Responding to 'the real sinners' . . . far from being an "eclectic collection of parables, fables and stories written and changed over thousands of years by many cultures", the Bible's unchanged truth has no equals in ancient writings.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1947 and dating from 140 B.C. to 68 A.D., verify the amazing accuracy of our modern day Old Testament.
The New Testament has over 24,000 manuscripts and partial manuscripts, the earliest dating from the first century.
The next best documented ancient manuscript is Homer's Iliad having 643 copies with the earliest dating from the 13th century. Even "ridiculous passages" make sense when studied in context. Forbidding certain animals as food sounds odd, but that did have health & hygiene benefits. It is also a symbolic reminder that the Israelites are a chosen people, holy and separated to God.
Other laws, such as selling one's daughter into slavery (Ex. 21:7) do not rubber stamp the practice but rather set guidelines to keep a bad situation from becoming worse. Read on in this passage for safeguards to save the girl from becoming destitute.
Jesus touched on such unfortunate situations (Matt. 19:8), "because you refused to accept God's teaching but from the beginning it was not this way."
The Bible also has a plot line: Mankind's creation in paradise, Mankind's huge mess-up, God's provision for mankind's restoration.
For an unbiased investigation into the accuracy of the Bible, try the writings of former atheists Josh McDowell (Evidence that Demands a Verdict), Lee Strobel (Case for Faith) and Peter Hitchens (The Rage Against God). Without a predetermined agenda, each man examined the evidence for the Book's reliability.
The Bible continues to be the most loved and most hated book in history.
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