It is hard to imagine how the bible plays a role in our self esteem. But it plays a huge role in the way we feel about our selves when we accept that doctrine. Being a Christian I often felt the pressure of the bible, and the effect of the words on me. Words like; sinner, temple for the devil, imperfect, but that was not all. It was about the parts of my body men could see, and how they should not see above my knees or the valleys of my breasts. I was made to feel guilty because I would cause them to be tempted. If I was not a virgin at marriage then I was worthless, or a whore. I could never be perfect while I was alive because the bible said while in the flesh no man is perfect. I was taught that I was a wretch and sinner by birth, and only the blood of an innocent man saved me from my self and the sin that was always upon me. During my time as a Christian I hated part of my self. The burdened part that could never be cleansed. It was only after I realized that I had to be perfect as god had made me, or it was his fault for creation and design did I take some of the power back. It was when this began that becoming an atheist was inevitable. The bible can crush a person into believing, but once you can stop taking on guilt that you never were at fault for, then you can stop being a victim of the bible. The bible is like a prescription for self loathing and fear, and mental disorders. No child should be subjected to that rot.