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Does The Bible Contradict Itself?

Updated on April 4, 2013

I've recently passed my one year anniversary here at HubPages, and I think the very first hubs I published here were for a series I called "Regular, Normal Christianity". What I intend with this video series is to present a kind of companion series to those "Regular, Normal Christianity" hubs, taking a conversational approach to topical issues that come up frequently when Christianity is discussed. Whereas the "Regular, Normal Christianity" series examined the theological basis of Christian belief, considered the great doctrinal foundations of Christian (God, The Trinity, redemption, etc), with this video series I hope to consider some of those common questions that many bring to a discussion of Christian teaching.

In the coming weeks I plan to talk about things like: Why are there so many different Christian denominations? Why does Christianity get to assert they are the only ones who have it right? If God is good and loving why are so many people suffering? Hasn't the Bible obviously been altered and even intentionally changed through the centuries of copying and translating? Isn't being good sufficient, why do people need to 'get saved'? Isn't religion just a crutch for frail people trying to explain a scary universe? And etc.

Let me say just a word about the title "Regular, Normal Christianity". Some readers suggested they were not too happy with the title "Regular, Normal Christianity", and I understand that, but I tried to establish in my introduction to the series that my interest wasn't to promote my own personal view but to advance the historic Biblical understanding of what Christianity is - in other words, today there may be questions and conflicts over the Christian's view of things like speaking in tongues, Mormonism, civil government, etc, but what I'm addressing in the "Regular, Normal Christianity" hubs are those essential teachings that have from the beginning and throughout history always been the basic foundation of the Christian faith.

As I said in that introductory hub, 'regular' means "formed, built, arranged, or ordered according to some established rule, law, principle, or type" and 'normal' means "according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle" . . . as I use these terms here the rule or principle I'm attaching Christianity to is the Bible.


With the above preface, below is the actual hub, giving just a bit of attention to the very frequently asked "Does the Bible contradict itself?" ~

Future RNC video hub:


Why are there so many different Christian denominations?
Why does Christianity get to assert they are the only ones who have it right?
If God is good and loving why are so many people suffering?
Hasn't the Bible obviously been altered and even intentionally changed through the centuries of copying and translating?
Isn't being good sufficient, why do people need to 'get saved'?
Isn't religion just a crutch for frail people trying to explain a scary universe?
And etc.
. . . and, suggestions are welcome.


The Companion Text Series~

Preface. "Regular, Normal Christianity ~ The Premise And Definitions"

1. Regular, Normal Christianity ~ "The Bible"

2. Regular, Normal Christianity ~ "God"

3. Regular, Normal Christianity ~"Jesus of Nazareth"

4. Regular, Normal Christianity ~ "The Trinity"

5. Regular, Normal Christianity ~ "Man, Sin, And Spiritual Death"

6. Regular, Normal Christianity ~ "The Covenant, The Promise, The Covenants, And The Gospel"



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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Mickey, I'm not so sure the bible contradicts itself as the interpretations handed down through time. by man lend to contradiction. No one has see an actual original bible which raises questions to its validity in and of itself.

      I, too have wondered why there are so many variations to christianity. They are man-made variations, not God-made. I prefer to not follow a certain genre of christianity (and I say this as one who was baptised Catholic and went to Catholic school), nor do I choose to follow the bible; they are all subject to interpretation.

      I prefer to converse with God when I want, where ever I am. I feel He prefers that to my forcing myself to go to a man-made edifice and listen to one group's interpretation. I talk to God. He talks to me. Period, Amen of story.

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      one fellow 

      5 years ago

      the truth is there is no way you can justify hundreds of errors and contradictions of the bible without going down the list one by one .. so all these lengthy elaborate explanations may justify some but cannot justify most . you forget in your explanation the key issue is you said the bible is PERFECT yet you refuse to deal with the imperfections you rather make claims that people who point out these errors are taking the bible out of context well prove us wrong by investigating each and every error and contradiction as for our " God tempting Abraham debate .. the bible does not say that "god does not temp others with evil"" as you claim you are wrong the bible says that" GOD is not tempted by evil" you are spinning the words and the rhetoric to suit your argument

      it's rather ironic that you are most certainly are contradicting yourself in your own argument .. you start your video by stating you don't want to go down the list of errors and contradictions in the bible however later you say that we have to consider the complexities and do a thorough investigation of each allegation ....WELL WHY DON'T YOU DO JUST THAT .. TAKE THE TIME AND PROVE THEM WRONG .. were not claiming gone with the wind is god inspired i know the value of context the bible is not a novel it is a collection of many books which gives many laws rules and guidelines and also characteristics .... it is quite clear that there or hundreds of errors and contradictions in the bible .. however i can already see you want no parts of putting the bible to the test you simply want to sit back and claim everything is being pulled out of context

