One thing I find extremely fascinating even today; is that the bible even after a time span of about 6 thousand years is still considered relevant today by so many people. Some Christians and Jews would love to attribute the bibles longevity to divine providence or in the Christians view the Holy Spirit. They claim that the "truths" outlined in the scriptures somehow are confirmed by some inner knowing within our spirits.
I am of the opinion that the only reason that the bible has survived to this day is because of the continuing ignorance of the masses, and the powerful influences of society and tradition. Most people inherit some form of religion through their parents and their community rather than through divine inspiration. To state that ignorance is bliss is to define everything that Christianity in general is all about.
All of the excuses for our ignorance are attributed to our so called "sinful" nature, and when we are redeemed in Christ then what we can't explain will be revealed to us after we die and receive our glorified bodies and inherit the kingdom of the biblical god. One thing is evident to those of us who actually still know how to use our brains, that this is nothing more than circular reasoning at best.
To Christians and the like the source of all knowledge is attributed to God and there is no true knowledge that can be obtained otherwise. To be a Christian you have to close your eyes, bury your head in the sand, and give up your mind to the ignorance that is primitive belief systems. The bible itself is an open ended document that is pliable enough to interpret its verses to mean whatever the situation you are facing calls for.