What Is The Likelihood That The Bible Is True?

Parts of my critique against Christianity essentially come down to plausibility or probability, not possibility.

Do I think it is possible that the Bible is true? Yes.

Do I think it is plausible or probable that the Bible is true? No.

There are many ways that the veracity and historicity of the Bible can and have been challenged.

Here are some questions that are among the most important to me:

What is the likelihood that an all powerful God, that knew far more about science, psychology, and morality than humans could ever know, would set-up a universe that is fully of ambiguity, pain, confusion, and suffering for sentient creatures and then blame this system upon the most sentient of those creatures?

What is the likelihood that a God who knows the deepest and most effective forms of human flourishing, social planning and governmental systems would have promoted the idea of autocracy and theocracy in their sacred texts instead of democracy and republicanism?

What is the likelihood that an intelligent and compassionate God would include barbarisms like permanent slavery and colonial warfare as part of their chosen people group’s divinely sanctioned behavior, which would inevitably be imitated by future nations that wanted to follow God’s ways?

What is the likelihood that an intelligent and compassionate God would provide virtually no information (especially compared to modern knowledge) about hygiene, biology, disease and technology to the first humans 100,000+ years ago and very little of this to his chosen people 3,000+ years ago through Old Testament revelation?

What is the likelihood that a compassionate God would build natural elements like devastating comets, earthquakes, disease, tsunamis, predation and birth defects into their universe’s normative functionality instead of abstaining from creating a universe if this was the only way to create one?

What is the likelihood that a fair and compassionate God would include things like this in their morally perfect books of the Law?:

However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you.  You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land.  You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance.  You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way. (Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT)

All who curse their father or mother must be put to death.  They are guilty of a capital offense. (Leviticus 20:9 NLT)

What is the likelihood that a fair and compassionate God that designed nature and deeply understands science would include things like this in their morally perfect books of the Law?:

But if this charge is true (that she wasn’t a virgin on her wedding night), and evidence of the girls virginity is not found, they shall bring the girl to the entrance of her fathers house and there her townsman shall stone her to death, because she committed a crime against Israel by her unchasteness in her father’s house.  Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst. (Deuteronomy  22:20-21 NAB)

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