The purpose of this article is not to disparage the Bible, but to simply explore some of the more controversial parts. Although primitive, these wonderful historical documents are part of the rich history of human belief systems used both to explain unexplainable things and to guide the daily life of ancient humans. The explanation of unexplained things included both things that science has since uncovered, as well as things that are still unexplained.
“The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive, legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.” –Albert Einstein, 1954.
Over time, values and beliefs are introduced and evolved. One can look at the whole of the Bible, or they can take only what they want out of it. Either way, it is important to understand the Bible was not written by God. It is a set of ancient writings put together three-plus centuries after the death of Christ. These stories were written by man, chosen by man, updated and altered by man, and translated with many variations by man. It was gathered and edited from a subset of stories that existed in an ignorant, superstitious, and cruel age. The Bible is an extremely important historical document, but it contains many errors and harmful teachings.
The Human Family Tree
According to the book of Genesis, all humans are descended from Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve had three sons named Cain, Abel, and Seth. If Adam and Eve only had boys, how did they have children? Is the Bible imprecise and Adam and Eve actually had daughters too? If so, does that mean brother and sister incestual sex is acceptable in the Bible and therefore to God? If Adam and Eve had no other children, did they have sex with their mother Eve? How much incestual sex occurred during the first few generations. What was it like in that early community?
Back to the Bible documenting no daughters of Adam and Eve. Why? Perhaps God hates women? Did he just forget about women? If the Bible is actually historical, perhaps the fact that it does not document women means nothing. After all, the absence of evidence is not evidence. Or, perhaps it’s just that the Bible is not the literal word of God and just the writings of bigoted men.
A Woman’s Place
I personally do belief the Bible is very outdated, very much out of time with the world today. By today’s standards, the bible contains much controversy. Let’s start our specific exploration with the biblical place in society for women. The bible says that a woman can never rule over a man. A woman can never tell a man what to do, she can never be a boss, nor a politician. She can never be president. Now, if you share this primitive viewpoint than this is not a flaw in the Bible. Likewise, if you think the Bible is the word of God and that’s important to you, than I suppose you’ll have to adopt this position.
The following is an English translation several times removed from the original which was written, transcribed, and morphed many times since before 10,000 BCE. The Bible version of this story was originally written in Hebrew.
I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you. –Genesis 3:16
The book of Genesis is traditionally attributed to Moses about 1,300 BCE. However, many modern scholars believe the origin of the book of Genesis is much older, likely going back to the 5th or 6th century BCE which is about 1,000 to 2,000 years older than the Bible says the Earth is.
The Bible version of this story is likely an edited version going back to the court of Solomon in the 10th century BCE which would put it 10,000 years before Christ, and, according to the Bible, about 6,000 years before the beginning of Earth. This is also about 10,300 years before it was first compiled and edited in the first edition of the Christian Bible. The human mind has had roughly the same capability since circa 150,000 BCE, which is about 6,000 generations ago. The story attributed to the court of Solomon likely had many versions passed down by word of mouth for who knows how many generations.
The book of Genesis also says God’s own words are that women are helpers of men:
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” –Genesis 2:18
Book of Titus: A Woman’s Place is at Home
The bible also says older women should not drink too much, be submissive to their husbands, and stay home. The following is an English translation of the Greek language quote from the book of Titus which was written about six to nine decades after the death of Christ by Paul the Apostle. Paul was born a Jew about the time of Christ’s death, and converted to the Christian faith at about age 30-ish. He wrote, actually dictated to someone, the following a few decades after that:
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. –Titus 2:3-5
There are many questions about the various authors, languages, and translations of the Bible. Modern scholars question whether Paul the Apostle wrote Titus. They believe Titus was written at least three decades after the death of Paul sometime between 90 CE and 140 CE and then later attributed to Paul the Apostle.
The authors of Titus sure liked their wives submissive. Here’s another example:
To be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. –Titus 2:5
Book of Corinthians: A Woman cannot Lead Prayer
The following is an English translation of the original Greek written about five centuries after the death of Christ. The book of Corinthians was also written by Paul the Apostle.
