By Itodo Samuel Anthony
One of Christianity’s biggest lies is the claim that “All scripture is inspired of God…” However, I think it is the smartest thing in the Bible, because that line has effectively stopped too many people from questioning the Bible; I mean, who can question God’s very words?
But is the Bible really inspired of God because someone wrote in the Bible that it is inspired of God? Is that an argument?
Why are you the master sir? I am the master because I already wrote it down in a book I published last year, that I am the master.
Can you see the clear logical shortcoming in using the Bible to argue for the veracity of the same Bible? Can we find some external argument for the Bible being the unadulterated words of God?
Now, we should all note that some wise men didn’t sit at some religious convention and then have God suddenly send down a bolt of inspiration for them to pen the words in the Bible. No.
Paul wrote his letters to the Romans and Corinthians and Ephesians while going about his day to day activities like any other human being and could have easily let elements of his own view of life find their way into his letters. So the books of the Bible were more like ancient scrolls, found at different places like archaeological finds. And do you know some men sat and decided which of these “archaeological finds” should make the cut for the books included in the Bible? So you know that certain other “inspired by God books” didn’t make it into the Bible, probably because the jurors didn’t like their content? Remember the jurors didn’t write the books. Who should we ascribe the inspiration? The men who wrote the books? The men who found the books? Or the men who approved the books that made the cut?
See how the God of the old testament was quick to judge and rain down fire and the God of the new testament became pretty docile and calm? How come our God who changeth not, who knew the end from the beginning, and who could on the basis of the above enforce the same standards through time, appear to evolve? Or wait… maybe it was man who evolved. Maybe God had nothing to do with slavery in the old testament, maybe God wouldn’t have permitted a rapist to marry his victim as his due punishment, maybe God wouldn’t have permitted polygamy in the old testament only to disapprove of mere lust in the new testament.
Perhaps the image of God in the Bible evolved with the evolution of man? Perhaps why the Bible appears so misogynistic is that the men who wrote those books were misogynistic? Maybe it was Paul who was speaking of his own volition when he said women shouldn’t preach in a gathering of men? Or was that God speaking? Did God change his mind again, because I see women doing great exploits in churches these days without heeding Paul’s instruction. Or is there also a spiritual interpretation to Paul’s instruction, as there is for all Bible verses that do not favor the present day christian narrative?
I know Christians are desperate to validate the Bible as the unadulterated words of God, because our Christianity is hinged on this. But there are markers, littered all over the place that indicate those words were mostly, if not entirely the words of men.
You see those biases in the Bible that clearly favor men, they are not a coincidence. They reflect the prevailing cultures of the men who wrote those books. And if the Bible was written today by men in a patriarchal society, you’d still find those biases.
Would God’s unadulterated work pander to the cultural elements of its writers? I don’t think so. But of course if I didn’t want you to argue with whatever I am saying, no matter how silly it might sound, what’s my perfect alibi? “It was inspired of God.”
I do not know, so I question. Surely you can’t begrudge me this little pastime.
Itodo Samuel Anthony is a Chemistry/Physics teacher in a secondary school in Nigeria where he expresses his passion for teaching and seeks to raise a generation of young people with values desirable for a better country. Itodo is a lover of books – a reader that isn’t eager to mutate into a writer. He is popularly regarded as ‘Pope’ by his Facebook friends as well as Lord of the Kegdom in allusion to his numerous posts on palmwine. Like Tyrion Lannister, he drinks and he knows things.