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Biblical Inconsistencies & Inaccuracies

This is a conversation that needs to be had. Thanks to my chatting buddy, and intellectual, Tildeb, I have a sources that has a list of biblical contradictions, but more importantly, i have the bible. So there’s a lot of material to go through. However, before the nitty gritty comes out in this conversation a general understanding of how the bible is read and interpreted needs to be established. This understanding can be disagreed upon, however, it is foundational to the conversation, and must be laid down as a solid piece to build on. If disagreement occurs, which it will, then difference must be set aside.

First, what is the “Holy Bible” in the most simple and material terms?
It is a collection of ancient writings from various authors in various situations, with varying ideas and history to record.

What does that imply?
Different authors have different voices, styles, and genres. Varying situations will determine which genre is appropriate and what details and specifics will be emphasized within the texts as well as which details and specifics will be neglected. Varying ideas and history to record means different purposes for different sections of the bible.

How is this approached?
Well, you can’t assume any two sections of the bible to be read as interchangeable with the other. Not all genres are literal, just as not all are non-literal. Not all purposes of writings require scientific accuracy, and scientific understanding is not emphasized within those sections for that purpose. We then must approach the varying biblical texts within their genre, giving credit to each particular sections individual authorship, and with at least some small understanding of the purpose for the text.

What does this mean for the divine origins of the bible?
Whether you believe the bible is written by God, inspired by God, a collection of meaningless writings, or a conspiracy, it is your own decision. However, acknowledging the differences between different sections of the bible is not grounds for dismissing them as inspired by God. This alone does not prove either than the scriptures are from or not from God, it is merely laying a foundation for how we read the biblical text under a critical light. This foundation is necessary. Otherwise, the scriptures could be applied to genres they are not associated with, and to ideas they are not concerned with, as well as situations they are not applicable to. This leads to abuse within denominational teaching, discipleship, and the work of ‘scholars’ both for and against theism.

Stick around. Pretty soon I’ll be examining specific scriptures that have apparent or very real contradictions, and working through them. This should be a good conversation, if you want to get in on it.

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