This is probably an old arguement to some at this point but continues to interst me for some reason. I used to think that the Bible was the inerrant word of God and that to question it or challenge its authenticity was equal to sin and blasphemy. With that said I am completely certain at this stage in my life that it is not the word of God but rather the word of humans, particularly of the Jewish and later the Greek and Roman cultures. How can we possibly reconcile what is found in some verses of the Bible with our societal views and norms of today? The logic found in the Bible is totally human and subjective. If we attribute what is found in all of the Bible to God we associate God with a vindictive, angry and jealous person, not to mention sexist, the exact opposite personality and character that Jesus spoke of emulating. These controversial passages are found in both the old and new testament. Here are a few passages to back my claim: Ezra 9, 10 All foreign born wives must be divorced Col 3:22, 4:1 Paul speaks of slavery being made kinder and gentler 1 Timothy speaks of how women should be submissive, forbidden to teach and have authority over menand can be saved by bearing children. Lev 20:13 Homosexuals should be executed and that disobedient children should be stoned Deut 21:18-21, 6:14,15 8:19, 30:17, 8 people who worship a false God should be made to perish Luke 4:35, 39, Mark 2:1-12 sickness is a result of a demon that must be rebuked Kings asserts that the loss in battle is the direct result of not keeping Gods commandments (which includes thou shalt not kill) subsequent victories are attributed to God(lots of killing) There are many many more where that came from as most of you know. Enough is enough already. Are we going to continue to associate God with this type of angry father figure and for how long? The longer we do the longer we are seperated and the true God presence in all of us which will fully manifest as whole can be revealed to us all.