What about contradictions in the Bible? Critics will give many examples.
The contradictions initially baffled me. I valiantly tried to resolve them. Some of the books I used are:
- John Haley, Apparent Contradictions in the Bible, Whitaker House, 1992
- Dick Wilson, A Scientific Investigation of the Old Testament, Moody Press, 1959
- J Bickersteth and T Pain, The Four Faces of God, Kingsway Publications, 1992
- Others like Norman Geisler’s book on Christian Apologetics, Warner Wallace’s books on Cold-Case Christianity, RC Sproul, Frank Turek, Paul Copan, Josh McDowell, and others.
The example of Dick Wilson always inspires me. He knew Hebrew, Greek, Latin, German and many other Semitic languages. He collected thousands of documents. He studied his subject, the Bible, thoroughly although he was more an Old Testament scholar. What I learned from him is, unless you know your Bible, the background and the different languages very well, it is dangerous to make claims about the Bible’s problems. We are the problem, not the Word.
My resolve is:
The Bible cannot be torn apart by armchair critics. Unless he/she is an absolute expert in Biblical languages, familiar with the history of that time and an honest seeker after the truth, I ignore them and their claims.
‘…The Word of the Lord stands forever.’ 1 Peter 1:25