Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions Vol. 2 Edited by Ham, Hodge, and Chaffey
Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions, Volume 2: Exploring Forty Alleged Contradictions. Edited by Ken Ham, Bodie Hodge, and Tim Chaffey. Green Forest: Master Books, 2012. 174 pp. $12.99. Purchase at Amazon for less.
We know that person who says that the Bible cannot be true because it is full of contradictions. When pressed, however, many are often unable to offer any real legitimate apparent (Important word here) contradiction. When they do offer one, the believer is sometimes caught off guard. Instead of fumbling for an answer, let them know that you will look into it and get back with them. Where will you look? Where can you go for a quick and ready resource that offers simple answers to some of the apparent contradictions found in Scripture.
Thankfully, Ken Ham, Bodie Hodge, and Tim Chaffey have edited a second volume to their popular Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions series. (You can get the first volume here.)
This resource deals with 40 supposed contradictions in the Bible. The editors have arranged them canonical order so that they are a bit easier to find. They introduce the work with a chapter explaining that a good defense against these charges is to have a good offense. If you can keep the skeptic off balance then you do not allow him (or her) to string together their pearls of contradictions leaving the believer feeling foolish and doubting.
Fortunately, the contributors and editors do not get so dogmatic as to say that there are not apparent issues with the different accounts of the same historical events or that God seems to be one way in text and another (often completely opposite) in another text. What they all do extremely well is work from the foundation of 2 Tim. 3:16 and give credence to the inerrancy of Scripture. This is once again an essential discussion that has to take place in the church today.
I appreciated how they drove home the point that context is everything and that the Bible is truly the Word of God without error. In so doing they lay the foundation of submission to Scripture and a humility in approaching the Word of God that is needed by so many today.
It is a beautiful thing to be able to pick up a book that reinforces THE BOOK. I am grateful for New Leaf Publishing and the ministry of Ken Ham et al. While I personally do not always agree with everything that is said or written, I have always benefited deeply from these resources. Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions Vol. 2 is certainly one of those that needs to be on the shelves of all Christians who deal with unbelievers and skeptics. Even more, you may find that some of your own questions will be answered through reading this book.