I haven't really read through the bible (sue me), but you seem to make good points.
And the reason that the bible features things like incest, polygamy, and murder because those weren't really big deals back then. Yet, nobody wants the bible rewritten because it's "holy".
I'm not saying it isn't, but I'm not saying it is either.
In my opinion, not one religion is the "true religion".
I, myself, am Agnostic. I'm not an Atheist, because I have not truly decided what to believe yet.
I haven't really looked for anything to believe in though.
Anyway, awhile back I saw a show (I think it was Supernatural), and it basically said that everyone's heaven is unique to them, and based on their best memories.
It sounds nice to me, but it is certainly questionable.
But so is every other idea.
I still like the idea of a "Heaven" better than reincarnation.
Although the idea of reincarnation makes a bit more sense. Especially if you can be reincarnated into any creature.
There's also a possibility of there being a "Heaven" where you can be reincarnated by choice or something.
I'm not too sure.
Can you really just pick a religion and it becomes true? Also in regards to rewriting the Bible I'd like to point out that while those certain things may not be so prevalent today many of the principles in the Bible can be applied to various aspects of life today.
2nd conclusion: religion is an irrational ideal. Everything else I have experienced in life has a logical explanation, so why does it make sense to accept something so gratuitously inconsistent with the rest of my life?
What makes Religion, Christianity to be exact, so irrational?
3rd conclusion: I do not feel that practicing something like religion allows for any inconsistency. When I began to read the Bible with my mother, I noticed all of these paradoxes. It is easily understood that Moses was using the fear of an all-powerful god to keep control over the other Jews during their exodus from Egypt. When he and his buds wanted something, Moses said in summary "God wants it" to his people. He scared them into giving him gold, silver, fine threads and a feast every day. This is not my definition of a good person. Also, the Bibles features examples of terrible things like incest, polygamy, and murder going unpunished while when non-believers commit milder crimes, the result in death.
I haven't read through Exodus in a while but I know for a fact that Moses rarely disobeyed God's will. He never abused his power. Could you possibly give me a verse where you think abuse of Moses's power was shown?
Also, hypocrisy bothers me. "Good Christians" who haven't even read the Bible and thus do not actually follow all of the terms and conditions (just look at what is expected of Christians by reading Leviticus). With this, it bothers me that the Bible is used to justify all action. Nobody is superior to anyone else, despite what the Bible (particularly the Old Testament) says.
I'm not denying the thousands of Christian hypocrites that exist but with a religion as big as Christianity you will get many that simply "claim" to be Christians.
Even the temple back in Jesus's day was filled with hypocrites. In Mathew 23:27-28 Jesus says: "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
Also the rules have changed since the old testament now that Jesus has died for our sins.
Sorry for such a long post.