Believers? Believing is not evidence. Believers believed in Jim Jones.<quoted text>
The Bible was assembled by believers who prayed for guidance and decided collectively what was accepted and what were rejected.
Got a clue what evidence is?
The notion that "BELIEVERS'" beliefs means something because they are "believers" is : CIRCULAR LOGIC.
There is zero power in any of them... the whole shabang.
Do you know how the Gospels made it into the bible?
It had nada to do with inspiration or divinity.
They were chosen by a political council in Nicea for political reasons. Most notably The book of Thomas. It's validity was bulletproof it just didn't jive with the objectives of the church.
One of the biggest reasons books were stricken was that they conveyed the idea that you did not need the church, that there was a spark of the divine in all of us. This would get a book clipped faster than you could say Amen.
The story of Lilith,(Adam's first wife) was taken out for obvious reasons. I am sure someone who studies the bible as much as yourself knows all about Lilith.
To accomplish this the book of Genisis had to be reworked.
Eve was actually the second companion. Molded from Adam's body so she would suit him better. Lilith was created simultaniously with Adam, but they had a falling out. She saw herself as equal to Adam and did not yield to his commands. She left Eden and was chased down by three angels... I am sure you know the rest.
Hell, even what is contained in the all important dead sea scrolls was all but wiped from the bible.
What was good for the CHURCH was deemed inspired by God. The rest was bound to the Apocrypha to be hidden away.
You are a bit too intelligent not to recognize political manipulation when you see it.
But I am sure you will reason this away somehow. I am sure God told the council what was what... right?