Just finished posting a series responding to Harry McCall’s claim that not only did Moses not write the Torah (or, Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible) but that the offered Biblical “proofs of the LATE creation of the ‘Mosaic Law.’”
I have been involved in a discussion on another website and an atheist made the following statement:
"How do we know that God is both the standard and the enforcer of good? To my knowledge, this isn't in the Bible. It's just something that someone came up with later on down the line to justify an apparent contradiction."
I have expended quite the bit of time, energy and cyber-ink correcting atheist fallacious statements about the Bible but some statements, such as the above, leave me so flummoxed that my brain begins to itch.
Is the issue that Sam Harris hears Bible believers asserting a literal reading of the text, then takes them to task, and thus demonstrates that Bible believers are not being consistent but are cherry-picking the text? Or is the issue that Sam Harris, and others, do not apply hermeneutics? It appears that they do not take into consideration: historical context, grammatical context, cultural context, etc. They do not consider that to take something literally means to take it as it is intended.