I used to be atheist and I used to get into these heavy anti-religion topics with this Christian guy at work. Eventually I decided to give the Bible a chance (I mean, for as much crap I talked about it, I knew nothing about it).
It was weird though, with an open mind and just accepting what I was reading in Genesis (the first book of the Bible) it may have seemed "illogical" or "silly" but then I started questioning the world's explanation for life...primordial soup. The Big Bang...
This guy once said "If you came into my dinning room and I had a beautiful dinner prepared for you, you wouldn't assume it came from an explosion would you?" lol
So I learned about Jesus and what the truth is about all of this "religious stuff" and learned that what the media and world perceive about Christianity and what is really is are two separate things. The truth is it's not this wacko "Praise Jesus!" stuff and the devil isn't a red guy in the center of the earth. And to clear this up: Religion and Christianity are two totally separate things. Religion is man's tradition and Christianity is accepting Jesus Christ's death as payment for your sinful life to have eternal life in the new Heaven. (and it's not some silly cloud city! lol)
The exciting thing is however that the last book of the Bible, Revelations, makes many predictions about the "end times". And take a wild guess...these predictions are coming true now! Widespread knowledge that suddenly increases, a worldwide power that all nations give authority to (I'lll hold back on revealing this one for the moment) and a nation that rises from nowhere to sudden power:
"Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon." Rev. 13:11
That's highly symbolic language, but in short a beast represents a kingdom, the earth in this case represents a sparsely unpopulated land (other beasts rose from the water, which represented masses of people) and the lamb/dragon thing means that it carries an innocent look but will soon act and a devil (the dragon is another name for Satan.) Hmm...sounds like any young nation that is a worldwide power now?
So the Bible is a very interesting book, but so much more. I am not writing this trying to change any opinions, but I wish that each of you at least open your hearts up and question why you believe in what you believe. There's a TON of stuff that happened that the Bible predicted thousands of years before it did and stuff going on now and stuff to come that Revelation speaks about.
Feel free to contact me with questions or hate mail.