God’s Word Is A Child’s Toy

It’s been a little while since I’ve shared here. I’ve been busy with another project and also enjoying some holiday time with the family. I haven’t spent much time reading posts on here or commenting. It’s not that I don’t want to, but my time is quite limited. That being said, on to my post…

Like many others, I was raised to believe in the Bible. I was taught that the “word of God” is contained in the pages of this supposedly “holy” book. I was raised to believe and had these beliefs reinforced by the church. I was taught that the evidence was rock solid and irrefutable. I am here to tell you that I was wrong. Those that taught me were wrong. The Bible is wrong.

Here’s how it works: The Bible is said to contain truths. Not just any truths, but God’s truths. That would imply that these truths are universal. Everyone should be able to read and understand them to be from God. Yet, we don’t. Why not? We certainly should all be in agreement if these words truly were inspired by God to teach the whole world. There are unending interpretations of these words that are said to be “plain to see” and that “even a child could understand them.” Why is it that the Old Testament is disregarded by a huge portion of believers? Why is it that the contradictions of the Bible are swept under the rug by the majority, but still cause inner turmoil among some? Why is it that so many of us believe for a long time, but lose faith and never regain it? Why isn’t “God’s word” strong enough to pull us back in? Why? Because God’s Word is as solid as a cheaply made children’s toy. Let me explain with a few photos from my recent holiday experience with my two youngest boys:

At first, the Package is enticing. The contents seem interesting and full of promise. You may have heard good things about this product. For such a minimal investment, the rewards seem too good to be true.

Then you open the package and realize there are a lot of useless parts. So, in order to make it work for you, you need to trim away at the parts you don’t need until you are left with the parts you have been instructed to keep. These are the “essential bits.” The rest is not relevant. It’s fine to trim away and toss out the unimportant “extra” pieces. However, it takes time to trim each unnecessary part and you had better be careful. Trim too much and it may just not function properly. And whose job is it to trim? The creator of the product? Nope. It’s up to the consumer to do all of the work for them.

Now that the excess has been trimmed away, the product can be used right away, right? Nope again. Now you have to follow the instructions within. At least they are clear and straightforward, right? Not so much. There are contradictions that cannot be reconciled. There are parts that don’t add up when compared to other parts. Sometimes there are two pieces of information about the same thing that are supposed to be identical, but are clearly in conflict with one another. We’re just expected to “chalk it up to human error” and move on. We are supposed to ignore the fact that the one who made the product, who is supposed to know what they are doing, somehow made obvious mistakes.DSCF5833

We are supposed to ignore that some things in the “instruction manual” are completely different than others even thought they are describing the same thing. For example, notice how the numbers for the stickers for the toy following 9 in the image above, are 10, 11, 12 and 13. Compare that with the image below, which is the actual sticker page after I used the stickers. They are supposed to be identical. Notice any discrepancies?

Of course, I did figure it out and the stickers were placed on the correct pieces. It wasn’t a big deal that after 9, they had printed 16, 17, 18 and 19 instead of 10, 11, 12 and 13. It was clearly human error and I can excuse that. But this is a toy, not the “word of God.” Human error in the Bible is inexcusable and not indicative of an all-knowing being. Look at the Gospels and compare all of the details. Do these discrepancies matter? Yes, they show a pattern of error and poor “witnessing” that call into question the veracity of the entire story. Can you still make the Bible work for you? Maybe, but there’s a catch:

This product CAN be trimmed to fit your needs. The errors CAN be excused and we CAN pretend they’re no big deal. This shiny new toy CAN bring happiness…for a little while. But soon, the toy will break. The flimsy parts holding it together will begin to show cracks. The shine will fade and the user will lose interest after it breaks beyond repair. Who is to blame for this? I’ll tell you. Those peddling cheap goods as “incredible deals.” They should be ashamed. But at the same time, we need to be able to spot the weaknesses of the products that we bring into our lives. If it seems flimsy at best, it’s a safe bet that we should avoid it. We need to be smarter consumers. Even if some of us think it’s the best thing in the world just for a moment…

That’s it for now. Just a few thoughts as we wrap up the holiday season. I hope everyone is doing well. To all who are reading this, I wish you a happy and healthy new year. I’ll be posting regularly again at some point in the new year. Take care.

