Michel Onfray, in his scathing book deconstructing the three Abrahamic monotheisms, "Atheist Manifesto", makes an incisive and pertinent observation about the Tanakh, Old Testament, New Testament, and the Koran. He says:
"The Old Testament boasts a total of three thousand five hundred pages, the New nine hundred, the Koran seven hundred and fifty,that is, a little more than five thousand pages in which 'everything and its opposite' is said once and for all".
Onfrays observation is true. The Old and New Testaments and the Koran are filled with contradictions and inconsistencies. Everything AND its opposite IS found in these three holy books of a one God. This is why Jews, Christians, and Muslims can cherry pick their holy books with impunity. If they want to justify hatred of those who believe differently, they can find a plethora of passages to back them up. But equally, if they want to justify love of ones enemies, they too can find backup in the Scriptures.
Here are just a few examples of the contradictions in the Bible:
Proverbs 26:4; "Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him."
This is immediately contradicted in the very next verse [Proverbs 26:5]; "Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit."
In Matthew 5:18 Jesus allegedly said that the Torah Law would remain in force until the end of time; "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
But the apostle Paul contradicts the one who he claimed to have met on the road to Damascus; "But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law." [Galatians 5:18].
These are just a couple of examples of the many, many, contradictions and inconsistencies found in just the Bible. There are also contradictions and inconsistencies to be found in the Koran.

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Anthony the inconststencies in the bible are all over the place. There are hundreds. Some in critical narratives. I was raised fundamentalist - every word, every phrase, was the word of god. My efforts to understand were earnest and sincere. So I read the bible cover to cover. I was subject to ridicule for carrying it with me everywhere, but I persisted. it did not go over well when I asked about similar contradictions, in sunday school. I didnt argue, I just asked. At around 15, i was told not to ask any more. Faith dwindled - Every word is true, translations guided by the hand of god. It is not open to nuanced interpretation. Some parts clearly contradict others. Where does that leave an honest fundamentalist?

Meanwhile, The racist deacons, John Birchers, voted that no blacks or interracial families could attend the church, and as anti-everything Baptists, between sunday scool and church they would stand out on the front sidewalk smoking, nursing their hangovers, swearing, and gossiping about who is having an affair with whom.

That church no longer exists. But there are countless more.

The Skeptic's Annotated Bible, Book of Mormon, and Quran are good tools, letting you browse by book and chapter or by topic (including the Book of Mormon's numerous plagiarisms from the OT and NT). The BibViz Project interactively and graphically shows the Christian Bible's web of contradictions, along with tracking several categories of troublesome statements by book, and presenting some poll data about creationism and other beliefs.

I've mentioned in other places that in The Meme Machine, Susan Blackmore suggested that the Bible may have retained its cultural and social relevance for two millennia precisely because it's so self-contradictory that people can use it to justify anything!

I've mentioned in other places that in The Meme Machine, Susan Blackmore suggested that the Bible may have retained its cultural and social relevance for two millennia precisely because it's so self-contradictory that people can use it to justify anything!

That's a very good point, and may well be true.

Hey Anthony!  I'm glad to see you back!

Errors, inconsistencies, you name it and it is there in the bible. Quran, always presenting itself to be wiser than bible says that if two verses in it are found to be inconsistent, then the one that appeared  late in time is to supersede the previous one.  Don't ask me what happens when the whole scripture is found to be in error!

Welcome back, Tony.

The bible is really strange. I can't think of the verse in the Old Pesterment just now, but there was a Pentecostal group who specialized in dropping gospel tracts from airplanes. They got their name from that bible verse and also claimed it was prophecy that predicted their church. How would anybody ever believe that a verse in the bible predicted airplanes, let alone a future church? It's preposterous!

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