Is the Bible filled with human error and contradictions?
Ten Commandments say don’t kill. Psalms 69:420 says it’s okay to kill sometimes. Mainly if you’re imaginary being doesn’t agree with my imaginary being.
- PubliusLv 78 months ago
Prove that God is imaginary and you might even begin to make sense. Try not to beg the question.
The Bible is imperfect, yes, but it is not filled with human error and contradictions. When God says to execute people, do it. But be sure that the command comes from God first.
- Tony BLv 78 months ago
You have some lengthy and impressive answers. Here is my answer to a fairly simple question - yes.
- 8 months ago
first of all there is no psalm 69:420! second, if you're talking about psalm 69:4-20, not one verse even implies killing anyone! can you not read or understand?
the bible was written by men so there are some typographical errors or words not interpreted exactly as they should be because many words that exist in some languages don't exist in others.
If we read the Bible at face value, without a preconceived bias for finding errors, we will find it to be a coherent, consistent, and relatively easy-to-understand book. Yes, there are difficult passages. Yes, there are verses that *APPEAR* to contradict each other. The Bible was written by approximately 40 different authors over a period of around 1500 years. Each writer wrote with a different style,and perspective, to a different audience, and for a different purpose. We should expect some minor differences. However, a difference is not a contradiction. It is only an error if there is absolutely no conceivable way the verses or passages can be reconciled. Even if an answer is not available right now, that does not mean an answer does not exist. Many have found a supposed error in the Bible in relation to history or geography only to find out that the Bible is correct once further archaeological evidence is discovered.
There are books and websites available that list “all the errors in the Bible.” Most people simply get their ammunition from these places; they do not find supposed errors on their own. There are also books and websites available that refute every one of these supposed errors. The saddest thing is that most people who attack the Bible are not truly interested in an answer. Many “Bible attackers” are even aware of these answers, but they continue to use the same old shallow attacks again and again.
Sometimes it's just a matter of simply not understanding; culture, language, customs or interpretations. And other times is just simple ignorance and lack of comprehension skills. And lack of belief in God and his Holy Spirit who helps us understand.
- 8 months ago
Yes, the Bible is full of human error and contradictions. Here is a BIG example.
The two birth stories in Matthew and Luke were written in an attempt to convince the reader that the birth of Jesus fulfilled prophecy, but they are totally incompatible and contradict each other in several aspects. The only reasonable conclusion is that they are both fabrications that were made independently of each other.
According to Matthew the family of Jesus lived in Bethlehem when Jesus was born during the reign of Herod the Great (Herod died in 4 B.C.). Matthew relates of a threat to Jesus and a trip to Egypt and that, when they returned to Palestine after the death of Herod, the family of Jesus bypassed their original home in Bethlehem and settled in Nazareth so that Jesus would fulfill a prophecy (a prophecy that is non-existent in the Old Testament, by the way).
According to Luke, Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth before the birth of Jesus and went to Bethlehem during the Syrian governorship of Cyrenus (that's the Greek spelling; Quirinius is the Latin, and he began his governorship in 6 A.D.) because of an enrollment for taxes that required that everyone had to go to the city of their ancestors. Not long after the birth of Jesus the family returned to their home in Nazareth.
In attempting to reconcile the two accounts, apologists try to place the enrollment for taxation mentioned in Luke to the time of Herod the Great's reign. However, there was no such enrollment during that time. The Romans taxed only the provinces they had direct control of, such as Egypt and Syria. They did not tax the provinces controlled by client rulers such as Herod the Great.
Furthermore, there is no evidence that there was a Roman enrollment for taxation in Judea during Herod's reign, and attempts to prove otherwise are without basis. In addition, Saturninus was Governor of Syria from 9 BC to 6 BC, and Varus from 6 BC until after the death of Herod. Again, Quirinius was not governor of Syria until 6 A.D.
When Herod died in 4 BC, the Romans divided up his territory of Palestine and gave Judea, Idumea, and Samaria to his son Archelaus to rule, and the other parts of Palestine to his other two sons. Archelaus was brutal as ruler and his subjects appealed to Rome. As a result, Rome deposed Archelaus in 6 AD and took over direct rule of Archelaus's territory. In so doing they instituted taxation of that territory, and Quirinius, as the newly installed governor of Syria, was tasked to oversee the taxation, hence the enrollment.
That taxation did not include Galilee, which was ruled by Herod's son Antipas, so Joseph, as a resident of Galilee (according to Luke's story) would not have been required to go to Bethlehem for the enrollment. (Contrary to Luke's exaggeration, the taxation was not world wide and did not require everyone to return to the city of their ancestors. The practical Romans would never have required such a return because there would have been absolutely no reason for it, and it would have disrupted commerce. The Romans taxed on the basis of residency, not ancestry). But Luke needed to make up a way to get Joseph and Mary to go to Bethlehem in Judea where Jesus would be born, so he exaggerated and changed the requirements for the enrollment as a device to accomplish that.