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      MickeySr 

      5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      CloudExplorer ~ thanks for the visit, and thanks so much for the 'thumbs up' and the share, it's much appreciated.

    • MickeySr profile imageAUTHOR

      MickeySr 

      5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      Rasma ~ if visitors to this hub would instantly dismiss what I present here because their mind is already made-up, or if people would simply adopt my view to be their own, either one would be disheartening - your "Time for reflection" is the most satisfying response I hope to provoke. Thank you.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      You bring up some very interesting points here in your hub, and I have pondered on many of the things you've stressed as well here.

      I'm not much of a religious type of a person, but I'm more of a spiritualist, I do indeed believe in a higher power that I call the Creator, others may call it God, or Jehovah etc...

      I think that your video has presented a great argument, language, and wordings all derive from somewhere else for sure, and not just from one person or one group of people such as the ancient folks who summoned up the terminology that's placed into biblical text.

      My wife is Christian, and I never really question why, because I know she is for the fact of trying to remain humble in life, to be a practitioner of good deeds towards others, and to worship something she believes is truly real.

      I respect her belief, and all other walks of life, because we are allowed to believe in what we choose.

      You pointed out that there are loads of differing sects of Christianity, I think its just how humanity is, they we will tend to recreate things in our own identification zones of how we think life should be lived, and so yes indeed mankind has tainted any and all original teachings, just as in how gossip works.

      Powerful hub here bro, awesome job! Great video too, I'll share it for ya. Thumbs up.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Sounds like a fascinating series and looking forward to more. Wish I had had more lecturers like you at university instead of those who droned on making no sense. You make a lot of good points and I enjoyed listening to your video. Time for reflection. Passing this on.

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      Paula 

      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Well, this is simple.......those who count you to be droning......and/or blabbering....don't matter. That's all there is to it. I am positive your Mama told you this. You've merely forgotten. It's OK....I got ya covered!

      I listened intently to every word, and was disappointed when it was over. You are an excellent teacher.

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      MickeySr 

      5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      fpherj48 ~ I think I've said before, you are my new favorite person at HubPages. You are far too generous with me, I'm sure many count me to be droning on and on in my tiresomely monotonous voice, blabbering about stuff few have any interest in - but you me I am a scholar with heart . . . you are very encouraging. Thank you.

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      Paula 

      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      MickeySr......I thoroughly enjoyed (and definitely learned from) your beautifully presented video. You speak like a man with a well-earned Doctorate in Theology. More than that, your wisdom and heart come through with strength and conviction.

      In my many years of searching, and the overload of information and explanations I carry around, mindlessly.....yours are the first words of insight that make enough sense to garner attention and focus.

      I look forward to this series. I suppose I should now, read your first series.....to prepare myself? Just one more comment/opinion I'd like to share..........You would be Perfect as a Professor/Scholar in "The Bible."......for mortals to find ease in truly translating and finally UNDERSTANDING.........Thank you, Mickey......UP++++

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      MickeySr 

      5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      KDuBarry03 ~ thanks so much for the visit and the comment. Your interest in creeds, their scope and differences, is a very good suggestion for me - it's something I have well considered and investigated . . . what is observably presented as truth in the text of Scripture, and what to we conclude, construe, and assume from Scripture and formulate doctrine from? Maybe I'll do that next.

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      MickeySr 

      5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      Thank you Deborah - as always.

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      KDuBarry03 

      5 years ago

      It's very interesting to see that, in the more generations to come, there will be more questions asked about the authenticity of the bible. I, for one, only get involved with discussions about faith in regards to how vast people's creeds are and how they are different and similar from each other. It may be interesting as to what you will have to say on this subject. Thanks for sharing!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I will be following your series.. I love your hubs on Christianity .. you are very knowable in this subject.. thank you for sharing..

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