Wednesday, December 30, 2009

There are no contradictions in the bible

Let's start by looking at the Word of God...the Bible!

The Bible is accurate, faultless and perfect.

1) The are no contradictions in the Bible

• The Bible is composed of 66 books, written by more than 30 authors over a period of 1600 years, in Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew. It has to be inspired by God for there to be no contradictions as the facts are set out in the above, especially as there were no printing presses and all writings were done by hand. There is 1 theme running harmoniously from Genesis to Revelation, and that is God's redemption of mankind through Jesus Christ. There's been confusion around all the translations we hear about today, and some people have said “You know, it seems the Bible contradicts itself because it is no the same.” You can read a passage in one translation e.g. New King James (NKJ) and you can read the same passage in the New International Version (NIV) or various other translations, and you will find that the theme or the thought is the same in each verse, but the words aren’t identical. That is just translation. The original was not written in English and the Old King James (KJ) Bible is not the bible that Paul used.

• The original was written in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic.

• Today, we have translations from the original writings because not everybody speaks Greek. Direct translations will be difficult to understand; as a result they change it slightly. They do not change the meaning of it however, they apply different words to explain or express the same thought or truth in a different way, so you can read it in English and various translations. Some of them are considered accurate, and others are paraphrases. Accurate Bibles: Old King James, New King James, New International and American. Paraphrased Bibles: The Living Bible and The Message Bible. Paraphrasing is the translator’s own interpretation, like a story to help us understand it better. If you want the original Greek or Hebrew meaning, you can reference check this in a Strong’s concordance, then you can compare it to the translation you are reading and see how accurate it is. The original Greek and Hebrew do not change, it is the same. It is always the same, it will never change. The Bible is faultless.