Bible Disputes Settled

Questions Answered

 

At John 18:37b Jesus says:  "...For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice." NKJV.

That the Hebrew Scriptures or Old Testament is relevant and indispensible is shown at

2 Timothy 3:16. Indeed, Jesus Christ quoted extensively from these Bible books, from Genesis to Malachi. Since there are NO CONTRADICTIONS within the Bible, it stands to reason, then, that any discrepancies in doctrine are from man, or demons. This is supported by 1 Timothy 4:1, 2 Peter 2:1- 3 and 2 Timothy 4:1- 4 etc.

That man has introduced errors in the Bible is evident, by a comparison of KJV vs. NIV or English Standard translations etc, Revelation 1:11, 1 John 5:7 [Comma Johanneum], and 1 Timothy 3:16 for example. The Bible has as its main theme the Kingdom of God, an administration or Government, with an appointed King to rule over an earth submissive to God's will. [Daniel 2:44,  Luke 1:31- 33, Daniel 7:13, 14 etc.] This Kingdom will vindicate the name of Almighty God which is traditionally rendered as JEHOVAH in English from the original Hebrew. A careful research will show that this Divine and personal name of God Almighty occurs nearly 7,000 times in the Hebrew texts but has been consistently rendered as LORD or God in most translations.

 

 

Disagreements with the natural world:
Genesis 1:17 - God creates the stars during the fourth day, but we know that stars are still being formed.

Response:

Genesis 1:1, 2 relates to a time before the six “days”. When these “days” commenced, the sun, moon, and the stars were already in existence, their creation being referred to at Genesis 1:1. However, prior to these six “days” of creative activity “the earth proved to be formless and waste and there was darkness upon the surface of the watery deep.” (Ge 1:2) Apparently, a swaddling band of cloud layers still enveloped the earth, preventing light from reaching the surface.

It seems that this was a gradual process, as is indicated by translator J.W. Watts: “And gradually light came into existence.” (Ge 1:3, A distinctive Translation of Genesis).

God brought about a division between the light and darkness, calling the light Day and the darkness Night. This indicates that the earth was rotating on its axis as it revolved around the sun, so that its hemispheres, eastern and western, could enjoy periods of light and darkness-Ge 1:3,4.

It is noteworthy that at Genesis 1:16 the Hebrew verb ba.ra’, meaning “create” is not used. Instead, the Hebrew verb ‘a.sah’, meaning “make, is employed. Since the sun, moon, and stars are included in “the heavens” mentioned in Genesis 1:1, they were created long before Day Four. On the fourth day God proceeded to “make” these celestial bodies occupy a new relationship toward earth’s surface and the expanse above it.


Genesis 6:15 - God tells Noah to build an ark 450 feet long, and then fit two (or is is 7) of every animal in the ark. Did he shrink them?

Response

It has been proven, that if each animal was no bigger than the size of a

fully grown sheep [not fully grown adults where relevant], then there

would be more than adequate space in the three- storied structure.


Disagreements with itself:
How many did the Chief of Captains kill? 2 Samuel 23:8 vs.

1 Chronicles 11:11

Response

Please, see the NW translation renderings below,

first 2 Samuel then 1 Chronicles.

8 These are the names of the mighty men that belonged to David: Jo´sheb-bas·she´beth a Tah·che´mo·nite, the head of the three. He was brandishing his spear over eight hundred slain at one time.

And this is the list of the mighty men that belonged to David: Ja·sho´be·am the son of a Hach´mon·ite, the head of the three. He was brandishing his spear over three hundred slain at one time.


How long does God's anger last? Jeremiah 3:12 vs. Jeremiah 17:4

Response

Jeremiah 3:12 NW

Go, and you must proclaim these words to the north and say:

“‘“Do return, O renegade Israel,” is the utterance of Jehovah.’ ‘“I shall not have my face drop [angrily] upon YOU people, for I am loyal,” is the utterance of Jehovah.’ ‘“I shall not stay resentful to time indefinite.

Jeremiah 17:4 NW

4 And you let loose, even of your own accord, from your hereditary possession that I had given you. I also will make you serve your enemies in the land that you have not known; for as a fire YOU people have been ignited in my anger. To time indefinite it will keep kindled.”

Notice please that Jeremiah 3:12 was directed to the NORTH.

