Before you read this, read Bible Contradiction? How did Saul die? | The Domain for Truth (wordpress.com). Then look at my comment (here) and SLIMJIM’s response (here).
If I had not written this post, what follows is how I would have responded to SLIMJIM.
I have read and reviewed some books by supposedly thoughtful and well-educated Bible skeptics like Bart D. Ehrman (see Search Results for “ANSWERING JESUS’ SKEPTICS — PART 1” – Citizen Tom), and I have not been impressed.
I am a fan of Thomas Paine, but I consider his Bible skepticism a serious flaw. When I was 17, one of the books Paine wrote, “The Age of Reason,” convinced me to forsake Christianity (see THOMAS PAINE’S PROFESSION OF FAITH – Citizen Tom). Why was Paine’s book effective? I was grossly ignorant of the Bible.
What the skeptics write only impresses people who don’t know anything. That is in accord with what the Bible says about scoffers and wisdom. To counter the pretentious ravings of such ignorant and foolish people, we need to properly educate our children.