Saturday, 17 September 2011

Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions

This book deals with some of the most common misconceptions people have of the Bible.

Joel Kontinen

Sceptics often see contradictions in the Bible. While there may be difficult passages in Scripture, a closer look at the assumed discrepancies will show that the sceptics are wrong.

Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions (Master Books, 2010), edited by Ken Ham, deals with 40 of the most common misconceptions of Scripture. The book, written by Answers in Genesis scientists and staff members, is easy to read and is meant for the non-expert.

Let us take a couple of examples. Sceptics will for instance claim that Moses (or whoever they think was the author) made a mistake in Leviticus 11 by saying that a bat is a bird. However, the Hebrew word owph used there simply means a flying creature. Leviticus does not give a biological classification of animals but describes how they move.

Another common claim is that Genesis 1 uses Babylonian cosmology in describing a solid dome above the earth. The word raqia suggests no such thing, however. It can be translated as expanse, like some versions have done. Other Bible passages, like Isaiah 40:22, describe God stretching out the heavens, which does not fit in with the idea of a solid dome.

Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions shows that the 66 books that make up our Bible are not full of contradictions.