“How do you reconcile your faith with the fact that the Bible is so full of errors?” First, ask what particular errors the person has in mind. Ninetynine percent of the time people cannot think of any. If the person has a specific problem and you do not have the answer, do not panic. Instead smile casually and say, “I don’t have the answer to that one, but I will be glad to dig it up for you.” If the person has not read the Bible, that is a fair indication of his or her insincerity in questioning it. But do not press this point, and never make fun of anyone or try to argue by ridicule. This only brings the Gospel into disrepute.
The Bible does contain some apparent contradictions. But, time and time again, an apparent contradiction has been vindicated by the discoveries of modern archaeology. Dr. Nelson Glueck, an outstanding Jewish archaeologist, makes the remarkable statement, “No archaeological discovery has ever controverted a biblical reference.” Evolution may be a problem if it leads to an atheistic conclusion for someone. The real issue though is not evolution, but coming to grips with Christ Himself. Ask:
“What conclusion are you drawing from your evolutionary position—that the universe happened by chance? Or are you saying that God created the universe and did so by using certain evolutionary processes? I am not convinced about that particular position, but let us assume for the moment that it is correct. What conclusion are you drawing?” From there, direct attention to what Jesus Christ has said and done. How God brought the universe into being is not so important as that He did it. One’s presupposition, and not the actual evidence, often determines his or her conclusion. An apparently strong case for a naturalistic position can be made by ignoring the evidence for Jesus Christ. But if a person is going to be intellectually honest, he or she must come to grips with Him. An amazing number of thinking non-Christians have never really thought about the evidence for Jesus Christ.