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Response to the argument: "The Bible has contradictions."
By Michael Mooney
When witnessing to others, every minister is bound to encounter “the Bible has contradictions” argument. Regarding such, my experience with people who use this line of argumentation is that they are usually uninformed. Therefore, such rebuttals to the efforts of evangelism are merely excuses for not having taken responsibility for the condition of their souls.
Contrary to common thinking, it seems that the best way to deal with people like this is to ignore the proposed contradiction(s), and focus on the person claiming unbelief. In other words, if you start to argue the meanings of Biblical paradoxes it will only lead to further denials by the unbeliever. This is because they really are not concerned about contradictions. They are merely using such as an excuse to avoid the truth. Here is how you may help them to realize this:
"Sir, I can appreciate your concern. Who in their right mind would want to believe something that is full of inconsistent reasoning? Now I imagine since you are really concerned with truth, you must have spent quite I great deal of time searching the scriptures to notice these apparent inconsistencies."
Note at this point you will discover that 9 out of 10 have not really studied the scriptures that intently -but they are not likely to admit it. However, you are reinforcing a doubt of their own ability to interpret scripture because of their lack of study.
"Sir, since you have done this, surely you also noticed some very good insights about how to make good decisions in life, right?"
Note now you are redirecting their attention to the truths of scripture.
"After really embracing the truths that you found, I imagine that you began to live your life by them. I would like to ask you two things here:
1) What was the outcome of living according to these truths in scripture?
2) How did it make you feel when you realized that you had been following the Bible, but discovered that it had contradictions?"
Note the point here is to help them realize in a subtle way that they really have not been taking their search for truth very seriously.
"Sir, since you have discovered these contradictions, what have you done to find truth elsewhere in other religions, etc.?"
Note, again here you will find that most have not explored other alternatives to truth because they really are not interested in finding it.
From here you can begin to point out how contradictions can be found in almost any area of life, yet we go on living it…
Why go on living life, it has no purpose? In the end we all die.
Why bother being nice to people if we feel negative feelings for them, is this not a contradictory behavior?
Moral of the story, we can find contradictions in anything we wish as long as it is our perspective to do so. However, those who really are interested in truth will pursue it, and many will find it.
And I say to you, Ask and it shall be given you. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives. And he who seeks finds. And to him who knocks it shall be opened. (Luk 11:9-10 MKJV).
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