Originally Posted by Professor Geoffrey
Though it may not be that way everywhere in the world, they can still believe what they want to believe, because we have free will.
No, we have the illusion of free will. If we take the Bible to be fact, then let's take a look at the story of creation. If we hold God to be an all knowing, all powerful, omnipresent being then after warning Adam and Eve not to taste the fruit of knowledge, he would have damn well known that they were bound to do it anyway.
Personally, I don't like the idea that we've been set up to fail from the very beginning. And if you really want to start quoting Bible passages to back up your point, I can quote just as many to show the numerous contradictions within the text.
With the Bible, it shouldn't matter to a believer if it is relevant or not. It's God's word!