I’m shockingly one of very few “Christians” (I’m not one any longer, don’t know what I am, was an Eastern Catholic Catechumen and still desire to be an Eastern Catholic but need peace) who absolutely hates the Bible. I will be bold about it as well. I cannot stand the Bible, I cannot stand reading it, hearing a verse from it, or hearing people debate about what it means. It never helped me change my life at all. It is bound in chains and one’s own interpretation for all I care. The Bible can be held responsible for all acts of atrocities.
1. The Bible severed the Christian community. The Arians used the same exact canon of scripture that the Trinitarians used. Because of the ways they chose to interpret the Bible, the Arians had created a wedge between themselves and the pro-creedal Trinitarians. The Arians rebelled against the unity of the Church referring to the authority and Bible passages in order to rebel against it. Similarly, the heretical Lollards and Waldensians also used the Bible and cited it in order to rebel against established Church authority. The Protestants and the Anabaptists also used it to criticize Church authority. And modern day anti-Trinitarians also use it to sever the community. Why should I love something that has torn apart Christians?
2. The Bible caused slavery. Some would debate this but both abolitionists and anti-abolitionists fighting in the American Civil War both referred to passages from the Bible to support their cause. The anti-abolitionists, although it was a severe exegetical mistake, were able to prey on the abolitionists’ cases against them and made it appear as if the Bible really, seriously, did support them. Because of my extraordinarily low church up-bringing, we’re generally told that the Bible worked to abolish slavery. Other than Philemon, there is no evidence of it whatsoever and even Philemon is still debatable.
3. The Bible is a tool of hatred. I see a man at my university every day holding up a Bible thinking God has given him authority to decide who’s in Hell and who’s not. If suicide is murder in his book, then is someone going to Hell if they decide to take their life to escape his monstrous dictator? I cannot make that conclusion.
4. Biblical scientific foreknowledge. Shouldn’t this make someone want to believe the Bible? Not really. The extremes advocates of this doctrine place into their exegesis of the Bible is negligible at best. For instance, to explain why the Earth is described as the center of the universe in the verses of poetry, they’re forced to assert that proper Biblical exegesis emphasizes that poetry isn’t to be taken as literal history and everything written like literal history is to be believed word for word at times. But this means that genuine literary criticism of everything else is a lie. Let’s take Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. It’s written like literal history so…it happened. Word for word. Hobbits, Middle Earth, Elves, etc. Or Cradle of Filth’s “The Death of Love”. St. Joan of Arc wasn’t a real person. Gilles didn’t betray her to the English government, falsely accuse her of heresy, and have her burned at the stake by the Church.
5. Which Bible any way? Bible-lovers never tell me which Bible I’m at war with. Nor do they have responses for why I should accept the New Testament as legitimate any way. There’s the Jewish Bible, the Catholic Bible, and the Eastern Orthodox Bible as well as different Protestant variations of the Bible and the Muslims refer to the Koran as the Word of God. So why take the Bible? One must appeal to something outside the Bible to confirm the Bible.
6. So many interpretations. There are too many interpretations of the Bible. Of course, this is why it’s been the cause of so many divisions within the Church that have broken us and caused us suffering. If we had just accepted the decisions of the traditions handed down to us, we certainly would be far better off. Why can’t we listen to the history and find it to be beautiful. Bible-lovers want to paint a negative outlook on history and how things of the past should die.
I hope you can at least sympathize even if you do disagree with my hatred of this stupid, idolatrous, book. It’s done nothing but cause confusion and division. This is also one reason why I prefer the High Church setting. Liberal Christians have their benefits but their Christianity is meaningless. The High Church setting is so off-based on the Bible that it seems like the Bible plays influence, but minor influence at best. There is a guidance to preserve unity and to denounce confusion. I hate the Bible. I prefer to read the Church fathers instead.