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Difficulties in the Bible

By Reuben Archer Torrey

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   Introduction - Difficulties in the Bible Alleged Errors and Contradictions By R. A. TORREY This book does not attempt to take up in detail every concei
   1. A General Statement of the Case - Every careful student and every thoughtful reader of the Bible finds that the words of the Apostle Peter concerning the Scriptures, that there are som
   2. Classes of Difficulties - All the difficulties found in the Bible can be included under ten general headings: 1. The text from which our English Bible was translated. No o
   3. How Shall We Deal with the Difficulties of the Bible? - Before taking up those specific difficulties and alleged "contradictions" in the Bible which have caused the most trouble to seekers after truth, let
   4. Genesis One-Historical and Scientific? - There is no part of the Bible that the more scholarly opponents of its divine origin are more fond of attacking than the very first chapter in the Boo
   5. The Antiquity of Man According to the Bible and According to Science - One of the questions that is greatly puzzling many Bible scholars today is how to reconcile the chronology of the Bible with discoveries that are bein
   6. Where Did Cain Get His Wife? - In almost every place that I have visited in going around the world I have given skeptics and others an opportunity of asking questions at one or two
   7. Jehovah's Command to Abraham to Offer Up Isaac as a Burnt Offering - One of the most frequent objections is that the Bible says that God commanded Abraham to offer his son as a burnt offering. It is claimed that this st
   8. God Hardening Pharaoh's Heart - The various statements that are made in the Scriptures in regard to God hardening Pharaoh's heart have also perplexed a great many young Christians an
   9. The Slaughter of the Canaanites by God's Command - There are few things in the Bible over which more intelligent readers have stumbled, and over which infidels have more frequently gloated and gloried,
   10. Joshua Commanding the Sun to Stand Still - One of the greatest difficulties in the Bible to many a student is found in the story contained in Joshua 10:12-14: "Then spake Joshua to the LORD in
   11. Deborah's Praise of Jael, the "Murderess" - It is frequently argued against the divine origin of the Bible that it defends and glorifies the treacherous murder of Sisera by Jael, and that any bo
   12. The Sacrifice of Jephtha's Daughter - The story of Jephthah's daughter as recorded in the Bible has presented a great difficulty to many superficial students of the Bible, as well as to ma
   13. "Impure" Bible Stories - An old and favorite objection to the Bible on the part of unbelievers is that there are in it "chapters that reek with obscenity from beginning to end
   14. David's Sin - In 2 Samuel 11 we read the story of one of the saddest downfalls of a man of God recorded anywhere in history, and at the same time we read the record
   15. The Imprecatory Psalms - A frequent objection urged against the Bible is founded upon some of the utterances in the so-called imprecatory psalms. Many of these utterances have
   16. Does the God of Truth and Love Send Lying Spirits and Evil Spirits to Men? - One of the most puzzling passages in the Bible is found in 1 Kings 22, and in the parallel account in 2 Chronicles 18. In these passages the Prophet M
   17. Jonah and the Whale - The story of Jonah and "the whale" has for many years been a butt of ridicule with unbelievers, and the cause of not a little perplexity with those wh
   18. Some Important "Contradictions" in the Bible - I am constantly meeting men who say that the Bible is full of contradictions. When I ask them to show me one, they reply, "It is full of them." When I
   19. "Mistakes" in the Bible - The Bible is said not only to be full of contradictions, but also to contain mistakes. One of the "mistakes" most constantly referred to by critics
   20. The Two Genealogies of Jesus, the Christ - A favorite point of attack on the Bible for those who deny its divine origin and inerrancy is the two varying genealogies of Jesus Christ. Not only is
   21. Was Jesus Really Three Days and Three Nights in the Heart of the Earth? - Matthew reports Jesus as saying, "As Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale ("sea monster," RV marg.), so shall the Son of ma
   22. How Could Jesus Commend the Action of the Unrighteous Steward? - A very puzzling passage in the Bible to many is the story of the unrighteous steward recorded in Luke 16:1-14. Once when this passage was assigned by
   23. Were Jesus and Paul Mistaken as to the Time of Our Lord's Return? - It is constantly taught not only by unbelievers but even in many Christian pulpits and in some of our theological seminaries that Jesus and Paul were
   24. Did Jesus Go into the Abode of the Dead and Preach to the Spirits in Prison? Is There Another Probation After Death? - What does 1 Peter 3:18-20 mean when it says that Jesus went and preached to the spirits in prison? A very simple answer to this question is that it

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