Requiring Interpretation Proves A Religion False
The Bible, Koran, Torah, Book of Mormon, and several others can be interpreted in such a way that thousands of sects have branched out from them. This fact, to me, is a perfect example for why these weren’t written or inspired by the creator of all things. This is the major problem with false religions in general. If a god has really inspired their book then he would have inspired them to write it in such a way that it would be true for all people and ages.
The range of how these texts can be read can lead one group of people to complete non-violence or to jihadists and the KKK. If these people can justify all kinds of cruelty through a misinterpretation then it was not written by a benevolent, omniscient, universe creating skyhook. A god who knows all things; what has happened, what is happening, what will happen, and shapes how the future occurs would be able to word a book more perfectly than those available. It would explain the reasons for why things were disallowed in detail enough to show the perfect wisdom of such actions. Instead we have “don’t do this, if someone does do it, kill them” and then later in the book it says “don’t kill anyone”.
If a book were really the will of a perfect mind then it could be five or ten thousand pages and people would still flock to it. Perfect wisdom would command such a thing out an individual. A book written by a god would not be open to interpretation, every dilemma we might face would be in the book somehow and there would be no contradictions. Anyone who read it would understand it so perfectly that the message wouldn’t be lost even when translated to another language, no matter the level of the reader’s intelligence or the time period in which the reader lives. If future predictions were made they would be in great detail with no ambiguity. I would expect nothing but the best explanation from something that wants to impose it’s own morality on another being and this is not what we have from any of the major texts.
Now this argument doesn’t rule out the possibility that a god exists, which was not my intent for this post anyway. My point is: either all of these gods are less intelligent than the average atheist, or these scriptures are not the divinely inspired word of supreme intelligence. If I had to pick one, I would prefer a disinterested god over one of these imbeciles. Thankfully, I can pick none.