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My Take: It doesn't matter who wrote the Bible
April 1st, 2011
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My Take: It doesn't matter who wrote the Bible

Editor’s note: David Hazony is the author of "The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life," published recently by Scribner.

By David Hazony, Special to CNN

I am a person of faith. But sometimes I like to step outside of faith and just think about things rationally. Usually this oscillation between faith and skepticism serves me well, with faith giving reason its moral bearings, and reason keeping faith, well, reasonable.

It’s a nice balancing act — except when the question of who wrote the Bible comes up. My Jewish faith tells me that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, known as the Torah or the Pentateuch. Reason tells me to be open to the idea that somebody else had a hand in it.

And there are definitely a few glitches in the text that back up those suspicions - notably the last eight verses of Deuteronomy, which describe Moses’ own death.

But try as I might, I just can’t believe that the Five Books of Moses were written by J, E, P and D – the four main authors whose oral traditions, biblical scholars say, were cobbled together to make the Torah. (The letters stand for the Jahwist, the Elohist, the Priestly source and the Deuteronomist. Those, we may assume, were not their real names.)

Call me an academic infidel.

I know, it’s been generations now that Bible study scholars at universities around the world have accepted as true that:

(a) the Pentateuch was composed over many centuries through these four oral traditions, which were later written down;

(b) these main texts were woven together by an editor or series of editors living around the 6th century B.C.E.; and

(c) these different traditions are detectable by scholars today, to the point where you can justify entire conferences and an arena’s worth of endowed chairs to figure out not only the source document of every scrap of biblical text, but also the gender, political inclinations, subversive intentions, height, weight and personal traumas encumbering every one of its authors.

The first two are plausible, I suppose. But the third has always struck me as pure fantasy, the point where idle speculation gives way to heavily funded hubris. Of course, if I’m right about the third, the first two lose their authority as well.

Why don’t I buy it?

It’s not just because of how stark, uninspiring and vaguely European those four letters look in a byline. Nor is it the fact that in more than a century’s worth of digging up the Middle East by archaeologists, not a single trace of any of these postulated “source texts” has ever turned up. And it’s certainly not because the scholars’ approach contradicts my faith — after all, it was the willful suspension of faith that led me to consider it in the first place.

No, faith and skepticism dwell together in my confused bosom like pudding and pie.

Rather, my rebellion against these scholars comes from experience. Specifically, my experience as an editor.

It all started a few years back when, as the senior editor of a Jerusalem-based journal of public thought, I ran into trouble on a 10,000-word, brilliantly researched essay about Israeli social policy composed by the sweetest man on earth who, unfortunately wasn’t a stellar writer.

I spent a few weeks rewriting, moving things around, adding and cutting and sweating. Finally I passed it up the chain to Dan, my editor-in-chief.

"Hey Dan," I said. "Could you take a look at this? I added a whole paragraph in the conclusion. Tell me what you think."

A few days later I got it back, marked up in red ballpoint. On the last page, in the conclusion, he had written the words “This is the paragraph you added,” and drawn a huge red arrow.

But the arrow, alas, was pointing at the wrong paragraph.

You see, it turns out that it’s not very easy to reverse-engineer an editing job. To take an edited text and figure out, in retrospect, what changes it went through — it’s about a million times harder than those tenured, tortured Bible scholars will tell you.

Language is fluid and flexible, the product of the vagaries of the human soul. When an editor has free rein, he can make anything sound like he’d written it himself, or like the author’s own voice, or something else entirely. It all depends on his aims, his training, his talent and the quality of his coffee that morning. A good editor is a ventriloquist of the written word.

That’s when I started to suspect that what Bible scholars claim they’re doing — telling you what the “original” Bible looked like — might be, in fact, impossible to do.

Think about it. My case was one in which the author, editor and reader are all known entities (in fact, they all know each other personally); the reading takes place in the exact same cultural and social context as the writing and editing; and the reader is himself a really smart guy, Ivy-league Ph.D. and all, who had spent a decade training the editor to be a certain kind of editor, with specific tools unique to the specific publication’s aims.