21 thoughts on “God’s Word Is A Child’s Toy

    1. Thanks.

      Misnumbered Legos? That would be awful. Could you imagine if the seven-headed dragon in Revelation only had six heads? That would make the story sound ridiculous and completely unbelievable. πŸ™‚

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  1. I agree with Archon, great analogy.

    It occurred to me the other day that if the capital G God is omnipotent, and ‘coming to Christ’ is the objective of this artificial world (according to Christians, at least), then this omnipotent god to which nothing is impossible could easily place every single human being in a continuously running 1st Century SIM where they encounter this wandering rabbi and have a direct first-hand opportunity to accept or reject.

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    1. Exactly. What kind of all-powerful, all-knowing god would rely on poor translations of bad reporting with zero evidence to decide our ultimate fate? With heaven or hell at stake, you’d think he’d at least give us a fighting chance by offering some concrete evidence of his existence rather than ancient hearsay in a book full of poetry, allegory, metaphors and “c’mon, you know you can’t take that literally.”

      God would/should know exactly what it would take to get us all to believe and yet he seems quite content to let us remain unconvinced. Knowing Jesus? How? There’s no evidence to make that possible. There’s nothing logical that suggests we should. Now why would he do that? Why have a system that is set up to have us fail if he loves us all so much? God only knows. 😁

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  2. As always … GREAT post! Your analogy skills are super advanced! πŸ™‚

    Hope the gift-giving holiday was fun and the upcoming new year will bring you and yours much happiness … and perhaps a published book! 🀞

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    1. Why thank you Nan.

      Our gift giving was fun. Nothing formal. No Jesus, of course. No Santa either. No gifts for my wife and I. Just treating the kids to a little something and enjoying some pretty lights. It was good. Kids enjoyed it. Overall, a quite pleasant experience.

      Hope your new year is filled with happiness as well. πŸ™‚

      As far as the book is concerned, I have doubled my output since my last update. As of this morning I am at 62,000+ words. Still going strong on this first step. Going back through and editing it all is not something I’m looking forward to but I have all the time in the world to do it. No rush. Right now I’m just having fun with it. That’s what it’s all about, right?

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      1. When I was writing my book, my life’s circumstances were much different and I really enjoyed spending time with it. As things are now, I don’t know that I could do another one. I’ve thought about it off and on, but …

        So glad to hear about the progress on YOUR book! Editing isn’t nearly as much fun, but it’s most definitely a necessity. When you get to that point, let me know and I’ll share with you a couple of things that you’ll need to watch for.

        Onward and upward!

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  3. Have you ever considered that the ambiguity and the variations for conjecture are intentional? It certainly keeps people from addressing any real issues and playing the roll of puppets.

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      1. Certainly keeps us bickering. Divided we are, forever through faith. It funny that they immediately appealed to faith even with the supposed β€œrisen lord” standing right there in front of them. Why? They played the ultimate card to imprison humanity by its own choice.

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      2. When your whole defense is “you can’t prove it didn’t happen” then in your mind, you can never lose an argument. Some people like to ask, “were you there?” when referring to the beginning of the universe. The answer is, of course No, but then again they weren’t there either. No one was and an old book full of unsubstantiated stories couldn’t possibly record the beginning either. We are instead forced to look at the clues in front of us. We have to look at the evidence available. The Bible is not evidence. The Koran is not evidence. Faith and religion is not evidence. Believing in something should only happen when we have justification for our beliefs. When we are shown to have faulty reasoning, we should be humble enough to concede the point. Sticking to your guns should only happen when you have proof on your side. Otherwise you are only appealing to faith. Faith is a wish. A desire. It is a dream you want to come true. What it is not, is a pathway to truth. Truth requires zero amount of faith. Truth stands on its own merits.

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  4. A good analogy as any. A God that can’t make his word understandable and consistent with itself isn’t an almighty God in my opinion. Of course there’s always a way some Christian will come up with excuses for that. Nah man, he is God. You might be able to excuse humans, but not God.

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