Weeeell, there is the small matter of the Old Testament and the quite frankly horrible things that go on there, and the NT has its fair share of nasty stuff in it as well, as well as the false impression of black and white morality that it gives (morality is more complicated than "this is always right and this is always wrong") which makes me reject the morality of the bible out of hand in favour of my own more complicated and "tried-and-tested" morality, but that's a debate for another day, so I'll stop there, haha.
My question is....why do you believe the bible was passed down by God? Obviously the bible says that it was passed down by God, but you can't justify something with itself. "It's true because it says it's true." Um...well, what else would it say? That it was a work of complete fiction and shouldn't be taken seriously? Of course not
So...why do you believe the bible is holy and passed down by God? And even if the bible was
originally passed down by God, the original was in Hebrew, I think. It's been translated so many times and into so many different versions, and edited and censored by various councils so often, how do you know what you're reading is anything like the original? Part of believing in the Christian God is indeed that you have to believe the bible is holy, but why do you believe the bible is holy? Why have faith in the bible specifically? What reason do you have to accept the word of the bible over other religious texts?
That's really the sticking point for me, particularly when people use the bible as a justification. Why on Earth should I believe the bible over people like Tacitus, Cassius Dio, Livy and Pliny, none of whom make any mention of the "miracles" recorded in the bible (and the first two of whom are reputed for their thoroughness and generally viewed as very reliable)? What historiographical reason do you have to believe a word that the bible says? And I know that this could sound accusatory or aggressive, and that's not how I mean it. It's an honest curious question
If you don't want to answer, that's fine. Just curious