I have recently gone on to a few websites that refute the Bible. To be fair there are MANY who challenge the divine authority of the Bible.
When persons care enough to put up websites about the Bible they fall into two camps – one camp generally believes the Bible and the other camp does not. The camp that believes the Bible are composed of persons that believe in God and the camp that does not believe in the Bible does not believe in God also. This of course sets up a great dichotomy between the two and the light in which each reasons. We forgive our friends but condemn our enemies. Our friends can do no wrong and our enemies can do nothing right.
But really what is the Bible? It is a collection of writings that were written over a span of 1500 years, most of which we don’t know who the authors were. They are histories, songs and letters laced with prophetic utterances. They have been translated numerous times into numerous languages again by many persons who we also do not know.

The Bible says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
But what does that mean? Does that mean that all the authors were simply scribes writing down what God told them?
Let’s say that I said that I was inspired to write a song. That simply means that I felt an “urge” to write a song. Now when it comes to the authors of the Bible that “urge” came from God. Does that mean that the author was omniscient about the thing he was writing about? NO. It does however mean that because God inspired it, God does make sure that the salient message is in fact what he wants the author to convey. Do they bring in their own perspective and personality to the writing? YES.
There is a saying that any one can count the seeds in an apple but only God can count the apples in a seed. If you believe in God it is not a stretch of the imagination to believe that he can get his information out even thru various authors and translators.

The anti-Bible camp cites maybe 2 dozen “contradictions” in the Bible. Some are biased interpretations but several appear to be LEGITIMATE contradictions that are not easily explained away. Now an honest appraisal of the situation is that although the contradictions exist they do not meaningfully alter the over all narrative. The anti-Bible camp uses contradictions to launch the argument that the Bible could not be “inspired by God” because if it were there would be no contradictions and is therefore bogus.
There are 1,189 chapters, 31,1738 verses and 870,361 words contained in the Bible (no I did not count them I got it from another website). Can you really dismiss all of that because for argument’s sake there are 10 contradictions?

Here are a few things for them to consider:
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”
“But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. “
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!”
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
“ For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

The most glaring contradiction is in what the anti-Bible camp cites as two different genealogies of Jesus. First off technically Jesus cannot have a genealogy because he had no earthly father. The genealogy is that of Joseph, the husband of Jesus’ mother Mary. They say that the Bible states Jesus was the son of David and the son of Abraham which the Bible does in fact state. However as I said above they interpret all the verses in a critical light as to refute them. If you look at it objectively Jesus was the son of God and was nobody else’s son physically, alone having two earthly fathers. Therefore the son of David and the son of Abraham are meant in a figurative sense. Now Joseph was of the lineage King David. Mary lineage is not specified. However the contradiction occurs in the Gospel of Luke where Joseph’s lineage takes a wrong turn after King David when the author uses Nathan not Solomon as Joseph’s ancestor winding up with Joseph’s father stated as Heli instead of Jesse as in the Gospel of Matthew.
Why there is this apparent contradiction is a mystery. Does it mean that the Bible as a whole is unreliable? NO. Maybe some day we might know why but for now we can chalk up one for their side.

The Bible was written by real people with their personalities and experiences blended in.

Question to Ponder: If God inspired YOU to write something for him do you think that a little bit of YOU would show thru?