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