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Many believers hold that the Bible is the inspired word of God, inerrant in its original.  All of the Bible is said to be worthy of study and there can be no errors or contradictions if taken in context and read from the original text. Therefore, the following passages make perfect sense. Please refer to various bible commentaries to see what explanations have been put forth by theologians.  Do they hold up to critical thinking and common sense? "Jesus and the NT authors quote the words of the OT approximately 300 times" (ESV commentary, page 2579), so if the OT when examined closely is unbelievable, the NT follows also.

 

 

"You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself."

~ Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642)

 

Earth stops suddenly rotating:

 

Isaiah 38:8

 

"Behold, I will make the shadow cast by the declining sun on the dial of Ahaz turn back ten steps. So the sun turned back on the dial the ten steps by which it had declined".

 

Joshua 10: 12- 14

 

"At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, 'Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.  And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies'.  Is this not written in the Book of Jashar?  The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. There has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded the voice of man, for the Lord fought for Israel."

 

Hab. 3:11

 

"The sun and moon stood still in their place at the light of your arrows as they sped at the flash of your glittering spear."    (Confirming Joshua 10)

 

 

Observations:   Are we to accept that the earth suddenly stopped spinning at 1000 mph? Where are the cultures on the other side that noted a day of darkness in their history? How about any other nearby cultures that also recorded this amazing effect?  Where's the accounts of all the earthquakes, climate upheavals, tsunamis that such a cataclysmic effect would have produced? And the atmosphere would keep moving for awhile - what can withstand 1,000 mph winds?

 

 

 

A Donkey has a conversation

 

Numbers 22: 28 - 30

 

"Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, 'What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?' And Balaam said to the donkey, "Because you have made a fool of me. I wish I had a sword in my hand, for then I would kill you". And the donkey said to Balaam, "Am I not your donkey, on which you have ridden all your life long to this day? Is it my habit to treat you this way?" And he said, 'No'. "

 

Observations:   Did the donkey's mouth suddenly change so it could have lips to utter words, a larynx to make the proper sounds?  Did the donkey's brain instantly change so it could have the capacity for speech (Wernicke's and Broca's areas)?  Did the donkey suddenly develop consciousness and have the ability to reason?  If so, did it suddenly develop a soul?  And when did the donkey revert back to it's previous state?

 

 

 

Man is mocked for his bald head and has children killed

 

2 Kings 2: 23 - 25

 

"He went up from there to Bethel, and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered him saying, 'Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!' And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys. From there he went on to Mount Carmel, and from there he returned to Samaria."

 

Observations:   They were not young men or teens, they were "small boys". He wasn't surrounded; he had to turn back to see them.  He has 42 of them savagely torn into pieces by two bears - he curses them in the name of the Lord.  How did two bears do that to so many? Did God arrange for them to be trapped against a stone wall? Would they not scatter so only 2 - 4 would be killed? And then the prophet just goes on his way without going into town to explain to the parents of the children? What kind of God is this?  Many theologians attempt to explain this narrative by foucusing on the translation of "small boys" as young men or seminary students and possibly deserving of their deaths due to mocking a prophet.  Please see continued discussion on Old Testament narratives 3 ---------> Link

 

 

Tower of Babel  

 

Genesis 11: 1- 9

 

"Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. ... Then they said, 'Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.  And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built.  And the Lord said, 'Behold, they are one people, and they will have one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.  Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they not understand one another's speech'. So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore, its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of the earth".

 

Observations:  The earth at the time of this writing had only one language among humans? We know this is false from anthropological and other studies.  Note the use of "heavens" and it's implications (click here for a link to discussion). The Lord had to come down to see what was going on? Being all knowing and seeing He had to descend to understand what was happening - to know first hand?  Just because they are speaking in one language and building a tower nothing will be impossible for them?  Humans were dispersed all over the globe from this point in time and geography and for the reason given? We know this is not true from archeology, anthropology and human DNA studies (see the movie "Journey of Man"

 

 

Shamgar kills 600 Philistines with a single oxgoad

 

Judges 3: 31

 

"After him was Shamgar the son of Anath, who killed 600 of the Philistines with an oxgoad, and he also saved Israel."

 

Observations:   One man kills 600?  It implies the 600 were soldiers.  Could any one man really stand up to 600 armed warriors?  And he has a single oxgoad as a weapon? A goad is a long stick used to drive livestock, or in this case oxen. How did the oxgoad last as it struck or stabbed man after man multiple times hard enough to kill them? Has anyone done an experiment and simulated striking to kill 600 armed soldiers to see what the stick would look like?  If this was a supernatural event, is the believer then just taking this story by faith?

 

Saul wants a hundred foreskins

 

1 Samuel 18: 25 - 27

 

"The Saul said, 'Thus shall you say to David, The king desires no bride-price except a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, that he may be avenged of the king's enemies'.  Now Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.  And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king's son-in-law.  Before the time had expired, David arose and went, along with his men, and killed two hundred Philistines.  And David brought their foreskins, which were given in full number to the king, that he might become the king's son-in-law..."

 

Observations:  Why does it seem the bible has a preoccupation with the sexual lives of people and genital body parts?

 

"We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart". 

~ H. L. Mencken

 

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