"If the Bible
was Written
by God,
Why Does
it Contain
‘Errors’?"

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IF an all- powerful, all-
      knowing God wrote a
      book, it would be the most
perfect book ever written.   Not
only would it tell "the Greatest
Story Ever told,"
it would tell
that story with perfect clarity,
perfect accessibility, and a style
beyond the ability of any
mortal author to master.
People would frequently pick
up the book and read it cover
to cover.   Writers would use the
book as a style guide.   There
would never be an argument
over interpretation.   No one
would have to make excuses
for unclear passages.   No one
would have to explain away
apparent contradictions.   The
Bible is clearly not such a
book
."
  (An Atheist, commenting
on God's Word, the Bible.)

"The law of the LORD is
perfect, converting the soul:
the testimony of the LORD is
sure, making wise the simple.
The statutes of the LORD are
right, rejoicing the heart: the
commandment of the LORD is
pure, enlightening the eyes."

Psalm 19:7-8   (King David,
commenting on God's Word).

THE FIRST QUOTE, taken from the
Internet, emphasizes a common modern-
day attitude.   No doubt, some reading it
will nod their heads in complete
agreement.   However, the quote forces
one to ask the following two questions:

1 Were the writers of the Bible really
      "foolish" enough to write
      something so inconsistent, so
contradictory, so inaccurate and
downright boring to read, while seriously
expecting to convince the masses that
they were recording the words of God?

2 In spite of their "foolishness," how
      have those same writers managed
      to "fool" so many people
throughout history?

After all, for a book whose only
consistent attribute, according to some,
is that it is boring, it sure has made a
tremendous impact on the world.

One has to seriously wonder how the
same book can be considered perfect,
by some, while contradictory by others.

WHAT is it about the Bible that has had
        such a polarizing effect throughout
        history?   Could something
supernatural be going on?
  How can people
exhibit such extreme reactions over the same
book?   Why do some people understand it, while
others don't?
  Why are some willing to burn for
the Bible's preservation, while others would like
nothing more than to burn the Bible itself?

The fact that so many people in the world get
bent out of shape, and carry on a personal,
unreasonable, vendetta against
the Bible, reveals something
supernatural behind God's
Word.   After all, why do some
get so angry at a book that by
their own reasoning is useless,
powerless, and not worth the
paper it's printed on?

Yes, even a "perfectly" written Bible, would still
not convince every scoffer that God is its
author.   The scoffer's problem is not poor
evidence, but rather a rebellious attitude.   His
rabid opposition and doubting of God's Word is
exactly what one would expect from this sin-
ridden, God-denying, God-hating world.   Scoffers
actually strengthen a believer's faith by reacting
in the very way God predicted they would.

Attitude is everthing . . .
The Bible teaches that a person's attitude
toward God dictates how God responds in
return.   Jesus Christ said, "Except ye be
converted, and become as little children, ye shall
not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Whosoever therefore shall HUMBLE HIMSELF
AS THIS LITTLE CHILD, the same is greatest in
the kingdom of heaven."
  Mat. 18:3-4

Now, to the proud scoffer, humbling himself in
a child-like manner goes against his/her
intellectual pride.   The famous astronomer, Carl
Sagan, in his book, The Dragons of Eden, claims
that the devil did Adam and Eve a favor by
opening their eyes, liberating them to think for
themselves--no longer would they have to be
child-like, solely dependent upon God.

   The devil's opening line to Eve
   was, "Yea, hath God said...?"
   (Gen. 3:1).   These four words
   typify the arrogance with which
   man has often challenged God to
   prove that the Bible was written
   by Him.   They'll say to God,
   "Prove it first and then I'll believe
it."
  Yet, such arrogance is always met with
God's silence because "God RESISTETH THE
PROUD, but giveth grace unto the humble."

James 4:7

It boils down to this . . .
If you arrogantly question God's existence,
challenging Him to prove Himself, and don't
accept it in a child-like faith, you won't get
anywhere near Him, and His book will seem
totally foolish to you.   You'll scratch your head
'til your hair falls out trying to figure out what
someone else sees in it.   "He that cometh to
God MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS"
(Heb. 11:16).