In Matthew's story, Joseph originally lived in Bethlehem, and that some time after the birth of Jesus, Herod posed a threat to Jesus. Joseph and his family therefore went to Egypt (which Matthew made up to appear to fulfill prophecy), returning after the death of Herod. Using the brutal reign of Archelaus as an excuse, Matthew had Joseph and his family bypass their home in Bethlehem and instead settle in Nazareth. As the KJ Bible says, "And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene." That indicates that Joseph was making a new home for himself and his family there. Again, there was no such prophecy. Matthew just made it up to give a reason for Joseph to settle in Nazareth.
Near the beginning of his story, Luke refers to "Herod King of Judea" (Luke 1:5), which would have been Herod Archelaus, not Herod the Great (upon their father's death, both Archelaus and Antipas took on their father's name as a title for themselves). Herod the Great, referred to in Matthew, was king of all of Palestine, not just Judea.
It seems that Luke was familiar with the history of Palestine and he used that history as the framework for his fabrication of the birth story of Jesus. In that context, it is therefore clear that the events described in chapter one of his gospel were supposed to have occurred near the end of Herod Archelaus's reign (which I described above), and that the beginning of chapter two is referring to events just after Archelaus was deposed and the Romans took direct rule over Judea and initiated the enrollment for taxation. Because he wove his fabricated story into the historical events, the time frame of Luke's story is fairly self-consistent, and the attempts by apologists to place Luke's story during Herod the Great's reign are without foundation. Thus the contradiction with Matthew's fabricated account still exists.
(Some Christian apologists say there was another enrollment for taxation during Herod the Great's reign, but there is no record of such a taxation. In fact, as Josephus related it, when the Romans instituted taxation in Judea after taking over that territory after deposing Archelaus, a Galilean named Judas led a revolt against it, saying that his countrymen would be cowards if they would endure to pay a tax to the Romans. That shows that there was no previous such tax. Moreover, that SAME Judas is mentioned in Acts 5:36-37 in conjunction with the enrollment for taxation that was mentioned in Luke 2:2 That should make it clear that the enrollment for taxation mentioned in Luke 2:2 occurred more than ten years after the death of Herod the Great.)
Luke continues his story in chapter two by relating that Joseph and Mary traveled from their home in Nazareth to Bethlehem because of the enrollment for taxation. Not long after their arrival in Bethlehem, Jesus was born, and after performing the ritual requirements according to the law of Moses, which was forty days, Joseph and his family returned to their home in Nazareth.
There is simply no way that the two fabricated stories can be reconciled.
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- Old Man DirtLv 78 months ago
Read the details! Killing by laying in wait (or digging a pit or placing a dead fall) is different from accidental death or "acts of war".
Any legal document has to be read in detail before what is meant is clear. The Bible contains (among other things) a law. This means two verses out of at least a dozen that define "kill" or murder must be read to get the full meaning.
- MalcolmLv 78 months ago
W.E. Vines Dictionary shows the distinction between "kill" and "murder". Google it and see.
- 8 months ago
The prophet David is prophesying what God is speaking through him saying "They hated Me without a cause" (Psalm 69:4) and for this reason
22 "Let their tables become a snare before them, and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.
23 Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their lions continually to shake.
24 Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them.
25 Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents.
26 For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded.
27 Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.
28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous" (Psalm 69:22-28).
GOD kills you [spiritually] and not a person!
When you continue to believe in the BS the roman catholic church has CREATED for you when Scripture has been given to DEBUNK every one of their LYING doctrine,
GOD will set a snare for you and your seeds will believe that SHYT for generations (Malachi 2:2-4).
You think I'm LYING?
GOD doesn't play with "NOTHINGS" (Daniel 4:35)!
You can't read the Word of God with YOUR "private interpretations" to even know CONTRADICTIONS AND ERRORS from what God actually said because you're not "moved by the Holy Ghost" (II Peter 1:20-21) due to lack of Holy Spirit baptism (Acts 1:5; 8) who "QUICKENS" (I Corinthians 15:45) your "DEAD spirit" (Romans 5:12; I Corinthians 15:21-22) "back to life" (Ephesians 2:1) as HE gives "understanding" (Matthew 13:11).
- LudwigLv 68 months ago
Yes, of course it is filled with human error and contradictions. It was compiled and written over many centuries by many many people who held many very different religious beliefs. If this bothers you, perhaps you should forget about mainstream religion and become some sort of scientologist or give it up altogether.
- Chris AncorLv 78 months ago
Sure, like any fiction.....
- Anonymous8 months ago
Yes, that's why I left Christianity and became Muslim.
The Quran is perfect and the direct Word of God.