Bible Contradictions: Quick Tips on Dealing with Difficulties
by Lenny Esposito
We’re at the close of our series looking at the supposed contradictions in the Bible. In all our examples, we have shown that there can be answers to passages that seem to contradict each other or facts that we know today. Since it’s impossible to deal with more than merely a handful of examples in this chapter, I want to leave you with a few checkpoints to use when confronting charges of a contradiction. The following quick tip guide will help you think more clearly in your discussions:
Quick Tips on Dealing with Difficulties
Is it really a contradiction?
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- The burden of proof rests on the critics
The Bible is probably the most critiqued and scrutinized book in history. Whenever a person charges the Bible with supposedly containing a contradiction the burden rests on them to prove that the contradiction is actually one and not his or her mistaken reading of the text. The text is innocent until proven guilty.1
- If there’s a plausible solution, then it cannot be a contradiction
Remember, I said at the outset that a contradiction is a very specific thing – it must show that the statements are making competing claims about the same thing at the same time. If it can be shown that another understanding of the text is not only possible but would be reasonable, then the charge of contradiction evaporates.
- Be sure you know what the text says
Read the text carefully. Words like “after these things” could mean a significant gap in time. Ignoring them is one way to snub style…
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