In my youth, I hitchhiked from Europe to India over a 1-year period with no money and went without food for days on end. One of the things I learned in order to obtain food was to do magic tricks. After two or three days of not eating, it became easy for me to beg for food after humoring people with my simple childhood slight of hand tricks. Fortunately, some people, along with a piece of fruit or bread, also taught me one of their favorite tricks and thus both my show and my nutrition slowly improved.
When I do a slight-of-hand disappearing tricks, nobody actually believes they happen. They all ask to see again so they can see what I really did. But some of my tricks, if I set them up right for the right audience, get people so amazed that they think I am indeed special and have amazing yogic skills. These tricks include mind-reading, moving objects from a distance and breaking objects with the slightest of touch.
But what really amazes me over the years, is that even though many people really believe I have these magical powers, they often question no further. They ask for no teaching to bring them to such a high level of control over nature, they take it all in stride even though they are convinced I have super powers. It is as if the supernatural bores them.
Likewise, it seems a similar thing that even though people say they really believe the Bible is God’s only true guidance in their lives — his special message to them, they still don’t study it or really read it. They may read a little, but not as often or as diligently as one would imagine if you believed the Bible was a personal message to you from the creator of the world!
My explanation is that large parts of most believers really don’t believe the whole thing — not my tricks, nor God writing a book. What do you think?
After discussion in the comments, I thought I’d add this short summary of what I believe in order to explain my above statement:
(1) We have many inconsistent beliefs (for example: Belief in God, doubt in God, no belief in God)
(2) The inconsistent beliefs present at different times depending on our social setting and events
(3) These amount to “Many Selves”
(4) Lack of true wonder with Magic and God reveal these co-existing inconsistent beliefs
(5) They do not reveal “laziness”, “stupidity” …
(6) They reveal that we do not have ONE set of beliefs and that we are not who we think we are (and certainly not who we say we are).