“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
- John 16:33
At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
- 2 Timothy 4:16-18
When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy. They began to contradict what Paul was saying and heaped abuse on him.
- Acts 13:45
I want to give a special “shout out” to SlimJim at Veritas Domain. Last September he posted a link to 200 Alleged Bible Contradictions. Two hundred previous posts answering and refuting alleged Bible contradictions. And he writes another one about one per week.
In his posts where he refutes the contradiction, he repeats the definitions involved. Most alleged contradictions fall apart in the definition phase. Many of the rest fall apart as a fallacy within the Logic.
For example, if I saw a farmer’s field and the farmer had nothing but black angus cows. I could claim that all cows are black. But then, if I saw a few Jersey cows grazing in the next farmer’s field, I would simply know that I was wrong, since Jersey cows are brown. Then I might see a white and black Holstein cow. But if I said, at the beginning that all those black animals in that field were cows, I might be correct (barring a black cat or something else that is small, black, and unnoticed that wanders by). Since black angus cows are a subset of cows, I can say that all black angus cows are cows, but I cannot say that all cows are black angus. And that is a lot of what these alleged contradictions are.
But why are there so many? Simply put, Satan loves keeping us off balance. If we do nothing other than answer their poor arguments, we do not spread the Gospel. With posts everyday, Veritas Domain only spends one-seventh of the writing time on contradictions, give or take. There are so many people, who want to start an argument, that pick at such things without checking whether their logic makes sense. It doesn’t have to make sense if it throws you off talking about Jesus. Why? Jesus told His disciples that there would be trouble.
I tip my hat, being the “hat” rack – that is kind of meaningful – to SlimJim for his efforts. If someone attacks you regarding Biblical contradictions, you will know where to turn.
And where is the best place to turn? We need to turn to God. We need to turn to God’s Word. When someone says that there is a problem here or there, there is an answer. There are no contradictions.
Most people who raise these alleged contradictions are not interested in the resolution. If you have one, they are ready to fire the next alleged contradiction in your direction. And when they get bored, they rudely walk away while you are still talking. Most hate having someone who can actually answer their argument with something that makes their argument moot. I have had that conversation many times.
Each time someone goads me into responding, if they do it subtly, I think that they might truly be interested in a polite discussion. Has the Holy Spirit been working on them, like I have been praying for over the years? As I present where their idea did not hold water too well in a non-confrontational manner, they have changed the subject, spewed out an insult, cursed in my face or walked away.
Remember, that if the Holy Spirit is not working within their heart, nothing that you say will “save” them. God is the One who does that. You may still need to say it, but never get argumentative. The person raising the question may not be interested in the answer, but someone else that is listening might want to hear it. But if you lose your cool, that is what the antagonist wants so that they can mock your lack of self-control and mock God in the process. I know. I have been there, too. It seems to fall one way or the other whether I am in a state of prayer so that God is really in control or not.
I am very passionate about Jesus. I want to tell others about Him, but sometimes you need to know when you are in a toxic situation and simply shake the dust from your shoes. And then pray, pray, pray.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.