>>3589791>Let's face it, have you ever read an instruction leaflet from beginning to end or an ingredients list for a product?
I always read ingredients if it's something I'm eating or drinking. I don't even have any food allergies.
All it takes to be an atheist is basic critical thinking skills. I was raised in a conservative Christian household. I think I was in middle school when I first started critically examining my religion. Though I remember reading that the Bible gives the wrong value for pi maybe in elementary school? So I knew the Bible was not the inerrant word of God since at least that far back. But I remember sitting under a tree, waiting for my mom to pick me up from middle school thinking, what kind God would rest the fate of all the souls of humanity on whether or not a naked couple would blindly follow instructions not to eat forbidden fruit? He's all-knowing! He set us up for failure!
Imagine handing your own child a plate of cupcakes and telling him, "Look here, Ethan. You can eat all these cupcakes, but not this one right here. Okay? Bye." And then coming back later and saying, "Oh no, Ethan. What happened to the cupcake I told you not to eat? Did you eat it. Of course you did! You're going to die now! lol Oh, and your children and their children and so on are all cursed now. They're all going to die. Some of them will do evil, fucked up shit, and they will also burn for eternity, and it's all your fault. I'll even bestow humanity with disease, pestilence, and all manner of ailment and wars, because fuck you. Shouldn't have eaten that cupcake, you little piece of shit. Now get the fuck out of my perfect house."
This is my origin story? It's absurd. It's propaganda to keep children from eating poisonous fruit. I guess that's why it persisted. Even though it's not true, it's a useful lie. Stay away from snakes. Don't eat the fruit we tell you not to. It's a Grimm fairy tale masquerading as the origin of the fucking universe.
Anyway, it all unravels from there. The different accounts of Jesus don't match up perfectly. There are so many contradictions, it looks like a Frankenstein's monster of odds and ends stitched together when viewed as a whole.
That said, the Bible isn't all bad. There are some nuggets of wisdom buried in there.