Nevertheless note Jeremiah 17:5, 6 vs. Jeremiah 17:7, 8. Most of all note that a remnant from Israel is what was used by Jehovah, in maintaining His promise to Abraham.

at Acts 15: 14 - 20: Symeon has

related thoroughly how God for the FIRST time turned his attention to the NATIONS to take out of THEM a PEOPLE for his NAME. And with this the words of PROPHETS agree, just as it is WRITTEN, 'After these things I shall RETURN and rebuild the booth of David that is fallen down;

and I shall REBUILD its ruins and erect it again, in order that those who REMAIN of the men may EARNESTLY seek Jehovah, together with people of ALL the NATIONS, people who are CALLED by my NAME, says Jehovah, who is doing these things, known from of old. Please COMPARE Amos 9: 11, 12.

Who buried Jesus? Mark 15:43-46 vs. John 19:38-42 vs. Acts 13:27-29

Response

Mark 15 NW

43 there came Joseph of Ar·i·ma·the´a, a reputable member of the Council, who also himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. He took courage to go in before Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44 But Pilate wondered whether he was already dead, and, summoning the army officer, he asked him whether he had already died. 45 So after making certain from the army officer, he granted the corpse to Joseph. 46 Accordingly he bought fine linen and took him down, wrapped him in the fine linen and laid him in a tomb which was quarried out of a rock-mass; and he rolled a stone up to the door of the memorial tomb. 47 But Mary Mag´da·lene and Mary the mother of Jo´ses continued looking at where he had been laid.

John 19 NW

38 Now after these things Joseph from Ar·i·ma·the´a, who was a disciple of Jesus but a secret one out of [his] fear of the Jews, requested Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. Therefore he came and took his body away. 39 Nic·o·de´mus also, the man that came to him in the night the first time, came bringing a roll of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds [of it]. 40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it up with bandages with the spices, just the way the Jews have the custom of preparing for burial. 41 Incidentally, at the place where he was impaled there was a garden, and in the garden a new memorial tomb, in which no one had ever yet been laid. 42 There, then, on account of the preparation of the Jews, they laid Jesus, because the memorial tomb was nearby.

Acts 13 NW

28 and, although they found no cause for death, they demanded of Pilate that he be executed. 29 When, now, they had accomplished all the things written about him, they took him down from the stake and laid him in a memorial tomb. 30 But God raised him up from the dead;

 

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True Truthseeker 6 years ago Author

Chart listing some of the major archaeological finds...

ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIND SIGNIFICANCE

Mari Tablets Over 20,000 cuneiform tablets, which date back to Abraham's time period, explain many of the patriarchal traditions of Genesis.

Ebla Tablets Over 20,000 tablets, many containing law similar to the Deuteronomy law code. The previously thought fictitious five cities of the plain in Genesis 14 (Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Zoar) are identified.

Nuzi Tablets They detail customs of the 14th and 15th century parallel to the patriarchal accounts such as maids producing children for barren wives.

Black Stele Proved that writing and written laws existed three centuries before the Mosaic laws.

Temple Walls of Karnak, Egypt Signifies a 10th century BC reference to Abraham.

Laws of Eshnunna (ca. 1950 BC)

Lipit-Ishtar Code (ca. 1860 BC)

Laws of Hammurabi (ca. 1700 BC) Show that the law codes of the Pentateuch were not too sophisticated for that period.

Ras Shamra Tablets Provide information on Hebrew poetry.

Lachish Letters Describe Nebuchadnezzar's invasion of Judah and give insight into the time of Jeremiah.

Gedaliah Seal References Gedaliah is spoken of in 2 Kings 25:22.

Cyrus Cylinder Authenticates the Biblical description of Cyrus' decree to allow the Jews to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem (see 2 Chronicles 36:23; Ezra 1:2-4).

Moabite Stone Gives information about Omri, the sixth king of Israel.

Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III Illustrates how Jehu, king of Israel, had to submit to the Assyrian king.

Taylor Prism Contains an Assyrian text which detail Sennacherib's attack on Jerusalem during the time of Hezekiah, king of Israel.

PAST CHARGES BY CRITICS ANSWERED BY ARCHAEOLOGY

Moses could not have written Pentateuch because he lived before the invention of writing. Writing existed many centuries before Moses.

Abraham's home city of Ur does not exist. Ur was discovered. One of the columns had the inscription "Abram."

The city built of solid rock called "Petra" does not exist. Petra was discovered.

The story of the fall of Jericho is myth. The city never existed. The city was found and excavated. It was found that the walls tumbled in the exact manner described by the biblical narrative.

The "Hittites" did not exist. Hundreds of references to the amazing Hittite civilization have been found. One can even get a doctorate in Hittite studies at the University of Chicago.

Belshazzar was not a real king of Babylon; he is not found in the records. Tablets of Babylonia describe the reign of this coregent and son of Nabonidus.


