The Bible Is Too Inconsistent to Be Used for Moral Teachings. Discuss

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The Bible is too inconsistent to be used for moral teachings. Discuss. Atheists use the inconsistencies within the Bible and Christian teachings to cement their lack of belief in a Christian God, as they take many of the contradictory verses in their literal sense (for example verses in Leviticus and Deutoronomy which disagree on the idea of marrying a brother’s wife that Henry VIII famously used in his divorce to Catherine), whereas Christians faced with this problem tend to counteract this by taking them as symbolic guidance rather than absolute and unchanging rules we must not stray from. Some more orthodox Christians however, such as the Amish or more devout Jehovah’s Witnesses take the Bible in the literal form and chooses to overlook certain anomalous verses. Part of the reason there are so many contradictions in the Bible is because there are at least 40 different contributing authors spanning many years, some of whom weren’t alive at the same time. In addition, the Bible was written years after Jesus’ life, and so we cannot be sure that their account is completely in line with his teachings. This ambiguity is part of the reason that Atheists, and new Christians become confused on how to follow God and the Bible’s teachings are considered inconsistent. The authors are not the only point of confusion in the understanding of the Bible however, as it was originally written in Hebrew and translated into many languages. This naturally leaves room for error, as wrong translations and small misunderstandings could lead to a warped meaning of certain Biblical teachings, for example in Genesis, the misunderstanding of bara and bero, meaning the different ways in which God created the universe, again causing confusion. Another reason for not using the teachings in daily life is the complexity of the holy trinity. In the Bible, the literal understanding of 3
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