Have you ever been reading the Bible and thought you just read something that contradicted itself?
Has it been pointed out to you by someone (friend, coworker, family member, etc.) that the Bible contradicts itself, so it therefore must not be true?
Upon re-reading the supposed contradictory passages and/or listening to the skeptics reasoning, have you found yourself confused and at a loss as to how the true Word of God could contradict itself in such ways?
I have good news for you.
The Bible does NOT contradict itself and there are a few folks who have set out to not only prove it but also to help us to understand why it does not.
In Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions (edited by Tim Chaffey, Ken Ham, and Bodie Hodge), a host of contributors give very specific, thorough accounts of forty alleged contradictions in the Bible and explain very clearly why they truly are not contradictions at all.
Often times skeptics who use these supposed contradictions as "proof" that the Bible is false do not even realize that they are just falling for throwing up a "smoke screen" to hide the fact that their own beliefs have more contradictions than the Bible supposedly has. Bodie Hodge and David Wright said it better, so check out what they have to say on that point:
Pointing out supposed contradictions in the Bible is really nothing more than a smoke screen to keep people distracted from the real issue---the numerous contradictions in the humanistic worldview. The sad thing is that the skeptics don't realize it is just a smoke screen.. Not only are they blinded from the truth of God's Word, but they also have a tendency to be blinded to the contradictions and inconsistencies of their own worldview. Scripture refers to such people as those "whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe" (2 Corinthians 4:4).As Christians, it is difficult to know all of these supposed contradictions as well as how to break them down and see that they are in fact not contradictory at all. That is why this resource of Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions is so valuable. Additionally, when faced with these seeming contradictions either in our own Bible reading time or when they are pointed out by skeptics, what are we as Christians to do?
First, we need to remember God's Word is perfect and relevant in all areas of life (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:3). We are sinful, imperfect human beings (Romans 3:23). The correct approach would be to state, "How am I misunderstanding these two passages?" With further study of the Scriptures, guidance from the Holy Spirit, and a desire to uncover the truth, you will likely find the answer. ~ Bodie Hodge and David WrightWith that, I send you on a mission (skeptic and believer alike) to reconsider any supposed Bible contradictions you have read or heard about before, but now in a new light. As a matter of fact, if you are able, I suggest you get a copy of this valuable resource of a book, Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions and see how the various authors in it have clearly and accurately dissected each situation to reveal the truth of God's Word. Then, follow their example and learn to do the same for yourself (with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, of course).
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.