"The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weakness, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still purely primitive, legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this... For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstition.... In general I find it painful that you claim a privileged position and try to defend it by two walls of pride, an external one as a man and an internal one as a Jew. As a man you claim, so to speak, a dispensation from causality otherwise accepted, as a Jew of monotheism. But a limited causality is no longer a causality at all, as our wonderful Spinoza recognized with all incision..."
~ Albert Einstein. In a letter to the philosopher Erik Gutkind in January, 1954 after reading Gutkind's book, 'Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt'. Letters of Note
"The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief - call it what you will - than any book ever written; it has emptied more churches than all the counterattractions of cinema, motor bicycle and golf course"
~ A. A. Milne
When reading those two quotes, one by the writer of "Winnie The Pooh" and the other by a great scientist and humanitarian, it may pique your curiosity to finally go and read all of the Bible. Why did they write that? We should all be compelled to go to the origin of the narratives that are so much a part of American society instead of accepting what others say about them. It is unfathomable that so few people, both believers and non-believers, have ever completely read the most influential book in western civilization. Even some church elders admit they have not read this book completely despite basing their lives on it and giving advice so willingly to others.
Nonbelivers who have looked closely at the Bible often remark that believers must be irrational to accept the stories of the Bible. The stories frequently go against what we know from science, have been shown to originate often from the pagan societies around them, don't hold up to logic and common sense, and a few make claims that can be falsified. But irrational is probably not a correct view since few us can survive being irrational.
Rather, theists are usually selectively rational. The majority pick and choose which narratives to believe and either ignore the rest or just claim "it's a mystery" when confronted with verses that don't make sense. As Einstein said, they claim a "dispensation from causality otherwise accepted", but of course really live their everyday lives under full causality and so should be struggling mightily with cognitive dissonance. Perhaps one exception are church leaders who use only prayer and their faith to combat diseases. Despite watching their members die needless deaths due to easily preventable conditions, they continue to avoid medical care and substitute instead ineffective prayer. Worse, other religious persons do not speak up for members too young to defend themselves against the delusional beliefs of the church elders. It's often "the state" that is trying to stop the needless deaths. Is it not hypocritical to cry out against abortion and yet do nothing to stop faith healers from needlessly killing children? Is this not similar to the Catholic church transferring its pedophile priests from parish to parish rather than confronting the truth, and also relying on religious "treatments" and prayer that don't work?
It's time to stop cherry picking. The entire collection of the writings needs to be evaluated especially if it is claimed that all of scripture is inspired.
"All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3: 16 - 17.
If you have never read the entire Bible, why not? And be sure to read the footnotes where scholars discuss some of the controversies. This is the inspired word of God?