Friday, August 24, 2007

More Biblical Contradictions 8.24.2007

In this post I will focus on a few more contradictions in the "infallible word of god."

We are all familiar with Judas, the man that supposedly betrayed Jesus. Well, after he was discovered to be a traitor, how did this man's life end? Well, he hung himself.

"And he [Judas] cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself." ~ Matthew 27:5

No, wait, actually he fell down face-first onto the ground. It sounds here like he jumped off of something up high.

"Now this man [Judas] purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out." ~ Acts 1:18

Obviously there is something of a discrepancy here. I'm sure some could rationalize it that he was hung, and then fell down from his hanging position. To me, that's something of a stretch.

Here's quite a big contradiction. Are we to kill or not to kill other people? Of course, there is the well known commandment about this, which clearly states we are not to murder people. This commandment was discussed in detail in my previous article about it. This, however, is not the only place where the bible tells us not to kill.

"Do not kill." ~ Mark 10:19
"Thou shalt do no murder." ~ Matthew 19:18
"Do not kill." ~ Luke 18:20

So there you go, we are not to kill people. Of course, like everything else in the bible, this is not actually a clear-cut, simple to understand message once you read the entire book. There are countless examples of instances in which god commands his people to murder others. Here are just a few.

"And the Lord said unto Moses, The man [who was found picking up sticks on the sabbath] shall be surely put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones." ~ Numbers 15:35

"Thus saith the Lord of hosts ... go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare him not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass." ~ 1 Samuel 15:2-3

Of course, you can also add almost all of Exodus where god leads Moses and his people on a mission of genocide against the Caanites.

I hope you enjoyed this journey into the contradictions of the bible. There are other articles I have written regarding this, and it is a subject I return to every now and again. Thanks for reading.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

personally, i don't think killing/murder/slaying are all the same....especially in the bible...i'm not a strong believer of the bible. it's the 'word' of god....written by man, but i'm certainly not an athiest....why not believe that there is a higher is not the answer to all the beauty around us!

8:31 PM  
Blogger ramatheson said...

The question isn't "why NOT believe," but "WHY believe?"

6:29 AM  
Blogger Amarantos Everlasting said...

Hah, thank you for writing this. The second part about not killing is exactly what I have told my best friend (who is a christian) about the bible's (or god's) contradictions. Indeed, why should we believe the bible or god (assuming the bible IS the word of god) when we're told not to do something but are also told, in the bible itself, stories about god doing the exact same thing he told us not to do. I believe killing is wrong which is why most of the bible is very hard for me to upsets me and the example you used is the one I use most of the time. God commanded a whole town to be slain, animals, women, men and children. I asked a christian youth pastor once why god would tell them to kill the children and animals as well...he told me that the children had to die because if they were allowed to live they woul grow up and try to avenge their parent's death which would bring god more trouble in the future so everyone had to be exterminated to avoid this (which did not explain why the animals also had to die, I doubt the sheeps would appear later on to avenge their shepherds.) I think that's horrible and there's no way to excuse it or justifie it.
Thank you, I'm glad I'm not the only one who says/thinks things like this.

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, because we don't know for a fact what created the universe, let's invent something instead.

3:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real reason God commanded people to slay the Amalekites and others can be found in Jude 6 and gen6.What it says is that fallen angels came down and raped women and produced Giants,as well as breed with animals and crossbreed aninmals with humans.This is where the Greek Gods like Hercules came from.This is also where mant of the mythological creatures came from.The same thing is happening today with Alien Abduction.Hybrids were created to destroy the lineage of Christ so that he would not be born.That is also why the flood happened.This is not only in the Bible but in just about every Religion and Mythology around the world.The Churches don't teach this stuff anymore because of ridicule just as I am sure everyone that reads this here will ridicule it.If you look deeo into this objectively you will find several historical accounts of giant bones of humans from antiquity.I am not writing this to prove the Bible or prove you wrong,I just wanted to add what it really says in the older translations.

1:41 PM  
Blogger ramatheson said...

Actually, all religion being the result of early visits by extraterrestrial life makes much more sense than it being the result of an imaginary force in the sky.

4:19 PM  

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