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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked:  Did Sarah have faith that she would conceive?

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

Yes, she had faith.

By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised.” (Hebrews 11:11)

No, she laughed at God.

 He said, “I will surely return to you at this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was past childbearing. 12 Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” 13 And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, when I am so old?’ 14 Is anything too difficult for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” 15 Sarah denied it however, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. And He said, “No, but you did laugh.”” (Genesis 18:10-15)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked:  How many blind men were healed near Jericho?

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

Two.

And two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”” (Matthew 20:30)

Only one.

Then they *came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road.” (Mark 10:46)

As Jesus was approaching Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging.” (Luke 18:35)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How long did Jehoash reign?

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

40 years

In the seventh year of Jehu, Jehoash became king, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Zibiah of Beersheba..” (2 Kings 12:1)

16 years

In the thirty-seventh year of Joash king of Judah, Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz became king over Israel in Samaria, and reigned sixteen years.” (2 Kings 13:10)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who Was Achan’s father?

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

Achan’s father was Carmi.

But the sons of Israel acted unfaithfully in regard to the things under the ban, for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, from the tribe of Judah, took some of the things under the ban, therefore the anger of the Lord burned against the sons of Israel.” (Joshua 7:1)

Achan’s father is Zerah.

Then Joshua and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the mantle, the bar of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent and all that belonged to him; and they brought them up to the valley of Achor.” (Joshua 7:24)

Did not Achan the son of Zerah act unfaithfully in the things under the ban, and wrath fall on all the congregation of Israel? And that man did not perish alone in his iniquity.’” (Joshua 22:20)

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

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I’m slowly critiquing through Rachel Held Evan’s book Inspired but I want to deal with something that last week someone commented on our blog about.  Rachel Held Evans had a favorable retweet of the following:

Just in case the Tweet disappear Evans said “Y’all know I love this one.”  What she was referring to to was someone’s tweet that she reposted which says “don’t 👏 say 👏 you want 👏 a biblical 👏 woman 👏 unless 👏 you’re prepared 👏 to have 👏 a tent peg 👏 driven 👏 through 👏 your skull.”

I find it incredible the twisting of Scripture Rachel Held commits and also the endorsement of others twisting the Scripture in order to attack the idea of Christians being biblical.

So does having a biblical woman in one’s life mean she might drive a tent peg through your skull?

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Jesus baptize anyone?

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

Yes

Jesus baptized people in Judea.

After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He was spending time with them and baptizing.” (John 3:22)

He baptized people with fire and the Holy Ghost.

As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11)

John answered and said to them all, “As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Luke 3:16)

No, Jesus didn’t baptize anyone.

although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were.” (John 4:2)

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

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Previously I have dealt with some alleged Bible contradiction concerning Judas’ last moments before his death.   You might want to check out What did Judas do with the silver? and Who bought the potter’s field?

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How did Judas die?

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

He hanged himself.

And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself.” (Matthew 27:5)

He fell down and died.

(Now this man acquired a field with the price of his wickedness, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out.” (Acts 1:18)

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

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