The women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. –1 Corinthians 14:34
Corinthians also says that the head of a wife is her husband:
But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. –1 Corinthians 11:3
The following is one more quote from Corinthians repeating the Law of submissive wives written five to ten decades after the death of Christ. I wonder what Christ would have thought of all this suppression of women?
The women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church. –1 Corinthians 14:34-35
Corinthians also requests that women cover their face when they pray:
But every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. –1 Corinthians 11:5
Book of Timothy: Women Cannot Be Teachers
The following is an English translation of the original Greek written about five decades after the death of Christ. The book of Timothy is also traditionally attributed to Paul the Apostle.
Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control. –1 Timothy 2:11-15
Modern scholars also question whether Paul the Apostle wrote 1 Timothy. They believe 1 Timothy was written at least three decades after the death of Paul, perhaps by the same author who made up the Book of Titus about 90 CE to 140 CE. Whoever made up the book of Timothy sure hated women.
Book of Ephesians: Wives submit everything to their husbands.
The following is an English translation of the original Greek from Ephesians. By tradition, this book is usually attributed to Peter the Apostle too, circa 62 CE. However, modern scholars believe this was created by one of his followers after his death and attributed to him.
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. –Ephesians 5:22-24
Here’s another wives must be submissive example:
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. –Ephesians 5:22
Here’s an example from the book of Peter which is also credited to Peter the Apostle.
Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands… Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear… For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands… –1 Peter 3:1-6
Holy Books do not justify evil
This is necessary in particular when someone who worships using the Bible is using it for evil, or disparaging other religious documents.
The Bible is not the word of God
If your definition of God is that he is perfect, then clearly the Bible is not the word of God. By pointing out the flaws in the Bible, you can persuade Bible-worshippers to accept the flaws in other religious works, and to refrain from using it to justify evil acts.
In this article we’ll mention the following controversies in the Bible:
- Adultery: And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
- Miss-behaved children: If a son is ungovernable, bring him before the authorities and he will be executed.
- Leviticus 18:22, homosexuality is an abomination
- Exodus 21:7, sell your youngest daughter into slavery
- Exodus 35:2, kill those that work on the sabbath
- Leviticus 11:7, touch the skin of pig makes one unclean
- plant different crops side-by-side=whole town must stone to death those that committed the crime
- burn my mother to death in a small family gathering for wearing two different threads
If you want to see a dramatic overview, look no further than West Wing:
Old Testament Notes
If a son is ungovernable, bring him before the authorities and he will be executed.
Here is Pat Robertson supporting and promoting the idea of killing misbehaved kids (28:15 to 28:40)
New Testament Notes
John 8:1-11 — Cast the First Stone!
John 8:1-11 of the New Testament is the story of a women caught in adultery and brought before Jesus.
Leviticus 20:10 in the Old Testament, King James Bible:
And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
The town folk wanted to stone her to death, or at least hear what Jesus said. Jesus forgives her saying:
Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
No one is without sin, therefore no one was qualified to carry out the punishment dictated in the Old Testament. With no one able to carry out the punishment, Jesus forgives her and asks her not to sin again.
Problem: This story was completely made up in the 3rd century and was added to the New Testament as the centuries rolled on.
West Wing examples…
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Leviticus 18:22, homosexuality is an abomination
Exodus 21:7, sell your youngest daughter into slavery
Exodus 35:2, kill those that work on the sabbath
Leviticus 11:7, touch the skin of pig makes one unclean
plant different crops side-by-side=whole town must stone to death
burn my mother to death in a small family gathering for wearing two different threads
Telling a story is about communication and flaws can have meaning, and one can explain away contradictions. With that said, here are just a few of the contradictions in the Bible:
- Genesis chapter 1 says God created the animal and then the first man and woman at the same time, but Genesis chapter 2 gives the order of creation as man, then the animals, and then woman.
- Genesis chapter 1 says fruit trees were created before man, but chapter 2 says they were made after him.
