Our religious leaders beseech us to read the bible. I would encourage people to read the book “Jesus for the non-religious” by retired Episcopal bishop Shelby Spong. In this fine book he provides critical analysis on the gospel stories debunking their supernatural (or theistic) aspects. Dr. Spong has really done his homework and read the bible!!! Good job.
I’m sure that some other religious leaders regret the day that the church stopped putting people to death for translating the bible into languages accessible to church followers.