The following are Biblical errors of substance, rather than errors in translation, discussed in Part 1. These substantive mistakes demonstrate ignorance or errors in knowledge.
Why is this important?
Wouldn’t an omnipotent all-knowing God provide infallible, correct information? Would a human “inspired” to write by God put down incorrect information? If it isn’t correct, what message does that send? If the premise about God is true, then there should be no fundamental errors permitted.
Below is an example of a math error sometimes discussed.
1 Kings 7:23
“And he made a molten sea,” (presumed to be a large cauldron) “ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.”
Same verse repeated in 2 Chronicles 4:2
“Also he made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass, and five cubits the height thereof; and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.”
This answer seems innocuous enough. But if you divide the circumference by its diameter, you get 30/10 = 3
The circumference of any circle divided by its diameter is Pi 3.14159… 3 is close, but not correct. My point is not that this is significant in the amount of its incorrectness – but that it is incorrect. Why is it wrong?
According to historical sources, as early as 2000 BCE (BC), the ancient Babylonians had approximated Pi at 3.12. In the 3rd century BCE (BC) Archimedes figured out that Pi was 3.14. It was calculated correctly to 7 decimal places by Tsu Chung Chi by the 5th century CE (AD).
So why the number 3? It was wrong simply because the writer did not know an accurate value of Pi at the time the biblical passage was created. Neither did the “super being” providing the inspiration.
There are numerous scientific flaws – such as the explanation of creation as opposed to our later gained knowledge of evolution. Even today the battle still rages on. For almost two thousand years religion has battled with scientific discoveries, excommunicating, even burning to death those who dared to defy the power and wealth of the church. Time and time against the church was forced to retreat, but not after holding back science and humanity for centuries.
From Isaiah 40:22 comes this passage:
“It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in”
This world view would work at the time, if you believed earth to be flat. Earth is not a circle. Though not a perfect one, Earth, and all planets are spherical.
What about the Biblical order of creation vs the Big Bang? There are actually two versions of creation, one in Genesis 1, the other in Genesis 2.
Below is the version from Genesis 1. I have commented after some of the passages. While I am sure some may dispute our level of current scientific knowledge of our universe – how stars planets and galaxies form – my hope is that my readers will see through the overly simplistic, physics defying order presented in Genesis 1.
From the King James Version, accordingly, our universe was created as follows:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth- without form and void
Earth might have been without form in the protoplanetary disk, but planets, stars, large masses, take on a spherical shape because their own gravity compresses their “form” into the most efficient shape – a sphere.
The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Wait! Just what IS that light? He hasn’t created the sun yet – that comes later
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
A firmament is a dome. So let me get this right, there are waters above the dome and below it?
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
And the evening and the morning were the third day.
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Ah, here come the stars – in the dome – after the earth, but before the sun was created – but we measure the passage of a year as Earth finishing one orbit around the sun – which isn’t here yet.
And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
Here finally is the sun and the moon! The moon isn’t always visible to rule the night. What then?
And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
Hopefully you are getting the point here. Genesis 1 goes on – but this article has reached its conclusion.
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