For the past 50 years, I have not given any credence to the concept of a “God” or that we have ‘free will’.
For me, religion has been seen as, “A socially accepted psychosis”. For about a year, as an intellectual exercise, I have tried to reconcile the Christian ‘Good God’ with the evidential evil that is among us.

The bible was written by men about 900BC to 800BC. These men were ‘before their time’ (homo-superior). They had ideas of how the world was created, but lacked the scientific knowledge to formulate their ideas. Subsequently, their writings were used and abused for the benefit of those seeking power and riches.

It is possible to sift out the few grains of wisdom that are left within the tonnes of dross in the bible. I will try to quote these. While in the RAF, I read the bible from cover to cover. But, obviously, I did not retain it all!

It is also not believable that Jesus did not leave any writings. It is most likely that that he did, but that they decried the establishment of a church. I develop this theme elsewhere.

I am going to keep my points of view to the Christian faith, but other faiths have similar inconsistencies.

Examples of my musings are :-

“Why did God create the polio virus, and the malaria agent?” Both catastrophically kill young people.
“Why does God allow natural disasters to occur?” As the insurers put it “An act of God.” In these disasters, the poor & weak suffer most.
“Why does God allow more than one religion?” There are over 150 different Christian sects in the
UK alone.
“Why did God create Adam, & then make Eve from Adam?”
“Why didn’t Jesus leave any writings?”
“Why did Jesus refer to ‘shepherds’ and ‘fishermen’. They all eat their charges!”
“Why did Jesus make his disciples eat his flesh & drink his blood!

There are problems that are more contentious within the Bible.

Why does God (for it is claimed that He is the author) condemn male homosexuality, but bless incest between father and daughter(s)?

The Bible says :-

Leviticus 20:13  If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination : they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Above homosexuality is condemned. Below, after the sacking of Sodom & Gomorrah, incest is blessed and the offspring become leaders of two tribes!

Genesis 19:33  And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

Genesis 19:34  And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father : let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

Genesis 19:35  And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

Genesis 19:36  Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.

Genesis 19:37  And the first born bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.

Genesis 19:38  And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.

A further concern is, how I put it, “Suffer little children to come unto me, and I will visit the sins of their fathers upon them.”

The Bible also says :-

Matthew 19:13  Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.

Matthew 19:14  But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

The Bible then says that the children will suffer for their fathers’ sins –

Exodus 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

The bible also says :- >> Exodus 20:13  Thou shalt not kill. Note, there are no conditional clauses, no small print, just those four words “Thou shalt not kill.” That commandment was handed directly from God to Moses cut into stone. It does not say, “ …… except when you are told to.” It does not say, “……. Anything else except humans.” It does not say, “…….. except Nazis, heathens & infidels,” Even to take an anti-biotic is a sin, as God created those bacteria, germs & viruses and, “Thou shalt not kill.” God proscribes no exceptions!