There are two things that all Christians seem to agree about. Firstly, that the Bible is a group of writings divinely inspire by God as an outline on how to live a righteous life. Secondly, God is all powerful, and all knowing, but that he does not interfere with daily life because he has given humanity free will to decide between good and evil. This can be best exampled in the story of Adam and Eve when God gives them the free will to choose which trees to eat from despite being told very specifically which one not to.
So there is this acceptance in the Christian community that humans have free will to disobey God whenever they choose. They also seem to accept that humans by nature do bad things and need rules and structure from God himself. Yet somehow, these same exact Christians feel that all humans who were involved in forming and canonizing the Bible made not one single mistake in it's writing and editing because they were "divinely inspired." But doesn't the word of the Bible, claiming humans are imperfect and often bad by nature proof that the Bible itself is imperfect as well.
Perhaps, God did divinely inspire a work to become the Bible.... but perhaps this work was edited and changed by humans in order to propagate a group of people's own belief system. Perhaps, God did express distaste for homophobia, racism, slavery, and genocide... but because the men who canonized the Bible didn't agree themselves, perhaps they changed it. Or perhaps, they changed everything and left very few actual truths in the Bible. How would the Christian majority feel if they were told that parts of the Bible are bullshit written by humans and other parts are the word of truth from the almighty himself! Would they still follow the entire Bible as the word of God then? What if the real Bible stated that Jesus died for all our sins and that for his sacrifice we are all saved for all eternity whether we accept him as the son of God or not.
Many people are aware of several books of that were almost a part of the Bible often referred to as the Gnostic Bibles. There is no good reason why these texts don't exist in the current Christian Bible except that the Council of Nicaea lead by Roman Emperor Constantine decided so. Why exactly would God allow, possibly inspire, several different books only for a select number of them to make it into a Christian library of texts called The Holy Bible. Some of these books that didn't make it into the Bible represent a far different idea of what and who Jesus was and said. Obviously Christians today do not accept any of these as books as any acceptable part of Christianity... by why? Because the Council of Nicaea decided so? The Apocalypse of Adam tells of alternative Gods. The Gospel of Judas tells of how Judas betrayed Jesus because Jesus told him to. The Gospel of Thomas doesn't even mention Jesus ever being anything God-like. The Gospel of Truth gives a very different story of creation. Why are these books so easily tossed aside while the books that did make it into the Bible considered divine.
I think it is obvious that humans are not perfect. Whether or not the Bible was written by man is not a question, it clearly was. The question at hand is whether or not the Bible was inspired by God and is a work that dictates how humans should live their lives. For me, it is clear that the human hand is responsible for the Bible and that no "ghost writer" was ever present. Even if the Bible was inspired by God, perhaps even written, there was more than enough chance and space for humans, such as Constantine himself or the Council of Nicaea to edit and change the stories of the New Testament to make Christianity fit their idea of the universe. And where there is room or human error and a chance for human corruption, both tend to exist in excess. Whether or you believe that Jesus was the son of God or not, it is clear that the human hand most likely used it's own ability of free will to do what it wanted to ... freely.
March 18, 2008
Posted by Phoenix Roepke at 9:02 PM