We’re told that the Bible is an account of the relationship of people with God. It’s the attempt of some people to explain what they experienced, and how they experienced their contact with some thing greater than themselves. It was written by specific people with real life experiences for their fellows to understand (and by written I mean communicated – I know the oral traditions would have existed before the written words).
The troubles with the Bible are manifold
It ignores large swathes of humanity and human experience.
It has been misused to justify outrageous, unGodly, immoral behaviour (I’m thinking of slavery, of discrimination of all kinds, of murder).
It stops. There is no more.
It stops at Revelation, as if that was the last experience of God that humanity had, anywhere on earth.
I went to see “Les Miserables’ nearly 20 years ago, and there is one line that I heard that has stayed with me ever since.