Ingersoll, R.G. – About the Holy Bible

About the Holy Bible

About the Holy Bible
by Robert G. Ingersoll
1894

WARNING: This book is written by an atheist and is antagonist against the Bible.

In this 12 chapter work by Ingersoll (atheist) presents some of his thoughts on the Bible. Although Ingersoll, friend of Walt Whitman, is an unbeliever, I think that his thoughts need to be answered by believers because they are not good representations of truth. I thought about not posting this work, but in reality, his lies need to be revealed and refuted. His chapters are the origin of the Bible, is the OT inspired? the ten commandments, what is it all worth? was Jehovah a God of Love? Jehovah’s administration, the New Testament, the philosophy of Christ, is Christ our example? why should we place Christ at the top and summit of the human race? inspiration, the real Bible.

CONTENTS of About the Bible

1. The Origin of the Bible.
2. is the Old Testament Inspired?
3. The Ten Commandments.
4. What is it All Worth?
5. Was Jehovah a God of Love?
6. Jehovah’s Administration.
7. The New Testament.
8. The Philosophy of Christ.
9. is Christ Our Example?
10. Why Should We Place Christ at the Top and Summit of the Human Race?
11. Inspiration.
12. The Real Bible.

 Introduction

Somebody ought to tell the truth about the Bible. The preachers dare not, because they would be driven from their pulpits. Professors in colleges dare not, because they would lose their salaries. Politicians dare not. They would be defeated. Editors dare not. They would lose subscribers. Merchants dare not, because they might lose customers. Men of fashion dare not, fearing that they would lose caste. Even clerks dare not, because they might be discharged. And so I thought I would do it myself.

There are many millions of people who believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God — millions who think that this book is staff and guide, counselor and consoler; that it fills the present with peace and the future with hope — millions who believe that it is the fountain of law, Justice and mercy, and that to its wise and benign teachings the world is indebted for its liberty, wealth and civilization — millions who imagine that this book is a revelation from the wisdom and love of God to the brain and heart of man — millions who regard this book as a torch that conquers the darkness of death, and pours its radiance on another world — a world without a tear.

They forget its ignorance and savagery, its hatred of liberty, its religious persecution; they remember heaven, but they forget the dungeon of eternal pain. They forget that it imprisons the brain and corrupts the heart. They forget that it is the enemy of intellectual freedom. Liberty is my religion. Liberty of hand and brain — of thought and labor, liberty is a word hated by kings — loathed by popes. It is a word that shatters thrones and altars — that leaves the crowned without subjects, and the outstretched hand of superstition without alms. Liberty is the blossom and fruit of justice — the perfume of mercy. Liberty is the seed and soil, the air and light, the dew and rain of progress, love and joy.

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