Please consider the following as a request for information.
As atheists we do not believe in any god.
By extension, we do not believe there ever was a god.
Therefore the Bible (“The Word of God”) is theologically irrelevant and meaningless, and always has been so.
So why do we debate and discuss, in a theological context, the stories, contradictions, “miracles” and people in the Bible, a) with theists and b) amongst ourselves?
(As an aside, I will admit that there are some valuable non-theological lessons in personal behavior in the Bible. For example, the parable of the Good Samaritan regarding bigotry and racism, and the passage, “You hypocrite! First remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye,” come to mind.)
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