Not only that, but he was even told what kind of edit to look for, in which section. And still he couldn’t identify the change.

Now compare that with what Bible scholars do when they talk about J, E, P, and D. Not only do the readers not know the writers and editors personally, or even their identities or when or where they lived. The readers live thousands of years later and know nothing about the editors’ goals, whims, tastes, passions or fears — they don’t even know for sure that the whole thing really went through an editorial process at all.

(If anything, the same textual redundancies, narrative glitches, awkward word choices and so forth that the scholars claim are the telltale signs of an editing process are, in my experience, very often the opposite: the surest indicator that an author needs an editor, desperately. If the text was edited, it was done very poorly.)

As with any field of research that tries to reconstruct the distant past, biblical scholars get things wrong on a daily basis.

And that's OK: Getting things wrong is part of the nature of reconstruction. Whether you’re talking about the origins of galaxies, dinosaurs, ancient civilizations, medieval history or World War II, the conclusions of all historical research come with a big disclaimer: This is the best we’ve got so far. Stay tuned; we may revise our beliefs in a couple of years.

With biblical scholars, however, you often feel like they’re flying just a little blinder than everyone else. At what point does a scholar’s “best guess” become so foggy as to be meaningless?

The Five Books of Moses take place somewhere in the second millennium B.C.E., centuries before our earliest archeological corroborations for the biblical tales appearing in the Book of Joshua and onward. We have no other Hebrew writings of the time to compare it with. So all that scholars really have to go on is the text itself — a wild ride on a rickety, ancient, circular-reasoning roller-coaster with little external data to anchor our knowledge of anything.

This would be fine, of course, if there weren’t so much riding on it.

With other fields, we usually don’t have our own dinosaur in the fight. But with the Bible, it’s not just the scholars duking it out with the clergy. There’s all the rest of us trying to figure out what to do with this stupendously important book — either because it anchors our faith, or because it contains enduring wisdom and the foundations of our cultural identity.

Where does that leave us? Some people, sensing their most cherished beliefs are under siege, will retreat to the pillars of faith — whether that faith is religious or academic. Either it was Moses, or it was J, E, P, and D. End of discussion.

As for the rest of us, it may raise questions about whether we really ought to care that much about authorship at all, or instead just go with Mark Twain’s approach. “If the Ten Commandments were not written by Moses,” he once quipped, “then they were written by another fellow of the same name.”

Using our reason means sometimes admitting there are things we just don’t know, and maybe never will.

Maybe that’s all right. After all, isn’t it enough to know that the book is really important, that it has inspired love and hate and introspection and war for thousands of years, that it is full of interesting stories and wisdom, poetry and song, contradiction and fancy and an unparalleled belief in the importance of human endeavor - in the possibility of a better world - despite the enduring and tragic weaknesses that every biblical hero carries on his or her back? That it is an indelible part of who we are?

Isn’t that enough to make you just read the thing and hope for the best, forever grateful to Moses, or that other fellow by the same name?

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of David Hazony.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Bible • History • Judaism • Torah

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  1. Man In The Moon

    When I was a child, the Bible was seen by many people who fancied themselves as intellectuals as a series of disconnected fairy tales. Yet year after year, more of the "stories" are proven as historical fact. Prior to the Dead Sea scrolls, the very existence of a man named Jesus was considered by many to be a writer's tool of illustration or propaganda. Now we know the truth–the man existed and he shook the world like no other.

    Yet as each piece of hard history in the Bible is revealed as undeniable truth, the goal posts are moved so that the non-believers can sustain their non-belief. They ask for proof of the unproveable. They twist words. History as allegory and allegory as history. Could their faith (yes, faith is the correct term) in Science stand up to simple questions. I am to prove the existence of God using the tools of science–microscopes, tape measures, clocks. Prove the who, what, where, and when. Tools admittedly unsuitable for the task.

    Yet atheists cannot explain the most basic theories of Science. Such questions are legion and they cannot answer. Can you explain gravity (you may think you can...)? Can you prove or disprove String Theory? Can you provide the exact date and time of the Big Bang? Such answers are not available, yet Christians and Jews are supposed to prove the minutest detail of the Bible or Torah or our faith is invalidated. Does the failure of an atheist to fully understand gravity, string theory or the Big Bang mean that such things are not true? Judged by the standards religious folk are held to, then yes, those things are all false.

