Deep Thought: Why is the Bible so “contradictory” or is it?

Misc

Does the Bible Contradict Itself?, October 3rd, 2012 By Robert A. Ratcliff ministrymatters.com
“..So, does the Bible contradict itself? In one sense, of course it does. The Bible is not one book after all, it is a library of books gathered, compiled, composed, and edited over the course of centuries. That one book or passage should disagree, even substantially, with another is only inevitable.

But in another sense we can say that when the Bible is contradicting itself it is at the same time conversing with itself. One text speaks to another, challenging it, probing it, shedding new light upon it. The internal conversation going on in Scripture creates some of the Bible’s most important messages. If the Bible speaks the word of God (and I believe it does), then it is above all a dynamic word. The truth of Scripture is not static; it is changing, it is growing, and where there is growth there is usually friction….”

Does the Bible Contradict Itself?- How to think about differences in scripture By Preston Sprinkle April 20, 2015 relevantmagazine.com
“Most people answer this question either with an adamant “Yes!” or passionate “No!” Too often, though, both sides fail to understand or represent the other side. Not everyone who says that the Bible contains contradictions is an angry, arrogant, card-carrying atheist. And not everyone who believes there aren’t any contradictions is a backwoods, unscientific, raging fundamentalist with his head in the sand…

What “Contradictions” Look Like

First, it’s important to distinguish between contradiction and difference. Just because two passages are different, doesn’t mean they contradict each other. For example, Matthew 27:5 says that Judas hung himself, while Acts 1:18 says that he fell to the ground and burst wide open. These are two different accounts of Judas’ death, but they are not formal contradictions. A contradiction would be one passages saying, “Judas hung himself and died” and another passage saying, “Judas didn’t hang himself; rather, he threw himself from cliff and splattered on the ground.”..

Answering for the Bible

…For instance, for the longest time critics laughed at the blatant error in Daniel 5:1, where Belshazzar is named king of Babylon. Every historian knew that Nabonidus was the king at this time, not some guy named Balshazzar. That is, until archaeologists discovered an inscription known as the “Persian Verse Account of Nabonidus,” where it says that Nabonidus went away for a long journey during this time and left the kingdom in the hands of—you guessed it—his son Balshazzar. Contradiction solved…

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Violent?

4 Responses to the Problem of Violence in the Bible February 6, 2015 by John Dickson
….4. You must read the narrative through the lens of the New Testament.
“This is the most important response to the problem of Old Testament violence. Christians are forbidden to read Joshua as a justification for modern war, for Jesus said to love your enemies (Matthew 5:44) and turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39). That doesn’t mean wars are never justified — they can be, on other grounds. My point here is that we cannot achieve God’s kingdom ends through violence.
This is not picking and choosing which bits of the Bible we like and don’t like. It is how Christians have always read the Bible as two testaments. Like a ‘prism’ that causes light to refract into the full spectrum, the life, teaching, death, and resurrection of Jesus transforms many things — including circumcision, food laws, and holy war. For Christians, the only holy war the Bible endorses is the spiritual one Paul mentions in Ephesians 6: the fight against error and sin….”

HAS GOD ALWAYS BEEN LOVING? SUNDAY MAY 21, 2017 • GREG BOYD whchurch.org
“The underlying theme behind our ‘Glimpses of Truth’ series is the idea that before we had the full revelation of God in Jesus, people only caught glimpses of him. He showed himself, but like the sun on a cloudy day, people’s view was obscured by their culture, so what they saw was not the full revelation but one marred by their own expectations and fallenness.

But despite this, there were still a few instances in the Old Testament where we can see glimpses of the Christ-like God that we know..”

Why Does God Kill Innocent People in the Old Testament? – YouTube

THE BEAT by Allen Parr
Published on Jul 18, 2017

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slK6H… –~–
Why does God kill innocent people in the Old Testament but commands us not to do so? In doing so, does this not make God both a murderer and a hypocrite? Why does God kills and order His people to kill entire nations including babies and seemingly innocent people? Why does God kill is one of the questions that atheists will use to suggest that God is not good. This video gives 6 reasons why God kills innocent people in the Old Testament.
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Islam Perspective

Verses of Violence: Comparing the Bible and Quran
9:30AM EST 12/16/2015 Michael Brown charismanews.com
“…How can anyone compare the two?

Jesus is called the Lamb of God in numerous texts, speaking of His sacrificial death on the cross, and He is worshipped by Christians as the Lamb who was slain. Do Muslims commonly think of Muhammad in those terms?

The issue here is not whether it’s appropriate for Christians to defend themselves against terrorist attacks or whether Christians should serve in the military.

