It has been suggested that atheists should start a Bible study discussion.
After all, we should have a better understanding of what we are debating and make informed, responsible posts.
What better way to start than the very beginning of the Bible:
Let's start from the beginning, shall we?
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth"
The original untranslated Masoretic text reads:
"Bereshitt bara Elohim et hashamayim ve'et ha'aretz".
Alarm bells start ringing straight away so far as the King James translation goes.
My translation reads something completely different:
"A bullsh!t guy called Elohim walked into a bar, asked for some hash and ended up getting arrested".
Surely, do we not have a completely different story unfolding here?