“The Bible contradicts itself and cannot be trusted as the true word of God.”
“However, I have personally seen the faith or potential faith of so many people damaged when they find out that young-earth theology completely contradicts what God has revealed to us through his creation and in his word.”
If the Bible is not the word of God, how could He reveal anything to us through it?
As to your understanding of Hebrew and Greek, not even the greenest student would make the errors in understanding genealogies and use of the terms “son” as you have.
I do want to make this absolutely clear. I believe that the Bible is the true, inspired word of God as spoken through his prophets. People can interpret the Bible wrongly, but the Bible is not in error.
As to your understanding of Hebrew and Greek, not even the greenest student would make the errors in understanding genealogies and use of the terms son as you have.
Please be more specific.
- Ancient and modern Jews blot out the names of wicked ancestors. They use Deuteronomy 29:20 as their reasoning.
- Ancient and modern Jews refer to themselves as "sons of Abraham" even though Abraham lived 2500 to 3000 years ago. For example, see here.
- Jesus was called the "son of David" even though David was not his father.
How do you account for the discrepancies between Matthew and 1 Chronicles? I gave my position, which is the same as that of many conservative, evangelical scholars. When you actually pull out your Bible and see the huge differences, don't feel overwhelmed. Julius Africanus struggled with this in the 4th century and Augustine proposed other possibilities later.
The Bible is the inerrant word of God but that doesn't mean that everything in it is plain.