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Title: We can understand the Bible


1
We can understand the Bible Part 7
2
Sometimes our understanding is affected by our
heart.
  • The next slides present alleged contradictions
    found on an Internet site they seem to reflect
    an attitude of not wanting to accept.
  • We will discuss a few fundamental principles of
    Bible study.
  • Then, we will apply those principles to try to
    understand the supposed contradictions.

3
Bible Contradictions
  • Comment by person alleging contradictions
    Sometimes the explanation is almost as humorous
    as the fact that people actually believe the
    story in the first place...almost as humorous.

4
Principles of Bible Study
  • Let us apply these principles to the following
    eleven alleged contradictions.
  • We will see how sound and credible the Bible is
    when objectively and conscientiously studied.

5
Alleged Bible Contradiction 1
  • Let your light so shine before men, that they may
    see your good works. - Matthew 516
  • Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to
    be seen of them. - Matthew 61
  • Comment by person alleging contradiction Poor
    Jesus! Having to be written about by a man like
    this. That people are confused about Jesus is no
    wonder.

6
Alleged Bible Contradiction 1 Answered
  • ANSWER Immediate context. It shows that the
    mans heart (purpose) is what is under
    consideration.
  • (Matthew 516 NKJV) Let your light so shine
    before men, that they may see your good works and
    glorify your Father in heaven.
  • (Matthew 61-2 NKJV) do not do your charitable
    deeds before men, to be seen by them. do not
    sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do
    in the synagogues and in the streets, that they
    may have glory from men.

7
Alleged Bible Contradiction 2
  • ... thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye,
    tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
    burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for
    stripe. - Exodus 2123-25
  • ... resist not evil but whosoever shall smite
    thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other
    also. - Matthew 539
  • Comment by person alleging contradiction Boiled
    down, this is Jesus saying that the Law of God is
    incorrect and he knows better.

8
Alleged Bible Contradiction 2 Answered
  • ANSWER Broader context. God distinguishes
    between actions taken by individuals and the
    actions of a nation executing judgment.
  • God condemns personal revenge.
  • (Matthew 539 NKJV) But I tell you not to
    resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on
    your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
  • (Romans 1217 NKJV) Repay no one evil for evil.
    Have regard for good things in the sight of all
    men.

9
Alleged Bible Contradiction 2 Answered (Contd)
  • God condones and requires civil justice.
  • (Deuteronomy 1918-21 NKJV) And the judges
    shall make careful inquiry,
  • (Deuteronomy 1920 NKJV) And those who remain
    shall hear and fear, and hereafter they shall not
    again commit such evil among you.
  • (Deuteronomy 1921 NKJV) Your eye shall not
    pity life shall be for life, eye for eye, tooth
    for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

10
Alleged Bible Contradiction 3
  • Thou shalt not kill - Exodus 2013
  • Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man
    his sword by his side... and slay every man his
    brother... - Exodus 3227

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Alleged Bible Contradiction 3 Answered
  • ANSWER Broader context. God distinguishes
    between actions taken by individuals and the
    actions of a nation executing judgment.
  • God condemns personal murder.
  • (Exodus 2013 KJV) Thou shalt not kill.
  • (Exodus 2013 NKJV/NASB) You shall not murder.

12
Alleged Bible Contradiction 3 Answered (Contd)
  • God approves of death as part of civil justice.
  • In the Old Testament.
  • (Exo 3227 NKJV) Thus says the LORD God of
    Israel Let every man put his sword on his side,
    let every man kill his brother, every man his
    companion, and every man his neighbor.

13
Alleged Bible Contradiction 3 Answered (Contd)
  • God approves of death as part of civil justice.
    (Contd)
  • In the New Testament.
  • (Rom 131 NKJV) Let every soul be subject to
    the governing authorities.
  • (Rom 132 NKJV) Therefore whoever resists the
    authority resists the ordinance of God, .
  • (Rom 134 NKJV) For he is God's minister to you
    for good. But if you do evil, be afraid for he
    does not bear the sword in vain for he is God's
    minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who
    practices evil.

14
Alleged Bible Contradiction 4
  • And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel
    for I have seen God face to face, and my life is
    preserved. - Genesis 3230
  • No man hath seen God at any time. - John 118
  • Comment by person alleging contradiction I
    guess John was not familiar with the Old
    Testament.

