God-rejectors: They have nothing – Contradictions and Logic
So one of the problems that is brought up by those who reject the God of the Torah is that there are contradictions in there. In doing so they call upon logic to use it against God.
In my interactions with such people I’ve noticed a few issues that I see that destroys their case about “contradictions.”
One person made a vague unspecific claim of contradictions in the Jewish Bible, but then started to demand that I go out personally and try to kill homosexuals. Because he knew that Torah forbids the act of homosexual sex he presumed that I am obligated on my own to become a death-dealing vigilante.
The problem that this God-rejector demonstrated, which is rife amongst God-rejectors, is a deep ignorance about what the Torah actually commands and the details of those commands. They will interpret the text of the written Torah or the rest of the Jewish Bible a certain way, a way that can lead to contradictions, believe that interpretation to be true or the only proper way to understand the text, and then demand people who hold to Torah to agree with that interpretation and thus agree with the contradiction.
But more often than not, the God rejector has not done a deep study of the text or the context, nor does he or she have a solid grounding of bible knowledge of interpretation. All too often, the person attacking the Bible either only has a “hearsay” knowledge of it – they listened to the supposed contradictions other God-rejectors have claimed and absorbed it – or they are ex-christians who have adopted the way of understanding the text as the God rejectors have, normally already holding the assumption that the Torah is a manmade document and therefore superficial readings are enough to get enough understanding to object to the words of the text.
Just recently I saw a whole list of supposed contradictions brought up, and the amount that betrayed an utter lack of knowledge from the originator, not only of the written Torah, but also the oral Torah and the work of the rabbis in showing the interpretations faithful to the context which undermined the so called contradictions
Another issue with the claim of those who reject God that there are contradictions in the Torah is the fact that their own worldview can’t account for the reasoning and logic they are using. Also that same worldview gives them no right nor authority to try to impose their way of thinking on others.
What do I mean?
I won’t rewrite the essay. I’ll just summarize.
Firstly, the one who rejects God, the absolute, invisible and eternal, normally only has a physical universe, a universe of matter and energy. If that were true, then it can only produce matter and energy.
Problem: logic (the basis of having an issue with contradictions) is not matter and it is not energy.
Based on that, logic has no place in that worldview. When this person who rejects God attempts to use it, they are nothing more than a thief. They steal from the God-fearer’s worldview in order to undermine God, no different from someone arguing against the existence of thought or air. They have to use the thing they reject (or the product of it) to reject it. The epitome of “self-defeat.”
Secondly, all God-rejectors have, in order to be consistent, is their personal perception, the chemical reactions of their brains. That’s it! There is no “out;” there is no objectivity, no absolutes and therefore no real facts. Logic and rationality have no physical reality. There are no laws of physics or chemistry to quantify them. There is no objective standard for one who rejects God to impose upon another what is simply their own personal conclusion, the product of their own brain, in other words, “brain fart.”
When such a person says “the bible has contradictions,” after recognising that their conclusion is only subjective and personal to them, having nothing to do with anyone else’s conclusion, after that, then it must be understood that they have no right, no legitimacy, in trying to convince others to think like them. They have their brains which is different to everyone else’s. There is no adequate justification for them to change others. It’s a selfish errand for self-gratification. Not for truth. Not for objectivity. No such things exist in such a worldview. The only “truths” are personal statements of perception and conviction only valid in that brain.
Look, these are ways to show that God-rejectors have nothing, not a leg to stand on. From my own experience, I’ve been confronted by supposed contradictions and found them to be founded upon ignorance and faulty presuppositions. But knowing the utter emptiness, vacuity and worthlessness of the source of these claims of contradiction is a great assurance and a motivator in declaring this fact: to accept that worldview is to undermine one’s own thinking.
Again, they have nothing!