Published: Saturday, February 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Updated: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I want to thank Bruce Braden for his letter, “Contradictions in the Bible” (Jan. 29). He provided me a pick-me-up on a day I was feeling down.
I live in a high-rise and hear stupid opinions about the Bible from people who don't know the book, but this time I got one from a man with a master's degree in religion.
I'm a preacher's kid and I understand Paul, James, Matthew and Mark. If there is anything Mr. Braden doesn't understand, I invite him to the Allegheny Valley Church of God in New Kensington for clarification.
Remember I Corinthians says, “God has chosen the foolish things to put to shame the wise.”
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In response to Albert Hancock's Feb. 2 letter "Bible Knowledge", one does not need to be a preacher's son or have a Master's degree in religion to have knowledge about the bible. It is certainly not a charitable act to label those whose opinons or knowledge of the bible differ from your own as "stupid" or "foolish." But it is an easy and oft-used tool in discounting challenges to one's beliefs. One need simply read the bible to find that it holds much that is good, like many other religious texts. I commend what good can be found in the Bible. I rebuke what is not, such as genocide/holocausts as in Hosea 13:16, Joshua, etc. If we shalt not lie, then I believe we are expected by any God worth his/her salt to read a book claiming to be the inerrant, literal word of God and use our God-given brains and reason to determine whether said book meets those criteria. So, you make the call whether or not the following are contradictions. In the beginning, we have two Genesis creation accounts: Genesis1: Deity is "Elohim" (the gods). Used 35 times; In Gen. 2, Deity is Jehovah (Yahweh) Elohim (Lord God). 11 times. Genesis 1, plants created from earth; Gen. 2, "god made every plant before it was in the earth." Genisis 1, fowl, fish, created 5th day; land animals, reptiles, 6th day; Gen. 2, fowls, land animals created same day. No fish. Genesis. 1, fowls created out of water; Gen. 2, ...fowls created out of the ground. Genesis 1, trees created before man; Gen. 2, man created before trees. Genesis 1, fowls created before man; Gen. 2, man created before fowls. Genesis 1 man created after beasts; Gen. 2, man created before beasts. Genesis 1, man and woman are created together in image of male/female gods; Gen. 2, man created first, then female. Genesis 1, God takes six days for creation; Gen. 2, one day. "In the day the Lord God made the earth and heavens, etc. Genesis 1, God speaks creation into being (like Ptah); Gen. 2, God comes down to earth to plant, mold man, birds, animals.