I reexamined some notes I made last year on Bible oddities and contradictions. Here are a few thoughts -- nothing scholarly, but perhaps a few members will still dig it (although so many of you are very savvy and have likely seen these).
(1) Is God, the supreme being, who spoke matter into being, concerned with hair?
“Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him?”
- I Corinthians 11:14
[Those who take the vow of a Nazarite] All the days of the vow of his separation no razor shall come upon his head; until the days are fulfilled for which he separated himself to the Lord, he shall be holy. Then he shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.”
- Numbers 6:5
“Then she [Hannah] made a vow and said, "O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of your maidservant and remember me, and not forge your maidservant, but will give your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head."
- I Samuel 1:1
“For behold, you [Zorah] shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head…”
– Judges 13:5
(2) God will punish children for fathers' sins
“You shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.”
- Exodus 20:5
“The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.”
- Ezekiel 18:20
(3) Saved by works or faith?
"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight"
- Romans 3:20,28
"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ"
- Galatians 2:16
“For by grace are ye saved, through faith and that not of yourselves: the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast”
- Ephesians 2: 8-9
"Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only"
- James 2:24
“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have DONE GOOD, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation”
- John 5: 28-29
(Wait a damn minute: "No flesh justified" [...] "For all have fallen short of the glory of God" (sinned) and the "The wages of sin is death?" This means all will be damned. But, it also says those that have "done good" are delivered. But what is considered good and how much good? What about faith alone? Faith plus works? What about "the gift of God, not by works?" Isn't having faith, in itself, an act... a "work?"
IS ONE TO BELIEVE THAT SUCH A CONFUSING GUIDE IS THE DESIGN OF A RATIONAL SUPREME BEING, ESPECIALLY IN WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A VERY IMPORTANT AREA -- HUMANITY’S ETERNAL HOME?
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