1. 130 million in china on u tube or something does not constitute doing well in a country of 3 billion odd.
2. yes, dont eat and love, very simple. Most of the rest? Gobbledook that has sweet bugger all to do with love. seeing as the first sin was breaking the 'simple' rule' dont eat, then why thousands of pages of mystery, portents, visions and hallucinations to explain how it would be 'undone' for the benefit of ALL MANKIND when very plainly all mankind will not and cannot understand it?
3. Love Jesus, shucks! Jesus showed a better way to worship than the law. Would i rather love than the law? yes. BUT love explains diddly squat about what i am asking guys. WHY DID HE NOT MAKE IT SIMPLE? the WHOLE book, not one subject...
4. How can you 'admire' a collection of books that 'god' had penned but was incapable or unwilling to make sure was firstly translated and copied correctly down through the eons of time and not able to be understood by simpletons today? How can i admire a book that i am told ; ''It should be admired for what it is and should be disregarded for what it is not and it is up to EACH person to decide where that line is drawn'' when that means i can still draw the line in the wrong place, therefore misunderstand 'gods plan'?
so again, defenders of the bible; if god wants ALL of mankind to live why did he not make it a simple 'brochure' of easy to understand information?
answer; because he wanted mankind to search for him, but did not want all mankind to know this little fact!
answer; because if he made it simple he would not have been able to have 6000 years of human misery to prove himself the good guy. 'god' is interested only in his own right and to issue clear simple instructions for mankind would have circumvented the 'need' he had to win the fight and have mankind scrambling around in the dust making a mess. He WANTS mankind to fail because if they didnt, he is not needed.
And even IF he just wanted too, he could have issued instructions of what happened, how i'll fix it and that i will be back in 6000 years on april the 5th 2017. sorry for the delay but i will be busy in the gamma quadrant of the universe till then...ok?
As for the canon of books, THEY were selected by elite church elders and theologians in a time when practically nobody was literate except for them and that meant they had power and prestige over everybody else because THEY ALONE could 'understand' the mysteries of god. So if anybody did figure that they needed god, why, they had to approach those lofty ones and trust their particular regards and disregards of the bible as true.
Now, the 'all knowing' god of the bible also would have known this would happen to his precious guide, leading to more people that would have to die for getting it wrong.
If god wanted everybody to live and none to die, then he could have made it very basic and easy. I am sure you realize that! SO WHY DID HE NOT?