In reference to your post for #6, try to remember that it takes faith to believe the Bible. In fact, it takes faith to believe anything in whole. I always find it interesting that people easily accept a "theory" such as evolution which has no more scientific proof behind it than Noah's history.
If you truly believe the Bible, you must believe all of it. There is no picking and choosing, for if you do so, you negate all of it. This is a difficult stand to take and hold strong to, because we live in a politically correct world of relative truth and situational ethics.
I also find it intriguing when someone argues that religion is simply a journey and that it does not matter which path one takes. I don't think that you can truly have faith in God's Word and say that we are all going to the same place through different religions. Of course, everyone should be free to practice his/her religion, but each person who does have religious faith should defend it and realize that if his or her faith is absolute truth, all other religions must be false. Again, this does not mean that people should go around shoving their beliefs down others' throats or using violence to promote their religion, but it does mean that you should freely adhere to the idea that if your faith says that there is only one way to heaven, then you either believe it or you don't--it's not simply true for you and not for others.
In reference to your last question, you have to decide the answer to that. I believe that many humans choose to believe that the Bible is just good literature and fiction that man created to show his search for a god. This makes it easier for humans to write off the truth of the Bible and not have to live by it. If it is the exact account of God's word to man, then those who wholly believe that must be willing to suffer the scorn of the world, all while knowing that in the end, the literal Bible promises them that it will be worth it.