    The author is correct. The authorship of the Bible is unimportant. The revealed truth is all of matter. I can look around me and see nothing but Will. That is all the proof I need.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • thinkingoutsidethebox

      to truly understand a theory one must provide proof of control, or predetermined results in terms of measurement that can be prooved. To understand the string theory or proove it we must become bigger than it to view it from the outside, to disproove it, all we have to do is come up with another one! If man wanted to prove who the author(s) of the bible was\were, they would never find an answer, but if another author would arise, then the validity behind the Bible would be questioned.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • Eric

      So in other words you have no evidence? You just see what's around you and say "god did it."

      And the Dead Sea scrolls don't really tell us anything other than the old testament existed at that time. God seemed perfectly fine meddling in the affairs of people in a small area of the middle east but doesn't seem too concerned about taking part these days.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:53 am |
  2. MELLISH

    WOODY ALLEN IS GOD !!!!

    April 1, 2011 at 11:37 am |
  3. thinkingoutsidethebox

    If God were to write a book, would we understand it? If we wrote a book would God read it? The answer must be man, man wrote it, to help\control man in doing\believing a certain way. In the times of the author there was a thin line between religion and government, and now there is a thin line between government and wealth. Religion has taken a back door to human interests and now government is the new religion. What we should as oursleves is, is it time for a new bible to be written? And who would be the author(s)?

    April 1, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • Steve (the real one)

      thinkingoutsidethebox
      If God were to write a book, would we understand it? If we wrote a book would God read it? The answer must be man, man wrote it, to help\control man in doing\believing a certain way. In the times of the author there was a thin line between religion and government, and now there is a thin line between government and wealth. Religion has taken a back door to human interests and now government is the new religion. What we should as oursleves is, is it time for a new bible to be written? And who would be the author(s)?
      -----
      1. Man acted only as the scribe (putting pen or quill or something to paper). They wrote as God instructed!
      2. Can we understand it? As it is spiritually breathed, one cannot understand it except through the spirit!
      3. You are truly correct when you state government (may I add to that human effort and human wisdom) is the new religion! The issue is God never called us into a religion. He called us into a relationship with Himself through Christ!
      4. We don't need another Bible. We seem to have great difficulty getting the one we now have to heart.

      Just my opinion!

      April 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • What If

      Steve,

      "1. Man acted only as the scribe (putting pen or quill or something to paper). They wrote as God instructed!"

      Mohammad, Joseph Smith, David Koresh, Ramtha and many others also claimed this inspiration. They do not agree with each other. Which one to believe?

      April 1, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • Steve (the real one)

      What If
      "1. Man acted only as the scribe (putting pen or quill or something to paper). They wrote as God instructed!"
      Mohammad, Joseph Smith, David Koresh, Ramtha and many others also claimed this inspiration. They do not agree with each other. Which one to believe?
      -------–
      I fully understand the confusion. Realize that there are counterfeits out there. I can only speak for me. When I fellowship with the God of creation, the God of the Bible, Jehovah, overtime I learn a bit more of his Word. God does nothing outside of His word. Those you mention operate outside of God's word. From Galations 1:

      8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
      9 As we said before , so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received , let him be accursed.

      That term accursed is particularly strong as it means spiritually cursed! This is what I believe. if you are truly seeking truth, ask Jesus to reveal it to you!

      April 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  4. Susan

    Hey guys, will you visit HelpFaye.ORG a friend of mine is fighting for her life

    April 1, 2011 at 11:37 am |
  5. Derek Chisholm

    You ask: "Isn’t it enough to know that the book is really important, that it has inspired love and hate and introspection and war for thousands of years, that it is full of interesting stories and wisdom, poetry and song, contradiction and fancy and an unparalleled belief in the importance of human endeavor – in the possibility of a better world – despite the enduring and tragic weaknesses that every biblical hero carries on his or her back? That it is an indelible part of who we are?

