Implications of an Imperfect and Contradictory Bible

How can the factual and internal contradictions of the Bible be explained? Nevertheless, the contradictions exist. We could ignore them, since most (if not all) of them do not affect the general teachings of the Bible. We could, for example, still refuse to eat bats and grasshoppers even though we know one not to be a bird and the other to have six legs.

Note that in all stages of this discourse one could just say, "God put all these problems in there." I will reject this because it renders this exercise totally useless, just as if one said, "The Bible is a work of pure fiction."

At this point I choose to take the view that the general teachings of the Bible are good and truthful, but that there are literal errors and contradictions caused by mistakes in the receipt of God's word by the original writers.

How can the teachings of the Bible that conflict with our morals be explained? I don't accept the first point for the same reason I don't believe that there are no real Christians. (I don't have any good reason other than "it seems wrong".) As noted, the second point doesn't fully rectify the problems.

I can't go any further with the last two in any concrete way, but choose the last viewpoint because it seems more "reasonable". I think most Christians also believe this, even though Jesus said "... obey everything I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:20) and God said "You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees." (Leviticus 18:4)

So the Bible contains factual errors and internal contradictions, as well as teachings that seem contrary to generally held beliefs. These cast doubt upon the belief that the Bible is God-inspired, especially in light of contradictory quotations from God.

Does this mean that there isn't a God or Jesus? No. But the question is, how much of the Bible is to be believed? Which of its teachings apply to the present day?

But two things are certain: the Bible is not perfect, and it is not "God-breathed" (in the common sense) unless God knew about these errors and contradictions and allowed them. I find it strange that the Apostle Paul says, "To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): ..." (1 Corinthians 7:12). Why would God write this? Likewise, in 1 Timothy 2:7, he says, "... I am telling the truth, I am not lying..."

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