Yes, it is pathetically evil that in these times, there are entire websites such as skepticsannotatedbible, evilbible, infidelslibrary, and others, whose sole purpose for existence is to attack scripture,and no, just as other answerers have stated, there isn't room in the space allowed by Yahoo to list them all.
Likewise, there isn't space here to refute all the so called "contradictions," but there are a few general statements that will cover most of them.
First off, a text without a context is a pretext. The books of the Old Testament are divided into categories, or different types, by scholars. There are books of Law, History, Poetry, and Prophecy. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/364199/the_categories_of_the_books_of_the.html?cat=9
It is a common criticism to take a verse from a visionary book such as prophecy or poetry and mock the impossibility or "ridiculousness" of doing this literally, when the text isn't speaking literally.
Likewise, it is a common criticism to take a verse from a literal book, such as Genesis, and mock it as being impossible because we don't see things TODAY like burning bushes, talking snakes, or seas parting.
These criticisms are simply doubting God's power, some without even acknowledging his existence.
Furthermore, what you will NOT see on these sites which mock and ridicule the whole Bible, verse by verse, is an authorship by a known scholar, with verifiable credentials and true Biblical expertise. In other words, these sites are written, sponsored, and maintained by armchair quarterbacks who have never left the bleachers. You BEGIN textual criticism by learning the language of the texts.
Finally, to be honest, there ARE difficult passages of scripture. I doubt you'll find a Biblically educated scholar who would claim to know for sure what a "Nephilim" is in Genesis 6:4, and there are questions of translation, such as if bats are birds or rabbits chew cud.
To answer these, I would defer to Dr. Bruce Metzger: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_M._Metzger Dr. Metzger recently went home to be with the Lord, but his writings are used today as textbooks around the world by Christian colleges and universities. You can walk today into a bookstore of your choice and pick up a Bible version of your choice, and there is a strong likelihood that you will find Dr. Metzger's writings referenced in the marginal notes, footnotes, bibliography, or credits. Dr. Metzger served as the editor in chief of the NRV, and personally laid the first edtion into the hands of John Paul II. While he was yet alive, it could have been reasonably argued that he was the world's greatest living Bible scholar.
When questioned about difficult scripture passages, this is what Dr. Metzger had to say: "There is no doctrine of Chrisitanity that rests upon a disputed scripture." This is a giant of a statement from a giant of a scholar.
It will do your eternal soul no good in Hell as to whether bats are birds, the definition of pi, or "discrepancies" in accounts of the number of men in some ancient King's army. There are undoubtedly things which have been lost in translation or the original meaning is truly hard to research, but God has preserved his Word, as he promised to do in both the Old Testament and the New.
If some of these critics would spend a fraction of the time LEARNING about scripture that they do ignorantly criticizing it, they might end up like Lee Strobel, a former atheist and criminally investigative jouirnalist, who set out to disprove scripture, and ended up not only finding Christ, but a new career as a pastor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Strobel
God tells us in Jeremiah 29:13 that we will find him when we seek with all our heart....Some folks hearts simply aren't looking to FIND God, they're looking for EXCUSES NOT to believe. Their eyes can only be opened by the Spirit of God, not any textual facts in scripture.
John the Baptist
· 10 years ago