Contradictions In The Bible Essay

The Christian Bible is not a reliable source of information whether historic or religious. The New Testament, written by “inspired” men, is no more than a highly exaggerated account of Jesus’s ravings. The falsity of the Bible’s teachings are shown in the many contradictions found in the Bible and in promises that are not kept. As for these “prophecies” that have “come true,” they have been deliberately used as a guide, or blueprint in the creation of this “Savior”.

The Bible has many contradictions which undermine any claim to a valid Bible. There are some 150,000 errors, contradictions and/or variations between ancient copies of the New Testament alone, estimated by a number of biblical scholars, including Griesbach. ”(Contradictions in the Bible, D. M. Murdock, http://www. truthbeknown. com/biblecontradictions. htm) The books in the bible are full of contradictions, some 150,000 of them. For example, Genesis 32:30, in comparison to John 1:18, has a painfully obvious contradiction. “… I have seen God face to face … ” (Genesis 32:30), and “No man hath seen God at any time… ” (John 1:18).

These are obviously contradictory statements. Another example is found in the relationship between Ezekiel 18:20 and Exodus 20:5. “The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father . . . ” (Ezekiel 18:20), and “I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation. . . ” (Exodus 20:5). The Bible, full of contradictions, cannot be infallible, otherwise it would not have nearly as many contradictions as there actually are. The Bible has many “prophecies” that were supposedly fulfilled by Jesus.

Many Christians point to this and say that it proves that the bible is true. However, D. M Murdock points out that “It is not true that ‘hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled, specifically and meticulously. ’ What is true is that innumerable ‘prophecies’ have been interpreted afterwards to fit the data. What is also true is that myriad rulers have followed the blueprint of the Bible” (Who was Jesus? Fingerprints from The Christ, D. M. Murdock, 1996, http://www. stellarhousepublishing. com/jesusprophecy. html).

What Murdock is trying to say is that the numerous “prophecies” in the Bible have only come to pass because the people who wrote the Bible deliberately altered the account of what happened in relation to Jesus so that it matched the Messianic prophecies, or that Jesus deliberately acted the way he did so that he would fulfill each prophecy. “When these and other OT scriptures are studied and seriously considered, therefore, it is logical to ask if they constitute “prophecies” and “prefiguring” of the advent of a historical Jesus Christ-or if they were used as a blueprint in the creation of a fictional messiah.

The messiah was deliberately invented by scholars later in the first century. Obviously, with the whole “Jesus Christ” part made up, the Bible is just one large book of fairy tales. Marshall Brian, in his article “God is Imaginary,” gives some examples of false promises that were made in the bible. “If ‘every one who asks receives’, then if we ask for cancer to be cured, it should be cured. Right? If ‘our Father who is in heaven gives good things to those who ask him’, then if we ask him to cure cancer, he should cure it.

Right? And yet nothing happens. ”(God is Imaginary, Marshall Brian, http://godisimaginary. com/i1. htm) Brian says this in relation to Matthew 7:7, which says; “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! ” This verse is promising that “every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds. . . ” Marshall Brian uses an example of someone who prays, fervently and selflessly, for the healing of all cancer patients, and given that such a thing would not happen, he deduces that this promise in the Bible is fallible, and so is the rest of the Bible.

The Bible was not “inspired by God,” otherwise it would be far more accurate and honest. It was written by men either to blind to see the truth, to naive to admit that their God wasn’t real, or insane men who exaggerated the accounts of Jesus and contradicted each other often. The Bible is obviously not a reliable resource. It is riddled with contradictions, empty promises and false prophecies. This book is just that, a book.