FK – So he’s admitting that the bible is edited to be more salable.
It’s a collection of stories, written by diff. people on a variable theme, over a long period of time, filtered via earlier mythologies, legends, poor histories, individual ideas of what god is or is supposed to be, and on and on.
You don’t need to be a PhD to figure this out.
You can claim it’s the ‘literal,’ or true or whatever inspired ‘word of god’ but when you point at any particular verse and say “Oh no, it means this not that,” you’ve thrown the first statement out the window. But most would rather die than think about this, or think at all really.
The sadistic gambling god in the book of Job was clearly patterned after the ancient tyrannical kings, rulers, now we’d call them dictators, that looked down their noses at their subjects and their slaves and said “Obey me or I’ll torture and/or kill you.”
We’re not supposed to have kings anymore. But 200 years after our founders fought a bloody war to free us from the insane idea of ‘god appointed kings’ we still have the human genes, inclination, whatever that would allow millions to bow down to some demagogue that promises to easily solve their problems for them without them having to lift a finger.
We are still a very primitive species and still exist in a very dark and dangerous age.
When the Founders included ‘no cruel and unusual punishment’ in our Bill of Rights, the document that makes us exceptional, I suppose they were getting uppity. Along with the idea that we have a right to question our self-appointed rulers and kill them when necessary.
Maybe that’s what really got the ‘fallen ones’ kicked out of a human imagined heaven….