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Why Did God Allow Mistakes In The Bible?


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This question is for those who believe that the Bible is inerrant and 100% inspired Word of God.

 

Did you know that there are many mistakes in facts? (There is a website that lists some) So that means it's NOT inerrant, right?

 

Some people say that God only allowed unimportant mistakes.

 

First question - why did he allow unimportant mistakes? Was it too hard for him to eliminate ALL mistakes? Can't he do anything he wants "at the drop of a hat" so to speak? I would like to hear an explanation. If there isn't any, that means that mistakes happened because the Bible was not inerrant and because God did not inspire every word. Isn't that right?

 

Second question - resurrection story (a very important fact) doesn't add up in the four gospels (the details are different from each other, and it's not the "covering all the bases" thing, it's more like "they contradict each other" thing) For example, book of John shows that only Mary was at the place and only she saw Jesus. But the others show that there were more women (some say 2, some say more) and the reactions of women were different in stories and what happened was a little different...

 

Sounds to me like these were simply stories told by people to people and overtime some details got changed...as it happens all the time when stories go from mouth to mouth....and there was no God overlooking to make sure that there would be no mistakes...

 

What do you think though?

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This question is for those who believe that the Bible is inerrant and 100% inspired Word of God.

 

Did you know that there are many mistakes in facts? (There is a website that lists some) So that means it's NOT inerrant, right?

 

Some people say that God only allowed unimportant mistakes.

 

First question - why did he allow unimportant mistakes? Was it too hard for him to eliminate ALL mistakes? Can't he do anything he wants "at the drop of a hat" so to speak? I would like to hear an explanation. If there isn't any, that means that mistakes happened because the Bible was not inerrant and because God did not inspire every word. Isn't that right?

 

Second question - resurrection story (a very important fact) doesn't add up in the four gospels (the details are different from each other, and it's not the "covering all the bases" thing, it's more like "they contradict each other" thing) For example, book of John shows that only Mary was at the place and only she saw Jesus. But the others show that there were more women (some say 2, some say more) and the reactions of women were different in stories and what happened was a little different...

 

Sounds to me like these were simply stories told by people to people and overtime some details got changed...as it happens all the time when stories go from mouth to mouth....and there was no God overlooking to make sure that there would be no mistakes...

 

What do you think though?

 

You're right on the ball. They were stories told by people and we know what happens with oral transmission of stories. They get changed. If god inspired every word of the bible, then I'd worry about what sort of god people are worshiping, because there's an awful lot of nonsense written in that book.

 

It's almost 100% probable that the resurrection didn't take place. Pretty unbelievable story when you think long and hard about it, like the whole story of Christianity is pretty unbelievable.

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Gen 1:1 "in the beginning, some ignorant goat herder made a lot of shit up, and you fools believed it

Gen 1:2 "And someone realized money and control were to be had"

 

 

So sayeth the lord.

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OpheliaGinger hit the nail on the head. The list of errors in the Bible are quickly re-dubbed as "apparent" errors or contradictions. They are called "mistranslations"or "not actual contradictions."

 

It takes a long process of dealing with cognitive dissonance before inerrantists will admit that the bible stories and accounts don't jive.

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Those that contend that the Bible is the inerrant word of God will contend that any discrepancy is actually just a mistranslation.

 

And, furthermore, you'd realize that there are no errors in the Bible if you were a True Christian™ guided to the correct interpretation by the Holy Spirit®.

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Why Did God Allow Mistakes In The Bible?

For the same reason he falsified the geological record; so we would have to use faith. If the book made sense and actually proved to be true, what fun would that be?

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Those that contend that the Bible is the inerrant word of God will contend that any discrepancy is actually just a mistranslation.

 

Kind of funny how he didn't allow errors in the beginning, but as time went on and it was translated, he let a few slip by. I guess he got a little lazy and hard of hearing in his old age. It's just so hard to keep up with those kids and their translations what with the bad hip and all.

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Those that contend that the Bible is the inerrant word of God will contend that any discrepancy is actually just a mistranslation.

 

Kind of funny how he didn't allow errors in the beginning, but as time went on and it was translated, he let a few slip by. I guess he got a little lazy and hard of hearing in his old age. It's just so hard to keep up with those kids and their translations what with the bad hip and all.

Obviously, this happened in conjunction with his slacking off on personally popping in on humans with signs, wonders and miracles.

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