    I reply: No, because these considerations can only explain why the scriptures are important to us as created human beings. The scriptures are important because they can establish a healthy relationship between The Creator and His creatures. All the rest is just detail.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:37 am |
  6. Anon

    It is ironic how many people who know nothing of the Bible, its words, or its meanings feel the need to comment on how stupid the book is. The value of the Bible comes from its ability to provide exactly the right piece of advice for the current situation (hence references to the Bible as the "living word"). Based on my experience and knowledge of the Bible, I would have to say that the author(s) were either divinely inspired or the wisest people to ever walk the Earth. Either way, the book clearly holds a significant value to life as we know it.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • Eric

      Yes because stoning children that disobey is so very righteous.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • Steve (the real one)

      Eric
      Yes because stoning children that disobey is so very righteous
      -----
      Can I get New Testament referrence every once in a while?
      from Ephesians 6:
      1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
      2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
      3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
      4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath : but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord

      See, no mention of stoning anywhere! Even a word of caution to fathers! Oh my! Atheists always run to the Old! I am not denying that passage is there, I am just saying we have moved on!

      April 1, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • Eric

      Jesus said the old testament was divine so you can't dismiss it.

      April 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  7. Eric

    Evidence for the truth of the bible? None. Do we know who wrote all of the bible? Nope. What about the 500 or so books that are excluded from the bible? Fakes, forgeries, unliked? Kind of like the rest of the books that "made it"? Weren't there many stories about other "gods" being born of virgins at the time? Yep. Evidence of global flood? Nope. Independent account of zombie invasion after jesus died? Nope, this might be something that would have caught people's attention? Same with the sun standing still for a day, the Egyptians and Babylonians would have probably noticed that.

    At least with Islam and Mormonism we know who to blame for these works. Just the story of how these came into being make the so transparently obvious that they're BS and people still believe them.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • aubrie

      Yeah. All the books that didn't make it into the bible really bothers me. There are a lot, and the information seems "different". Who were these people that made these decisions to edit? Why did they exclude them? For what political reasons? These were MEN.. NOT GOD that made these decisions. They were not divinely inspired, they were politically motivated. They voted on this, and many priests and representatives that should have been there to offer opinions were either prevented coming to the council, or not invited. So it was biased. I wish more people understood this, and realize that the apocrapha is VERY different from what it's the current canon. Not to mention all the HUGE misinterpretations during all the translations. Has anyone read the origianl Lord's Prayer the way it was originally written in Aramaic? Jesus's language? It's VERY different... We've all been sold a bill of goods my friends.

      April 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  8. phoenix

    the heathen and their rascal ways have no control of the universe, christ is in charge.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  9. mihoda

    You're right. It doesn't matter.

    The truth doesn't require bribery, blackmail, coercion, community shunning, and shady sale tactics to make itself known. Religion, however, does.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  10. ALEX LIFESON

    "Imagine there's no countries
    It isn't hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    AND NO RELIGION TOO
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace"

    April 1, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • Ryan

      Only this will happen
      When Atheists will cease.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • Peter F

      When there's nothing to die for, there's also nothing to live for...

      April 1, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • Eric

      Yeah, hardly. People can't even be peaceful in their own religions. Protestants and Catholics kill each other, Sunnis and Shias kill each other.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  11. John

    This Place induce atheism ! Soon this will be like in USSR. Jews who are against their own religion 🙂 Funny

    April 1, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • Eric

      Twisted power hungry people do twisted things to satisfy it, has nothing to do with atheists, just one psychopath. Hitler was Catholic, by that token Catholicism leads to genocide. Both he and Stalin had mustaches, so all people who have mustaches want a twisted socialist state.

      April 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  12. Anne Chovey

    of course it matters

    written by man
    edited by man
    proclaimed to be the word of god....by man

    its a man thing

    April 1, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • mihoda

      Adhered to mainly by women (>65% of churchgoers are women).
      I kid, I kid. I totally get what you mean. Authoritarian BS and injustices are the primary reasons that religious people leave the church.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  13. Another Believer-Reply To Duhbly

    I don't know what your sources are ....I've been studying Torah for twenty years....what are your qualifications as an expert on the subject. Do you read Hebrew...what is your source of information?

