The stories in the Old Testament are totally unbelievable, I am amazed that I was taught for so many years by people who should have known better that these were actual historical events. It is so obvious now that these are myths and fables, with no more historical accuracy than the stories about Atlantis & Lemuria. I can't believe grown up people still believe in these myths, and worse still teach them to impressionable young minds. Let's take a look at a few of the more ludicrous stories:
Another ridiculous idea is that Yahweh created the rainbow as a sign that he would never again wipe out humanity in a global catastrophe. Are we expected to believe that light behaved differently a few thousand years ago when passing through raindrops? Only the incredibly naive can surely believe this!?
The "worldwide flood" somehow seems to have missed out the Chinese and other civilisations that were around at the same time, since they have no record of it.
Finally, the whole idea was to rid the wicked people from the world. Did it work?
FEE FI FO FUM! This story also appears in the apocryphal "Book Of Enoch" (http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/boe/boe009.htm) where the writer describes how a race of 450 foot high giants was created when fallen angels came down from heaven and had sex with human females. Farrell Till has an excellent article on this ridiculous myth.
The idea that the gods came down and fathered offspring with human females is found in many cultures, e.g. Hercules was the son of Zeus and Alcmena; Bacchus was the son of Jupiter and Semele. Does anyone actually believe these things really happened?
The Tower of Babel myth is ludicrous - the idea that the entire world spoke a single language until Yahweh became angry at their attempt to build a skyscraper and cursed them all with different languages. Where is the evidence for a worldwide language? All ancient cultures evolved their own languages separately, there was most likely some kind of cross-pollenation as people moved around, but does anyone really believe that that at one point there was a single worldwide language? Actually, even the Bible itself contradicts this. Whoever wrote Genesis 11 obviously didn't talk to whoever wrote Genesis 10 (maybe they couldn't understand each other?), as Genesis 10:5 says that "By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations." This "division of the gentiles by their languages" happened between Noah's Flood and the Babel episode, so what is the Bible on about when in the next chapter, it talks about a single worldwide language?
Have you ever heard anything so ridiculous? Not only does this imply that the Sun orbits the Earth, but even if it happened as described and the earth stopped moving to give the appearance of the Sun standing still, the gravitational effects would be devastating. Funny that there is no record of such an incredible celestial event in the records of all the other civilisations that were present at the same time. And what on earth is the "Book of Jashar"? Finally, I was once taught in Sunday School that a NASA supercomputer had found Joshua's "missing day" whilst compiling a history of time - this is an urban myth and has been thoroughly debunked, nobody has ever owned up to running such a program.
Thomas Paine writing in "The Age of Reason" makes the perfectly good point that the Bible is full of utterly irrelevant stories that add absolutely nothing of value: When Samson ran off with the gate-posts of Gaza, if he ever did so, (and whether he did or not is nothing to us,) or when he visited his Delilah, or caught his foxes, or did anything else, what has revelation to do with these things? If they were facts, he could tell them himself; or his secretary, if he kept one, could write them, if they were worth either telling or writing; and if they were fictions, revelation could not make them true; and whether true or not, we are neither the better nor the wiser for knowing them. When we contemplate the immensity of that Being, who directs and governs the incomprehensible WHOLE, of which the utmost ken of human sight can discover but a part, we ought to feel shame at calling such paltry stories the word of God.