A few things that don't fully add up in the bible seem to present an interesting possibility......
Many comment on how in the old testament God at times seems so different from the new testament, and on a rampage all the time.
Before Stephen was martyed, he said for the 40 years wandering in the wilderness they were actually following Moloch?
Or in Exodus, God told Moses he was sending an angel to lead them and they better obey him fully because the angel would be unforgiving if they didn't follow his every word.
Then in the new testament we have many scriptures about the one opposing God making himself to appear to be God and sitting in the throne of God. In revelation it hints that this one is so convincing the whole world worships him because of how powerful he is and he can have any killed he wants.
In Ezekiel when talking about the ruler of Tyre, that many attribute to Satan, that he profaned his own santuaries, etc, what would those have been?
Then when Jesus is on Earth, he says the whole world is given to him and he offers him control of the world if he worships him.
Was it the apostle paul who said to check the 'inspired utterances' to make sure they originate with God?
In Isaiah, in the very beginning it seems to be God, of Jesus quality, saying he hates their sacrifices and festivals, he wants mercy and justice. (as if he didn't command those things)
In Jeremiah he confronts the Israelites on worshipping the goddess of heaven, who them reply they make the sacrifical cakes to her because if they don't, then all calamity befalls them.
It almost makes me wonder, if Satan was given control of the whole world and in a sense allowed to show himself to be God, would he just want violence and nonstop problems or would he have been saying he can rule and be a great God or better God then the true one, and so tried and has been trying to shape and mold people w/ laws and stuff into being good, and would get frustrated when it was failing, so tried punishments to get them in line and scare them into behaving? It would also answer WHY is God allowing so much bad to happen. In the scriptures it has shown there are set periods of time for things, even the time of the gentiles.
Anyway that's all the tip of the iceberg and that possibility can be completely wrong. But there are many things in the scriptures that show other possibilities and explanations for things. I think everybody who has dismissed the scriptures are based solely upon the understanding that has been presented to all of christianity and when seeing things that don't add up, just dismiss it as it must be wrong, but perhaps there are answers and much different pictures being painted that have no really come to light yet.