I often wish I had the ability to defend it better but it's a tremendous study to learn all the supposed discrepancies and the orthodox understanding that resolves them. The reason to do it is to help those whose faith is challenged by such things, I feel bad for them and know God would reward helping them get back on track. But as I said the study it would take is really more than I can handle, and as this discussion shows, even knowing how to resolve the discrepancies -- and the ones given here were really not discrepancies anyway, just willful misreadings -- doesn't convince those who are committed to finding fault with the Bible, which makes the effort doubly futile. Whether showing that there are resolutions could really help someone in this environment I don't know.
I DO feel we have an obligation to do our best to convince people of the gospel, that's our most basic calling as Christians.
If I'm reading you correctly Faith, you realize the study of biblical inerrancies & contradictions takes a lifetime of commitment, a tremendous undertaking you are just not able to do.
So you rely & depend on scholars you trust, knowing that they have taken the time to study all of the Bible over the course of decades. You must have faith that they have all the answers to support your position.
And we are to take your word for it, and stop bringing up all these pesky Bible quotes that seem to be contradictory - they have been all answered by someone, somewhere, who knows better than we.
But when it comes to the other side of this discussion site, evolution, you take the opposite position. Those of us who rely on experts in the field are ridiculed, and you scoff at all of the time & study scientists have put into understanding evolution & the role it plays in life on this planet.
Evolution is likewise to be judged according to the orthodox reading of the Bible.
But, evolution isn't mentioned in the Bible. How do you examine everything according to the Bible, when so much that affects us today wasn't even imagined during biblical times?
You trust scholars to inform you of the truth of the Bible, and we are to never question it. We trust scholars to inform us of the truth of evolution, and yet you feel free to question & even in some cases insult us for it. I still think your hypocrisy is showing, and you do nothing to reconcile your problem.
You don't need a Bible passage specifically condemning biologists and their theories. The description of special creation of the various kinds of animals in one week is completely inconsistent with the history of species of plants and animals on this planet based on either paleontology or the theory of evolution.
Sure, but plenty of Christians accept evolution as scientifically correct, so they don't need a specific passage either.
I know Faith doesn't consider them 'Christians' on this particular side of this site, but she sure does love to include them in her numbers when she's debating how overwhelmingly Christian the US is.
I still would like her to reconcile this conundrum for me.