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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Is money good or bad?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction (skeptics’ comments included):

Money is the answer to all of life’s problems.

Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything.” (Ecclesiastes 10:19)

Money (or the love of it) is the source of all evil.

For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:10)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Should we believe in unseen things?  This is an alleged contradiction which their website claim has no Christian answer yet.

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction (skeptics’ comments included):

Yes.

That is the definition of faith.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

Unseen things are the object of faith.

while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Believers walk by faith, not by sight.

for we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7)

And they are saved by an unseen hope.

For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?” (Romans 8:24)

Paul says that we should believe “all things,” which would include things that are not seen.

bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:7)

To believe in God, you must believe that he exists, even though you’ve never seen him.

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

Jesus praised people who believe in unseen things, calling them “blessed.”

Jesus *said to him, ‘Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.’” (John 20:29)

No.

“Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind,” (Colossians 2:18)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Jesus perform many signs and wonders?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Yes.

The Skeptic Annotated Bible’s explanation: “Jesus performed many signs, wonders, and miracles everywhere he went. He was famous for them.”

“And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.” (Mark 16:20)

“this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”” (John 3:2)

“Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;” (John 20:30)

“Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man [a]attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know” (Acts 2:22)

No.

The Skeptic Annotated Bible’s explanation: “Only an evil and adulterous generation seeks signs. And Jesus refused to do any.”

“But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet;” (Matthew 12:39)

“An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” And He left them and went away.” (Matthew 16:4)

“Sighing deeply in His spirit, He *said, “Why does this generation seek for a sign? Truly I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.””” (Mark 8:12)

“As the crowds were increasing, He began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it seeks for a sign, and yet no sign will be given to it but the [c]sign of Jonah..” (Luke 11:29)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: What is the human life span?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

70 years.

“As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away.” (Psalm 90:10)

120 years.

“Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”” (Genesis 6:3)

More than 120 years.

After the flood, many men (and at least one woman) lived longer than God’s 120 year limit. Here are some examples:

Noah – 950 years Genesis 9:29
Shem – 600 years Genesis 11:10-11
Arphaxad – 438 years Genesis 11:12-13
Salah – 433 years Genesis 11:14-15
Eber – 464 years Genesis 11:16-17
Peleg – 239 years Genesis 11:18-19
Reu – 239 years Genesis 11:20-21
Serug – 229 years Genesis 11:22-23
Nahor – 148 years Genesis 11:24-25
Terah – 205 years Genesis 11:32
Sarah – 127 years Genesis 23:1
Abraham – 175 years Genesis 25:7
Ishmael – 137 years Genesis 25:17

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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This year I tried to put out more posts resolving Bible contradictions concerning the final week of Christ through His Ascension to add to the list I put out last year.  It takes some time on my part to go through them to provide exegetically sound refutations; Lord willing I will add more to this lists next year.  See my post I wrote on why refuting Bible Contradictions Takes Time.  As of Resurrection Sunday 2018 I have responded to 22 alleged Bible contradictions that took place during the final week of Jesus’ life up to His Ascension.  These posts are arranged below roughly in chronological order with additions added after last Easter labeled “NEW” in red:

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Whom did the women see at the tomb?  The question of course is about the tomb of Jesus on the day He resurrected.

Here are the four answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

An angel

“And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.” (Matthew 28:2)

A young man

“Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed.” (Mark 16:5)

Two men

“While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing;” (Luke 24:4)

Two angels

“and she *saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying.” (John 20:12)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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For today’s post we will tackle a Bible difficulty the Skeptic Annotated Bible mocked from Judges 11:29-40.  This is a passage on Jephthah’s foolish vow that resulted in harm against his daughter.

Here’s what the Skeptic Annotated Bible have to say:

When “the spirit of the Lord” comes upon Jephthah, he makes a deal with God: If God will help him kill the Ammonites, then he (Jephthah) will offer to God as a burnt offering whatever comes out of his house to greet him. God keeps his end of the deal by providing Jephthah with “a very great slaughter.” But when Jephthah returns, his nameless daughter comes out to greet him (who’d he expect, his wife?). Well, a deal’s a deal, so he delivers her to God as a burnt offering — after letting her spend a couple of months going up and down on the mountains bewailing her virginity.

Here’s the actual Bible passage:

29 Now the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah, so that he passed through Gilead and Manasseh; then he passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from Mizpah of Gilead he went on to the sons of Ammon.30 Jephthah made a vow to the Lord and said, “If You will indeed give the sons of Ammon into my hand, 31 then it shall be that whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the sons of Ammon, it shall be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering.” 32 So Jephthah crossed over to the sons of Ammon to fight against them; and the Lord gave them into his hand. 33 He struck them with a very great slaughter from Aroer [j]to the entrance of Minnith, twenty cities, and as far as Abel-keramim. So the sons of Ammon were subdued before the sons of Israel.

34 When Jephthah came to his house at Mizpah, behold, his daughter was coming out to meet him with tambourines and with dancing. Now she was his one and only child; besides her he had no son or daughter.35 When he saw her, he tore his clothes and said, “Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low, and you are among those who trouble me; for I have [k]given my word to the Lord, and I cannot take it back.”36 So she said to him, “My father, you have [l]given your word to the Lord; do to me [m]as you have said, since the Lord has avenged you of your enemies, the sons of Ammon.” 37 She said to her father, “Let this thing be done for me; let me alone two months, that I may [n]go to the mountains and weep because of my virginity, I and my companions.”38 Then he said, “Go.” So he sent her away for two months; and she left with her companions, and wept on the mountains because of her virginity. 39 At the end of two months she returned to her father, who did to her according to the vow which he had made; and she [o]had no relations with a man. Thus it became a custom in Israel, 40 that the daughters of Israel went yearly to [p]commemorate the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in the year. (Judges 11:29-40)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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