THE OLD TESTAMENT
|"It ain't the parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand." - Mark Twain|
The Old Testament is supposed to be a revelation of what has already taken place and should not be changed or contradicted. However, the New Testament showed God's inconsistency. For example:-
"It hath been said whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement. But I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife saving for the cause of fornication, causes her to commit adultery and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced, committed adultery." Matt. 5:31
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say unto you, Ye resist not evil, but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." Matt. 5:38, 39.
"And it came to pass after these things, that God did attempt Abraham...." Gen. 22:1
"Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man." James 1:13
In the "The Origin and Character of the Bible" by Rev. Sunderland, he said both testaments contained many contradictions. These furnish evidences are so pertinent to the question before us that I will cite one.
"We call attention to the contradiction between 2 Samuel 24-1 and 1 Chronicle 21-1. In one of these passages, they tell us that it was the Lord and in the other that it was Satan, who prompted David to do a certain thing, to number or take Census of Israel. Of course, both statements cannot be true, unless the Lord and Satan are the same being."
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." Gen. 1:1-2This is the very first verse of the Bible and already there are so many questions one can ask. What is meant by the beginning? How old is this creation? Is this the only, the first or last creation of the world? What is the material cause of creation? What is meant by the term heaven? What is the Spirit of God? Where was God when the spirit was moving on the water? Who created the other planets? Is this the only solar planet with life form? According to the teachings of the Bible there are no practical answers to these questions.
As a matter fact the answer will be that they do not know whether the world was created before or not. God alone knows that. Frankly if all the biblical preachers do not know, why should anyone believe in the bible which cannot enlighten you on these issues? Yet the preachers are imprudently proclaiming it to their followers, trying to ensnare them into a religion that is full of doubts. When they do not understand the world created by God or His accomplishments, how then can they then identify with God?
If they say this is the only creation and God is beginningless then the question is, what was God doing before and what will He be doing after this creation? If this creation is only about five thousand years old (biblical account), what about the scientific archaeological finds of artifacts that proves the creation to be millions of years old?
Christianity preached the world was created from nothing. Is the Christian God a magician? Rationally thinking, there can never be something from nothing, or from nothing, something, as it will be a breech to His divine law of nature. God being an intelligent, all-powerful and omniscient cannot break His own laws.
Until this day no Christian within reason can explain Heaven. What is heaven like? Where is it? What are the qualifications to get there? And in what form are qualifiers when they get there? All is assumption, for no one has ever been there to tell what it is like. If the spirit of God was moving, then where was God?
"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light that it was good and God divided the light from the darkness." Gen.1:3-4
Was the dead, inert, light able to hear what God said? If so, why cannot the sun, the lamp and the light or fire hears us? Did God only, after He had seen the light, know that the light was good? It appears that He did not know before-hand otherwise He would not have waited until He had seen light to pronounce it good. If He did not know beforehand, he could not have been an omniscient God.
"And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof: And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man." Gen.2:21-22.
When God made man out of dust, why did he not a make woman also out of dust? God being omniscient, would surely be conscious of the unlawful carnal knowledge in creating one man and one woman. I am quite sure there was a lot more dust available to create many more men and women and avoid breaching His own law of nature.
"And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had no respect. ╝.. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth and why is thy countenance fallen." Gen. 4:3-6
Since this God commanded Adam to the herbs of the field, he should have respected Cain's offering. Respect to Abel's offering means his first instruction applied only to Adam and Cain. But why not Abel, too? He condemned Eve and all women to pain and sorrow in bearing children. Should not all men eat the herb of the field? This God is inconsistent in his instructions and justice. He is really responsible for this quarrel between the two brothers and for the death of Abel.
"And the Lord said unto Cain, where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: am I my brother's keeper ? And he said, What has thou done? The voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth...." Gen.4:9-11
It is amazing that even God did not know of Abel's death. He had to do some inquiries. Many Christians argue that God did the inquiry to test the honesty of Cain. An Omniscient God, which the Christian God is not, knows who is honest or not. Besides why would anyone wise look for honesty in a murderer? Can blood have a voice to cry? God or even a learned man could not have made the Bible.
"Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven. And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground." Gen.19:24-25
This God is so destitute of mercy that He did not show any compassion even on the children and innocent animals. These actions of raw justice are opposed to mercy and reason. The sins of those days cannot be more serious than they are today. So where is His fire and brimstone now? Is He out of ammunition or has He abandon his bloodthirsty actions?
"Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night: and first born went in, and lay with her father; let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him.... that we may preserve seed of our father╝╝Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father." Gen.19:32-34,36.
If this incident is the effect of consuming alcohol, then why aren't Christians prohibited from drinking it? Alcohol has degraded men and women to the extent that even Lot and his daughters did not escape from being guilty of misconducting themselves. What sin can be greater especially when it is committed by a prophet?
"And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the first-born of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the first-born of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the first born of cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead." Exod. 12:29-30
Christians admit incest is immoral but justify it by claiming that they were led to believe that Lot and his daughters were the only three to survive Sodom and Gomorrah. If God warned Lot of the coming destruction, he could have also informed him, of the other surviving inhabitants. This God is certainly not Omniscient otherwise he would have had knowledge of future events.
Since most of the men of the biblical ages were sexually depraved and lacked righteousness, Lot, could not have resisted his daughters. Crimes that are perpetuated through intoxicants are no excuse for innocence.
