Hi Troy - While it Is true that people can and have used, misused, misunderstood, and abused the Bible, there are some things being overlooked. One is that it is a collection of books and letters. Some of it historical; some is poetry; some is predictive prophecy. Some is quite literal and some is metaphorical. If one is looking at the big picture, trying to look at whole Bible and not at individual verses or passages, you will find that it isn't contradictory. You will find that the individual writers had different audiences with different motivations for writing. One has to do what is known as good hermeneutics in order to determine just what is being expresed and why. For instance, one writer may be addressing people under persecution and are given encouraging words, whereas another writer is addressing a church that is too comfortable. That writer is using a lot of critical language that will, at first, glance appear to be contradictory to the one using comforting words. If a Christian is worth his or her salt, he or she will let the Bible teach the individual instead of manipulating the Bible to conform to one's pre-conceived theology. I challenge you and whomever to read the Bible in its entirety and ask God to show you what the truth is. Try to understand who the audience is and the writer's motivation and you'll be able to grasp the bigger picture.