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For today’s post we will tackle an issue from the “Rational Wiki” which has an entry under “Jacob.”  Its a wiki for those bent on skepticism and atheism.  Under the section “How to be a Good Christian™ according to Jacob'” they wrote “Jacob is truly the best role model for all Christian family value types, especially those looking for any “out” for all those misdeeds.”

Then the page gives a list of “virtues:”

  • Jacob has 2 wives (both cousins of his) and 2 lovers, and 12 kids. No wonder so many Christian leaders are confused about exactly how many women they should be making love to.
  • Jacob understands that lies done in the pursuit of the “greater good” (at least his own greater good) are acceptable; he lies in order to gain his father’s blessing and the land given to the first born. In a rather elaborate lie that could not just be discounted as “heat of the moment”, Jacob dresses in costume, disguises his voice, and begs for the blessing.
  • Jacob manipulates the market (that practice had to come from somewhere), by artificially changing the color of the skin of his favored sheep to look like unwanted weak sheep, and keeping them for himself and giving his father-in-law those of lesser quality, lying by saying they were the best of the lot.
  • Jacob has no problem manipulating people: First he convinces his mother to help with his lie to Isaac, his father, then he convinces his wife to steal for him, taking the family idols from his father-in-law’s home, bringing blessings to himself instead.

Obviously the above are not lists of Christian virtues for Christians to apply.  This is all stated to make the Bible sound absurd.

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Jesus tell his disciples everything?

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

Jesus told his disciples everything.

No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15)

There were some things that Jesus didn’t tell them.

I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” (John 16:12)

(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 the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Jehoiakim die in Babylon or near Jerusalem?

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

He died in Babylon.

Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem; and he did evil in the sight of the Lord his God. Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against him and bound him with bronze chains to take him to Babylon.” (2 Chronicles 36:5-6)

He died near Jerusalem.

Therefore thus says the Lord in regard to Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, “They will not lament for him: ‘Alas, my brother!’ or, ‘Alas, sister!’ They will not lament for him: ‘Alas for the master!’ or, ‘Alas for his splendor!’ 19 “He will be buried with a donkey’s burial, Dragged off and thrown out beyond the gates of Jerusalem.” (Jeremiah 22:18-19)

(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 is part 6 of our critique of Rachel Held Evans’ book titled Inspired.  Here are the previous posts in this series:

Part 1 click here

Part 2 click here

Part 3 click here

Part 4 click here

Part 5 click here

In this post we will look at chapter 4 of the book.

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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)

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

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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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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)

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

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