Well, a couple of days back, one of my atheist friends (a very smart chap) tried to lead me on to an argument, by mentioning the Bible as the foundational Holy Text for Christianity, and how it is so intractable and difficult to interpret. He points out that if a divine being wanted us to do something, he’d have just done it outright, instead of handing us a confusing text. Essentially, if God wanted us all to be moral and do what was right, then he’d tell us directly what was right, clearly and explicitly.
Now, being somewhat slow on my (figurative and literal) feet, I don’t remember the answer I gave but it was not nearly as incisive as this: who/what orders you around claiming a divine prerogative to the truth?
That’s right! THE ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC, APOSTOLIC CHURCH!!!
God does tell us exactly what we’re supposed to do, through his mystical Body on Earth, the Roman Catholic Church! That’s a lot more sensible than divinely inspiring a tome whose contents were only settled a few centuries after He died, was resurrected, and ascended, whose contents are so difficult to interpret, that those they go literally by the book (alone) have fragmented into miniscule (compared to the Sancta Romana Ecclesia) shards, numbering in the mid-five-digits region.
Just an interesting nugget of thought.