Alleged Bible Contradictions Refuted

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I stole this picture from SlimJim at The Domain for Truth. Jim is a dear Christian brother. I’m pretty sure he won’t mind.

Quite often we hear of alleged Biblical contradictions that supposedly disprove the validity or the trustworthiness of the Biblical scriptures. Here are some excellent links that I’ve personally checked out that address alleged contradictions that you might want to bookmark for future reference:

coldcasechristianity.com/2014/ten-principles-when-considering-alleged-bible-contradictions/
veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/collection-of-posts-responding-to-bible-contradictions/  (excellent and extensive list)
veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/50-alleged-bible-contradiction-refuted/
defendinginerrancy.com/bible-difficulties/
logicandlight.org/category/biblical-contradictions/
godandscience.org/apologetics/contralinks.html
apologeticspress.org/AllegedDiscrepancies.aspx   (very extensive)

 

 

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15 comments on “Alleged Bible Contradictions Refuted
  1. bcparkison says:

    Jim really does alot of study on these. Thanks for sharing

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  2. I’ve noticed a couple of places where one verse says one thing, then immediately there’s a verse that says the opposite. This is not a contradiction, it’s a dialogue. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul quotes them, then challenges them with a question, then corrects them. For example, first he says that tongues are a sign for unbelievers, then asks, won’t unbelievers think you’re crazy if everyone is speaking in tongues? Then he says that actually, it’s prophecy that’s a sign for unbelievers. It was years before I understood this. The fact that Greek (as I understand it) has no quotation marks didn’t help.

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  3. So,do you think I Corinthians 14:34-35 is another example? – is Paul taking a stand against women speaking in the church, or is Paul quoting the Corinthians? (Is the following question addressing the women of the church or the men?) Just curious…

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    • Bruce says:

      Hi Ann, I think in this particular case that Paul is taking the stand against women speaking in the church at Corinth. This link at gotquestions has, in my estimation, a good commentary on this particular instruction as to what was culturally accepted: https://www.gotquestions.org/women-silent-church.html In particular, the final statement which reads “The interpretation offered here maintains that, as long the male leadership in the home and church is honored and female acceptance of it is expressed in culturally relevant ways, then the spirit of the passage is fulfilled.”, would in my estimation, be the essence of where these two quoted verses you indicated, are going.
      Don’t ask me why but I love it when someone starts a sentence with the word “So”. It’s right up there with “Therefore”. Just thought I would throw that in there for good measure. Grace and blessings!

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      • Thanks for the perspective, Bruce. I have been examining certain Scriptures, trying to reconcile them with others regarding women speaking or teaching in church. I heard a pastor say recently that women should not teach adults on Sunday morning, and if he were to attend such a class, he would be “in sin.” Since I have taught Sunday school in the past (as requested by my pastor) this shook me up a bit. – Was I “in sin”?? Was my pastor sinning in asking me to teach and in coming to that class? – Should I have covered my head? 😉

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      • Bruce says:

        Hi Ann, as I am sure you are aware, this is an area where there is still a fair amount of controversy. I personally don’t think it is wrong for women to teach adults (male and female) for Sunday school as long as it has been authorized (both you and the teaching you are giving) by the Pastor although I am sure there are some who might disagree with me. In essence, from my perspective, you would be operating under the authority of the male Pastor. The head covering is in my mind basically a cultural carry over that no longer signifies what it did away back then. If you check out my “Christian Resources” page, under the heading “WOMEN’S ROLE IN THE CHURCH AS LEADERS” you will note there are numerous links provided for both Pro and Con and I did NOT indicate my preference. I think that operating under the authority of the Pastor would be sufficient for most but there might be some who object and if they do, then I would have a tendency to side with the male only leaning, not because I necessarily think it is wrong for women to be given the opportunity to teach Sunday School, but more so because we are advised to accommodate the weaker in faith, even though we may feel we have the freedom to teach, under the authority of the Pastor. However, the links from J. W. Wartick (under Pro), who is a strong advocate for women teaching and serving in the Church, might give you some further insight.
        For me, the key issue is the authoritative aspect because I do believe that the scriptures do support the male perspective pertaining to authority. Delegated authority for teaching Sunday School by a female should not in my mind be an issue but to some it may be. You do know of course, that it has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with your capabilities, it is the submissive pattern that has been given. Interestingly enough, this same pattern applies to marriage. Yet even in marriage we see an inherent struggle for decisive authority. I can tell you from personal experience that the struggle is a long hard journey and the responsibility and accountability associated with the authority is a learning process that encompasses substantial error and questionable motives. Where two people (male and female) become one takes much time and considerable subjective soul searching. Men often want the final decision authority without really contemplating the associated accountability that comes with it. My wife and I will have been married 48 years next month. Our years together could have been a lot smoother had I seriously focused on the accountability aspect versus the authoritative. I can’t help but think that the lessons within the submissive order given apply to both marriage and the Church. Men have a tendency to focus on what they think gives them the upper hand, not realizing that in the end, it is their neglect of the accountability aspect that robs them of their happiness. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. especially applies to your wife and to the women in the body of Christ.
        Not sure if I’ve helped you on this but my hope is that it does. Grace and blessings to you and yours Ann.

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  4. SLIMJIM says:

    Brother Bruce thank you for sharing the meme and also the links to our blog! What an honor to be featured on here on your page!

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    • Bruce says:

      Still thinking it’s the other way around. Just saying … 🙂

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    • My husband and I have been married for 45 years, and when I fist mentioned “submitting” to him, it irritated him. (I don’t WANT you submitting to me!”) So I don’t ask his permission, I “check with him,” and when he tells me to “just do what you think is best,” I submit. 😉
      I don’t envy the husband’s position as the authority, as he not only is responsible for the final decision on things, he takes the blame if it turns out to be the wrong decision. I am happy to be under the protective umbrella of his headship, especially since he gives me so much freedom to be myself within those boundaries.

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      • Bruce says:

        I have learned, over time, that most times when my wife and I disagree, which now is extremely rare, her perspective is usually more in line with what I perceive as God’s will, than mine. Kind of a safety check to ponder and reconsider. And, as the days progress, I am more and more appreciative of the gift I have been given. Being truly blessed comes to mind. So much grace. Very rare these days.

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  5. Amen! I learned long ago that one of the meaning of “submitting” can be to submit my thoughts, my perspectives, and my suggestions, and leaving the final decision up to my husband. It would be unfair of me to keep my thoughts to myself, then after he makes a blunder to say, “I was wondering why you were doing that…” Hindsight is not that helpful!

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