Here's the Thing About Insulting Scripture
Recently I saw a friend share this quote:
"I'm not an atheist because I'm ignorant of the reality of scripture, I am an atheist because religious scripture is ignorant of reality."
Such a curious standpoint. Assuming they are indirectly referring to the Christian Bible I ask these questions:
Do you assume the scriptures are meaningless today because they were written thousands of years ago?
Do you believe the events they record didn't happen or are falsified in some way?
Or is it the teachings of Jesus Christ you find useless and outdated?
Three brief thoughts:
1) The age of a written work has no bearing on its value. The writings of Plato, Aristotle and Socrates are lauded by academia. Historical works concerning Rome, Greece, and the Middle East are treasured and referenced today. The writings of Confucius and other Far East authors are also highly regarded. Surely, the age of scripture can't be an objection.
2) No literal work has been as critiqued and investigated as the Bible. This collection of 66 Books, written by over 40 different authors, over a span of 1,500 years has been validated time and again.
Through archeological discovery, prophesies of Jesus and of world events in the book of Daniel, plus extra-biblical sources like the writing of Josephus, the Bible has stood the test of time and its accuracy attested to by religious and atheist scholars alike.
3) Whether you believe Jesus truly existed and was the Son of God or not, His teachings of mercy, loving your enemies, and sacrifice, stand alone in the teaching of morality and the intrinsic value of human beings. Even leaving miracles aside, the teachings of Jesus Christ are as insightful and applicable today as they were 2,000 years ago.