I have been discussing the matter of contradictions in the Bible and the question of why they matter. My overarching point is that they matter NOT simply so we can say “Aha! There are contradictions!” They matter for other things.
The one point I’ve made so far is that they matter for anyone who is committed to the authority of Scripture. I need to say that I think the point I was trying to make in that post has possibly been misunderstood. When I asked how the Bible could be authoritative if there are contradictions, I did not mean it to be a rhetorical question, with the obvious answer being: It can’t be authoritative! Some readers clearly took the question that way, but in fact I had a different intention.
My intention was …
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