The bible is the christians only claim to authority. Without it, christianity wouldn’t exist. There would just be Judaism and Islam. So it becomes very important that the only source of claims and information be an accurate, unimpeachable, non contradictory text. Whether you’re a inerrant literalist or a loosey goosey metaphorical apologist, there has to be at least a minimum level of consistancy and unifying theme in a theory in order to be justified as true. The further you get from literalism, the more unreliable the claim becomes because of the increasing divergences of competing hypothesis. And if you accept inerrancy as the truth, one mistake in the entirety of the text invalidates the whole as being flawed. One has to go no further than the first chapter in the bible to understand how this works. The order of events in the creation story go as follows:
1. God created the heaven and the earth. (Gen 1:1 ) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. [Heaven in Hebrew~ shamayim: the visible arch in which the clouds move.] [Earth in Hebrew~ erets: field, ground, land]
This is a perfectly reasonable assumption for your average illiterate bronze age goatherd. Look up, there’s the sky, look down, the ground underneath your feet.
2. God made light. (Gen 1:3 ) And God said, Let there light; and there was light. [Light in Hebrew~ or: light, day, morning sun] (Gen 1:5 ) And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. [Day in Hebrew~ yom: from sunrise to sunset]
So if I’m someone living circa 1200 BCE having absolutely no knowledge of how the universe works or the intricacies of 21st century cosmology, or that the earth is a planet revolving around the sun, and I were inspired to invent a story of how the world came into being, this is probably how it would go. I would start with the things observably closest to me and work outward toward the limitations of my knowledge. Basic human nature. The trouble begins when the Old Testament biblical stories reveal proven contradictions as we now know. What the many writers didn’t know then, was that verified human history doesn’t coincide with their timeline of events. Catastrophes like the great global flood and the sun standing still in the sky or dead people being resurrected didn’t occur as claimed, their geographical locations, claims of who the first people were, their longevity, disparity of supposed contemporary eyewitness accounts, or puzzling moral ambiguities like genocide and the practice of slavery simply don’t pass even cursory scrutiny. Moving forward to the present day, we know with a fairly high degree of likelihood that the universe was formed from the Big Bang, and that light came well before the formation of the earth, and that this all took considerably longer than an evening and a morning, making the first day.
The further you get into the old testament, the greater the breakdown between teleological myth and empirical evidence grows. The contradictions simply cannot be ignored. Christians are left with the unpleasant prospect of deciding as to what extent they can rationalize their beliefs. Scholars have rewritten and edited the bible multiple times in an effort to achieve a better consistency. The efforts are ongoing today. Unfortunately, the bible can’t survive textual criticism and a troubled history. Some stubbornly cling to inerrancy, others claim allegory. Ultimately, both approaches are a failure to reconcile with truthful justifiable reality. They are further confounded by having no supportive or independent means of verifying their claims. Given the weight of all the evidence that directly contradicts holy texts, the curious duplication [cross pollination] of the origins of deities from other religions, the fact that their texts often exist in more than one “authoritative version”, and [most importantly!!] that god has never manifested from the metaphysical realm in a measurable, testable way, one can easily conclude the very high probability that the abrahamic god can’t exist. Over 3000 gods have passed into cultural irrelevance directly due to the ever growing enlightenments and expanding knowledge of the universe around us. Jehovah will be no exception.