I hear a lot of people saying the Bible is contradictive whereas others say nothing in the Bible is contradicting. What are the contradictions etc in the Bible?
There are all kinds of contradictions in the various books of the Bible. This is because (a) the books were writtern by a bunch of different people, (b) the people who wrote it were bronze age barbarians and not scientists, doctors, mathematicians, or astronomers, and (c) it’s a book of fiction. In Isaiah 45:7, Yahweh admits that he is the source of evil: “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” And yet, the Bible states over and over again that Yahweh is infallible and cannot do evil. Really, it’s not hard to find contradictions throughout both OT and NT. For specific examples of obvious errors and contradictions, Numbers and Deuteronomy are a good place to start. According to the Bible, bats are birds, camels have hooves, and rabbits chew their cud. I once had a conversation with a raving fundie who insisted the Bible is the literal word of god and therefore infallible. When I showed him a veterinary website which describ
Where did Cain get his wife if there was just one family? This is a question many seem to have. But note what the Bible says on the subject. Gen. 3:20: “Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she had to become the mother of everyone living.” (So all humans were to be the offspring of Adam and Eve.) Gen. 5:3, 4: “Adam lived on for a hundred and thirty years. Then he became father to a son in his likeness, in his image, and called his name Seth. And the days of Adam after his fathering Seth came to be eight hundred years. Meanwhile he became father to sons and daughters.” (One of Adam’s sons was Cain, and one of Adam’s daughters must have become Cain’s wife. At that time in human history when humans still had outstanding physical health and vitality, as indicated by the length of their lives, the likelihood of passing on defects as a result of marrying a close relative was not great. After some 2,500 years of human history, however, when mankind’s physical condition had greatly deterio
This is in response to designer wearing a jacket as to who was Joseph’s father. The difference in nearly all the names in Luke’s genealogy of Jesus as compared with Matthew’s is quickly resolved in the fact that Luke traced the line through David’s son Nathan, instead of Solomon as did Matthew. (Lu 3:31; Mt 1:6, 7) Luke evidently follows the ancestry of Mary, thus showing Jesus’ natural descent from David, while Matthew shows Jesus’ legal right to the throne of David by descent from Solomon through Joseph, who was legally Jesus’ father. Both Matthew and Luke signify that Joseph was not Jesus’ actual father but only his adoptive father, giving him legal right. Matthew departs from the style used throughout his genealogy when he comes to Jesus, saying: “Jacob became father to Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.” (Mt 1:16) Notice that he does not say ‘Joseph became father to Jesus’ but that he was “the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born.” Luke is
Hyperion, I tried a couple of times to comment on your post. For some reason my comment wouldn’t post. Therefore, I’m posting them under answer…. Before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest manuscripts of the Hebrew Scriptures were from about the ninth and tenth centuries C.E. Professor Julio Trebolle Barrera, a member of the international team of editors of the Dead Sea Scrolls, states: “The Isaiah Scroll [from Qumran] provides irrefutable proof that the transmission of the biblical text through a period of more than one thousand years by the hands of Jewish copyists has been extremely faithful and careful.” THE scroll that Barrera refers to contains the complete book of Isaiah. To date, among over 200 Biblical manuscripts found at Qumran, portions have been identified of every book of the Hebrew Scriptures except the book of Esther. According to experts in the field, these scrolls demonstrate that the Bible has not undergone any fundamental changes…..VEW These are ju
The first thing to understand is that there should be no contradictions in the Bible whatsoever. That’s not because it’s the word of God, it’s because virtually all the books of the Bible have undergone a multi- staged editing and refinement process over the years that should have removed things like contradictions. . Most, if not all, of the books in the Bible were not written at the time of the events that they are describing. They are written decades, centuries and in some cases millennia after the time that they were set in. So the stories are either written accounts of oral tradition or 2nd, 3rd or 4th hand reports of events, rather than eye witness accounts. If somebody heard a story that contained a problem passage they simply changed it to remove or resolve the problem before passing the story on. This occurred from the early OT creation stories and histories that were passed on orally right the way through to the written works that form the NT. Texts were refined, edited and h