As a child, I believed in Santa Claus but as time went on, I had questions. If Santa came down our chimney, how did he get back up ? How come I didn’t hear the reindeer on our roof ? Why did I see multiple Santa’s around town ? Of course my parents would come up with all sorts of explanations and because they were my parents, I believed them………..until I really challenged them. Then they had to fess up ! I had questions with Christianity too but instead of someone fessing up, they kept providing explanations that my mind could no longer embrace.
Many of the explanations provided below coincide with some of the ones I could no longer embrace. Do any of these ring a bell with any deconverts here ?
RC Sproul says, “There are some extremely difficult passages in the Scriptures, and I’m not always happy with some of the resolutions, but I think that for the most part those difficult discrepancies have been thoroughly reconciled through biblical scholarship.”
Here is a writer for gotquestions.org who didn’t bother to pen his name on his explanation , “We should expect some minor differences. However, a difference is not a contradiction. It is only an error if there is absolutely no conceivable way the verses or passages can be reconciled. Even if an answer is not available right now, that does not mean an answer does not exist. Many have found a supposed error in the Bible in relation to history or geography only to find out that the Bible is correct once further archaeological evidence is discovered.
Here is his advice to Christians when asked the “errors in the Bible question”.
So, what are we to do when someone approaches us with an alleged Bible error? 1) Prayerfully study the Scriptures and see if there is a simple solution. 2) Do some research using some of the fine Bible commentaries, “Bible defense” books, and biblical research websites. 3) Ask our pastors/church leaders to see if they can find a solution. 4) If there is still no clear answer after steps 1), 2), and 3) are followed, we trust God that His Word is truth and that there is a solution that just simply has not been realized yet
christiananswers.net republished this answer, “The godly base their confidence on two truths: 1) “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16); and 2) an elementary rule of Scripture is that God has deliberately included seeming contradictions in His Word to “snare” the proud. He has “hidden” things from the “wise and prudent” and “revealed them to babes” (Luke 10:21), purposely choosing foolish things to confound the wise “(1 Corinthians 1:27). (Author: Ray Comfort of Living Waters Publications. Excerpted from The Evidence Bible)
jw.org had this to say, “No, the entire Bible is harmonious. While some passages might seem to show the Bible contradicting itself, they can usually be understood correctly by applying one or more of the following principles:
Consider the context. Any author can appear to contradict himself if his words are taken out of context.
Consider the writer’s viewpoint. Eyewitnesses might describe an event accurately but not use the exact same wording or include the same details.
Take into account historical facts and customs.
Distinguish between the figurative and the literal uses of a word.
Recognize that an action may be attributed to someone—even if he did not personally carry it out. *
Use an accurate Bible translation.
Avoid trying to reconcile what the Bible says with mistaken religious ideas or dogma.”
Making a Holy Book Infallible can lead people to fly planes into buildings, or cause someone to kill a Doctor who performs abortions.
I quoted Early Church Father, Justin Martyr over at Citizen Tom’s Blog and was chastised by Tom for taking the quote out of context. I did nothing of the same. Justin knew the people he was addressing worshiped gods with similar stories so he readily admitted that the story of Jesus propounded nothing new to what they already believed of the sons of Jupiter .
I think Christians would do better to keep their Faith private. Christianity is a “Faith Based” Religion BTW.
If you want to receive the ire of an Atheist, I’m not necessarily referring to Ark here 🙂 Just say “the Bible is true because God says it is”.