Assuming that God does indeed exist, do you believe that the Bible is really a literal recording of His word? This is an important question since the Bible is so often quoted as justification for oppressive laws. From my perspective, it seems that the religious right uses the Bible as a weapon to oppress those whose lifestyles they do not agree with. As a Gay man, I have experienced this first hand as they pick out scriptures that support their disapproval of my lifestyle. Yet they totally ignore scriptures that point out things they, according to that same Bible, should not be doing. And to be honest, they are able to give perfectly logical reasons why those scriptures that they are not following do not apply today. My question is, why don't they apply that same logic when looking at scriptures that pertain to their disapproval of my lifestyle? And then, this begs the question, if we can pick and choose which scriptures to take literally and which ones to apply "logical loopholes" to, then what's the point of the Bible in the first place?
But back to my original question: Is the Bible a literal recording of God's word? In establishing the validity of the Bible as being God's word, the religious right often falls back on 2nd Timothy, Chapter 3, verse 16: All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness. Somehow, the religious right has taken "inspired by God" to mean "dictated by God". It's almost as if they picture Moses sitting down on a rock with a pad and pencil, and God says "Moses, take this down. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void...." I can just see Moses saying "Slow down Lord, I can't write that fast..."
To my way of thinking, "inspired" does not translate to the literal word of God. The writer's own biases, prejudices, and the current mores of that time period would have to have influenced their writings.