The feature article in this month’s issue of Reason & Revelation—authored by Eric Lyons, the Director of Research at Apologetics Press—is devoted to answering a variety of accusations routinely offered up by atheists, skeptics, and infidels to suggest that the Bible contains all kinds of “factual contradictions.” Eric (and I) felt that our readers needed to see, not just the allegations that are being leveled against God’s Word, but also the Christian’s response to those allegations.
Surely, of all the challenges to a Christian’s faith, one of the most disturbing is the charge that the Bible is filled with discrepancies and contradictions. If true, such a charge certainly would serve to negate the inerrancy and inspiration of the Bible. If even one of the biblical writers made such errors, how, then, could we say that the others did not “slip up” on occasion as well? The fact is, as Eric correctly points out in his article,
if any of these men made errors in their writings, then they were not inspired by God (cf. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21), because God does not make mistakes (cf. Titus 1:2; Psalm 139:1-6). And if the Scriptures were not “given by inspiration of God,” then the Bible is not from God. And if the Bible is not from God, then the skeptic is right. But...the skeptic is not right!
No, the skeptic is not right! As Charlie Brown (of the Peanuts comic strip) once said to his sometimes-nemesis, Lucy: “You’re not right; you just sound right!”
Admittedly, at times the skeptic “sounds right.” It is a simple matter for an unbeliever to hurl a barrage of alleged discrepancies or contradictions at a believer. It is not always a simple task for the believer to respond. This is the case because many of the alleged discrepancies cannot be answered with merely a “wave of the hand.” Instead, they require many hours of in-depth research and an unwavering commitment to Truth. Sadly, at times, those who are confronted with these so-called errors do not know how to respond, are unwilling to invest the time and effort required to prepare a reasoned response, or already have a faith that is so weak that it crumbles at the first hint of controversy.
In his timely and well-written article, Eric relates the sad-but-true story of a young Christian college student who had received a list of nearly seventy of these alleged contradictions. Such lists are readily available—via books, on the Internet, in university classrooms, and elsewhere. What is not readily available is a sourcebook on these issues that can help people who are searching for (and sometimes struggling to find) answers to questions such as those posed by the skeptic.
Now, however, such a sourcebook is available. When it comes to seeking out and defending the Truth, Eric has a tireless commitment and a dogged determination (if you knew him personally—as many of our readers do—you would understand just how committed to Truth he actually is, and just how dogged his determination can be!). Additionally, he has been willing (in fact, more than willing!) to invest countless hours of in-depth research investigating the putative “biblical errors” proferred by the skeptic. [The proof of that fact can be found not only in this book, but also in the many articles Eric has personally authored for the “Alleged Discrepancies” section of our Web site; if you have not taken advantage of the rich repository of his research that is available there, I encourage you to do so. You will be amazed at both the number, and the quality, of the articles that flow from the pen of this incredibly talented young man.]
In The Anvil Rings (subtitled “Answers to Alleged Bible Discrepancies”), Eric has selected samples of some of the most difficult alleged Bible discrepancies, and has performed the in-depth research necessary to answer them. This volume answers, in a thorough and sensible way, numerous questions raised by skeptics: Did Jesus rise from the grave on the third day or after three days?; Was Terah 70 or 130 when Abraham was born?; How long was the Israelites’ Egyptian sojourn?; Are the resurrection narratives contradictory?; and many others. At only $9.95, this book represents an invaluable resource for those who are seeking answers to difficult questions. [Eric already has begun work on a second volume, which will answer still more of these types of questions.] Call us toll free at 800/234-8558 to order your copy.
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