God did not write the Bible. Even most Christians accept this. The Bible was written by men. Note: men plural, as in more than one. This is why some written parts slightly contradict other written parts.
Furthermore, the Bible was translated and retranslated numerous times.
I don't know if you've ever played "telephone" as a kid, but the farther removed you get from a source, the more likely that information is to be distorted.
For the Bible to be the infallible word of God, you have to believe at least the following two points are true:
1) None of the authors tinted their writings with their own interpretation/bias, but rather were strictly doing factual reporting. More than that, for it to be the word of God, they had to have been little more than transcribers... just writing down what God said as he spoke to them. Considering how much gender bias is in the book, I find this extremely hard to believe.
2) The translators did not lose or misinterpret anything in the translation. Considering how this is still a problem with translators today, I find it difficult to believe they got it right hundreds of years ago when the KJV was translated.
But maybe you have more faith in those peoples' abilities than I do.
|Actually, the Bible does not say the earth is ~6000 years old.|
Yes, I was going to mention this as well. You are correct.
|Edit 2: @Disch that [humans evolving from apes] is what I have always been taught.|
... you mean... as a Christian child, you were mislead
about evolution? *gasp*
Note my sarcasm here... as this is exactly the point I've been trying to make this entire time. Perpetuation of ignorance.
In fact... the force behind perpetuating this ignorance is so strong in the US that we can't even teach the known facts
of this topic in our public schools because the facts suggest an idea which contradicts religious dogma. It's absurd.