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True Truthseeker 6 years ago Author

How can we be sure the Bible has not been changed?

"In the number of ancient MSS. [manuscripts] attesting a writing, and in the number of years that had elapsed between the original and the attesting MSS., the Bible enjoys a decided advantage over classical writings [those of Homer, Plato, and others].....Altogether classsical MSS. are but a handful compared with the Biblical. No ancient book is so well attested as the Bible."___ The Bible From the Beginning (New York, 1929), P. Marion Simms, pp. 74, 76.

A report published in 1971 shows that there are possibly 6,000 handwritten copies containing all or part of the Hebrew Scriptures [books of the so-called Old Testament]; the oldest dates back to the third century B.C.E. Of the Christian Greek Scriptures [books of the so-called New Testament], there are some 5,000 in Greek, the oldest dating back to the beginning of the second century C.E. There are also many copies of early translations into other languages.

In the introduction to his seven volumes on The Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri, Sir Frederic Kenyon wrote: "The first and most important conclusion derived from the examination of them [the papyri] is the satisfactory one that they confirm the essential soundness of the existing texts. No striking or fundamental variation is shown either in the Old or the New Testament. There are no important omissions or additions of passages, and no variations which affect vital facts or doctrines. The variations of text affect minor matters, such as the order of words or the precise words used...... But their essential importance is their confirmation, by evidence of an earlier date than was hitherto available, of the integrity of our existing texts."__-(London, 1933), p. 15.

It is true that some translations of the Bible adhere more closely to what is in the original languages than others do. Modern paraphrase Bibles have taken liberties that at times alter the original meaning. Some translators have allowed personal beliefs to colour their renderings. But these weaknesses can be identified by comparison of a variety of translations.

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This proves nothing. The number of copies that a MSS, faithful reproductions or not, says nothing about the original MSS or it's author. My question is if the bible was created by human hands, why is it accepted, so universally, as "the word of God"?

Report by buster on May 19th, 2010

How We Got the Bible

The English word "Bible" comes through the Latin from the Greek word Bi.bli'a, meaning "little books." This, in turn, is derived from bi'blos, a word that describes the inner part of the papyrus plant out of which a primitive form of paper was made. The Phoenician city of Gebal, famous for its papyrus papermaking, was called by the Greeks "Byblos." In time bi.bli'a came to describe various writings, scrolls, books, and eventually the collection of little books that make up the Bible. Jerome called this collection Bibliotheca Divina, the Divine Library.

Jesus and writers of the Christian Greek Scriptures referred to the collection of sacred writings as "the Scriptures," or "the holy Scriptures," "the holy writings." (Mt 21:42; Mr 14:49; Lu 24:32; Joh 5:39; Ac 18:24; Ro 1:2; 15:4; 2Ti 3:15, 16)

Divisions

Sixty-six individual books from Genesis to Revelation make up the Bible canon. The choice of these particular books, and the rejection of many others, is evidence that the Divine Author not only inspired their writing but also carefully guarded their collection and preservation within the sacred catalog. Thirty-nine of the 66 books, making up three quarters of the Bible's contents, are known as the Hebrew Scriptures, all having been initially written in that language with the exception of a few small sections written in Aramaic. (Ezra 4:8--6:18; 7:12-26; Jer 10:11; Da 2:4b--7:28) By combining some of these books, the Jews had a total of only 22 or 24 books, yet these embraced the same material. It also appears to have been their custom to subdivide the Scriptures into three parts---'the law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms.' (Lu 24:44.

The last quarter of the Bible is known as the Christian Greek Scriptures, so designated because the 27 books comprising this section were written in Greek. The writing, collecting, and arrangement of these books within the Bible's canon also demonstrates Jehovah's supervision from start to finish.

The 66 Bible books all together form but a single work, a complete whole. As the chapter and verse marks are only convenient aids for Bible study and are not intended to detract from the unity of the whole, so also the sectioning of the Bible, which is done according to the predominant language in which the manuscripts have come down to us. We, therefore, have both the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures, with "Christian" added to distinguish them from the Greek Septuagint, which is the Hebrew portion of the Scriptures translated into Greek.

There is no valid basis for the Hebrew and Aramaic Scriptures to be called the "Old Testament" and for the Christian Greek Scriptures to be called the "New Testament." Jesus Christ himself referred to the collection of sacred writings as "the Scriptures." (Mr 21:42; Mr 14:49; Joh 5:39) The apostle Paul referred to them as "the holy Scriptures," "the Scriptures," and "the holy writing."----Ro 1:2; 15:4; 2Ti 3:15.

Authenticity.

