Have you ever had an unbeliever bombard you with alleged contradictions in The Bible? For some, this can be intimidating and even infuriating. There are websites that claim to have found 1,000 contradictions in The Bible. Of course, that really means that there are 1,000 examples of bad exegesis. The problem is that if you do not handle this correctly, the unbeliever will just keep moving on to the next contradiction until you stop responding or blow up on him. To avoid this frustration, I recommend dealing with contradictions that unbelievers allege are in The Bible in the following way:
There are two options:
1.) Ask how the atheist can justify the law of contradiction in their worldview.
2.) Point out to the atheist that the objection they give is a common one. Because The Bible is a big book, there is a lot of room for people to “squint” to find contradictions that are not there. Oftentimes, the atheist will move on to the “next contradiction” after you resolve one in an attempt to tire you out. Thus, the best way to deal with them is as follows:
1.) Ask them where the contradiction is.
2.) Tell them that since they are dedicated to logic and reason, you trust that they have done research on the contradiction to see how Christians answer this contradiction.
3.) Ask them to articulate the Christian response.
3a.) If they say you ought to be able to articulate it, remind them that The Bible is a big book, and you do not have the entire Bible memorized.
3b.) If they ask how you know that there are no contradictions in scripture, tell them it is because by faith you presuppose that The Bible is the Word of God and therefore will not contain contradictions.(Hebrews 11, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1)
3ba.) If they object to you presupposing that scripture is true, advise them that since scripture is the first principle in the Christian worldview, they would have to reject logic in order to be consistent because logic cannot be demonstrated to be true. If they reject logic then they have no grounds for objecting to The Bible for being contradictory, for their objection would entail that they reject the law of contradiction.
4.) Ask them what their problems are with the Christian response.
4a.) If they are able to articulate the response, then it means that the atheist did do their homework, and therefore, their objection deserves an answer. If you are not able to provide the answer, do not try to make one up, ask them to let you look at the passage(and commentaries, if necessary), and tell them you will get back with them.
4b.) If they cannot articulate the Christian response, then they will be unable to provide their objection to the Christian response. Ask them to come up with a contradiction they are more familiar with because them not being familiar with the Christian response will not be conducive to the conversation.[divider]
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