The key to understanding the Bible, is the Spirit


If the Bible were a
"perfect book," no one
would seek its author for
an explanation, the very
thing God wants us to do.

of God.   The Spirit of God "fills in the blanks";
enabling the reader to understand what the Bible
says.   That's why the Apostle Paul said: "Now
we have received, not the spirit of the world,
but the spirit which is of God; that we might
know the things that are freely given to us of
God."
  1 Cor. 2:12

An arrogant, prideful, non-repentant, non-
trusting attitude will literally keep you in the
dark.   The Bible refers to the unrepentant sinner
as the natural man.   "But the natural man
RECEIVETH NOT the things of the Spirit of God:
for THEY ARE FOOLISHNESS UNTO HIM:
neither can he know them, because they are
SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED."
  1 Cor. 2:14 1

To truly understand the Bible, you must humbly
approach its author--God--with a repentant
attitude.   James 4:8 says: "Draw nigh [near] to
God, and he will draw nigh to you."
  The
following verses also teach this simple truth:

n "...if thou seek him, he will be found of
thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee
off for ever."
  1 Chr. 28:9

n "...The LORD is with you, while ye be
with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of
you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you."

2 Chr. 15:2

n "Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith
the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the
LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith
the LORD of hosts."
  Zec. 1:3
n "Evil men understand not judgment: but they
that seek the LORD understand all things."
Prov.
28:5

God even promises, "And ye shall seek me, and
find me, when ye shall search for me WITH ALL
YOUR HEART."
  Jer. 29:13

Friend . . .
As long as you, or anyone else, exhibits a scoffing
attitude, God will not reveal Himself.   His book
will remain closed to you.   It will seem hard to
understand and make little sense to you.   You
must REPENT, come to God in humility and
childlike faith.   You must be spiritually born
again.   Jesus said: "Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT
SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD."
  John 3:3

In fact, the Bible teaches that the more you
oppose God, the deeper into darkness you'll get.

"And even as they did not like to retain God in
their knowledge, God gave them over to a
reprobate mind, to do those things which are not
convenient; (29)Being filled with all unrighteousness,
fornication, wickedness, covetousness,
maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate,
deceit, malignity; whisperers, (30)Backbiters,
haters of God, despiteful, proud,
boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient
to parents, (31)Without understanding,
covenantbreakers, without natural affection,
implacable, unmerciful: (32)Who knowing the
judgment of God, that they which commit such
things are worthy of death, not only do the
same, but have pleasure in them that do them."

Rom. 1:28-32

IF you were to die today, are you 100% SURE
you would go to Heaven?
  The Bible says
YOU CAN BE SURE (1 John 5:13).

BUT FIRST, you must realize that what keeps you
from going to Heaven are your sins, because:
"...your iniquities [sins] have separated
between you and your God,"
Isaiah 59:2.
In fact, in God's eyes YOU ARE A SINNER: "For
all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God;"
Romans 3:23.

SECONDLY, you must realize that there is
NOTHING you can do to save yourself and earn
Heaven: "For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the
gift of God: Not of works, lest any man
should boast."
  (Eph. 2:8-9)
   Baptism, good deeds, church membership, self-
righteousness are all examples of good works that
cannot save you, because, "Not by works of
righteousness
which we have done, but
according to his mercy he
[Christ] saved us,"
Titus 3:5.

THE ONLY WAY you can get saved is through
Jesus Christ.   He said: "I am the way, the truth,
and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me."
  (John 14:6)   THAT'S
WHY
: "...while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us
."
  Romans 5:8-9

THEREFORE: You must REPENT (change your
mind
); admit that you are a Hell deserving sinner and
can't save yourself.   And call upon Christ, and Him
alone, to save you.   "if thou shalt confess with thy
mouth the Lord Jesus
[REPENT], and shalt
believe in thine heart
[TRUST] that God hath
raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
saved."
  Romans 10:9

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