Dear Readers: Isn’t it amazing how for every alleged contradiction/discrepancy in the Bible, Christian scholars have a ready explanation to resolve it? This is referred to as a “harmonization”. So if Christian scholars have a harmonization for every criticism that skeptics can throw at them, doesn’t that mean that the Christian supernatural claims in the Bible must be true?
And here is why: Muslim and Mormon scholars can do the EXACT same thing with their holy books!
Go onto a Muslim website moderated by Muslim scholars and they too will have a “harmonization” for every alleged contradiction/discrepancy in the Koran. Why? They have had 1,400 years to come up with them. Go to a Mormon website moderated by Mormon scholars and you will find the same thing: a good Mormon scholar can refute any claim against the Book of Mormon. You will not be able to “stump” them with any allegation of error or contradiction. And they have had only 200 years to come up with harmonizations for their holy book!
Christian scholars have had TWO THOUSAND years to come up with harmonizations for every one of the scores of alleged errors and contradictions in the Bible. So we skeptics will NEVER stump them. They will ALWAYS have a ready harmonization.
So how can you as a layperson, a non-scholar, know for sure if your holy book, the Bible, is true? I have a suggestion: Use good ol’ common sense! Would a perfect, all-knowing God write his message to mankind in a letter (the Bible) that is so confusing that even Christians can’t agree on what it says, even on the most basic of beliefs, such as how one avoids eternal torture in Hell??
The majority of the world’s Christians believe that one attains salvation by being baptized and then being obedient to Christian teachings for the rest of your life. A minority of Christians believe that baptism is important but not critical, believing and repenting is what really matters. Most Christians believe that there is no guarantee of salvation, while others insist their is. Would a loving, compassionate, all-knowing God really risk so many people’s eternal destiny by writing such a confusing letter to them that even though they sincerely TRY to do what God wants, they still end up in Hell because they didn’t pick the correct Christian denomination or sect??? It is estimated there are over THIRTY THOUSAND different Christian denominations and sects on the planet and every one of them believes that they ALONE have the correct interpretation of God’s message.
Your God is either sloppy and disorganized or he is a sinister, sadistic monster. If he were truly loving and compassionate, he would make sure than every human being receives a very clear and convincing warning about Hell and clear and convincing instructions about how to avoid going there.
But he didn’t do that, did he?
So maybe neither the Book of Mormon, the Koran, the Hindu Scriptures, nor the Bible are the Word of our Creator, but only the sincere beliefs of ancient superstitious peoples.