    April 1, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  14. Jack Krim

    @Odie Colognie

    That doesn't even make sense.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  15. william

    The universe is obviously a transitory system and by all rational indications so our our lives. Its psychologically very difficult for us to accept that there may be dissolution at the end of the road. The prospect of there being nothing after life is at first unsettling.
    So what happens in your mind when you consider that someday you will go to sleep and never wake up? That it would be as if you never were. Would yo act differently in life if you knew this was all there was. Would you wage war and kill for the glory of god and country or would that realization foster a more compassionate and intelligent behavior.

    If there are no gods or holy books then only life is sacred. Personally I find that more religious. Think about it.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • thinkingoutsidethebox

      the easiest way to consider such a concept is to treat parts of your life as transitional. Childhood, adolecense,adulthood and old age: each with its important point, dreams and fears. Once you transition to another are those dreams and fears important anymore? I belive the answer lies in what you did in the previous to concur and surpass those milestones, and look forward to the next set of them. The be nothing, not even a spec of energy would mean we were nothing to begin with living inside another's dream only to be dispelled. Hence, I believe there is an afterlife that cannot be described in our earthly terms.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:43 am |
    • JDJ

      I think the reason people have a hard time thinking that this life is it is because we sense that there are other things at work. If this life is it, then some wrongdoers would escape punishment. It would seem that the only fair thing to do would be to have a great accounting so that everyone will get credit for the good and bad done in this life.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • thinkingoutsidethebox

      perhaps the great accounting formula is simply to advance ourselves to the next level, otherwise we stay behind and that is the punishment

      April 1, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • JDJ

      Thanks for everybody's posts. We are all advancing to the afterlife, it is just a matter of what it will be like. For those who repent of sin and follow Jesus, there will be bliss. For those that do not repent, then there will be punishment. The very sad part to me is that anyone who wants can have eternal bliss, but many will not choose it.

      April 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • thinkingoutsidethebox

      perhaps that we refer to as bliss, is just balance. If life had no struggle then we'd know no bliss, with no bliss there would be no goal, with no goal there would be no point....

      April 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  16. NEIL PEART

    ALL religions are CULTS, based on myths and non-reality.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • Yahright

      WELL SAID

      April 1, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • crucified

      Including Athiesm

      April 1, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • Eric

      If you're saying reality is a myth. can't really call the lack of evidence and the nonsensical nature of the current religions a myth.

      April 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  17. topdecker

    The basic principle for religion is belief. If you are Christian, you believe that what is written in the bible is true; all of it. If you start picking and chosing what to believe and what not to believe, then its not a religion, its a cult, or just craziness. The amount of Christians that don't know that the bible condones slavery amazes me. People just don't want to believe they have been duped by the biggest scam in history.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  18. FOXTON

    The middle east is quietly.......building it self up. Mosques are poping up everwhere in the US and the Jews in America are going back to Israel. Can anyone explain why this is happening. We can barely tell the difference between the seasons any more???????????? Muslims hate Christians and non belivers.

    Qur'an (5:51) – "O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people."

    you are reserching the wrong book. whether you belive or not you will be a muslim or dead in the future that is what they belive read it please.

    Qur'an (5:80) – "You will see many of them befriending those who disbelieve; certainly evil is that which their souls have sent before for them, that Allah became displeased with them and in chastisement shall they abide."

    April 1, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • Eric

      little self-fulfilling you think? Are you one of those that would see the silver lining should NYC become a mushroom cloud? That's sick.

      April 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  19. Scott J

    The author is basing his judgment almost entirely on a work the he himself explains can only be fiction after so many rewrites and passage of time, however his judgment, and the one he wants us to take, leans towards the "reader response" the Bible gives. Our response to the Bible now and in history is what makes it important. He takes a rather dispassionate, stoic view that if it works for the reader then it works and we shouldn't worry about it. This is a kind of manipulation of our own views on whether we should take the Bible or leave it, as he is proselytizing that agnostic stoicism is the best answer. Just don't forget, it is the answer for him and the Bible is hardly the only venerated religious text existing in the world to concider.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  20. P54

    It does matter who wrote the Bible. If it was written solely by men without divine inspiration it would be like any other book. However the Bible itself states that the Bible is the word of God. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:16. See also 2 Peter 1: 21 " For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." This you accept by faith, not by reason or intellect.

