Today I stumbled upon an atheist's website that listed "inconsistencies" in the Bible, specifically choosing that term instead of "contradictions." To quote from the site, "An inconsistency involves a lack of harmonious uniformity, regularity, steady continuity, or agreement. Thus, a contradiction is necessarily an inconsistency, but an inconsistency is not necessarily a contradiction." With this admission that there aren't true contradictions in the Bible, the author states that a perfect God wouldn't allow even what appears to be contradictions. I personally believe that difficulties in the Bible are God's way of testing our faith. Someone who is sincerely interested in getting to know God will take the time to investigate rather than dismiss the Bible immediately. Moreover, questions surrounding certain issues results in Christians digging deeper into the Bible for an answer and learning more about God in the process.
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." (Matt. 7:7) Truth will be revealed to those with a heart willing to accept it. I've noticed that many of the Bible's critics who find contradictions, inconsistencies, or whatever, didn't do their homework. (God won't work in the lives of those who have little to no interest in Him.) Let's examine the apparent contradiction between John 5:31 and John 8:18. One quotes Jesus saying His witness isn't true if He bears witness of Himself; the other quotes Jesus saying He bears witness of Himself. I address this in Biblical "Contradictions" Explained, but all I'm going to point out here is that the Bible records the Pharisees also accusing Jesus of calling Himself a false witess (John 8:13). The fact that this is found in the same chapter that critics use to say Jesus called Himself a false witness goes to show that they didn't investigate before making the accusation.
We can't just sit around and expect to have all the answers without dedicating time to God. Many things about the Bible have troubled me, but little by little I've gotten answers as I investigated. I still have a lot of searching to do and don't expect to ever have all the answers I wish I had. What I do know is things aren't always as they appear, so when I'm hit with a difficult challenge against the Bible, I don't lose faith. Consider the "evidence" for evolution being taught in biology textbooks as fact when they are lies, an issue I address in The Theory of Evolution. How many Christians have had their faith shaken when seeing what appears to prove a theory that contradicts Scripture? No matter how many challenges come against it, the Bible is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
Copyright © 2019