The issue is that the early Christians were killed for their faith rather than killing others for their faith. The early Muslims did, in fact, kill others for their faith, and many have continued to do so through the centuries.

So, when a Christian is killed by a radical Muslim for refusing to deny his faith, both the Christian and the Muslim can point to their leaders—Jesus and Muhammad—and say, “I am following the example of my leader,” one by being killed for his faith, the other by killing for his faith.

I’m quite aware of ugly aspects of Church history, including the violence of the Crusades (in particular, against European Jews who were not part of the military conflict between Christians and Muslims), but examples such as this prove the larger point: They are horrific exceptions to the rule and they are without New Testament support…”

https://www.facebook.com/SatansAdvocate/videos/526244757530451/?pnref=story
Satan’s Advocate

“Islam has been under huge scrutiny lately and is often criticized for being an aggressive religion…
but what about Christianity?

In this video we disguised a Bible as a Quran and read some of it’s most gruesome verses to the people. This is what they had to say.

Flying Hijacked Planes into Glass Houses TheReligionofPeace.com Presents

“…Strategic omission is just one way that Muslim apologists manipulate Biblical passages. (In this case, The American Muslim editors did not even include an ellipsis in place of the omission, since it may have raised the suspicions of the reader).

The next passage that The American Muslim claims promotes violence is from the apostle Paul, who writes:

“Hymenaeus and Alexander I have delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.” (1Timothy 1:20)

The violence in the passage is not exactly evident from this reading. In the context of the previous verse, these two men “suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith,” but there is nothing to indicate that they were physically harmed as a result. It was the practice of the early Church to excommunicate apostates, and there is every reason to believe that this was the “fate” of these two individuals. They were expelled from the Church by Paul. The Christian Church does not advocate killing apostates.

Contrast this with the words of Muhammad:

“Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.'” (Bukhari 84:57)

Not much ambiguity there. Abu Bakr, the first caliph and several other Muslims testified that Muhammad had indeed put Muslim apostates to death. For this reason, the practice is coded in Islamic law.

The next passage that is supposed to inspire Christians to violence is the recounting of David’s victory against the Philistines:

“This day the LORD will deliver you into my..”…..

more on “Giants”, Nephilims, etc..

Sexist?

Is the Bible sexist against women? from comereason.org
“Hi Paul,

I do not believe God is “against” women. The passage to which you are referring is 1 Timothy 2:12, “But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.” On its face, this may seem a sexist position. Why can’t women teach? Aren’t they as knowledgeable as men? Aren’t they as smart? This line of thinking takes the passage out of context, though.

The above passage (along with several others) is meant to set down the structure of leadership in the church as an organized body. Before I go into detail on this, let me first explain what it is not saying. Warren Wiersbe gives us a great account of how the New Testament approaches women.(1)

The Bible does not say that a woman cannot teach a man about Christ. Priscilla, along with her husband, taught Apollos the way of God more accurately (Acts 18:26).
It does not say women cannot exercise spiritual gifts. The four daughters of Philli…”

*see What is a women’s role in the “church” from a Biblical perspective? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

BIG Life Questions?

What are some BIG life questions you may have about faith (e.g. Christianity)?Answering the Big Questions of…

Posted by Sal Monteagudo on Saturday, June 7, 2014

Above are just a “few” examples out there that I found within the last 30 minutes of re”search”, which I’ll share more later as it’s past my bedtime. Till I get back on this topic, feel free to share any other questions, feedback, resources (e.g. websites), etc..

Good News Philosophy
https://www.facebook.com/groups/422574824500375/

Peace: How to “fight” racism?

1 John 3:15
http://www.openbible.info/topics/hate
Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

more… http://issues.goodnewseverybody.com/racism.html

*And no matter your shape, your size or your color, you are all beautiful.

Abortion

Bible

http://www.gotquestions.org/racism-Bible.html

http://www.openbible.info/topics/racism

-Creation

https://answersingenesis.org/racism/are-there-really-different-races/

-Curse of Ham (theology)

http://www.jesusloversincleveland.org/English/journal/vol7no2/Noah%27s%20Curse%20On%20Ham.htm
It is an unjustified leap of logic to reassign Noah’s curse away from Canaan to Ham (his father) or Cush, his black “Ethiopian” brother. The notion that Ham himself was black, originated in later rabbinical folklore. It is without Scriptural foundation. Hence expositors conclude5 “The reputed curse of Ham is not on Ham, but o……

“Nobody is born a racist. The heart of a man is more important than the isn’t in skin.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

MINNESOTA

-St. Paul
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/11/17/st-paul-woman-accused-of-punching-2-women-in-unprovoked-attacks/
*attacked “light skin black lady and white woman