    That Moses described his own death is not a reason to prove he was not the author. He also said he was the most humble man, and that would not be very humble to say that about himself, however if God moved his pen then we accept by faith. Several hundred years before Jesus was born we read in the Bible that Jesus would be born by a virgin. Also that everyone who hangs upon a tree is cursed. Jesus became a curse for us and he was hanged. No bones should be broken on him the Bible states several hundred years before it happened, and sure enough, when Jesus was hanged they did not break His bones as tradition was.

    Many newer and different version of the Bible in different languages might contain errors, however that will never change the original scriptures in the original language. We have to accept by faith that God Himself by the Holy Spirit moved upon men to write His thoughts, the men were only instruments that God used. How is this possible you might ask, we don't hear about that today. Nothing is impossible for God that through Jesus Christ created everything. If He can get a donkey to speak and have a virgin give birth, plus created everything, why can't he control men to write future events hundreds of years before it happens? Personally I had no clue how God moved men to write, however a few years ago I had an experience that totally changed my view on that. As I was going to write a letter to someone and was set about what I was going to write I suddenly after a few sentences was "overpowered" and had to start afresh and wrote a total different letter. Suddenly everything I had in mind to write was taken away and I wrote under control from "higher power". After this experience I have no difficulty to believe that God can cause people to write His will instead of our will.

    If the Bible is Inspired by God then it is only secondary what the names of the human vessels were. God has revealed Himself in the Bible as the Creator of everything and the old testament is pointing to Jesus Christ, God Himself coming down to die for our sins so we can have eternal life and by accepting him as our savior we can be delivered from our sins or addictions. Only Jesus rose from the dead and can give new life. All other prophets from all other religions died and was not able to conquer death. " In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. .....And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us....." :Jesus Christ. Moses wrote about him, how did he know, thousands of years ahead of time? Because God used Moses as a vessel and inspired his writings.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • Yahright

      I wrote the bible, duh and it's the word of me, not god. there is no god

      April 1, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • Hurley23

      Oh the BIBLE says it was written by God, therefore it MUST be true. Well, tell you what, I say I have a billion dollars in my bank account, and since I myself say it, it must be factual.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • oSushil

      So are you trying to God wrote the bible with his own hands?

      April 1, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • Eric

      If god did actually do that you'd figure it'd be a much better book.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • aubrie

      Boy, you bought it all hook line and sinker.... Give me a break.

      April 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • Cookster

      @ Yearight

      Pal, the reason why you SUPPRESS the truth about God is because it absolutely terrifies you that there is a God that is unchangeable, omnipotent, and perfectly holy. And this Creator of all things is also the Judge of mankind and you can not stand the fact that someday you are on a crash course with this God that will hold you accountable. This is traumatic to you. This is why you suppress it. You have replaced the truth of God with a lie that you THINK is true and the reason this is is because it allows you to ESCAPE the reality of what ALL HUMANS face. You also love your sin so much that you would never want to acknowledge that you possibly are living in contrast to God's will as revealed throughout Scripture. So this adds just another reason why you choose to suppress your knowledge of God.

      You can continue to run and hide and deny the truth of God's revealed word which is contained in the Bible and EVERYWHERE you look in creation, or you can stop being a child and submit yourself to His authority and recognize your need for a Savior.

      Your problem however is also that you are so self-righteous that you think you are perfectly fine and dont need anything in life apart from what you provide, which sadly is not yours either, but what God has provided in His common grace to all of mankind.

      I am being untypical with you but you have such animosity and hatred towards the Truth that you need to be spoken to in a manner that you may understand.

      Stop running from and suppressing the truth – you are doing nothing but storing up wrath for yourself.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.