An Atheist, seeking to justify his homosexuality and rebellion toward our Creator, asks questions via a MEME in hopes of disparaging the Bible and its Truth.
A Christian response…
Atheist: If an omniscient, omnipotent, perfect being is the mastermind behind the Bible, then why does the book reflect only the culture, science, history, literature, technology, morals and values of the era in which it was written?
Christian: Why would Moses, the Prophets, the Apostles, not write in the context of their respective generation? Simply because God the Holy Spirit Authors the Scriptures, He did not remove the person-hood, the personality, the proclivities, the passions, of the holy men of old who penned the Text.
The Holy Spirit did not deny the free will and emotions of the writers as they were moved to write and document and chronicle by the will of God. Our Creator, from Eternity, has always employed the faithfulness of His servants, both angels and later – mankind, as vessels through whom He crafts His perfect will for Time and Eternity.
Atheist: And why are there so many versions of it [the Bible].
Christian: There is only one Text, the original languages, that are to be the focal point of our study as we read our favorite “translation.” Translations in English are constructed either for readability or word-for-word accuracy and study. There is a plethora of English “translations” out there but only a few, IMHO, are truly worthy of serious consideration. I personally “cut my Biblical teeth” on the Living Bible some 27-yrs ago, a loose paraphrased translation that reads like a novel…it is a wonderful introductory Bible but NOT to be used for serious study. Today, I prefer the NASB and NKJV with the Hebrew and Greek close at hand.
Atheist: And why does it [the Bible] have so many inaccuracies and inconsistencies?
Christian: I have debated the Bible ad nauseam…I have yet to find a valid contradiction. I don’t read the Scriptures searching for contradictions; I read the Scriptures to hear from my Lord and to know His will thereby seeking to be pleasing to Him.
Atheist: And why is it [the Bible] open to so many interpretations?
Christian: Interpretations are settled by an exegesis in context using the original languages.
Atheist: And why does it [the Bible] include stoning, torture, burning, slavery, homophobia, bigotry, and chauvinism?
Christian: The Bible is God’s mirror into the debauchery, the horror of sin and the sin-nature that ravages men, women, children, nature…God hides nothing. God’s Justice against sin is a prevailing doctrine in the Scriptures…to fully understand this, one must understand why God has created Time, the Universe, Earth, mankind, Hell. I explain that in the attached article.
Atheist: And why would anyone have to ask so many questions about the Bible if it’s supposed to be the go-to source for the truth and the ultimate book for morality?
Christian: People seek knowledge of the Bible from men and they ask questions because they don’t desire to study and seek that Truth for themselves, why? Because they’re lazy or intimidated or lack resources or don’t actually want knowledge of the Truth…they’re only seeking justification for their sin. This is causation for cults, false doctrine, confusion, apostasy, death of the body in sin and death of the soul in Hell.