AMERICAN

-USA

Biological
https://www.facebook.com/groups/392960060797791/?ref=br_tf

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/01/140123-spanish-flu-1918-china-origins-pandemic-science-health/
Roughly 3,000 of the workers ended up in medical quarantine, their illnesses often blamed on their “lazy” natures by Canadian doctors, Humphries said: “They had very stereotypical, racist views of the Chinese.”

https://answersingenesis.org/racism/bill-nye-agrees-theres-no-such-thing-as-race/

Books:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Color-Love-Understanding-Separation/dp/1577940245

http://storiesaregoodmedicine.blogspot.com/2010/09/should-we-ban-little-house-racism-in.html

->Muslims
http://www.vox.com/2014/8/6/5974305/this-is-the-best-possible-response-when-someone-says-they-dont-want

Threats Are Now a Daily Event for Many U.S. Muslims
The Fiscal Times
By Rob Garver September 25, 2014 6:15 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/threats-now-daily-event-many-101500662.html

Minnesota-Big Stone Rep.

Cartoons

11 Painfully Racist Disney Moments That They Would Love To Forget
http://www.answers.com/article/1257162/13-painfully-racist-disney-moments-that-disney-would-love-to-forget?param4=ysa-us-demo-gut#slide=22

Celebrities

Raven-Symoné Doesn’t Want to Be Labeled as ‘Gay’ or ‘African-American’https://tv.yahoo.com/tv-in-no-time/raven-symon-doesnt-want-labeled-074426325.html
On “Oprah: Where Are They Now,” former Cosby kid Raven-Symoné, now 28, confirmed that she is currently in “an amazing, happy relationship” with a female partner. However, Raven adamantly stated that she shrugs off labels in all aspects of her life, saying “I don’t want to be labeled as gay,” and insisting, “I’m not an African-American. I’m American.” She also delivered what some saw as a subtle jab at her old roommate, Lindsay Lohan.
*agree, we shouldn’t be labeled

Churches

Colleges

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/missouri-coach-gary-pinkel-tweets-picture-stating–we-are-behind-our-players-182045149.html

Comedy

The Jerk (1/10) Movie CLIP – Navin’s Birthday (1979) HD

Education

http://kickerdaily.com/filipino-teacher-in-the-us-suspended-for-alleged-racist-comment/
“..To this, Yuson allegedly replied: “Because I want to move all the n—–.” Her response shocked the students and it was then that Bell supposedly went out of the classroom to report what Yuson just said. He went to the school administration about the incident….”

http://www.rawstory.com/2015/05/watch-georgia-graduation-ceremony-breaks-down-after-principal-rants-about-all-the-black-people/

Food

-Restaurant

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/18/krispy-kreme-apologizes-after-coming-up-with-worlds-most-racist-ad-campaign-images/

Gangs

History

-African Americans

Human Race

http://whatwhiteswillneverknow.com/post/84444402297/were-not-the-same-thats-the-point

Identity

https://goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/whats-it-like-being-multiculturally-racially-ethnicity-nationality-etc-diversed-identity/

Law Enforcement

http://theweek.com/article/index/267088/speedreads-why-isnt-the-media-covering-the-killing-of-an-unarmed-white-youth-by-a-black-police-officer
*other related to Ferguson murder in MO
->http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2014/08/mississippi_man_beaten_after_h.html

VIDEO: Vicious Hate Crime in Missouri: Blacks Attack White Couple; Race Hustlers Silent
September 5, 2014 By Jennifer Burke
http://www.tpnn.com/2014/09/05/video-vicious-hate-crime-in-missouri-blacks-attack-white-couple-race-hustlers-silent/

St. Louis shooting reignites anger among activists
Associated Press
By JIM SALTER (Thurs Oct 9th 2014)
http://news.yahoo.com/police-officer-fatally-shoots-man-st-louis-051329575.html

=>New York

Architecture…

Posted by Sal Monteagudo on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/12/mayor-bill-deblasio-smears-nyc-police-blames-eric-garners-death-on-racism-video/

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/12/03/368249828/reports-nyc-grand-jury-does-not-indict-officer-in-chokehold-case

=>Music

Media

https://goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/racism-how-the-media-distorts-the-truth/

Kenya massacre and Western hypocrisy
http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/ispeak/89096-anatomy-hypocrisy-charlie-hebdo-garissa

Messages

http://www.morningstartv.com/featured-video-week/racial-wounds-and-gods-healing

Organizations

http://www.history.com/topics/ku-klux-klan
Johnny Lee Clary: Christ and The Ku Klux Klan , cbn.com
“…CBN.com “My whole family was racist, especially my step-grandfather on my mother’s side. He was a very hateful man and he hated Black people with a passion.”..”
Johnny Lee Clary. From the KKK to Jesus.


