Bible Inconsistencies? Impossible?!

 

Is the Bible truly God’s word? Do you take its word as definite truth? Or could there be inconsistencies in the Bible?

A++ Religious issues are very sensitive and personal topics. I generally try to thread carefully, when I discuss such issues with my peers and I am going to do the same with this post. So I hope I do not step on your toes or offend you in any way by writing this.

The bible as we know it today consists of 66 books and is generally considered by most Christians as an authoritative text that lays the foundation and basis for there faith. Many Christians use the bible as a guide that specifies the rules, regulations and possibly best way to go about living a happy, fulfilling and successful lifestyle. They base a lot of their core values and principles on its teachings. Yet, I have noticed that many Christians have no idea about how the bible originated.

But have you ever wondered how these 66 books came about? Who exactly wrote these books? And how exactly were these books chosen and put together? Who decided which books should be place in there and which books should not?

Now I do not plan on answering these questions in this post, because quite frankly thats a very long story and I also do not have all the answers.

However, I’ve been told by many Christians that the Bible is the word of God. Even though many men may have written the various books of the bible itself, the contents were inspired directly by God himself. Since the bible is God’s word, its contents consequently MUST BE true and therefore, there are no inconsistencies in the bible.

Now are all the above statements true? Do you agree with the above?

Well, I’ve once had a conversation with a Christian friend of mine and she backed up the above statements by referring to the following passages from the bible…

  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (King James Version)

16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17) That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

  • 2 Peter 1:20-21 (King James Version)

20) Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

21) For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.


  • 1 Corinthians 2:10-13 (King James Version)

10) But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

11) For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

12) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

13) Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

By the way, don’t take my word for it… Feel free to check out the Bible verses quickly at the following site:
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/

Also, you should note that, my friend is not a pastor or a priest and neither am I. As a matter or fact, I will be honest with you. I’m not a very religious guy. However, I do believe there is a God.

Now I’ve accidentally come across the following passages that seem to somewhat conflict with each other. But wait? The bible doesn’t have any inconsistencies, right?

Well, tell me what you think about the following verses…

 

1. How exactly did Judas die? Did he hang himself?

Matthew 27:1-5 (King James Version)

1) When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:

2) And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

3) Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

4) Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

5) And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.


Or did Judas jump off a cliff?

Acts 1:15-18 (King James Version)

15) And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)

16) Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.

17) For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.

18) Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.

 

 

2. God’s ONLY begotten Son?

John 3:16 (King James Version)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

YET, God referred to someone else (I think David) as his begotten Son in the following passage:

Psalm 2:7 (King James Version)

I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

 

3. Does Joseph have 2 fathers?

Luke 3:23 (King James Version)

And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli

Matthew 1:16 (King James Version)

And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

 

Ok… Maybe some of these verses could have issues with translation from the original bible text to English which would explain the apparent conflict. Or maybe these are small minor inconsistencies… So they do not really count.

Well, I’ve heard that there are many other little glitches spread through out the Bible, apart from the 3 that I’ve mentioned here…

My question for you is simple? What’s your opinion… What do you think?

How to reduce your Fears! 5 Tips!

FearHave you ever found yourself in a situation and realized that you must make a decision to possibly move forward or act on a certain goal, but felt yourself consumed with this overwhelming but familiar fear?

Its a fear that comes out of NOWHERE and ambushes you. It leaves you paralyzed and undecided

It leaves you not knowing whether to take a step forward into the unknown OR step back into a familiar comfort zone. All the while knowing that it is in your best interest to move forward, but your legs wont seem to move!

If you have ever felt like that then I can definitely identify with you!

I’ve felt like that with respect to lots of simple things too…
Recently its been about setting up an online business… but in the past it been as simple asking my girlfriend out on her first date, learning to drive, my 1st day at college, etc…

Well I’ve read this book, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers and its helped a lot!

I mean don’t get me wrong though, I loooove to tell you that I’ve totally gotten rid of my ALL of fears instantly. I’d love to tell you that I’m the next Don Jaun with respect to women, OR the next Terminator in the face of adversity. But unfortunately I’m currently not…

However, it DID HELP me put a very interesting perspective and positive outlook on the way I view my fears… In Susan’s book, one of the concepts that she brings to light is that fact the there are certain, truths about fears that everyone should be aware of, in order to deal with them.

I’ll share one of my favorite excerpts from the book that I always refer back to from time to time. Why don’t you read it yourself and tell me what you think…

At the bottom of every one of your fears is simply the fear that you are unable to handle whatever life may bring you.

By virtue of us all being human we share the same feeling. Fear is no exception.

Say the Fear Truths AT LEAST 10 times a day for the next month. Why? Retraining faulty thinking takes constant repetition. Knowing the Fear Truths is NOT enough. You have to keep feeding them to yourself until they become a part of your being- until you start to reverse your behavior and move toward you desired goals, rather than retreat.

  • Truth 1
    The fear will never go away, as long as I continue to grow.

    (or continue to push into the world or stretch my capabilities or take new risks)
  • Truth 2
    The only way to get rid of the fear of doing something is to go out and do it.

    (The “doing it” comes before the fear dissolves. Do not play WHEN/THEN games)
    NB: A WHEN/THEN game is like making up an excuse and saying to yourself,
    ”Oh… well WHEN the thing that causes my fear goes away, THEN I’ll proceed to do A, B and C…
  • Truth 3
    The only way to feel better about myself is to go out and do it.

    When you do something, not only does the fear go away, but you also get a BONUS: You do a lot towards building your self confidence!
  • Truth 4
    Not only am I going to experience fear whenever I’m on unfamiliar territory, but so is everyone else.

    Have you every found yourself saying:
    “You mean all those people out there that I’ve been looking up to because they were NOT afraid to move ahead with their lives have REALLY been afraid too?
    Then that means I have the rest of the world to keep me company!”
  • Truth 5
    Pushing through your fear is a lot less frightening than living with the underlying fear, that comes from a feeling of helplessness when you do not take action
    People who refuse to take risk, live with a feeling of dread that is far more severe than what they would feel if they took risks necessary to make themselves less helpless.


You see, I “know” that on some deep level there is nothing to fear. It’s the surface level that needs convincing. In the meantime I’ve learned to “feel the fear… and do it anyway!” As I do, whether I feel the fear or not becomes irrelevant.

The first time I read that it blew my mind!
I was like WOOOOOW!

So I typed and printed it out and did as she said! I repeated over the month. And I still to this day come back to this excerpt from time to time.

Feel the Fear… And Do it Any… A great book! Short… Sweet. Susan has this down to earth way of speaking to you as you read and she provide many little exercises, in the book (like the one above) to really challenge yourself.

I hope you enjoyed my first blog…
And above all I hope that that excerpt moves and helps you the way that it did for me.
Please feel free to let me know what you think!

By the way, this is my VERY first blog ever- I’m new to the entire concept and to be honest, I’m not to sure where and what exactly I’d like to get out of this blogging experience.

So for now, this may possibly sound REAL amusing to lots of people, but I’m a blogging virgin, and I think its safe to say that I trying to learn how to blog, while at the same time share some of my experiences with you to promote positive growth, learning and communication.

So please bare with me, if I do not follow the conventional blogging techniques for now. Hopefully I’d get the hang of it and be able to communicate, share or offer something useful to you guys out there more easily in the future…

So that’s it for now…

Regards
Jacek Jarvis