A serious Biblical difficulty

A Biblical Problem in the First Instance!

by Ibn Anwar

Muslim apologetics enjoy a good round with Christians on disproving the Bible’s authenticity as God’s word by pointing out the many different discrepancies the books of the Bible have. Little do they know that they’re going about it the wrong way. Little do they know that the Bible itself actually admits to its corruption. WHAT!?…I’m sure that’s how you Christians are reacting in your chairs right now. I wouldn’t blame you. Not many Christians are aware of this. I don’t wish to waste your time and beat around the bush. So here’s the admission :

ח אֵיכָה תֹאמְרוּ חֲכָמִים אֲנַחְנוּ, וְתוֹרַת יְהוָה אִתָּנוּ; אָכֵן הִנֵּה לַשֶּׁקֶר

עָשָׂה, עֵט שֶׁקֶר סֹפְרִים.

eikha tomru khakhamim anakhnu ve torah adonai itanu akhen hine lasheker asa et sheker sofrim

“How do you say: “We are wise, and the Torah of the Lord is with us? when, in fact, the false pen of the scribes has made it into a lie?”

(Jeremiah 8:8 )

So, here we have the Prophet Jeremiah from the book of Jeremiah admitting to the corruption of the Torah(5 books of Moses) committed by the scribes. The question which arises now is where is the corruption? Let’s see.

“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he seperated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day“, and the darkness he called “night“. And there was evening, and there was morningthe first day.”

(Genesis 1:3-5)

The above shows that God made day and night i.e. morning and evening THE FIRST DAY. As all of us know for a fact and it is common sense, night and day, morning and evening exist with the existence of the sun and the moon. So the sun and the moon were created on the first day.

However, the following verses just a few verses after 3 to 5 has something different to say.

“And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning – the fourth day.

(Genesis 1:14-19)

So, the above verses say that God made the greater light which is the sun and the lesser light which is the moon to govern day and night and this then brought forth evening and morning on the FOURTH DAY! Yet, only a few verses earlier, we read that the sun and the moon were already created on the first day. The obvious problem is were the sun and the moon created on the first day or on the fourth day? I do not believe the conundrum is reconcilable. What do you think? So, I’ve been telling my Muslim brethren not to waste their time by delving too deep into the Bible which only frequently leads to their and others’ confusion. What they ought to do is just open the first book and the first page of the Bible and what a problem there is there indeed.

 

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2 Responses to “A serious Biblical difficulty”

  1. northerntribe says:

    Hello friend. Without a doubt the most common source of light is thermal (like the sun) but there are other well known sources as well: i.e scintillation, electroluminescence, sonoluminescence, triboluminescence, Cherenkov radiation.

    I am no expert, but the fact that things don’t always make sense to me doesn’t make them untrue (Rom. 3:3). If my reason is the only measure I have to understand truth, I am in big trouble because my mind is so limited. What if my reasoning is skewed? What if there really was light before there was a sun and moon? That probably sounds childish to you. That’s okay. My faith is based on, well, faith.

    Thank you for your very interesting observations. I respect your opinion and always enjoy speaking to people who see things differently than I do.

    God bless you!

  2. Ibn Anwar says:

    Greetings,

    Yes, I would concur that there are various causes and sources of light. Several of which you named were scintillation, electroluminescence, sonoluminescence, triboluminescence, Cherenkov radiation. However, none of them can ever bring about morning and evening! Not even the greatest of man made light can ever bring about morning and evening since they are a natural phenomenon caused by the existence of the sun and the moon in tandem with the rotation of the earth on its orbit. Yes, a torch light can be the cause of light in a dark room, but it cannot bring about morning and evening. It is elementary knowledge that without the sun and the moon there can be no morning or evening. A most crucial point to be noted is that the verses are not just speaking about some light but rather night and day, morning and evening. The fact that you have failed to provide a sensible answer shows the weakness of your belief since Paul said, “Prove all things”. But of course, as you yourself have admitted,”it is a matter of faith”. And blind faith it is. Jesus said,”Seeing they see not, hearing they hear not, neither do they understand”. Let us hope we do not fall into this most unfortunate category. Thank you for your comments and I hope you’ll drop by again sometime.

    Allah knows best!

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