In answer to seraphimzephyr's counter argument.
(In an intellecutal way, not a mean way :-)
If we were to take a literalist view on the bible, and believe every word as truth, then surely bits of them would conflict? In particular sections of the old testament and sections of the new testament. For example, one of the Ten Commandments says quite clearly "Thou Shalt Not Kill", yet in the Old Testament there are MANY examples of a plea from 'God' to kill many types of people. I found lots of verses that say this, but on this occasion I'll use three.
Kill Followers of Other Religions.
1) If your own full brother, or your son or daughter, or your beloved wife, or you intimate friend, entices you secretly to serve other gods, whom you and your fathers have not known, gods of any other nations, near at hand or far away, from one end of the earth to the other: do not yield to him or listen to him, nor look with pity upon him, to spare or shield him, but kill him. Your hand shall be the first raised to slay him; the rest of the people shall join in with you. You shall stone him to death, because he sought to lead you astray from the Lord, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. And all Israel, hearing of this, shall fear and never do such evil as this in your midst. (Deuteronomy 13:7-12 NAB)
2) Suppose a man or woman among you, in one of your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, has done evil in the sight of the LORD your God and has violated the covenant by serving other gods or by worshiping the sun, the moon, or any of the forces of heaven, which I have strictly forbidden. When you hear about it, investigate the matter thoroughly. If it is true that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, then that man or woman must be taken to the gates of the town and stoned to death. (Deuteronomy 17:2-5 NLT)
"If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives." (Leviticus 20:13 NAB)
Kill People for Working on the Sabbath
The LORD then gave these further instructions to Moses: 'Tell the people of Israel to keep my Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between me and you forever. It helps you to remember that I am the LORD, who makes you holy. Yes, keep the Sabbath day, for it is holy. Anyone who desecrates it must die; anyone who works on that day will be cut off from the community. Work six days only, but the seventh day must be a day of total rest. I repeat: Because the LORD considers it a holy day, anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death.' (Exodus 31:12-15 NLT)
The first one says "Kill anyone who doesn't believe what you do." You take that literally, and that promotes the killing of everyone who isn't equal to you, which to me isn't the voice of God speaking, that's the voice of a bigoted man.
The second one says "Kill someone for loving who they want to love". I believe that the love between a woman and a woman and a man and a man is the same as love between a woman and a man. Same-sex mating happens in nature, with animals. If the bible says animals have no souls does that mean they can go to hell for homosexual acts too?
And as you might agree, the third one is ridiculous.
The God I believe in isn't ridiculous. He/She IS love. He/She is against killing of any kind (including capital punishment). I refuse to believe that my God is capable of hippocricy. That is a problem attributed to men only, and not an omniscient, omnibenevolent being like God. The Bible is a book. Sometimes I cannot believe that it is God's truthful Word.
In addition. The bible could not have been written by a being. It was written through the hand of sinful men, taken from stories verbally told. There will be embellishments depending on the relativity and cultural context at the time.