“Published on Sep 15, 2015

Johnny Lee Clary (June 18, 1959 – October 21, 2014) was a former Ku Klux Klan leader who became a Pentecostal Christian and traveled around the globe preaching the gospel and teaching against racism and hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, Neo Nazis, and the Aryan Nations. Clary was known also as the wrestler Johnny Angel who had success in the 1980s in the National Wrestling Federation (NWF”
Wade Watts
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

-Black Lives Matter

http://www.westernjournalism.com/nfl-superstar-sees-how-black-lives-matter-used-his-picture-unleashes-epic-message/

Politics

Racism evident behind some US social media
27 November 2012 Last updated at 03:59 GMT
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-20500031

Religion

-Freemasons

Proof that Freemasonry is lieing about Albert Pike and the Ku Klux Klan
http://freemasonrywatch.org/albertpikeandkkk.html

-Judaism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_ethnic_divisions
Smaller Jewish groups include the Georgian Jews and Mountain Jews from the Caucasus; Indian Jews including the Bene Israel, Bnei Menashe, Cochin Jews and Bene Ephraim; the Romaniotes of Greece; the ancient Italian Jewish community; the Teimanim from the Yemen; various African Jews, including most numerously the Beta Israel of Ethiopia; the Bukharan Jews of Central Asia; and Chinese Jews, most notably the Kaifeng Jews, as well as various other distinct but now extinct communities.

The divisions between all these groups are rough and their boundaries aren’t solid. The Mizrahim for example, are a heterogeneous collection of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish communities which are often as unrelated to each other as they are to any of the earlier mentioned Jewish groups. In modern usage, however, the Mizrahim are also termed Sephardi due to similar styles of liturgy, despite independent evolutions from Sephardim proper. Thus, among Mizrahim there are Iranian Jews, Iraqi Jews, Egyptian Jews, Sudanese Jews, Tunisian Jews, Algerian Jews, Moroccan Jews, Lebanese Jews, Kurdish Jews, Libyan Jews, Syrian Jews, and various others. The Yemenite Jews (“Teimanim”) from Yemen are sometimes included, although their style of liturgy is unique and they differ in respect to the admixture found among them to that found in Mizrahim

-Satanism

Illuminati Defector Details
Pervasive Conspiracy
Satanic Cult Plans ‘Fourth Reich’
By Henry Makow, Ph.D
10-14-2
http://www.rense.com/general30/illuminatidefector.htm
ARE THEY RACIST?

Svali: “Lots of Illuminists have Fourth Reich programming inside….The Illuminati are racist, and have a very “Aryan” outlook. They believe strongly in the rule of the “pure” and “intelligent” by their definitions, and in their ceremonies, there will occasionally be minorities killed in ceremonies.

Robbery

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/10/08/3577327/black-teen-pepper-sprayed-by-cops-for-entering-his-white-foster-parents-home/

Social Experiment

ABC’s What Would You Do (Bike Thief)

Sociology

http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/10/history-of-black-white-relations/

Sports

-Track & Field

http://www.iaaf.org/athletes/united-states/terry-gatson-199776
Terry Gatson’s Untold Story

Theories

The history of human races (Part 1 of 3)

ROOTS, FROM ABRAHAM TO AMERICA. (A History of the Caucasian Race) DVD Movie

Within

Blind Date with a Racist

EUROPE

-Germany

WWII

(1) Gladiators of WW2 – Waffen SS

-Spain

Viral video of racist beating ‘Chinese guy’ on Barcelona metro
By Joyce Sazon
– July 3, 2014Posted in: Videos, WORLD, World News http://kickerdaily.com/viral-video-of-racist-beating-chinese-guy-on-barcelona-metro-train/
“…The Spanish police have arrested the aggressor, a teenager who’s allegedly Russian, suspected of beating up another man inside a Barcelona metro train for what’s been deemed a “racially-motivated attack.”

The victim, a 25-year-old Mongolian man who lives in Spain, filed a complaint with police on Sunday….
The incident apparently took place late Saturday and was reportedly first posted on Sunday to a Twitter account which contained Nazi symbols and the slogan: “Always a patriot, white Europe”.

Words

ACTION!

One way to fight racism?…Look at each other through “God’s eyes”…https://www.facebook.com/SalPhotoVideography/photos/a.823066267708247.1073741927.443035202378024/909647205716819/?type=3&theater

Any other “solutions” to “fight” racism”? Feel free to share any thoughts, suggestions, resources (e.g. websites), etc…. Thank You and may you continue to pray for “peace“…

Good News Racism
https://www.facebook.com/groups/576102219067856/