Christian apologists often try to cast doubt on Islam because of the issue of abrogation.
In this article we will turn the tables on Christian apologists, by bringing up abrogation taking part in the Bible. Bear in mind, Christian apologists try to argue against the Quran because of abrogation, therefore if they are consistent and follow their own criteria, the should now argue and doubt the Bible because it too contains abrogation.
Can you marry your sister?
In the Bible, we read that Abraham married his half sister:
Genesis 20:11-12: And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake. And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
Later on in the Bible we read that such a marriage is forbidden, and the one who practices it is cursed:
Deuteronomy 27:22: Cursedbe he that lies with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen
So this is a clear example of a change in ruling, previously there was no command against marrying your sister, as Abraham (pbuh) practiced such an act. Afterwards however, in the law of Moses (pbuh), marrying your sister was forbidden, and the person who would do such a marriage would be cursed.
Can you get a divorce?
In the law of Moses (pbuh) we see that people were allowed to get a divorce:
When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favor in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife. (Deuteronomy 24:1-2)
So not only are people allowed to divorce according to the law of Moses (pbuh), women who are divorced can get married to another man after they get divorced.
In the New Testament however, this ruling is changed and forbidden:
For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. So then, if she marries another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress.
1 Corinthians 7:39
A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord
Can a man marry his brothers wife?
According to one part of the Bible, a man may not marry his brother’s wife:
If a man marries his brother’s wife, it is an act of impurity; he has dishonored his brother. They will be childless. (Leviticus 20:21)
Later on in the Bible, we read that a brother may in fact marry his brothers wife:
If brothers are living together and one of them dies without a son, his widow must not marry outside the family. Her husband’s brother shall take her and marry her and fulfill the duty of a brother-in-law to her. (Deuteronomy 25:5)
Can you eat pork or not?
In the Old Testament, eating pork is clearly forbidden:
“And the pig, though it has a split hoof completely divided, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you. (Leviticus 11:7-8)”
Yet in the Gospel of Mark, this has been changed and abrogated:
Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean’ by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him ‘unclean.’ “After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him ‘unclean’? For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods “clean.”) He went on: “What comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unclean.’(Mark 7:14-20)
We have seen quite a few examples of abrogation in the Bible, so by the standard and set criteria of Christian apologists, they must now argue against their own Bible, somehow we doubt that they’re going to do that, and expect them to come up with a whole load of excuses.