This is one of the points this does not prove the Bible?s divine attribute, but it shows that it is at least an honest work. Throughout its pages, the writers and characters of the Bible were very open about their own sin and wrong doing, and did not care to make themselves out to be great people and therefore more reliable or persuasive.

You can contrast that with Joseph Smith who stated that he did more for the church than Jesus ever did1, Muhammad who some say was sinless, or Siddhartha Gautama who is hailed as ‘;the Buddha’ which is a person who has attained full enlightenment.

For example:

  • Abraham lied more than once about Sarah not being his wife (Genesis 12:12-13, 20:2)
  • Moses? disobeyance to God’s direct order that prevented him from entering the promised land (Numbers 20:8, 11-12)
  • Israel rejected God throughout the whole Old Testament
  • David?s adultery and murder (2 Sam 11)
  • Peter denying Christ 3 times in the gospels (Luke 22:54-62) and then his fear of being seen eating with the gentiles (Galatians 2:11-14) which brought about Paul rebuking him for all to see
  • The disciples argued about which of them was the greatest of the twelve (Mark 19:33-37)
  • The disciples were falling asleep when Jesus asked them to pray (Mark 14: 32-42)
  • Paul confesses that he was a wretched man (1 Timothy 1:15)

If those who penned the words of the Bible were simply making it up, they would undoubtedly leave out any mention of their failures or flaws in effort to make themselves appear more trustworthy and therefore, their message more believable. But that is not what we see at all. So in a way, the failures of the Bible’s characters, actually makes them more believable.

resources:
  1. History of the Church, vol. 6, p. 408-409

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