A recent commenter noted the following:
I’m sure God was a pioneer in viral marketing, and overall, it’s worked quite well for him, but I think he could have found a better method.
Also, LCB, every time a concept in the Bible is questioned, you usually tell me I’m wrong about it, and that it’s a complicated process. Now I’m no Darwin (come on, that’s funny), but I know my way around literature. Why would God write a book that contains the most critical information possible, that can only be fully understood by a select few? Everyone I know who is a Christian thinks different things about the Bible. Certain passages mean completely different things to different people, and many of them are completely certain that they know the truth. Logic tells us that most of them are wrong. What makes you right?
It isn’t that we couldn’t be wrong. I’m sure we’re wrong on some things. It is that some people are wrong because when you analyze the text more closely you can see that they are wrong.
For example, some pro-abortion Christians use a translation of Exodus that they think supports their view, but when you look at the original languages you realize that it is a pro-life verse . Oddly, these readers ignore so many other pro-life texts and in my experience are completely uncorrectable about the meaning of the original languages.
For you, that is evidence that these Christians just can’t agree so the Bible must be wrong about its claims to be God’s word.
For me, it is evidence that they like their (misinterpreted) pro-abortion passage more than they like the truth.
Just because the Bible can be misunderstood doesn’t mean it can’t be understood.
There are plenty of things that I don’t understand in the Bible, but many others that are crystal clear.
You can’t read the Bible in any serious way and not see that God is against religious pluralism, that Jesus is the only way to salvation, that Jesus is God, that the Bible claims to speak for God, that you are a sinner in need of a Savior, etc.
That isn’t what makes those things true, but any honest skeptic should concede that those teachings are clear.