There are those who cast doubt on the scriptures siting arguments about contradictions, impossible acts, translation inconsistencies, or a general disbelief in anything divine. There are also those who will say that the believe parts of the scriptures, but cast doubt on certain aspects of the scriptures that they don’t believe or comprehend. Thomas Jefferson compiled what is called “The Jefferson Bible” where he cut and pasted into a new book the parts of the Bible that he believed, and removing the bits he thought were impossible.
The Bible is made up of 66 books written by various authors that were compiled into a single bound anthology. The books of the Old Testament record history, the Gospels account for the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The remainig scriptures deal with God’s people afterward and forward toward events yet to come.
In the Old Testament we read a detailed history of God’s people. The Israelites were meticulous record keepers. We are left with detailed genealogies, inventory lists, and instructions for building projects. We are given numbers, measurements, names, dates, and purposes. There are details about cities, rules, historical events, and even geographical locations.
Historians consider the Bible a book of historical antiquity. Archaeologists have continually uncovered new evidence that backs the accounts listed in the Scriptures. Cities that doubters stated were not real, have been found. As more historical documents are found, we learn that events stated in the scriptures are true. We also see non biblical historical documents that reference events, people, and even the miracles listed in the scriptures.
The Old Testament was written by Jewish writers, it was the historical account of their creation story, revealing a history of God redeeming and rescuing His chosen people, and prophecies for the future coming of their Messiah.
The New Testament was written by Jewish writers, who believed that Jesus Christ was this Messiah. It is their history of Christ’s birth, ministry, death, and prophecies for the future regarding His return.
In the Old Testament, beginning in Genesis and moving forward into the later books, there are prophecies about the Messiah. These are very detailed prophecies that would help the people recognzie the Messiah when he arrived. The New Testament Gospels reveal how Jesus fulfilled every single one of these prophecies.
In simple terms the Scriptures of one religion (the Jewish Old Testament) prove the accuracy of a second religion’s (the Christian New Testament) Scriptures. The Old Testament sets a standard that the New Testament fulfills. In return, the events that unfold in the New Testament fulfill the Old Testament prophecies.
The scriptures can be accused of contradiction, but the reality is that is not the case. The Bible proves the Bible, because each of the 66 books of the Bible fit like pieces into one large puzzle. To claim contradiction comes from an improper interpretation of the scriptures, or even more likely that the person has never read the full scriptures in context.
The Scriptures make promises to believers, to those who have saving faith in Jesus Christ. From my own personal life, to the lives of others which I have been a direct witness, there are simply things that go beyond human explanation. I know people who have had miraculous healings that the doctors couldn’t explain. I have met people who have been freed of addiction by surrending to Christ. I have personally experienced the hand of God blessing our family in ways that man can’t explain.
You, the person reading this, may not know me. We’ve not sat down for coffee and had deep discussions. But, those who do know me, they would tell you a few things about me. I’m not prone to being emotional or irrational, I’m a pretty logical person. I don’t buy into conspiracy theories or odd ball claims, I like concrete arguments and facts. When I hear stories, I’m generally pretty skeptical and will research claims before I buy into them. I am educated, happy to engage in debates over society, politics, economics, education, etc.
I can remember a time where I doubted portions of the scripture, when I would use the same arguments as others have used. Discounting certain portions as being applicable to certain people at a certain time. Wanting to discount the scriptures I didn’t like or made me uncomfortable. I’d point to contradictions that I perceived and try to apply my own opinions into the scriptures.
The more I have read the scriptures, looking beyond the words on the page… my perspective changed. When I looked at maps, read historical accounts, and opened my view to a larger picture of what was happening in the Scriptures… I saw accuracy, truth, consistency, and found that every part of the scriptures had a bearing on today. You begin to realize there is nothing new unders the sun, and times are not as different as we think they are. I also learned to take myself out of the equation, so that I no longer looked at how the scriptures fit into my life. Instead I looked at how the scriptures fit into God’s plan.
When we take ourself out of the story, so that is only about God, we see there are no inconsistencies or contradictions. Man puts them there.