How can you not believe in something that has been around for generations?

An American family Bible dating to 1859.
American family Bible dating to 1859.

“I do believe in the bible and I do believe in god.  . . . How can you not believe in something that has been around for generations before you were even here. Our country and our ancestors followed the bible the believed in god but all of the sudden we just forget that and make up new ideas of creation and say the bible was all just fiction that some random people wrote. That is what makes no sense.”

. . . found on the Internet. (Grammatical errors are his; not mine.)

This guy tells it as he sees it, I guess. He believes the Bible just because it “. . . has been around for generations . . .” And because “Our country and our ancestors followed the bible the believed in god . . .”

To most Americans, that seems to be enough reason. But it isn’t. Muslims have felt the same way about Allah and the Quran for centuries. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed similar things about their gods for many generations.

Does anybody seriously claim only their beliefs are right and all the others are wrong? Well, yes. They do.  Many millions of Americans (and fewer in other parts of the world) believe in God and that the Bible is His word for no better reason than that their parents believed that and taught them to believe it, too. Even for intelligent adults, it’s extremely difficult to understand that something your parents taught you from infancy is wrong.

If you believe in God and the Bible as His word (as I did for more than 40 years), you need a better reason than that. In fact, the Bible truly is “all just fiction that some random people wrote.” About 40 of them over a period of 1,500 years or so. Check it out.

Believing it is a message from God, or even that there is a god, “. . . is what makes no sense.”

And no, unbelief is definitely not “. . . all of the sudden. . .”. There have been doubters, agnostics, and atheists for thousands of years, but they often got beheaded or burned alive if they expressed their opinions. In large parts of the world even now, they are likely to die of stoning. No wonder people are loath to express their doubts publicly.

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