Q: What did Jesus mean when he said somewhere that he came to bring a sword to the earth? This seems to be the opposite of what he said elsewhere, about bringing us peace if we’ll follow him. — Mrs. K.T.
A: Your guess is as good as mine or anyone else’s. You have discovered one of a very large number of biblical inconsistencies. These occur in both the New and Old Testaments. Here are just a few of the many sites that list these inconsistencies.
- God vs the Bible (Chapter Six)
- Skeptics Annotated Bible – Contradictions in the Bible
- 20 Reasons to abandon Christianity (see number 19)
- GodIsImaginary.com (Proof #16 – Contemplate the contradictions)
- Biblical contradictions (written by Dan Barker)
- Contradictions of the Gospels (EvilBible.com)
- Biblical Contradictions (EvilBible.com)
The most rational explanation for these inconsistencies are that the bible was written by many different human authors (from different cultures and even speaking different languages) and is not the divine truth delivered by a supernatural god. The books that comprise the bible we know today were approved as canon in the 4th century C.E. Many other books (labeled as apocryphal) that recount stories similar to those in the official canon (both Old and New Testament) were not included in the canon. This is just further evidence that the bible is man-made fiction.
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