I have yet to meet a single Christian who's read the Bible in its entirety and still believes it to be the unaltered word of God. It seems to be one of two ways - either they profess it to be the absolute truth and haven't actually read it (especially the ancient testament), or they have read the whole thing and concede that it's irreconcilable with their own beliefs, and therefore must have been rewritten and misinterpreted along the way. This makes arguing about the Bible extremely frustrating, since the only people who'll stand for it are those who don't actually know it. Which doesn't mean I don't still argue. Maybe it'll actually make some of them read it eventually. I don't actually have a problem with believers - I do, however, have one with people who'll blindly follow a set of rules without even questioning them, and worse, who actually take offense and become hostile when anyone else questions them.
Religion is taught to repeat, not to question. Once you start questioning, you're into Philosophy. N_nU Have a good conversation with a Buddhist, though! You're in for a treat; Buddhism is pretty much the only religion that incentivizes critical thought and inquiry.
Oh, pick me! The Bible is one of my favourite books, and reading it cover to cover is what made me loose my faith in the first place. It drives me batty that so many Christians don't even care enough about their own religion to read the Bible. Though, if they do, they might just join the other side like I did.
Many Christians I know have probably never read a single page of the bible. The only knowledge that they have on their religion is what there parents and friends say (which is why they can't back up what they say). I know many Christians who don't even know Jesus was Jewish. Atheists do know more about the Bible than most Christians. Probably because they did research on Christianity before they chose to become an Atheist.
I believe in God. I however will not argue with you about the subject because what you believe in may be right but it doesn't even matter. What person believes in is supposed to make that person feel better like they have a purpose. I do not fully respect fellow christians that argue about the right religion but do not even know the religion they preach. I applaud you for making such a good point :)
Even though im 17, i have done more research into the bible than more christians do in a life time. Ive been a roman catholic, Jehovah's witness, to atheist. And i believe that jesus existed. BUT ONLY AS A HUMAN WITH A PEACEFUL INTENTION. Thats all. Just like Muhammad. The romans finished the bible, it has been and still will be altered today.
It certainly feels that way sometimes. I suppose someone who believes the bible might not feel the need to read it because they are already a follower and they believe that they already know everything that it is about, and some atheists might read it because they want to be able to explain to people why they don't believe in god.
Please ask me something? I would love to answer or try to answer to the best of my ability any questions that you may have regarding Christianity. I promise I'm not as naive as most "Christians" out there.