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Contradictions In Scripture

Contradictions in Scripture: Some scriptures seem to contradict themselves if we don't understand the concept of paradox. Like those in favor of drinking wine vs. those which are not. Can you find other examples? What are your thoughts on this?

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I think it is best to start without a premise and study the scriptures. If we find something that is clearly self contradictory, then we can assume that the scriptures as we presently have them are not without at least some error. Take for example Acts 9:7 and Acts 22:9. I take this to be a self contradiction (both seem impossible to be true at the same time). So, I see the bible as being less than perfect.
---sophia on 1/15/08

Well put Eloy.
---jhonny on 1/3/08

Many things on the surface may "seem" to contradict each other, but upon closer examination we find perfect harmony and symetry and truths which compliment each other.
---Eloy on 1/3/08

Mat 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Yes God does use secrecy and concealment. And some he even keeps in denseness from the comprehension of certain knowledge. The religious leaders of Christs time were a case for example. The bigger the ego, the less they got it.
---jhonny on 1/1/08

Ecclesiastes 5:18 Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one's labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him, for this is his reward. 19 Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor, this is the gift of God.
---j._nonymous on 1/1/08

An example of paradox:
Luke 7:34
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and "sinners." '

1 Corinthians 5:11
But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.
---j._nonymous on 1/1/08

The Church in America has a dumbed down theology that does not think very hard about the meaning of scriptures. If someone took a picture of me eating and posted it on the internet, would it be right to say eating is all I do? No. You'd have to look at all the other parts of my life to get a full picture of what I am like. We do the same with God by doing things like taking one little verse and saying "See! God wants me to prosper! Therefore it must be God's will for me to be rich!"
---j._nonymous on 1/1/08

"PARADOX noun 1. a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth."
In light of this definition, I think scripture at times can be saying 2 things about the same issue which are both true. For instance: Is it wrong to drink? The Bible says yes, AND the Bible says no. They are both true depending on the context of the drinking, the amount being drunk, and the frequency of the drinking.
---j._nonymous on 1/1/08

The reason we Christians have a hard time with the concept of paradox is that somewhere along the line in Christian culture we decided that the Bible can't be saying 2 things about the same issue. When looking into Jewish culture we see there is often use of paradox and hyperbole as well as sarcasm to express a point. I am a Genesis to Revelations Christian and I believe we need to know all of it to fully understand any of it.
---j._nonymous on 1/1/08

Here are a couple of other examples: Col. 1:24 Paul said that since Jesus' sacrifice was not sufficent that Paul had to complet it. (Blastphemy!) Jesus said One must be born again by the Spirit for salvation, Paul said (Rom 11) that one can be adopted. Who is telling the truth?
---Dr._Rich on 12/31/07

Mark V:: You do not fight or parley, with me but with The words & against Almighty God as you see it Not as He advocates.John was a messenger no one heeded him who am I just an old simple man who sticks to the truth by experience.I share His love & message,with you & others nothing more.The choice is yours as every one else.
---Emcee on 12/31/07

MarkV:: You insist to nullify the words in Jn3:3 you are spreading Nicodeamus misconception Try the word of God "From Above" not again.The Misconception is satans Ploy."Seek His Mercy"even satanbelieves but changes the verse to detract others from the truth.
---Emcee on 12/31/07

Pt 1 - one contradicting scripture is love your neighbor as 'yourself'yet the bible tells you to 'deny'yourself. pastors & tele evangelist do not practice this verse. I find them hypocrites bec. they have houses & luxury cars & they defend themselves when rebuked.
---frau on 12/31/07

pt2 - pastors, tele evangelist & self denial advocates are quick & experts to quote this verse but they dodge the same verse when you confront them with the same verse. like the old saying goes - do as I say not as I do!
---frau on 12/31/07

The primary reason for this seemly parodox in Scripture is for two reasons: one: not understanding the total context of that scipture and two: confusing cutural mores, (which may be good, but they are not Scripture), with biblical teaching. For example, Timothy is advised to take a little wine for his stomach problems, but my name is not Timothy. (1 Timothy 5:23)
---wivv on 12/29/07

Huh? What problem do you have with my method?
Clearly there are deficencies in the ever-changing english language. For example Americans, Austrailians, Irish, etc. all speak english, but in each culture the same words can have extreemly different meanings.