- Genesis 1:20 says the fowl were created out of water, but Genesis 2:19 says they were formed from the ground.
- Genesis 1 lists six days of creation, whereas chapter 2 refers to the “day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.” Genesis 1:2-3 claims that God created light and divided it from darkness on the first day; but Genesis 1:14-19 tells us the sun, moon, and stars weren’t made until the fourth day.
- Genesis 6:19-22 says God told Noah to bring “of every living thing of all flesh, 2 of every sort . . . into the ark,” but in Genesis 7:2-3 He orders Noah to take into the ark the clean beasts and the birds by sevens, and only the unclean beasts by twos.
- Critical thought: “I’m sure it was awesome on Noah’s ark, looking down at all those floating, bloated bodies and thinking how much God loves us.” –Anonymous
- Genesis 8:4 says that as the waters of the flood receded, the ark rested on the mountains of Ararat in the 7th month. The next verse says the mountaintops could not be seen until the tenth month.
- Genesis 8:13 describes the earth as being dry on the first day of the 1st month, but Genesis 8:14 informs us the earth was not dry until the 27th day of the 2nd month.
The Bible says Life Begins at First Breath, not Conception
The Bible says life begins at first breath, not Conception. Either the Bible is or is not the word of God. The Bible clearly states that life enters and leaves the body through the breath. Life enters your body with your first breath, and leaves with your last. For thousands of years, this concept has been expressed in poetry, funeral liturgy, song, story, and pop culture. The idea that life starts with conception is a modern science-based reinterpretation of religious viewpoints invented just a few decades ago. It is NOT in the Bible.
Genesis 2:7 gives one such example:
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
“By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host.”
The Bible Creeps into Government
Despite the wishes of our Founding Fathers, the Bible sometimes creeps into our government. On February 3, 1983, Ronald Reagan signed into law an Act of Congress proclaiming 1983 to be the “Year of the Bible.” The law described the Bible as the “Word of God” and said there is “a national need to study and apply its teachings.” To clear thinkers, this law was clearly unconstitutional, but despite the conflict with our Constitution, there was not enough will to condemn it.
Why is putting the Bible in context important? Because people use it to take away America’s contribution to the world, the separation of church and state. For example, Pat Robertson has said, “The Bible . . . is a workable guidebook for politics, business, families and all the affairs of mankind.” Evangelical religions came to America about a century after our Founding Fathers. Just like the Founding Fathers, you should be very concerned about the mixing of state and religion. Let’s end this article with a quote from Roger Williams:
“[There should be] a hedge or wall of separation between the Garden of the Church and the Wilderness of the world.” –1644, Roger Williams
Origins of the Books of the Bible
The stories were interpreted and put together circa 430 CE.
Let’s end this article with a notes on the historical origins of just one of the books of the bible. Research into each book that was included in the Bible, and the ones left out have a similar history.
Leviticus is believed to have come from the Persian Empire (modern day Iran) dating back to about the 6th or 7th century BCE. Likely sourced to the Priestly source of the Pentateuchal traditions. Specifically the law upon which Ezra and Nehemiah based their reform to counter neglect of the Sabbath, nonpayment to the church, and the rise in divorce. Some credit Moses with writing Leviticus but this is unlikely as Moses lived about seven centuries before it’s creation. Moses’ time was the 14th and 13th century BCE.
These wonderful historical documents document the belief systems of some or our ancient ancestors. They also give us insight. What they believed, their morals, societal issues, and government laws. No matter your belief system, correctly honoring all historical documents is the right thing to do. If you believe in God, God wants you to use your analytical skills to interpret the various religious and historical documents.
The Original Language of the Bible
At this time writing was still very primitive. The written language were all capital letters run together, no lowercase, no spaces between words, no sentence structure, nor paragraphs. The reading of someone else’s words was a real adventure during this time.
The deciding of the structure of sentences, punctuation, and paragraphs was left up to the reader. Even the letters that make up words themselves sometimes had multiple options.
At the time these stories were written, the interpretation of the letters and words were left up to the reader and there really was no such concept as understanding something upon first reading.