth to sons who became the founders of two great peoples. Doesn't sound much like punishment from on High for the grievous crime of incest, does it?
Being able to see the discrepancies in the Bible and knowing that it wasn't compiled purely from the mind of God doesn't mean one is necessarily an atheist. I am, however, every religious denomination's worst nightmare; a thinking
Christian who can make up her own mind and see that the Bible has been heavily influenced by the hand of man since its inception.
As far as other people being atheists, that's their decision. I believe they're entitled to their peace and to be left alone by religious zealots trying to 'save' them. Any true
Christian (or non-Christian) knows we can save only one person, and that's ourselves. Haranguing someone because they don't believe is NOT the way to make someone curious about getting to know God.