As an atheist, this is something I enjoy, so don't bust my balls. I like things to be logical and consistent, I don't find that in any religions, especially christianity. Christian believes their bible is the inspired word of god. How can that be if there are contradictions in the bible. To me, it is totally illogical for a god to inspire a book containing contradictions.
Christians will deny that there are an contradictions int the bible. When contradictions occur they we say to get the right understanding one has to go back to the original Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic. If that doesn't work, they say you interpret a verse in the context of preceding and following verses, or interpret a verse in its historical perspective. If that doesn't work, they say to have faith in the illogical will be one day understood.
That's all a bunch of crap. If a christian god exists, he would (logically) make his will clear and simple to understand. Following is a clear biblical contradiction, I challenge any christian to refute, without playing word games
Isaiah 45:7 (kjv)
I form the light and create darkness. I make peace and create evil. I the lord do all those things.
Is this verse not simple, clear, and direct. God says that he creates evil - there is no wiggleroom for misinterpretation that I can see. Now, contrast this verse with -
Habakkuk 1:13 (kjv)
Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity...
Is this verse not simple, clear, and direct. Again, I see no wiggleroom for any other interpretation. These two verses clearly contradict each other. Are there any ex-christians out there that can explain how these two verses do no contradict each other, from a christian perspective? I could never believe in an illogical god, much less, an incompetent god!
The bible itself says that god is not the author of confusion, yet he wrote the most confusing book in existence! The opposite of confusion is clarity. Why didn't we get a clear book? I mean, if we were to leave a book of instructuon to our children, and their eternal destiny depended on it, wouldn't we want it to be clear?!?!
The 1st inconsistency is allowing the 3 letters thing o d be unchallenged as a referent without object ....it is impossible to debate the existence of nothing....every attribute alleged to be embodied by the central character of the fiction book KING JAMES bible is both false and irrational....omnipotence is obviously impossible
OK, I’ll give it a try. If, on a rainy Monday afternoon, I write in my diary “It’s raining.” I would be telling the truth. If later that week, on Thursday, the sun is out and I write in my diary “It’s not raining.” I’m also telling the truth. After I die, somebody picks up my diary and reads it, they’re going to see me making two diametrically opposite statements that were both true.
The Bible was written by at least 40 different authors over hundreds of years, so there are going to be different perspectives that are separated by time and place. But that doesn’t mean that there could not be some truth in all of them.
Reason is a powerful and useful tool, but it is not all there is of us. We are much more complex than simple logic. Our dreams at night are clear evidence of that. When we wake up, the dream looks nonsensical but it was meaningful to the subconscious or it would not have occurred.
Myths (religions) are our collective waking dreams. Believers and non-believers alike are making an enormous error when they try to understand them as literal instructions to be followed logically. They are instead, abstractions of meaning, that are to be embraced loosely like viewing an abstract painting. You can enjoy the color and movement, and the images and feelings it evokes in your mind, but if you keep trying to see it as a representation of a concrete object, it will always appear as a complete and useless failure.
Religion is a social art-form. Religious literalism is a deadly error, whether practiced by those who believe they believe, or by those who believe they don’t believe.