Bishop Spong [Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non Religious World] makes it quite clear that he and other biblical scholars do not believe that the Bible was either inspired by or written by God. He said:
Holy Scriptures all have human authors who lived in a specific time and place. Only those readers who ascribe an external, revelatory, supernatural source for these ancient texts will find this insight disturbing. There is, however, no rational argument in the world that would support a divine or revealed source for the sacred writing of any religious tradition. This truth becomes quite obvious as we begin to look at the final major strand that made up the Torah.
That final strand was the Biblical re-write done from about the 6th to the 4th century BCE by the priestly class. They edited even the creation story at the outset of the Bible so that it and other parts of the scripture fit the newly revised theology of the Jewish people after the Babylonian captivity. While in captivity the priestly class, in order to keep the Jewish faith and tradition from being tainted by their captors, formulated a series of rites and laws that would keep the Jews separate from the Babylonians in order to insure their ethnic purity. Circumcision of males, setting aside a Sabbath Day and kosher dietary restrictions would insure that the Jewish heritage would not be lost during the captivity. These and other customs, sadly, would also create a ethnic purity in the Jewish people which would later be used to cleanse their homeland of ‘foreigners.’
The passion to keep themselves separate from Gentile infiltration in order to survive as a recognized people during the exile got interpreted, when the Jews returned to their homeland, to be a passion for ethnic purity. Genealogies were kept so that people could demonstrate their blood lines and prove their unpolluted Jewish heritage. This led to purges of those husbands, wives and children who were not demonstrably full-blooded Jews, as well as to the judgment, found in New Testament times, that Gentiles were by definition unclean and thus to be avoided. It also led to a violent prejudice against those who came to be called Samaritans. Not only had the Jewishness of the Samaritans been compromised, but their religion had been corrupted by foreign and thus pagan elements that the Samaritans had welcomed. Jewish prejudices against those thought of as half-breeds and heretics went deep and they were validated and legitimatized by appeals to the “Word of God” found in the law said to have been dictated by God to Moses. In time this prejudice against both the unclean Gentiles and the heretical Samaritans would usher in some less than admirable parts of Jewish history.
There it is. Do you get it? Just today at some gathering in Florida, GOP candidate Rick Santorum was confronted by a woman who claimed that President Obama is a Muslim and is not a legitimate president. She said, “He is an avowed Muslim and my question is, why isn’t something being done to get him out of government? He has no legal right to be calling himself president.”
Of course Santorum took the coward’s way out and only said that ‘he was trying to get Obama out of office.’
Exclusivity. Purity. Purging of the ‘unclean.’ For the Bible says…
If it was right and proper for the Jews to purify their land of the unclean, the half-breeds and heretics, as the Bible states, then it is perfectly logical for some Bible-thumper to want to cleanse America of an illegitimate president.
The “word of God” says it is right to do so.