The veracity of the Bible has been assailed from many quarters, but none of these efforts has undermined or weakened its position in the least.

Bible history. Sir Isaac Newton once said: "I find more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history whatsoever." (Two Apologies, by R. Watson, London, 1820, p. 57) Its integrity to truth proves sound on any point that might be tested. Its history is accurate and can be relied upon. For example, what it says about the fall of Babylon to the Medes and Persians cannot be successfully contradicted (Jer 51:11, 12, 28; Daniel 1:1); Egyptian King Shishak (1King 14:25; 2Chronicles 12:12); Assyrians Tiglath-pileser 111 and Sennacherib (2Ki 15:29; 16:7; 18:13); the Roman emperors Augustus, Tiberius, and Claudius (Luke 2:1; 3:1; Ac 18:2); Romans such as Pilate, Felix, and Festus (Ac 4:27; 23:26; 24:27); nor what it says about the temple of Artemis at Ephesus and the Areopagus at Athens (Ac 19:35; 17:19-34). What the Bible says about these or any other places,

by TrueTruthseeker on May 19th, 2010

What the Bible says about these or any other places, people, or events is historically accurate in every detail.

Races and languages. What the Bible says about races and languages of mankind is also true. All peoples, regardless of stature, culture, colour, or language, are members of one human family. The threefold division of the human family into the Japhetic, Hamitic, and Semitic races, all descending from Adam through Noah, cannot be successfully disputed. (Ge 9:18, 19; Ac 17:26) Says Sir Henry Rawlinson: "If we were to be guided by the mere intersection of linguistic paths, and independently of all reference to the Scriptural record, we should still be led to fix on the plains of Shinar, as the focus from which the various lines had radiated."---The Historical Evidences of the Truth of the Scripture Records, by G. Rawlinson, 1862, p. 287; Ge 11:2-9.

I need not expound on a) practicality, b) scientific accuracy c) cultures and customs d) candor e ) integrity f) prophecy; all these facets help to prove the authenticity of the Bible as the Word of God the Almighty.

Preservation

Today none of the original writings of the Holy Scriptures are known to exist. Jehovah, however, saw to it that copies were made to replace the aging originals. Also, from and after the Babylonian exile, with the growth of many Jewish communities outside Palestine, there was an increasing demand for more copies of the Scriptures. This demand was met by professional copyists who made extraordinary efforts to see that accuracy was attained in their handwritten manuscripts. Ezra was such a man, "a skilled copyist in the law of Moses, which Jehovah the God of Israel had given."----Ezr 7:6.

For hundreds of


True Truthseeker 6 years ago

Job 38

3

Gird up your loins, please, like an able-bodied man,

And let me question you, and you inform me.

4 Where did you happen to be when I founded the earth?

Tell [me], if you do know understanding.

5 Who set its measurements, in case you know,

Or who stretched out upon it the measuring line?

6 Into what have its socket pedestals been sunk down,

Or who laid its cornerstone,

7 When the morning stars joyfully cried out together,

And all the sons of God began shouting in applause?

8 And [who] barricaded the sea with doors,

Which began to go forth as when it burst out from the womb;

9 When I put the cloud as its garment

And thick gloom as its swaddling band,


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True Truthseeker 5 years ago Author

Our solar system was a part of the heavens and the earth mentioned at Genesis 1:1

Genesis 1:1

1 In [the] beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Job 38

4 Where did you happen to be when I founded the earth?

Tell [me], if you do know understanding.

9 When I put the cloud as its garment

And thick gloom as its swaddling band,

It seems that this was a gradual process, as is indicated by translator J.W. Watts: “And gradually light came into existence.” (Ge 1:3, A distinctive Translation of Genesis).

God brought about a division between the light and darkness, calling the light Day and the darkness Night. This indicates that the earth was rotating on its axis as it revolved around the sun, so that its hemispheres, eastern and western, could enjoy periods of light and darkness-Ge 1:3,4.

It is noteworthy that at Genesis 1:16 the Hebrew verb ba.ra’, meaning “create” is not used. Instead, the Hebrew verb ‘a.sah’, meaning “make, is employed. Since the sun, moon, and stars are included in “the heavens” mentioned in Genesis 1:1, they were created long before Day Four. On the fourth day God proceeded to “make” these celestial bodies occupy a new relationship toward earth’s surface and the expanse above it.

When it is said, “God put them in the expanse of the heavens to shine upon the earth,” this would indicate that they now became discernible from the surface of the earth, as though they were in the expanse. Also, the luminaries were to “serve as signs and for seasons and for days and years,” thus later providing guidance for man in various ways.- Ge 1:14.

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