Misinterpreting the Bible

Gustav_Jaeger_Bileam_EngelThe Bible doesn’t always mean what people think it means. Case in point, I thought I had found yet another glaring contradiction in the Bible: I was reading the Book of Numbers and it said that God does not lie (Numbers 23:19).  Aha! In the previous chapter, Balaam had clearly heard God talking out of his ass! (Numbers 22:28){badabing!} But then I got to thinking about words and phrases changing over time. It makes perfect translations and interpretations pretty near impossible. But the weirdest thing about that Balaam story is that he argued with the animal. Why? Clearly he was dealing with no ‘dumb’ ass. Then it occurred to me: Then as now, nobody wants to listen to a ‘smart’ ass, even when they know what they’re talking about! Perhaps I should trust not in my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). What say you all?

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