Have you ever wondered why so many people have no respect whatsoever for the Bible? Even if they do not believe it, they disregard the secular validation of its historical narratives, the stark rendering of the failings as well as the accomplishments of God's people, the poetry of the Psalms and so forth. As far as not believing it, I know that on a spiritual level, they cannot understand it (I Cor. 2.14). But the other stuff?
John MacArthur was reading something from Jonathan Edwards (no, the great preacher, not the nutty philanderer that wants to be president) that caught my attention. It looks like he nailed it:
The devil never would attempt to beget in persons a regard to the divine Word. A spirit of delusion will not incline persons to seek direction at the mouth of God. “To the law and to the testimony!” (Isa. 8:20) is never the cry of evil spirits who have no light in them. On the contrary, it is God’s own direction to discover their delusions.
Would the spirit of error, in order to deceive men, beget in them a high opinion of the infallible Word? Would the prince of darkness, in order to promote his kingdom of darkness, lead men to the sun? The devil has always shown a mortal spite and hatred towards that holy book, the Bible. He has done all in his power to extinguish that light, or else draw men off from it. He knows it to be that light by which his kingdom of darkness is to be overthrown. He has long experienced its power to defeat his purposes and baffle his designs. It is his constant plague. It is the sword of the Spirit that pierces him and conquers him.
It is that sharp sword that we read of in Revelation 19:15, which proceeds out of the mouth of Him that sat on the horse, with which He smites His enemies. Every text is a dart to torment the old serpent. He has felt the stinging smart thousands of times.
Therefore the devil is engaged against the Bible and hates every word in it. We may be sure that he never will attempt to raise anyone’s esteem of it.