Alan C. wrote:
I agree with you but the Christians claim that the Bible is the best source of information because it is God's Inerrant Words
But how can that be when there are so many inconsistencies?
but the Christians either 'harmonise' them or ignore them.
Quite! It's called cherry picking.
I don't believe there is a Christian alive who lives by all
the tenets of the bible, in fact I'd go so far as to say it would be impossible.
According to the Bible, salvation is by faith in Jesus - it is not conditional on living an ethical life. Nothing else is required to spend an eternity in heaven. You could kill trillions of sentient organisms and still enjoy heaven forever and ever while the most ethical and charitable non-Christians will burn in eternal torment in the depths of hell. That's if the Bible is reliable.
I agree with you again. Despite lots of contradictions, errors and inconsistencies in the Bible, Christians still hold it to be 'inerrant'. Take the following as example:
The following is quoted from the Evangelical Alliance
of the U.K. I have changed to bold
the two points I would like to draw your attention to.
All our members agree that the below statements are true.
We believe in...
The one true God who lives eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
The dignity of all people, made male and female in God's image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.
The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.
The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers—given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.