15
Alleged Bible Contradiction 4 Answered
  • ANSWER Use of language. We use the word see
    to refer to seeing the effects of.
  • Do you see the wind? Not really. You see the
    effects of the wind in the movement of the grass
    and the trees.
  • NOTE This is often used in literature and
    common speech. The name of one thing is used for
    something else it naturally suggests, e.g. a
    cup for the contents. In this case, the effect
    is the movement which is seen, but the cause of
    the movement (the wind) is named.

16
Alleged Bible Contradiction 4 Answered (Contd)
  • Can one literally see God? No.
  • God is spirit (John 424) and invisible
  • (I Timothy 117).
  • Spiritual things are eternal and therefore not
    seen (II Cor 418).
  • (1 Timothy 616 NKJV) who alone has
    immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light,
    whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor
    and everlasting power. Amen.

17
Alleged Bible Contradiction 4 Answered (Contd)
  • But, when Philip saw the attributes of deity in
    Jesus, he had seen the Father.
  • (John 149 NKJV) Jesus said to him, He who
    has seen Me has seen the Father

18
Alleged Bible Contradiction 4 Answered (Contd)
  • So, when Jacob came face to face with the
    representative of God (or even God taking
    physical form), he said that he had come face to
    face with God.
  • But, he had not seen God as He truly isa purely
    spiritual being.
  • (John 118 NKJV) No one has seen God at any
    time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom
    of the Father, He has declared Him.

19
Alleged Bible Contradiction 5
  • The son shall not bear the iniquity of the
    father. - Ezekiel 1820
  • ... I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting
    the iniquity of the fathers upon the children
    unto the third and fourth generation. - Exodus
    205
  • Comment by person alleging contradiction two
    authors putting forth what they believe to be the
    word of God. These two so obviously contradict
    each other that an interpretation is almost
    unnecessary.

20
Alleged Bible Contradiction 5 Answered
  • ANSWER Subject context. From the whole of
    Gods word we see that
  • A persons sinful behavior can have con-sequences
    in the lives of others.
  • An entire nation suffered because of Sauls sins.
  • (2 Samuel 211 NKJV) Now there was a famine in
    the days of David for three years, and David
    inquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It
    is because of Saul and his bloodthirsty house,

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Alleged Bible Contradiction 5 Answered (Contd)
  • A persons sinful behavior can have con-sequences
    in the lives of others. (Contd)
  • Davids child suffered and died because of
    Davids sinful behavior.
  • (2 Samuel 1215-18 NKJV) the LORD struck the
    child that Uriah's wife bore to David, and it
    became ill. the seventh day the child died.
  • Stephen was stoned because of the sinful attitude
    of the Jews (Acts 69-759).

22
Alleged Bible Contradiction 5 Answered (Contd)
  • But, the guilt of a persons sin is never
    transmitted to another person.
  • (Isaiah 592 NKJV) But your iniquities have
    separated you from your God
  • (Romans 512 NKJV) spiritual, sjc death
    spread to all men, because all sinned
  • (Romans 1412 NKJV) So then each of us shall
    give account of himself to God.
  • (Ezekiel 1820 NKJV) The soul who sins shall
    die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the
    father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son.

23
Alleged Bible Contradiction 6
  • "In righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbor.
    -Leviticus 1915
  • "Judge not, that ye be not judged." -Matthew 71
  • Comment by person alleging contradiction Quite
    clearly a contradiction from the previous
    instruction given by God.

24
Alleged Bible Contradiction 6 Answered
  • ANSWER Immediate context.
  • Jesus does not prohibit judging.
  • (Matthew 71 NKJV) Judge not, that you be not
    judged.
  • (Matthew 72 NKJV) For with what judgment you
    judge, you will be judged and with the measure
    you use, it will be measured back to you.
  • Jesus says that you will not be allowed to be
    hypocritical. The same standard must be applied
    to allincluding yourself.

25
Alleged Bible Contradiction 6 Answered (Contd)
  • Which is exactly what Leviticus says.
  • (Leviticus 1915 KJV) Ye shall do no
    unrighteousness in judgment thou shalt not
    respect the person of the poor, nor honour the
    person of the mighty but in righteousness shalt
    thou judge thy neighbour.
  • And, exactly what Jesus says.
  • (John 724 NKJV) Do not judge according to
    appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.
  • Jesus is saying we need to get our facts right
    before we make a judgment

26
Alleged Bible Contradiction 7
  • Therefore Michal, the daughter of Saul, had no
    child unto the day of her death. - II Samuel
    623
  • The five sons of Michal, the daughter of Saul. -
    II Samuel 218
  • Comment by person alleging contradiction Here
    we see an author who could not follow his own
    story line. I will not interpret this at all,
    for the absurdity of it shall be its own
    interpretation.

