embarrassing Bible stories


Category : Bible reliability, bible, faith


At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, “The earth is going to swallow us too!” (Numbers 16: 34)


God used a specific and unique event (in this case an earthquake) to punish the leaders of an open rebellion against him.  But because the people of Israel had lost their trust of God they believed they were in danger.  They either believed they would be punished by God, or else it was a natural phenomenon.  In reality it was God acting just as Moses had said he would. 

What repeatedly strikes me about the Bible is that almost everyone in it looks like a fool at one time or another.  There are countless stories where everyone from Moses to Paul looks like an idiot for doubting God. 

I find that fascinating. 

What other religion does that?  What other religion’s icons are put in such an embarrassing light?  Doesn’t this make the Bible all the more believable?  After all, if you’re going to invent a religion, why make yourself look bad? 

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