My conversation with Jim - a Unitarian Universalist. Jim and I have very different views on the Bible. He doesn't believe that it's 100% reliable, therefore he doesn't fully trust it.


So much of our discussion centers around what we mean when we say that the Bible is inspired. At one point, Jim brings up the genealogies found in Matthew and Luke. His claim is that they irreconcilably conflict with each other.


Upon further research, I learned that Matthew is showing us Jesus' ancestry through His earthly father Joseph. (The Paternal Line). Luke's genealogy is through Jesus' mother Mary (Maternal). That explains the different names that are found there. Therefore, once again, as we take a closer look, the two supposed contradictions are completely reconcilable.


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