The purpose of this article is not to disparage the Bible, but to simply document some of the more controversial parts. This is necessary in particular when someone who worships using the Bible is using it for evil, or disparaging other religious documents, and/or claiming the Bible is the word of God. By pointing out the flaws in the Bible, you can persuade Bible-worshippers to accept the flaws in other religious works, and to refrain from using it to justify evil acts.
Over time, values and beliefs are introduced and evolved. One can look at the whole of the Bible, or they can take only what they want out of it. Either way, it is important to understand the Bible was not written by God. It is a set of writings put together three-plus centuries after the death of Christ written by man, chosen by man, updated and altered by man, and translated with many variations by man. It was gathered and edited from a subset of stories that existed in an ignorant, superstitious, and cruel age. The Bible is an extremely important historical document, but it contains many errors and harmful teachings.
In this article we’ll mention the following controversies in the Bible:
- Adultery: And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
- Miss-behaved children: If a son is ungovernable, bring him before the authorities and he will be executed.
- Leviticus 18:22, homosexuality is an abomination
- Exodus 21:7, sell your youngest daughter into slavery
- Exodus 35:2, kill those that work on the sabbath
- Leviticus 11:7, touch the skin of pig makes one unclean
- plant different crops side-by-side=whole town must stone to death those that committed the crime
- burn my mother to death in a small family gathering for wearing two different threads
If you want to see a dramatic overview, look no further than West Wing:
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Old Testament Notes
If a son is ungovernable, bring him before the authorities and he will be executed.
Here is Pat Robertson supporting and promoting the idea of killing misbehaved kids (28:15 to 28:40)
New Testament Notes
John 8:1-11 — Cast the First Stone!
John 8:1-11 of the New Testament is the story of a women caught in adultery and brought before Jesus.
Leviticus 20:10 in the Old Testament, King James Bible:
And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
The town folk wanted to stone her to death, or at least hear what Jesus said. Jesus forgives her saying:
Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
No one is without sin, therefore no one was qualified to carry out the punishment dictated in the Old Testament. With no one able to carry out the punishment, Jesus forgives her and asks her not to sin again.
Problem: This story was completely made up in the 3rd century and was added to the New Testament as the centuries rolled on.
West Wing examples…
Leviticus 18:22, homosexuality is an abomination
Exodus 21:7, sell your youngest daughter into slavery
Exodus 35:2, kill those that work on the sabbath
Leviticus 11:7, touch the skin of pig makes one unclean
plant different crops side-by-side=whole town must stone to death
burn my mother to death in a small family gathering for wearing two different threads
Telling a story is about communication and flaws can have meaning, and one can explain away contradictions. With that said, here are just a few of the contradictions in the Bible:
- Genesis chapter 1 says God created the animal and then the first man and woman at the same time, but Genesis chapter 2 gives the order of creation as man, then the animals, and then woman.
- Genesis chapter 1 says fruit trees were created before man, but chapter 2 says they were made after him.
- Genesis 1:20 says the fowl were created out of water, but Genesis 2:19 says they were formed from the ground.
- Genesis 1 lists six days of creation, whereas chapter 2 refers to the “day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.” Genesis 1:2-3 claims that God created light and divided it from darkness on the first day; but Genesis 1:14-19 tells us the sun, moon, and stars weren’t made until the fourth day.
- Genesis 6:19-22 says God told Noah to bring “of every living thing of all flesh, 2 of every sort . . . into the ark,” but in Genesis 7:2-3 He orders Noah to take into the ark the clean beasts and the birds by sevens, and only the unclean beasts by twos.
- Genesis 8:4 says that as the waters of the flood receded, the ark rested on the mountains of Ararat in the 7th month. The next verse says the mountaintops could not be seen until the tenth month.
- Genesis 8:13 describes the earth as being dry on the first day of the 1st month, but Genesis 8:14 informs us the earth was not dry until the 27th day of the 2nd month.
The Bible says Life Begins at First Breath, not Conception
The Bible says life begins at first breath, not Conception. Either the Bible is or is not the word of God. The Bible clearly states that life enters and leaves the body through the breath. Life enters your body with your first breath, and leaves with your last. For thousands of years, this concept has been expressed in poetry, funeral liturgy, song, story, and pop culture. The idea that life starts with conception is a modern science-based reinterpretation of religious viewpoints invented just a few decades ago. It is NOT in the Bible.
Genesis 2:7 gives one such example:
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
“By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host.”
The Bible Creeps into Government
Despite the wishes of our Founding Fathers, the Bible sometimes creeps into our government. On February 3, 1983, Ronald Reagan signed into law an Act of Congress proclaiming 1983 to be the “Year of the Bible.” The law described the Bible as the “Word of God” and said there is “a national need to study and apply its teachings.” To clear thinkers, this law was clearly unconstitutional, but despite the conflict with our Constitution, there was not enough will to condemn it.
Why is putting the Bible in context important? Because people use it to take away America’s contribution to the world, the separation of church and state. For example, Pat Robertson has said, “The Bible . . . is a workable guidebook for politics, business, families and all the affairs of mankind.” Evangelical religions came to America about a century after our Founding Fathers. Just like the Founding Fathers, you should be very concerned about the mixing of state and religion. Let’s end this article with a quote from Roger Williams:
“[There should be] a hedge or wall of separation between the Garden of the Church and the Wilderness of the world.” –1644, Roger Williams