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A Simple Proof that the Bible is Not "Infallible"

compiled and edited by Michael R. Burch

Is the Bible infallible and the inerrant word of God, as many Christians claim? No, it is child's play to prove that the Bible is not "infallible" or "inerrant." According to the Bible, Jesus Christ said that a good tree cannot bear bad fruit [Matthew 7:18]. If he was wrong, the Bible contains an error. If he was correct, and if God is perfectly loving and wise (as the Bible claims), and if the Bible is his inerrant word, then obviously the Bible cannot contain palpably evil commandments. But the Bible does contain many palpably evil commandments. The Bible says that Moses spoke to God face-to-face, as a man speaks to a friend, and that God gave Moses the commandments that are now enshrined in the Bible. But according to the Bible, Moses commanded that girls who had been raped should either be stoned to death or sold to their rapists, unless they were raped in a field where no one could hear their cries for help (Deuteronomy 22:23-30). Is this the "wisdom of God" or the evil lunacy of primitive barbarians? The same chapter also clearly says that if a girl cannot "prove" her virginity by bleeding on her wedding night, she can be stoned to death (Deuteronomy 22:13-21). And as we will see below, the Bible also clearly commands and/or condones racism, slavery, sex slavery, matricide, infanticide, ethnic cleansing and genocide.

The Genesis creation account claims that man was condemned to suffer and die because he gained the knowledge of good and evil by eating the "forbidden fruit." Therefore, if Christians don't know good from evil, they should not suffer or die. But it is more than obvious that over the last 2,000 years billions of Christians have suffered and died without being able to discern good from evil. For example:

• Samuel, one of the early judges (leaders) and prophets of Israel, orders genocide against neighbouring people: “This is what the Lord Almighty says ... ‘Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’” (1 Samuel 15:3) Samuel also hacked Agag to pieces while he begged for mercy.

• The writers of the Bible seemed to delight in the slaughter of innocents, even children: “Happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us: he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.” (Psalm 137:9) But as Mohandas Gandhi pointed out, "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind."

• If suffering and death are the penalty for disobedience and/or acquiring the knowledge of good and evil, then why do animals suffer and die, not having disobeyed God and not having man's knowledge of good and evil? And why did God only give Adam and Eve the knowledge of good and evil after it was too late for Adam and Eve to know that it was wrong to eat the forbidden fruit? Since they had no knowledge of good and evil when they ate the forbidden fruit, they were clearly blameless. Why didn't God place the fruit a bit higher, to keep it away from innocent children with no knowledge of right and wrong?

• The garden of Eden story turns God into a monster. I knew this when I read the Bible as a young boy. But because most Christians seem not to understand the injustice of what God did to Adam, Eve and all the innocent animals, they must not have the knowledge of good and evil. Therefore, according to the Bible, Christians should never suffer and die, since they don't know good from evil. Most Christians also don't seem to know that it is wrong for a God who chooses to remain hidden to demand human belief. Therefore, according to the Bible, they should never suffer and die, since they don't know good from evil. Most Christians also don't seem to know that because Jesus roundly and repeatedly denounced hypocrisy, he should not practice hypocrisy himself. But Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan in which he praised a man who put religion aside to treat an unconscious man (who could not choose whether or not to accept the help of his savior) with compassion. But according to Christians who do not seem to know right from wrong, and therefore should never suffer and die, Jesus will send the saints of other religions to an eternal hell, many of whom never heard of him and thus were "unconscious" of him. Billions of human beings never heard of Jesus and knew nothing about hell when they were alive. Of course it would be terribly unjust for them to wake up in hell for having lived "unconscious" of Jesus and hell, and yet according to many Christians, a hypocritical Jesus will refuse to save them.
Thus, according to many Christians, Jesus himself does not know right from wrong and should never have suffered or died.

• Conversely, if Jesus follows his own good advice and saves people who were unconscious of him, emulating the Good Samaritan whom he praised, then the worst thing anyone could possibly do is preach the "good news" and tell anyone else about Jesus, if only people who know about Jesus can go to hell.

• How can mothers be happy in heaven, if they know their children are suffering in hell? Only the bad mothers would remain in heaven. All the good mothers would tell God and Jesus to go to hell and storm out of heaven in protest!

• The book of Judges says that God hardened David's heart to take a census that resulted in God becoming enraged and killing thousands of people. The writer of Chronicles knew that this was terribly unfair, so in his account of the same census, he said that Satan hardened David's heart. That is the first appearance of the name Satan in the Bible. (For thousands of years of Bible chronologies there had never been a mention of anyone named Satan.) Unless God and Satan are the same being, the Bible clearly contradicts itself. It seems obvious that two writers of the Bible (or copyists thereof) simply disagreed about whether God could be unjust and do evil things. A third, more likely scenario is that the census and deaths were unrelated. Does God kill thousands of people just because someone counts them?

