First, a little background on me.
My father was not a religious man, my mother was a Mormon. Their agreement was that their children would attend the Mormon church, but not be baptized at the age of 8, which is the custom in that church. Instead, their children would have to wait until they were 16, at which time my father felt that they would be old enough to make their own decision in the matter. My siblings and I all left the church around the ages of 13-15, for various reasons. When I got married, I attended a non-denominational Christian church with my husband for a few years, and then we left it. I have read some about different religions, because I don't like to be completely uninformed. My husband's family also has some very devout church goers, some who are Nazarene, others who attend a Covenant Church.
I spent the last week with my extremely religious in-laws. They are not people that I could ask this question of, because they never give you their honest thoughts, feelings, or opinions. They simply recite lectures straight from church. So this is directed at some of the more religious members of the forum. Please understand that I am a very curious person, this is not a question with any malicious intent: Why was the Bible written?
My understanding from my church experience was that the Bible was written to spread the word of God. Yet in all of the churches I have attended, and in being lectured by the ultra religious of differing faiths, I have heard the same thing: We believe in the Bible as far as it is translated correctly. Now, I feel that if the Bible were meant to spread the word of God, and you believe that God is all powerful, then God would not allow it to be translated incorrectly. I was taught that his people were to read it and obey it's teachings. So I find it very confusing that people believe some parts and not others. Could someone out their give me their thoughts and ideas on this?