In his ignorance man searches for what he considers “mistakes” in the Bible to justify his godless beliefs. He is like a man with a magnifying glass who diligently searches for a tiny dirt speck on the Mona Lisa, so he can justify discarding the whole painting as junk. In the following (extremely applicable) article from The Almost Christian, written in 1661, Matthew Mead addresses the problem:
“There is a proud heart in every natural man. There was much pride in Adam’s sin—and there is much of it in all Adam’s sons. Pride is a radical sin, and from hence arises this over-inflated opinion of a man’s spiritual state and condition: ‘The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers’ (Luke 18:11). This is the unsaved man’s motto.
“A proud man has an eye to see his beauty—but not his deformity. He sees his abilities—but not his spots. He sees his seeming righteousness—but not his real wretchedness. It must be a work of grace—which must show a man the lack of grace. The haughty eye looks upward—but the humble eye looks downward, and therefore this is the believer’s motto, ‘I am the least of saints—and the greatest of sinners!’”
Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said to them, You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.