I don't consider myself a christian but... I DO give to the homeless... and I DO try to help the needy and less fortunate. These things are a given. Good people don't have to be christians. The bible was written by man something like 300 yrs. after the death of "Christ" and in general is a book about how to live a good life.
There are some things which need to be corrected with your post.
No disrespect intended, but that is an incorrect statement. The oldest book in the Bible, Job, was written only a few hundred years after the flood, which happened 4400 years ago. Thus, the Bible's writing started around 4,000 years ago, which is about 2,000 years before Christ. The New Testament began being written around AD 40-50 and was finished around AD 90, approximately.
The event you're referring to is the Council of Nicea (sp?) where they determined which books would be in the Bible.
Even if it were the book that was spoken by God/Angelic forces (depending on the pastor/priest whos interpretation you buy) If you think for a second that opinionated men (Liars, as we all are) didnt throw thier 2 cents in then I need some of that drug because its making you delusional.
That is an assumption on your part. We have absolutely no way of proving or disproving they were telling the truth or were not telling the truth. We can assume either/or. You could be correct or you could be 100% incorrect. Who knows? Best to be objectional about it. I believe we can all but prove that mankind didn't screw it up, so I stick with that assumption, for the most part, but it is just that: an assumption.
The bible is subject to interpretation far more than any other book.
Art and other books are also open to interpretation. Only the author knows the real interpretation. Can I now toss out all art and all books as complete crap simply because they, too, are open to interpretation? That doesn't make much sense.
The qualifiers for the Bible being real or fake are not legitimate qualifiers. Objectively, we must toss them out and look for actual things which prove or disprove the Bible. As of yet, nothing in the Bible has been disproven and no contradictions have been found. Sure, we see a lot of supposed contradictions, but when someone with some knowledge and understanding of the Bible sees them, they explain what those things actually mean, and there's absolutely no contradiction at all. Thus, for so many men to have written it over thousands of years and for them all to never once contradict themselves is quite amazing. No other religious book has done that. Also, there are 13 numerical prophecies throughout the Bible, and all have come true exactly to the dates on which they were to come true. Unless those people or God could see the future (which 'seeing the future" must be understood correctly), then it's impossible odds for those things to have come true by coincidence. Those are some very strong arguments for legitimacy of the Bible.
For instance... When Jesus walked into the church and found his people gambling and selling items with which to worship, he said... in a nutshell... I wash my hands of this church. I believe he was washing his hands of the BUSINESS itself.
This never happened in the Bible. You're mixing up events.
Right before Day of Unleaven Bread, Jesus fulfilled Feast of Unleaven Bread by walking into His Father's house (the temple) and throwing out the money-changers. This was to fulfill the Law which says that the people should clean out their houses of all leaven (leaven represents sin) right before Feast of Unleaven Bread. So, Jesus was fulfilling that part of the Law when He did that.
Jesus told the 12 Disciples to go out to different places and preach the gospel, heal the sick and forgive sins, etc.. He told them that if they walk into a town where the people do not accept them and their healing and teaching that they should leave that town and shake off the dust from their sandles as they leave as a sign to those people that they're done with them.
When Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilot and the Jews wanted him to release the murdering theif Barabas in order that Jesus might be crusified instead of Barabas. When this occured, Pontius Pilot washed his hands in a bowl of water and said, "I do not see that this man has done any wrong. I wash my hands of this situation. His blood is on your hands." (paraphrased).
You mixed all of the events together accidentally.
Small groups of people in a living room can worship without buying the pastor a new cadillac.
And that is the way Jesus set up the church through Paul and the apostles, actually - home assemblies. There was no pastor above anyone. No one was above anyone else, actually. "Pastors", if you can call them that, in Bible times, were missionary church planters. All they did was go around to cities, get converts, teach them how to build a home assembly and he would administer it for a while, teaching them all how to let Jesus work through them to teach one another in the assembly, and then the apostle would move on. There was no tithing of money. We're only told to give freely in the New Testament, and only if we want to. We're told to take care of the widowed, homeless and orphans and our fellow Christians of course. It was a big family. That's what Jesus came to setup - God's family on earth. They were referred to as the 3rd race, if I remember correctly.
In fact, in the 4th and 5th centuries, secular historians would call them the dancers and say that they were the ones who knew God and knew all wisdom. They were called the dancers because their home assemblies started out like a party nowadays starts out. People eating, singing, dancing, having a good time. Then would come the meal which was like a last supper sort of deal (communion) but it was a big feast in celebration of Jesus. Then afterward, everyone would teach everyone else by sharing whatever Jesus put on their hearts to share. Everyone was being used by Jesus weekly to teach others and everyone was being taught by Jesus through everyone else. No crazy tongues stuff was going on. Tongues means languages. People would be invited whom did not speak the common language of the assembly, and so sometimes, people would start speaking in that new person's language to prophesy to them, or the person would hear, in their own language, the speakers, so they didn't need a translator.
With tithing, like I said, that was Old Testament and referred only to food, not money. It was not in the New Testament teaching. Everyone simply took care of each other as needed.
That being said... I have very close christian friends who I love dearly (my wife being one of them and my best friend) and hold in the highest respect because they are not judgmental of me or my "ideas". However, if you are the type to "hate" on others belief systems... "Thou shalt not judge lest ye be judged".
Not tryin to pick a fight here, just expressing opinions.
Everyone has the free-will right to believe what they want. It's not my place to judge them. I'll only judge what other Christians are teaching and disprove them or support them if necessary. I will debate non-Christians, but I have learned not to disrespect them or judge them. Best to discuss with them instead.