That's not to say there's any errors in God's Word. However like the english language, man has many flaws and limitations.
---AG on 12/28/07

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#2. "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God" Matt. 22:29. The Sadducees could have resolved their error by refering to the Scriptures, which were a recognized source of authority, but they couldn't because their traditions were different then what God had said. Jesus was able to make a clear distinction between what Scripture teaches and what religious tradition teaches.
---Mark_V. on 12/28/07

#3. "You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men." Jesus also said, "You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions. For Moses said, 'honor your father and mother' and, 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.' But you say that if a man says to his father or mother : Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me it is Corban' (that is a gift devoted to God),
---Mark_V. on 12/28/07

#4. 'then you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother. Thus you nullify the Word of God by your traditions that you have handed down." And you do many things like that" Jesus looked at the hypocritical behavior of the Pharisees and saw that it was rooted in the traditions of men, just like Emcee's. How could Jesus say that they had abandoned the commands of God, revealed in Scripture, unless a recognized body of Scripture already existed?
---Mark_V. on 12/28/07

Emcee would have us all play by the rules he plays. Abandoning the Word of God and Jesus very words, "You must be born again to enter the kingdom of God." by having us all "be perfect to have eternal life and enter the kingdom." A salvation by works. He has learned that by the traditions he follows from his church. Jesus spoke about those like Emcee, "When the Jewish religious leaders came to Jesus questioning the resurrection, Jesus replied to them,
---Mark_V. on 12/28/07

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MarkV::I do not disagree with the Re Birth terminology.I Know there are people who in some stages of their lives are alerted From "ABOVE" giving rise to Change similar to what you call rebirth. Same as are born into Christ, then apostated.I was born a child of God,as all are,Parental guidance my acceptance of the faith as RC. I saw its infinite Truths which has brought me Peace joy satisfaction,should I change my venue knowing I have The genuine truth?No! But thank you for your reflection.
---Emcee on 12/27/07

1st Cliff::If the death you refer to is spiritual, pray tell me Have you seen the Lambs book & is your name on it?The truth is "Be Perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect if you desire eternal life in His Kingdom" " We are all required to play by HIS RULES"
---Emcee on 12/26/07

1st Cliff::If the death you refer to is spiritual, pray tell me Have you seen the Lambs book & is your name on it?The truth is "Be Perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect if you desire eternal life in His Kingdom" " We are all required to play by HIS RULES"
---Emcee on 12/26/07

1st Cliff, that was a great answer you gave about spiritual death. What I cannot understand though is how can anyone call himself a child of God, if He doesn't believe the word of God to be infallible? That is hard to understand. If there is error in Scripture, what part of it is false? Here many excuses are given, Emcee, because of his background doesn't believe in rebirth, making the Word of God, the Bible, not final authority, and believe more on traditions. The others I really cannot understand.
---Mark_V. on 12/26/07

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#2. If we begin with a presupposition that Scripture does contain errors, and then find an apparent discrepancy between two or more texts, we may decide that one or both of them contain errors. But if we begin with the presupposition that Scripture does not contain errors, we are motivated to find a justifiable way of resolving any seeming discrepancy. If Jesus Christ is, as we believe, the Son of God, then His attitude toward Scripture will provide the best answers to the question of inerrancy.
---Mark_V. on 12/26/07

#3. Jesus consistently treated the historical narratives of the Old Testament as straightforward records of fact. Jesus often chose as the basis of His teaching those very stories that most modern critic find unacceptable, the Noahic flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, the story of Jonah. He also consistently used the Old Testament Scriptures as the authoritative court of appeal in His controversies with the scribes and Pharisees.
---Mark_V. on 12/26/07

#4. Jesus complain with them was not that they gave too much credence to Scripture, but that they had, by their rabbinic ministry, managed to circumvent the clear and authoritive teachings to be found in Scripture. If what Jesus spoke some times was false, how could anyone know what to believe? I put my faith in Christ, and on His authorative teachings. To me, how can someone be called a follower of Christ, if he doesn't believe the Word of God?
---Mark_V. on 12/26/07