Bravo! What a splendid performance by God. In the middle of the night, like a thief, He mercilessly butchered innocent children, infants, the aged and even animals. Although there was a great outcry in all Egypt, He showed no mercy and compassion for the innocent souls. This kind of atrocity is reminiscence of some ruthless dictators of this century, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Pol Pot (Cambodia) whom the world has denounced as butchers.
"........for I the Lord thy God, am a jealous God visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me." Exod.20:5
It is difficult to understand the justice of this God who will consider it good to punish the sins of fathers upon children to the fourth generation. Does not a good father even have wicked children or vice versa? If this is true, how could this God be justified in inflicting punishment on children to the fourth generation for the sins of the fathers? It is grave injustice to penalize the innocent.
"So the Lord sent pestilence upon Israel and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men." 1 Chron.21:14
Can this God ever be free of making himself restless? On the house of Israel that He had blessed so often and for whose welfare He had been exerting himself day and night he sends pestilence in a fit of rage and destroyed 70,000 men. Some poet had said, "He that is pleased in one moment and displeased in the next, in other words, whose pleasure and displeasure are momentary, is to be feared even when pleased." This is an absolute truth of the Biblical God.
THE NEW TESTAMENT
In the "The Origin and Character of the Bible." by Rev. Sunderland he said The New Testament contain numerous contradictions:-
"Now when we come to the four Gospels of the New Testament, we are surprised to see many discrepancies in them. The teachings of the first three synoptical Gospels are in many respects fundamentally different from those of the fourth Gospel. While the first three Gospels lay stress on the purity of heart and other ethical virtues, the fourth Gospel (John) lays emphasis on the absolute faith in the name of the only begotten son of God, without which a man is doomed to hell as he says~ "He that believeth on Him (Jesus Christ) is not condemned, but he that believeth not is condemned already because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God." (John 3:18).
"So very marked and significant are contradictions between the first three Gospels and the fourth, that if the former are to be taken as giving in main a true picture, the latter can neither be historical nor the production of an eye witness." Rev. Sunderland
"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost........behold the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto the Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is the Holy Ghost." Matt. 1:18,20
It is unbecoming of educated and civilized men to believe that which opposes the laws of nature and contradicts factual evidences. Since Christians are allowed to subvert His law, it is no wonder they disobeyed His commandments also. God's laws are immutable and He, Himself can not violate them. It would be impossible at anytime for any Christian to believe a single girl, if her story was that, she became pregnant by the Holy Ghost. Since it supposedly happen before, why not again? It is only the ignorant who fall prey to superstition.
"And when he had called unto his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to a send peace, but a sword, for I come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household." Matt.10:1,20,34-36.
These are the very disciples, who forsook him and fled. One of whom betrayed him for thirty pieces of silver and one denied him thrice. All such nonsense of being possessed of the devil or casting them out, curing of disease without proper medicine and diet are impossible as they are contrary to the laws of nature. If it is the spirit of God who speaks in a man and not the human soul, what then does the latter do? If it is the Christian God who suffers the consequences of good and bad actions of the man, then why are people of the Christian faith in so much misery?
"And Jesus saith unto them. How many loaves have ye? And they said, seven, and a few little fishes. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and broke them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children." Mat.15:34-39
This clearly shows that Christ came to set men against each other and cause them to fight. This strife is raging among Christians of opposing sects today. Therefore, is it any wonder then that they never hesitate to go to war or always busy advancing destructive weaponry? Yet this doctrine is regarded as the highest among all in the world today.
If this miracle was only performed to prove his miraculous powers, it will cease to validate his mission of compassion and mercy. On the other hand, if it was because of compunction for the poor, then it would seem that no one went hungry while he was around. This must have created a very serious economic strain on the food industry.
".......And then he shall reward every man according to his works." Mat.16:27
When all men shall be rewarded according to their works, it is useless for the Christians to preach the doctrine of forgiveness or repentance of sins. They insist that those who deserve to be forgiven shall be forgiven, while those that do not deserve it shall not be forgiven. But this cannot be right, since justice and mercy consist only in awarding punishment and reward for all works.
"Now in the morning as he returned into the city he hungered. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away." Matt.21:18-19
Christ miraculous powers could have fed thousands and still have plenty left over. Therefore I am baffled why there was so much anger spent to destroy a fig tree because it had no figs? I am quite sure there were stones, earth and water available which he could have turned into food to quench his hunger.Every form of worldly entertainment is a device for wasting time, a refuge from banality, a scheme to divert attention from moral accountability. Silently, it is the perfect source of power for irrational dogmas but is openly strengthened by the forces of Evangelism. Christianity is so entangled that millions never guess how radically they have missed God's true word. Compromise is everywhere. The world is whitewashed just enough to pass credulity by blind men posing as revivalists.
Those who preached Christianity always taught that Jesus was calm, kindhearted and free from anger. But this verse proved that he was hot-tempered and ignorant of the laws that govern the phenomena of seasons.
The tree is not an intelligent being which could be held responsible for not bearing fruits. He cursed the tree for no cause. If it is really true that the tree died, it could not be due to his curse. Above all, he was a man of miracles and could have fed thousands with a few loaves of bread, how can his powers failed him when he himself needed help?
These are only a few of the thousands of contradictions of the Holy Bible and it will suffice for now. It is absolutely degrading and sinful to gag the free-born intellect with such an irrational doctrine. It is a serious crime against all of humanity.