Hi GFT...glad your mom is doing better too.
My point about human corruption was primarily just to state that human beings do fail and fall and religion isn't a necessity of or the cause for that.
The point about the writers of the bible being fallible and subject to the same weaknesses is an excellent one. I had the same concerns myself--even after being a Christian for some time. It took some extraordinary circumstances for me to get a personal understanding there.
As to why I decided that "Jesus is the Way"--that requires a personal testimony--which is interestingly what the bible itself says is the only thing we have to offer the world regarding why we believe. What you're really saying is, "Share your testimony" when you ask me about that. I get that a lot but the fact is, most debaters actually don't want to hear that no matter what they say.
Let me give it some thought and I may post an account of it in a separate thread or on my own site. I'll want to mull it over some first. That isn't something I flippantly throw out as a conversation piece--especially in a public venue of strangers with no real interest other than derisive inquiry.
Without explaining things but in way of some explanation: the bible is given for the same reason you have someone take a message rather than tell you from memory what someone else said...or for the same reason a detective interviews multiple, prospective witnesses at the scene of the crime in order to assemble comparative notes that lead to clues through there details and similarities.
If the bible had been assembled "at a go" by a single person like Mary baker Eddie's "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures", "The Urantia Book", "The Book of Mormon" or the Quran I'd be more questioning of any trustworthiness of it. What makes the bible interesting is that it is a thread of continuous thought that spans centuries and multiple societies and that no single portion of it is complete without the other portions. That's a huge discussion in and of itself and I don't think I can do the research for it becasue it starts with ancient Jewish history and works to the present covering several academic areas.
Here's the simple solution: the bible (as in the Old and New Testaments) presents Jesus along with a set of conditions required to personally discover him. If someone follows those conditions or has experiences in life that intuitively lead them to follow them and then has an encounter that plainly says, "Jesus" to them...well that sort of gives credibility to the bible as a whole to that person from that point forward.
It's a bit like the Matrix: "Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.".
An encounter with Jesus isn't conditioned thinking or a religious meme stereotyped into a society (though these things exist). It's an actual experience.
Most people ask, "What's your experience?"--few actually want to hear it. Pearls and swine.