There is a definite story told in The Bible. It's been augmented and interpreted a few times and in many different ways, but what story hasn't? A story told at one time to three people will be understood in three different ways. Imagine telling a story to billions of different people; you can see why it remains relatively inconsistent, considering the many minds it has passed through to reach us today. Now it is my belief that the evolution of the human super-consciousness is catching up with the many changes and discoveries that we've made about our collective experience in this world. Our views on homosexuality, for example, have changed simply because we understand biology better than any previous generation. So, the story of The Bible will inform us differently when we think about issues like gay marriage, women's rights, and even religion itself.
Faith cannot exist without doubt. Just as light cannot exist without darkness. Darkness is nothing but the absence of light. It's clear that, even in the Gospels, Thomas asks to see Jesus' hands to feel the wounds there and in His side. It was also clear that Jesus welcomed his doubting nature and placed his hands in his wounds. I don't claim to be a biblical scholar, but I don't think it's God or The Church that turns people away. It's the people in the church that make other people feel less than welcomed. There are people who read the story differently than I do and Christians, like me, who welcome the non-believer.
Male Media Mind