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Most Bible literalists will try to say that the Bible has no discrepancies, and go to great lengths to show that it is so. However, one web page tries to reconcile why there "appear" to be discrepancies, even though there really aren't:

The Thinking Cap Series, by Kent Haralson
Taken from #34:
They were doubtless intended as a stimulus to the human intellect, as provocative of mental effort...The seeming contradictions in the Bible are too numerous not to be the result of design...

I thought this was quite amusing. I suppose this means that if two people are on trial for robbery of a bank, and they can't seem to get their stories straight, it must be because they collaborated to make sure their stories didn't match. I'll have to use Kent Haralson's argument next time I'm reading an atheist work that is logically inconsistent as well.

In addition to this, the discrepancies are meant as a kind of Rorschach test to weed out unbelievers. Only the "true" believer will find a consistent pattern, so if you don't want to go to hell you had better start squinting your eyes harder.

Oh, and don't forget his final warning: if for some reason you try your hardest and still can't figure out how to reconcile the contradictory statements, don't come to the logical conclusion that the Bible contradictory ‒ otherwise God will punish you for it.

In the end, if you can't stun them with brilliant rationale, silence them with threats. And if threats work best, that's a logical argument, right?
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I'm back from Maine, and I may post some pictures when I get the film developed.

But on to today's fun!
The Bible has such interesting gems. I'd like to share with you one of my new acquisitions to my collection.

Leviticus 19:19 says:
Keep my decrees.
Do not mate different kinds of animals.
Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed.
Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.

I'd like you to note the last line. Yes, that's correct. Wearing polyester is a sin! (So all those fashion critics were right!) I guess anyone who lived through the seventies is going to hell. Sorry, Pat Robertson!


1 The KJV says "linen and woolen", but the actual Hebrew translates as "two kinds of mixed stuff", so I chose the NIV.


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