Bob Holcombe (The Star Letters, June 17 2010) concludes that "Each responsible individual must avoid false religion and heed the consequences of not living a Bible-orientated life".
This is a contradiction in terms. The Bible itself includes serious falsehoods.
Allow me to prove it:
If an authority makes two conflicting statements then, logically, at least one of them must be false.
Let me take two glaring examples from the Bible.
Firstly, the tales of Creation.
Genesis 1 says the "beasts of the earth" were created, then male and female humans. Genesis 2 contradicts this, saying that a man was created, then (in a quest for a "help meet for him") all the beasts of the earth arose (which Adam named all in one day!), and finally, woman.
Genesis 1 says the world was created in six days. "Day" and "night" were created on day one, and the sun, moon and stars on day 4. Everyone knows that "day", "night", "evening" and "morning" are nonsense without the Sun.
Secondly, the genealogy of Jesus.
Matthew 1 claims Jesus as "the son of David, the son of Abraham". He traces the male line from Abraham through David to "Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus". He gives 27 generations inclusive from David to Joseph.
Luke 3:23-38 gives the male line going back from Joseph to David to Abraham to Adam. Alas! He fits in 42 generations from David to Joseph! Except for David and Joseph, only four of the names he cites are similar to Matthew's list.
How could they diverge so radically if the Bible is divinely inspired truth?
Luke's list from Adam to Abraham disagrees in places with Genesis 5 and 11. Not only was Luke NOT divinely inspired, he didn't even read his Old Testament...
It gets worse:–
Matthew and Luke list the male line to give the impression that Jesus was descended from David, in fulfilment of prophecy. But, oops, it's also claimed that Jesus was not the son of Mary's husband, but of God himself, who cuckolded poor Joseph! They can't both be true.
Did God fib to Moses, Matthew, or Luke, or all of them?
As anyone with a Bible and an open mind can see, the Bible contains lies.
The Bible is grand literature and majestic mythology, but its morality is debatable, its history is inaccurate, its science is wrong, and on the subject of gods and an afterlife, it is pure fiction.