"If the Bible hadn't been considered the Word of God for over 2000 years, who would be reading it today?"
For one thing that it was considered the Word of God means it has special significance. Moby Dick, Billy Budd, The Brothers Karamzov, and many, many, more great works of literature can't be truly appreciated without reading the bible.
But even if it hadn't been thought of as the Word of God I think it would still be a great work of literature. No one has believed in Athena for thousands of years yet we still appreciate the poetry of the Illiad and the Odyssey. Even Richard Dawkins has talked about how he finds great beauty in the poetry of the King James version of he bible. They are wonderful mythic and spiritual stories. And the wisdom of Jesus who said to return hate with love is still relevant today as illustrated in the success of the non-violent Egyptian revolution. About Atheism Read the Article at HuffingtonPost