How can it be that even though the Bible is said to be “the word of God”, there are now as many skeptics as believers? Surely, if it is the word of God, one cannot be skeptical.
In my thinking, what opens the door for skepticism is semi literalism. This is a term I made up for people who believe some of the Bible must be taken literally but not all of it.
For example, take two items from the New Testament, one is where it says Jesus died for your sins and the other that long dead corpses walked out of their graves when Jesus died and were seen by many. Then, you conclude the part about Jesus dying for our sins really happened but the many corpses walking out of their graves did not. This opens the door for someone to conclude both might be fiction. It will be hard for any rational person to conclude both are true.
Another variable is the role of critical thinking taught in schools today. Just a few minutes ago a preteen granddaughter told me about her homework assignment for tomorrow. It is to find two opposing views about global warming and to write a paper comparing them.
I’m guessing eventually this granddaughter, now an enthusiastic Christian, will find herself doing the same kind of analysis of the Bible. When she and millions of other young people do this, it is inevitable a significant number will recognize the circular reasoning of Christianity.