Q: One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to read some of the Bible every day. But like most of my resolutions, I’ve failed to keep it. I found some of it interesting, but I didn’t really understand most of it, so I stopped. Was I doing something wrong? — A.J.L.
A: I can’t blame you for stopping. The bible is a horrible book. It’s horribly boring, horribly cruel1, horribly inconsistent2, horribly wrong3, horribly misogynistic4, horribly absurd5, and has horrible credibility6. Many people have said that the best argument against the existence of the Christian god is the bible itself, and I tend to agree.
1 The bible describes its god as a murderer of millions (including infants!)
2 There are two different creation stories in Genesis. More examples here.
3 The sun revolves around the Earth? More examples here.
4 Men can divorce their wives, but women cannot divorce their husbands. More examples here.
5 A donkey sees an angel, recognizes it as such, and then speaks in human language (presumably Hebrew) to his master. Taken from here.
6 The bible is incredible (i.e., too improbable to be believed).
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