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Alleged Bible Contradiction 7 Answered
  • ANSWER Issue in text/translation.
  • Some texts/versions say Merab.
  • (2 Samuel 218 NASB) and the five sons of
    Merab the daughter of Saul, whom she had born to
    Adriel
  • It was Merab was married to Adriel, not Michal (I
    Samual 1819)
  • This is one resolution of the alleged
    contradiction.

28
Alleged Bible Contradiction 7 Answered (Contd)
  • Some texts that have the five sons of Merab add
    which Michal the daughter of Saul brought up .
  • This idea is reflected in most translations
  • (2 Samuel 218 KJV) . and the five sons of
    Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up
    for Adriel
  • Note In the alleged contradiction, he showed
    only part of the verse The five sons of Michal,
    the daughter of Saul.

29
Alleged Bible Contradiction 8
  • Think not that I come to send peace on earth I
    come not to send peace, but a sword. - Matthew
    1034
  • ... all they that take the sword shall perish
    with the sword. - Matthew 2652
  • Comment by person alleging contradiction The
    author of Matthew should have probably chosen
    another word in one of these words so it does not
    make Jesus look like a fool. Clearly, the author
    wrote these two verses some time apart.

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Alleged Bible Contradiction 8 Answered
  • ANSWER Use of language. One is a figurative
    usage the other is a proverb.
  • Jesus brought a sword (Matthew 1034) in the
    sense that His message would divide families and
    friends (Matthew 1035).
  • The proverb is that people often (not always) die
    as a consequence of the way they live.

31
Alleged Bible Contradiction 9
  • And the men which journeyed with Paul stood
    speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
    - Acts 97
  • And they that were with me Paul saw indeed the
    light and were afraid but they heard not the
    voice of him that spake to me. - Acts 229
  • Comment by person alleging contradiction The
    first says the men heard a voice but saw no man,
    while the second says that they saw a light but
    did not hear a voice.

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Alleged Bible Contradiction 9 Answered
  • ANSWER Use of language. There are two (or more)
    different ways that we use the word hear.
  • Sometimes hear means detect sounds.
  • Sometimes hear means understand.
  • We ask, Can you hear me? The reply is, No,
    speak louder.
  • Those with Paul could hear a noise but not
    discern the words that were spoken.

33
Alleged Bible Contradiction 10
  • Abraham had two sons one by a bonds-maid, the
    other by a free woman. - Galatians 422
  • By faith, Abraham when he was tried offered up
    Isaac... his only begotten son. - Hebrews 1117
  • Comment by person alleging contradiction The
    author clearly knew that Ishmael was also
    begotten by Abraham, but must have forgotten it
    when he wrote this letter.

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Alleged Bible Contradiction 10 Answered
  • ANSWER Use of language. The Bible is a special
    book and must be used to define its own terms.
  • The term only begotten (one word in the Greek)
    is a special word.
  • It has to do not only with birth, but purpose in
    the eyes of God.
  • We are children of God (John 112, I John 31,
    but Christ is the only begotten son.
  • Abraham had other children, but Isaac was the
    only begotten child of promise.

35
Alleged Bible Contradiction 11
  • Cursed is he that lieth with his sister, the
    daughter of his father, or the daughter of his
    mother. - Deuteronomy 2722
  • And Abraham said... She is my sister she is the
    daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my
    mother and she became my wife. - Genesis
    2011-12
  • Comment by person alleging contradiction We
    know that Abraham was indeed not cursed, but one
    of the most beloved of God's men.

36
Alleged Bible Contradiction 11 Answered
  • ANSWER Overall message and flow of Scripture.
    A man cannot be condemned for violation of a law
    that was not in effect when he committed the act.
  • Abraham lived around 2000 BC.
  • The Law of Moses was given around 1400 BC600
    years later!
  • Knowing Bible chronology can prevent
    erroneous/embarrassing statements.

37
Conclusion
  • The Word of God is without error.
  • If we believe we have found an error in the
    Bible, we need to revise our understanding, based
    on diligent study.
  • We can know the truth, and only the truth can
    make us free (John 832).
  • But, we must be honest seekers of the truth (II
    Thessalonians 210).
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