- The Old Testament, for general speaking purposes provided continuous and revelatory doctrine for a period of approx 4000 years. AKA: over that period new revelation and doctrine/stories/parables/history kept being provided and added to the overall story of God's relationship to man.
- The New Testament then came along and clarified much of the Old Testament doctrine as well as - wait for it - SUPERCEDED the eye for an eye old testament doctrine with the credo of forgiveness and love of enemies instead. The bible was very much questioned by Jesus and the revelation of the new testament was that Love trumps all sin.
- Then for the next two thousand years - nothing, nada, added or detracted. Why? Where did all the experience of divine relationship go? Is there really no more to be revealed? I beg to differ, the state of the world suggests that our relationship with God has both evolved and devolved, all such experiences were discussed in Old Testament history but not at all after JC.
Personally, as a christian, I think it is imperative to question the bible in all it's glorious and gory detail. Blindly believing words on paper is a dangerous game, no matter how they are portrayed or what divine inspiration is attributed to them. We can say that so easily, "This is the word of God", "That is God's Will" et al. Costs nothing but the time to put it on paper for anyone, now or in the past.
So why be a christian at all? The question needs to be asked before the answer is given - by each seeking soul and inspiration, epithany and revelation are not dead experiences of history but available to all seekers, for the past two thousand years right up to now. In today's multifaceted and complex paradigm to say more is simply pointless, today the personal journey and experience of gaining insight is all that stands between value in the good book and discarding it altogether.