• The book of Revelation prophesied that Jesus would kill the children of a woman who was committing adultery at that time. Revelation 2:20-23: "But I have {this} against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel ... Behold, I will cast her upon a bed {of sickness}, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. And I will kill her children with death." If Jesus killed children for something their mother did, he was unjust and a murderer. If he didn't, the writer of Revelation was a false prophet and the Bible is not infallible or inerrant.

• There are many other errors in the Bible. Hares do not chew the cud. The mustard seed is not the smallest seed (orchid seeds are smaller). Stones of the Jerusalem temple have been uncovered that are still standing on top of each other. The earth is not flat and immovable, with fixed foundations, which several Bible verses say.
 
• American Christians owned slaves because they believed verses in the Bible that clearly command and/or condone slavery, even sex slavery. Exodus 21:7-8 says fathers can sell their own daughters as sex slaves, with the option to buy them back if they don't please their new masters. The same evil passage also clearly says that male slaves must eventually be freed, but that female sex slaves must remain slaves their entire lives.

• Numbers 31:8-18 says that "men of God" like Moses and his warriors can slaughter defenseless mothers and their male babies, keeping only their virgin daughters alive, obviously as sex slaves. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible condones slavery, as Jefferson Davis pointed out in his ringing endorsements of American slavery. Jesus never said a word against slavery even though he ministered to slaves of the Romans, according to the New Testament. Paul, the great Christian evangelist, even returned a Christian slave, Onesimus, to his Christian master, Philemon, without condemning the institution. The Bible clearly commands slaves to obey their masters. How is it possible that a loving, wise, just God gave human beings this enormous book called the Bible and yet never once called slavery an abomination?

• The New Testament also commands and condones slavery, for example: “Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.” (1 Peter 2:18)

• The New Testament also teaches that women should submit like slaves to their male masters: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” (1 Timothy 2:12). Also, “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:22)

• If the Bible is "infallible" then killing women, children and the handicapped must be "the will of God." After all, Moses, Joshua and King David (all called "types" of Christ by Christian theologians, priests and pastors) were mass murderers who slaughtered defenseless women, children and the handicapped in the name of God. The Bible calls David "the man after God's own heart," but the Bible also says that David killed every woman when he "smote the land" and that he ordered the slaughter of the lame and blind when Jerusalem was taken from the Jebusites. If the Bible is infallible and David is the man after God's own heart, then God must be like Hitler, who murdered women and the handicapped. But then how can Christians claim that God is loving, compassionate, wise or just? 

• Moses, Joshua and King David were practitioners of ethnic cleansing and genocide, the "slaying of everything that breathes." How is it possible that the God of the Bible and the Hebrew prophets didn't know that ethnic cleansing and genocide were evil? How could Jesus claim that all scripture came from God when the Hebrew Bible clearly commands and condones the most terrible of crimes: slavery, sex slavery, matricide, infanticide, ethnic cleansing and genocide?

• Moses told his followers to stone children to death if they were "stubborn," or if they had sex before marriage, even if they were raped (Deuteronomy 22). How is it possible that Christians "believe" the Bible when it tells them to murder young girls who had been raped?

• The Bible teaches that child sacrifice is "the will of God," as when God commands Abraham to sacrifice his son: ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.’ (Genesis 22:2)

• According to the Bible, Jesus said that thinking about sex is the same as committing adultery, while another Bible verse says that all adulterers go to the lake of fire. But in what dimension is eternal torture a suitable punishment for people having sex, or just thinking about sex?

• According to the Bible, Jesus sends human beings to "hell" if they don't believe in him. But Jesus either chooses to remain hidden or is unable to communicate with most human beings. In either case, he obviously has no right to demand human belief. Christians obviously have no knowledge of good and evil if they think it is "fair" for Jesus to send people to hell for not believing in him. And yet this is what the vast majority of Christians have always believed.

Over the last 2,000 years, billions of Christians have lived and died having no understanding of good and evil, because they "believed" the Bible, which repeatedly claims that evil is good because the witchdoctors who wrote large parts of the Bible attributed all sorts of evil to God. When they wanted to steal other men's land, murder them and take their daughters as sex slaves, they said ethnic cleansing and sex slavery were "the will of God." When they wanted the best cuts of meat for free, they said God slavered after animal sacrifices like a wild beast. When they wanted the commoners to be docile and subservient, they threatened them with murder by stoning if they had extramarital sex, or converted to other religions, or just thought for themselves. According to Genesis, Christians should not suffer or die because by believing the witchdoctors' black magic they have no knowledge of good and evil. But of course Christians do suffer and die. Therefore, the Bible is clearly not infallible and its God is unjust for sentencing them to suffer and die on false premises.

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