I wanted to share some thoughts regarding the Bible and Bible study.
There are controversies regarding the Bible and whether it is true or not (as a whole or in part), whether it is worth reading or not, whether it is a work of God or of man, and whether it can be trusted or not.
If one follows most common, mainstream Bible teachings, the Bible will eventually seem to be full of contradictions. Most Bible teachers will not usually straight up admit to that. However, on one day, a person can receive a particular teaching and explanation about what is written in the Bible, and on another day, a person can be taught something that completely contradicts the teaching that came before it. Excuses or some kind of weak pat answers are typically given to a person who asks why the Bible and God’s ways seem to be contradictory. From my own experience, I have had plenty of such instances in my life. And when the questions would start rolling through my mind, I would shoo them away like flies because I kept telling myself that “God’s ways aren’t my ways” and “Who am I to question God’s confusing behavior and plan?” So I would just keep swatting away the pesky questions and try to content myself with an answer like, “That’s just the way it is, and I must accept it.”