The bible is written in such a way that more contradictory, many self contradictory, inferences can be take from it than from any other literary source, by far. There is an indispensable distinction, even when there is no difference, between what is implied and what is inferred. "Because the bible says", amounts to nothing more or less than 'because I infer'. "Because the bible says", can only be employed by those who have not out grown their first impression of what the bible says. The bible is the key to understanding everything else, and the nature of everything else is the key to understanding the bible. As our understanding of the balance of creation changes, it will affect our understanding of the bible. For a very long time, we were left to believe the sun rose and set. After all, the bible says so. Now we know that the Earth rotates on its axis. We know that the bible uses figures of speech and descriptions from particular perspectives. I came across the God of the bible in my search for a necessary being. I was familiar with the bible; I had read it. I have read many of the most significant religious texts available to me in English. To date, I am left to believe that the God of the bible uniquely fulfills the implications of a necessary being. Most of the believers in the God of the bible do not infer the God of the bible to be necessary, and even those who do give lip service to God's sovereignty most certainly do not infer their own subjectivity, their own contingency. If I could not find a necessary being in the God of the bible, I would have simply moved on until I found one. I have not found anything even close to the God of the bible in any of the other texts that I've explored. I do not consider myself to be a religious person. I consider myself a scientific person. Religious people have doctrines; I do not. Science is the process wherein doubt is removed by testing new and old ideas. Religion is the process wherein doubt is suppressed by resistance to testing new and old ideas. Doctrine is comprised of ideas held in common which are no longer subject to testing. I have no ideas that I am unwilling to test.