[QUOTE=CanadaSteve;2219911]One of the difficult things we have in talking about the bible is the issue of its accuracy. Many times I have heard the example of the phone game. If you start with one sentence, you end up with something different by the end of the line.
While true, this is not an accurate portrayal of these cultures. We cannot fathom a literacy rate of about 4 percent of the population. Oral tradition was how they passed things on. Could you memorize a book by it being read to you? These cultures, in many ways, could. They could also translate history through story, and be completely accurate. We cannot understand this, because if we need to know something, we look it up. We don't memorize like cultures did 2-7 thousand years ago.
Homer's odessey suffers from the same type of 'inaccuracies' due to oral tradition but the difference is that 2 billion people don't currently worship a religion based on the odessey.
my problem with the writing of the bible is it's rife for human agenda. it's real easy to make edits. for example there is a passage lev 11:22 where it says the israelites can't eat bugs... except for locusts. Why? maybe because after the locusts showed up thats all they have to eat. But did God make that addendum. I just can't see an all powerful all knowing God dropping in weekly to dispense addendums.
we laugh about the book of mormon but how do we know something like revelations isn't the book of mormon of the 5th century? It's all relative and maybe 3000 years from now the book of mormon is considered part of the Bible?