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Guy who takes the bible seriously: God put contradictions in there to ‘weed out’ atheists

reationism evangelist Kent Hovind asserted this week that God had purposefully put contradictions in the Bible to “weed out” non-believers.

Evangelical creationist Kent Hovind claimed Monday that God had purposefully inserted contradictions into the Bible to “weed out” atheists and non-believers.

Evangelical creationist Kent Hovind claimed Monday that God had purposefully inserted contradictions into the Bible to “weed out” atheists and non-believers.

Hovind posted a YouTube video responding to a follower’s question regarding contradictions in the book of Acts.

Hovind explained that if he was God…

“I would write the book in such a way that those who don’t want to believe in me anyway would think they found something. ‘Aha, here’s why I don’t believe.’”

“And then they could go on with their own life because they don’t want to believe God anyways,” Hovind said. “I would put things in there that would appear without digging to be contradictions. I don’t think that’s deceptive, I think that’s wise for the Heavenly Father to weed out those who are really serious.”

Hovind then points out that he made a choice to “believe the Bible until it is proven wrong.”

“I know others who have decided, ‘I’m not going to believe it until you prove everything is right,’” he said. “Okay, you do whatever you want to do, but I made the opposite decision.”

Watch the video here:

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  1. atatakaidanjp

    January 1, 2016 at 2:11 am

    It appears that Mr. (Not Dr.) Hovind loves to make excuses for when he is caught in his claims of “the bible being the inerrant word of God.” I wonder if this is what he has done in his thinking for his prison time and arrest for tax evasion as well.

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  3. Mike Davis

    January 1, 2016 at 6:02 am

    A con artist, selling a “product” that promises everything and costs him nothing. There are over 1,000 error, inconsistencies and contradictions in the common canon (KJV, RSV, NRSV – take your pick) along with thousands from apocryphal writings. All of it written by humans. God wrote nothing that we know of, so the errors are acceptable and understandable. It does pose somewhat of a problem for those who accept the claim of inerrancy, doesn’t it? If you don’t have an answer, make something up. Nice try.

  4. Michael Vinson

    January 1, 2016 at 7:08 am

    There really is a heaven, and it’s true paradise. There will be god, there will be angels, you will meet loved ones who have passed on. I can promise it, but it’s really on you. You just need to have that faith. As a show of that good faith, give me $100 and I’ll put in a word with the almighty this year. Give me $1000, and I’ll put in a really good word, today. If you’re truly faithful, and I mean TRULY faithful, you will send me $1000 a month, and I will talk to the lord on your behalf every day. I promise.

  5. bronxboy47

    January 1, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Rom 3:10-12: As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD; ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.”…

    That being the case, why would it be necessary to mislead anyone? God couldn’t be using biblical mistakes to separate the righteous from the unrighteous, as Mr. Hovind suggests if there is, in fact, no one who is even the slightest bit righteous, not even one.

  6. bronxboy47

    January 1, 2016 at 8:13 am

    This is the sort of appalling, but amusing, attempt at a logical explanation for biblical mistakes you would expect from a five-year-old.

  7. Tom Moe

    January 1, 2016 at 8:36 am

    The danger is that this turns into the “Fox News of Religion.” These are not the norm nor would anyone I know claim to make sense of such a report.
    Btw: there are no “Biblical Mistakes.” Many claim to have found these in the past 2,000+ years and they always end up the interpreter’s mistake. However, if anyone comes up with one the church is always interested.

  8. atatakaidanjp

    January 1, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I beg to differ. One of many examples of errors will include the adage of what Jesus supposedly stated about “easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man enter the kingdom of heaven.” Mistranslation in Aramaic. The Aramaic term for camel is a homonym for the same term which is defined as “rope”. Why has the church NOT corrected the translation?

  9. Tom Moe

    January 1, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Because there isn’t a clear answer. Your interpretation is one of many. There is also question as to what is, “eye of needle.” These things have been discussed by linguistic experts.

  10. atatakaidanjp

    January 1, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    I am familiar with the arguments. It falls flat when one knows that if it were to say “eye of THE needle” instead of “A needle”, it would have meant the gateway into a particular city. It says “eye of A needle”, so it is more of a literal sense with this metaphor.

  11. Mike Davis

    January 1, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    How did Judas die?
    If humans came from Adam and Eve, and they had two sons … do the math, or explain the incest.

    I can provide hundreds of examples of these. What the clergy doesn’t want to admit is that biblical texts were written by unknown authors decades or even centuries after the events they purport to record, and selected by clergy with an agenda, throwing out those they didn’t like. There are few, if any, eye witnesses.

    Much of the OT and NT stories are found in much older writings – virgin birth comes from Buddah legend, the creation story is virtually identical to that in the Code of Hammurabi written about 1,000 years before the OT.

    I’m not going to enter into a discussion of the value of religion for so many people, regardless of which religion. But religious belief is a choice to accept legend, and defies proof. You can only go so far in trying to explain away errors and inconsistencies and then you must “leap the faith” and ignore logic that point elsewhere.

  12. Tuck

    January 2, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Never begin a religious discussion or argument with “If I was God”. I can’t believe how backward this argument is.

  13. atatakaidanjp

    January 2, 2016 at 11:26 am

    What do you expect from someone who claims to have multiple PhD degrees, yet not one of them is from an accredited school.

    His claims of having taught in schools is not entirely honest, either, as he could not teach in any PUBLIC school because he is not with any qualification. His claims on science are total nonsense. His presentation is about as flawed as one can get.

    Personally, I pity the guy and his family, even though financially, they are successful, they are not successful in their REAL lives.

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