Opinion of the Bible

Thomas Paine expressed it well… I too have a bad opinion of the Bible. Nice to know I am in such good company.

Paul, who wrote many of his New Testament epistles while imprisoned, would probably have admired Thomas Paine, who also wrote while being in prison for just over 10 months.



During his imprisonment, Paine embarked on his third influential work, The Age of Reason (London and Boston, 1794-95). A deist manifesto to the core, Paine acknowledged his debt to Newton and declared that nature was the only form of divine revelation, for God had clearly established a uniform, immutable and eternal order throughout creation.


Paine rejected Christianity, denied that the Bible was the revealed word of God, condemned many of the Old Testament stories as immoral and claimed that the Gospels were marred by discrepancies.



And now, in the words of Thomas Paine, an opinion of the Bible.

You form your opinion of God from the account given of him in the Bible; and I form my opinion of the Bible from the wisdom and goodness of God manifested in the structure of the universe, and in all works of Creation.


The result in these two cases will be, that you, by taking the Bible for your standard, will have a bad opinion of God; and I, by taking God for my standard, shall have a bad opinion of the Bible.