The Bible – Should We Bow Down or Throw Eggs?

Maybe neither one?

Attempting an adequate discussion, in one brief post, of almost anything concerning the Bible is likely to be a tight fit, like trying to shove an ostrich egg into a hummingbird’s nest.  Nevertheless, here goes.

Entire books have been written documenting beyond possibility of dispute the respectability of the Bible. (One example of respectability: The Bible is arguably the greatest single instrument of mass literacy in the entire history of the English-speaking world.) That having been said, I choose to discuss, oh, so very briefly, the credibility of the Bible.

The position taken by fundamentalist Christians seems to be that the Bible is the word of God, containing no mistakes, and that It is divinely inspired, down to its every particular word.

I respectfully disagree with any claim that the Bible is error-free.

In my view the Bible contains at least one physical science error.  Please read Joshua 10:12-14:

“Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel,  and he said in the sight of Israel, ‘O sun, stand still in Gibeon…’ So the sun stood still…until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies.  Is it not written in the book of Jasher?  And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.  And there was no day like that before it or after it, when the Lord listened to the voice of a man…”

The Sun “stood still”?

This story seems to reflect the ancient, long-discredited belief that the Sun revolves around the earth.

The Bible also seems to contain contradictions between one book and another.  Please note Exodus 20:1-6, specifically:

“Then God spake all these words, saying, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.  You shall have no other Gods before Me.  You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters under the earth.  You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

Dictionary definitions of “jealous” include: “very watchful or careful in guarding or keeping rights;”  “resentfully suspicious of a rival’s influence;” and  “resentfully envious.”

Now read 1 Corinthians 13, especially the parts of verses 4-7 that follow:

Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong sufferedbears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

If God is love, (1 John 4:8, “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love“), and if love is accurately defined in 1 Corinthians 13:4-5, then how can God simultaneously be love and be jealous?

Anyone who reads the Bible carefully will find more such contradictions within and between the various books. Does that discredit the Bible as a source of Truth?

Not in my view.

The Bible is imperfect, just as we are.  Nevertheless, the Bible is a Source of Truth, just as we are. The Bible is a signpost pointing within.    It points to a Source of Truth within each of us.

We need not be religious in any way to connect with this Source of Truth.  Relating to It is free for the asking. Nothing stands in the way of this—-no rite, no ritual, no clergy, no book, nothing whatsoever!  This proposition can and should be tested by each person.  Please don’t take or reject my word for this.

See for yourself!

We should balance our searching for Truth without by searching for Truth within.  This we do by becoming mentally and emotionally quiet, and listening to this inner Source.

In my view, the Bible, taken as a whole, teaches this.

What do you think?

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4 thoughts on “The Bible – Should We Bow Down or Throw Eggs?

  1. Dave the Rave

    I like the argument. I wonder how many of your readers, concluding you are a blasphemer, will tune out before they get to the end, and therefore the essence, of the piece…

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    1. Hondo

      What argument? It’s obvious the writer is looking for a reason to not believe. What difference does it make if it was the earth or the sun that stood still. The fact remains that that day was eight hours longer to allow Joshua to prevail.

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  2. Mary

    I read your blog with interest. To me the Bible is one HISTORY of Gods revelation of Itself to man and MANS UNDERSTANDING of that revelation. Well that about says it except that if you study the correct commentaries you will find how many tribal tales were woven together in such a way that sometimes the joining was in the middle of a paragraph or even in the middle of a sentence. Stories were repeated out of sequence etc. It is an interesting study, but to me does not change the fact that THE Truth is in all scripture, A comparative study is very enlightening, BUT IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE AUTHOR, THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, it can confuse a mind.

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  3. Don

    The Day the Sun stood still
    When looking for reasons not to believe in the Bible as the infallible work of God many look at description in language as such a reason. We stumble on words and phrases like “the sun stood still” as recorded in Joshua 10:12-14. We strain at a gnat and swallow a camel when it suites us. Should we not be more at awe with, “the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day”, than the words used to describe it. How many times in modern days do we use of the words “sun rise” or “sun set”? Do we correct the physical science error or just ignore it without regard to the intelligentsia of the speaker. While it is true that men of old thought the Sun revolved around the Earth. Does it really matter when it comes to the Biblical fact that the day was much longer than usual?

    A Jealous God
    We all know that words must be taken in contents to make its meaning come to light. The word s read and read is a good example of this. Did I read something yet or have I read it already? A jealous God, in what context are we speaking? “You shall have no other gods before Me… You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God am a jealous God…” He was speaking to his people, his possession as if a husband was speaking to his wife demanding that she have no other lovers but him, for she is his wife and all others should stay away. This is the jealous God that He is, for He wants us for His own.
    Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous. Do we really have to look up the word “jealous” to see the meaning in context? This jealousy is a covetous jealousy that wants something someone else has in either position or possession. Would one think God loved him if He allowed him to do as he pleased with any idol he chose? Would any husband love his wife if he did not care if she cheated on him? God created us so we could have a relationship with him, much like a Bride adorned for her husband. However, sin destroyed that relationship, but have no fear he wants us back, for he is a jealous God.

    Source of truth
    If that isn’t a deep, deep well then I do not know what is. The Bible shows us our sin and our need for a Savior. Since all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) man cannot be the source of truth. Truth comes only from a God who cannot sin for he cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13). The bottom line for me is that He is LORD and Creator of all and fallen man cannot find truth any place else.

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