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Alleged Bible Contradictions Jim Merritt (from www.infidels.org - 1992) Born (YYYY.MM.DD): 1953.12.30 Occupation: Unix systems engineer Degrees: M.S.

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2 Alleged Bible Contradictions Jim Merritt (from ) Born (YYYY.MM.DD): Occupation: Unix systems engineer Degrees: M.S. Physiochemical Oceanography, University of South Carolina (1976) M.S. Operations Research/Systems Analysis specializing in advanced modeling, Naval Postgraduate School (1982) Title(s): Lieutenant Commander, USNR

3 Alleged Bible Contradictions Jim Merritt (from ) non-believer - "The Bible is riddled with repetitions and contradictions, things that the Bible bangers would be quick to point out in anything that they want to criticize."

4 Alleged Bible Contradictions Jim Merritt (from ) God good to all, or just a few? PSA 145:9 (308) The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. JER 13:14 (374) And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, saith the LORD: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them.

5 Alleged Bible Contradictions Jim Merritt (from ) War or Peace? EXO 15:3 (34)The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. ROM 15:33 (552)Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen. Who is the father of Joseph? MAT 1:16 (469) And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. LUK 3:23 (499) And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli.

6 Alleged Bible Contradictions Jim Merritt (from ) War or Peace? EXO 15:3 (34)The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. ROM 15:33 (552)Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen. Who is the father of Joseph? MAT 1:16 (469) And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. LUK 3:23 (499) Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli, (NIV)

7 Alleged Bible Contradictions Jim Merritt (from ) War or Peace? EXO 15:3 (34)The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. ROM 15:33 (552)Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen. Who is the father of Joseph? MAT 1:16 (469) And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. LUK 3:23 (499) When Jesus began to preach, he was about thirty years old. Everyone thought he was the son of Joseph. But his family went back through Heli, (CEV)

8 Alleged Bible Contradictions Jim Merritt (from ) Human vs. ghostly impregnation? ACT 2:30 (529) Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; MAT 1:18 (469) Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

9 Vestigial Bones & Organs Vestige a bodily part or organ that is small and degenerate or imperfectly developed in comparison to one more fully developed in an earlier stage of the individual, in a past generation, or in closely related forms (M-W) Vestigial Organ homologous characters of organisms that have seemingly lost all or most of their original function in a species through evolution. These may take various forms such as anatomical structures, behaviors and biochemical pathways. (Wikipedia)

10 Vestigial Bones & Organs Penguin has wings - not for flight Are penguin wings useless? exaptation Emu has wings - not for flight Are emu wings useless? are emus improving in their evolution?

11 Vestigial Bones & Organs Humans tail (coccyx) "Human embryos have a tail that measures about one-sixth of the size of the embryo itself. As the embryo develops into a fetus, the tail is absorbed by the growing body." (Wikipedia)

12 Vestigial Bones & Organs Humans tail (coccyx) Purpose of Coccyx connects ligaments & muscles to pelvis & posterior from spine helps support internal organs aids in defecation bears weight while sitting

13 Vestigial Bones & Organs Humans tail (coccyx) many documented "tails" Mr. Oram's is a congenital malformation known as spina bifida spina bifida (a developmental birth defectcaused by incomplete closure of embryonic neural tube) neural tube (embryo's precursor to central nervous system Chandre Oram - India

14 Vestigial Bones & Organs Humans tail (coccyx) many documented "tails" most are Sacrococcygeal teratoma (tumor)

15 Scientific Evidence For The Bible There Are Many Types of Science Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Astronomy, Geology, Psychology, Meteorology, Botany, Politics, Forensics, Medical Science (Neurology, Cardiology) Archaeology Sociology (manners, customs, history) Diplomatics (decipher old writings, to ascertain their authenticity, their date, signatures, etc) Paleography (study of ancient writing)

16 Scientific Evidence For The Bible Archaeology The Hittites - began finding sources in late 1800's since 1907 the German Archaeological Institute has been excavating The Hittites ruled areas between Mes., Syria & Palestine BC (conquered by Assyria 717BC)

17 Scientific Evidence For The Bible Archaeology The Moabite Stone - found in 1868 dated to 840bc

18 Scientific Evidence For The Bible Archaeology The Moabite Stone - found in dated to 840bc "I am Mesha, son of Chemosh, the king of Moab, the Dibonite. As for Omri king of Israel, he humbled Moab for many years And his son reigned in his place; and he also said, "I will oppress Moab!" And the men of Gad lived in the land of Atarot from ancient times And Chemosh said to me, "Go, take Nebo from Israel." And from there I took the vessels of Yahweh, and I presented them before the face of Chemosh

19 Scientific Evidence For The Bible Archaeology The Dead Sea Scrolls - found in Qumran NW shore of Dead Sea date from 150BC - 70AD 972 documents (40% are copies of OT) at least fragments from every book of OT (except Esther)

20 Scientific Evidence For The Bible Diplomatics decipher old writings, to ascertain their authenticity, their date, signatures, etc Author Plato Caesar Aristotle Homer NT earliest copy 900ad 1100ad 400bc ad app. span 1200yrs 1000yrs 1400yrs 500yrs 20-80yrs Date bc bc bc 900bc ad # copies ,686 accuracy ? ? ? 95% 99.5%

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