AG - John is refered to as elijah. this does not mean he is reincarnated but he had the same kind of spirit.
as far as other seeming contradictions, it is not the Bible thats the problem its your method of interpitation. mix in a little common since when you read and you should be ok.
---Kraus on 12/26/07

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The Bible doesn't prohibit wine, however it does say drunkenness is a sin. So the big question is do you have enough self control to be able to drink without getting drunk? Sometimes it's better not to start drinking.
---Speedy on 12/25/07

Alchohol makes you foolish,break up the
home,act crazy,breakup friendships, memory
lost,cause many regrets,impare yourjudgment,
Make you lose control of all your dreams,
say things that you wound'nt otherwise say,
and do things you would'nt otherwise do.
And this all begains with just one sip.
It is not wise to see the train coming....
....and still not get out of the way of it.
---Jack_8773 on 12/25/07

Now you know why the bible only contains the word of God. It is the field as told to us by Jesus in the story of the wheat and tares. Jesus sowed truth (wheat) and Satan sowed lies (tares). You must do your own study to find the real truth. Trust the eyewitnesses to Jesus' ministry (John 14:26). Paul and Luke were not eyewitnesses.
---Dr._Rich on 12/25/07

Emcee, Death is the absence of life, spiritual death is figurative, when for all intents and purposes you are dead as far as God is concerned. In this condition ,when literal death comes, your name will not be in the Lambs book of life and you will pass unnoticed and remain dead forever! Remember "the gift of God is eternal life"
---1st_cliff on 12/24/07

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Think of scripture as a puzzle. Start with the premise that God is perfect and cannot contradict himself. Then put the pieces together. If the pieces don't seem to fit, it is because we lack the insight to understand how they fit.

I recommend getting an interlinear bible. It's a good resource for overcoming deficencies in the English language.

Gaining a better understanding of ancient history and Hebrew culture can also shed light on seeming contradictions.
---AG on 12/24/07

greetings.Is this a good example?Reincarnation-It is written in the n.t. that John the baptist was at first a man from a previous age but John the baptist denied he was anyone other than himself and not a man from a previous age.
---earl on 12/23/07

Nowhere in scripture does it say "immortal soul". There is immortality, and there is soul, but the two are never linked. It is a lie coming from pagan religions. The sould that is sinning will die, yes, and the dead are conscious of nothing at all, the scriptures say. Death is a slepp until the resurrection. The hope for the majority of us is everlasting life on earth, and I look forward to that!!
There are no contradictions in the Bible that cannot be explained!!
---Jualsy on 12/22/07

1st Cliff::What is the meaning of death to you? there are 2 deaths one human & one spiritual.There is no contraversy just your inability to envision Spiritual death, which is what God Talks about Denial of the Beatific Vision.
---Emcee on 12/21/07

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The fundamentalists believe the soul is immortal-Ez18.4 "the soul that sins will die" Isn't that a contradiction?
---1st_cliff on 12/21/07

Now we see through a glass darkly.
---Mima on 12/19/07

No scipture contradicts scipture. from Genesis to Revelations. I think you said it.Others favour particular things .therefore to justify their choices and condermn others they try to use scripture. Galations 5:22-26

We have to seek God in spirit and true.all scripture of God and He would neva contradict.

---brian3745 on 12/19/07

(1) One scripture can contradict how I misunderstand another passage.

It says, "for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God." (James 1:20) So, clearly, I'd say, there is anger which is sinful. Yet, ones claim, "Be angry, and do not sin." (in Ephesians 4:26) And ones use this to justify their rage problems, as long as they don't act harmfully against someone else. But anger in God's love is caring, and brings creative results, making things better > (2) >
---Bill_bila5659 on 12/18/07

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(2) It says, ""Be angry, and do not sin." But Jesus says each person is to forgive "from his heart" (please see Matthew 18:35), so if your anger makes you unforgiving in your heart...that anger is sinful anger, even if you don't let it cause you to do a sinful act. And anger in God's love also is not dominating, not self-righteously critical.
---Bill_bila5659 on 12/18/07

My thoughts are there is a huge difference between drinking wine and being a drunkard.
---Ryan_Z on 12/18/07

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