So here’s something about the Christian faith I’ve always struggled with: People say they trust in God, and undoubtedly that’s their intent. But the tenets of Christianity are based ultimately on the testimony of people. Sure, there is the argument that nature points to evidence of a creator, but it doesn’t point to the infallibility of scripture. It just doesn’t. The things people believe about Jesus Christ and the events of the Old Testament are the product of human sources. And that’s one of many stumbling blocks: ultimately, we trust ourselves to be right.
It’s a fine thing to believe that God inspired the bible. It is. I don’t begrudge a soul that belief. But there’s no denying that to trust the bible to be the word of God, we must trust the people who wrote it and preserved it, to be telling the truth AND trust the people who assessed it as divine, incontrovertible gospel to be right.
And I don’t. I don’t trust the people who have said, “Yes, I speak for God,” to be accurately and responsibly doing so. More power to you if you do. But I can no longer pretend to accept it.