If you search for “contadictions in the Bible” on Google you will find quite a few websites DEDICATED to the topic… infidels.org, thethinkingatheist.com, ffrf.org [“freedom from religion foundation”] and truthbeknown.com….. just to name the first four…. and these people pursue DISCREDITING the Bible with… dare I say it…. “religious” fervor.
But their “slip is showing” …. because in their “religious” zeal…. they quote as “contradiction” some passages that would not pose a problem for anyone who read beyond the immediate words quoted.
Taking a verse out of the context in which it occurs has always caused ERROR for both “believers” and “atheists”.
Time does not permit me to examine all the various references…. so today I will focus on just a couple.
DOES GOD CHANGE HIS MIND ?
Jonah 3:10 “And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil that he had said that he would do unto them, and he did it not.”
But I ask you WHO actually CHANGED here ? Was it not the PEOPLE ? …. any idiot should be able to see that the phrase “God repented of the evil that he said…….. ” is JUST A FIGURE OF SPEECH…… ascribing human-like behavior to GOD who is an immortal Spirit… for the purpose of explanation to the simple and identification with behavior that any ordinary human could UNDERSTAND.
FACT: the PEOPLE repented and CHANGED THEIR WAYS…. therefore judgement on their continuous and ongoing evil was no longer necessary…..
Job 40:9 “Hast thou an ARM like God ? Or canst thou thunder with a VOICE like him ?”
2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the EYES of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…..”
Everybody reading these passages (and the original people who wrote them) KNEW that GOD was a SPIRIT…. not possessing the form of any created biological life (arms, eyes, nostrils or voice)…. yet still identifying with His creation AS IF HE was a “part of their world”… and occasionally appearing in human form to INTERACT with His creation.
Many times, God Himself, used such language in “talking with humans” in the Old Testament….. until eventually, He actually came as the man, Jesus Christ, and lived out a “human life” among our kind.
Why dont these same “Bible haters” pick to pieces the word-pictures, allegories and prose of poets and writers like Shakespeare and Wordsworth ?
On the other side of the coin, there ARE certain passages of Scripture that pose “problems” for genuine “believers”….. and anybody who denies this is not being honest…. but having a “problem” with something is NOT , in itself, sufficient justification for tossing the whole thing out…… Scientists do not do that when THEY encounter “anomalies”…. but rather, they seek to GAIN ADDITIONAL INSIGHT to RECONCILE these “anomalies” with what they already know from their observation of the material universe.
The RUBBISH presented on these “Bible contradiction” websites….. shows up a lack of serious investigation…. and has all the marks of the same “fanaticism” that they are so quick to condemn in the “Bible believers”
Prayer for Today:
Loving Heavenly Father, may we always be open to Your Holy Spirit leading and wisdom and bring all our questions to You out of a sincere heart….. accepting that we can NEVER know everything there is to know… and being content with whatever you are pleased to reveal to us in your time…. for Jesus sake… Amen.