Does The Bible Contradict Itself?

by Jack Kinsella

The Christian faith stands or falls based on the truth of the Scripture. Christianity has no plan “B”. Should the Bible somehow fail, Christianity fails with it.

The Bible claims of itself that is 100% accurate, 100% of the time. It is, as 2nd Peter 1:21 tells us, the product of holy men who “spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

Therefore, if Noah didn’t build an ark, if Jonah wasn’t swallowed by a big fish, if David didn’t slay Goliath and if Jesus wasn’t born of a virgin, then our faith is in vain and we are yet dead in our sins.

So whether or not the Scriptures are reliable is a very big deal. That said, now I am going to say something some of you will find shocking. There are no contradictions in Scripture, but there ARE discrepancies. They are superficial and largely irrelevant, but they are there.

We’ll examine them in a moment, but for now, let’s examine WHY they are there. The Bible was originally written in Hebrew and Greek. According to the Bible Society, the Bible has since been translated into 414 different languages, as of 2003.

“Comment vous applez vous?” It’s French, but in English, it means, “What is your name?” But literally, what it really means; is “What you called you?” So of course, there are linguistic discrepancies between translations.

Heck, there are discrepancies in translation between the KJV and the NIV, not to mention the other English versions.

Compare Acts 8:38 side by side in a KJV and an NIV. (The NIV omits Acts 8:38 and leaves a hole).

Now I am going to shock at least some of you again. I personally prefer the KJV, and at one time, I was a big “King James Only” guy. I took the dogmatic position the other versions are perversions of the perfect Word of God.

Until I compared the KJV with the original text. The KJV is faithful to the original in the same way that “Comment vous applez vous” doesn’t actually say “What is your name?” but means “What is your name?”

Some of the other English translations are translated from different original manuscripts; the KJV from the Textus Receptus, NIV, NASB etc. the Sinaiticus or Vaticanus texts, and some simply translated from Old English into New English.

Since we can now multiply that by 401 more languages, of course, there are discrepancies. Still the Bible is the inspired Word of God. If God didn’t want those discrepancies, they wouldn’t be there.

In point of fact, those minor discrepancies are a reason TO believe, not a reason for doubt.

For one thing, it destroys any suggestion of collusion between the various writers. It also shatters the suggestion that the Bible was a counterfeit. We know certain things about eyewitness testimony.

For one, no two people ever describe an event EXACTLY the same way. If they do, it is because they were coached.

If there were perfect agreement in every detail between Isaiah and Moses, between Peter and Paul, or between Matthew and Luke, the skeptics would zero in on it as evidence of a forgery.

Real people, especially those separated by great spans of time, don’t write in harmony with other writers, and if there were perfect agreement, it would naturally generate suspicion of collaboration.

So these apparent contradictions and discrepancies serve to refute these kinds of objections by their very existence.

Secondly, these apparent contradictions stimulate Christians to deeper Bible study — they literally force man to search the Scriptures. There are few motives for study more powerful than that of trying to reconcile an apparent Bible contradictions.

Believers cannot be satisfied with easy answers. The writers were fallible men, but they were inspired by an infallible God.

Although the contradictions seem to be apparent, upon greater study, one finds invariably that they exhibit a deeper agreement than appears on the surface — which reveals in greater detail the whole counsel of God.

When a believer solves one of these so-called contradictions on their own, it is a faith-affirming and joyful event.

But the same discrepancies that are to a believer, evidence of its Divine inspiration are, to dedicated unbelievers, evidence to the contrary.

Take, for example, the Commandment; “Thou shalt not kill.” (Exodus 20:13)

But in the very next chapter, we read, “He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.” (Exodus 21:13)

Taken at face value, that is an irreconcilable contradiction contained in the King James Bible, together with most of the other translations.

God tells man, “Thou shalt not kill,” and in the very next breath, orders man to put transgressors to death.

How does one put someone to death without killing them?

The Hebrew doesn’t say “Thou shalt not kill.” That is what the English translation says. Consequently, in English, Exodus 21:13 is a direct contradiction within God’s Word. But God isn’t English. (Or even American)

The Hebrew says, “Thou shalt do no murder’ which not only eliminates any apparent contradiction but rather, serves to explain Exodus 21:13 as part the whole counsel of God, which is, if you commit murder, you shall be put to death.

The Apostle Paul says, “for by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

James says, “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” (James 2:24)

Is this not a contradiction? And not just a minor one, either. Are we saved by grace, or by works? The contradiction evaporates with study and by applying context to both passages.

Salvation is by faith, as Paul says. And saving faith is inevitably expressed by a person’s works. James says, “I will show thee my faith by my works,” not, “I will substitute faith with my works.” In context, the meaning is obvious and the contradiction collapses.

1st Samuel 15:29 tells us that “God isn’t a man, that He should repent.” But in the same chapter, we also read, “It repenteth Me that I have set up Saul to be king.” (15:11)

Another contradiction. Or so it seems. God is immutable. He cannot change, or change His mind. God cannot ‘repent’ but since men do change, God seemingly must, and does, repent of individual actions with individuals.

God cannot change His mind about sin and unrighteousness, yet when we repent and are saved, God blesses and rewards the same sinner. There is no contradiction. God didn’t change. We did.

If anything, that PROVES God does not change. God hates the sin and loves the sinner, as He always has. God knew Saul would fail Him, but when Saul did, God had to change the way He dealt with him.

If not, then God really WOULD have changed His mind.

In the study of Scripture, a text without context is a pretext — that is to say, taken out of context, one can make the Bible say anything. “Judas went out and hung himself — thou do likewise.”

Two parts of verses out of context, and we can make the Bible appear to be advocating suicide!

King David was just about the most depraved sinner among all the Patriarchs of Scripture. David committed adultery with Bathsheeba, and then had her husband, Uriah, murdered so he could marry her.

Yet the Scriptures call David a man after God’s own heart. Does that mean God is a murdering adulterer? Or that He approves of murder or adultery? Clearly not. A contradiction? Only out of context.

When most people are caught in the act of sin, they get defensive; they get angry, attempt to justify themselves, or just outright lie and deny it. When David was confronted with his sin, he repented, confessed his sin, and sought God’s forgiveness. (2nd Samuel 12:13, 24:10)

In his Psalm of contrition, David writes, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight: that Thou mightest be justified when Thou speakest, and be clear when Thou judgest.” (Psalm 51:1-4)

It is man’s heart that God looks at — in the context of man’s words or deeds.

One of the most often cited ‘contradictions’ by skeptics I’ve encountered is that of the superscription on the Cross.

Matthew 27:37: “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”
Mark 15:26: “The King of the Jews.”
Luke 23:38: “This is the King of the Jews.”
John 19:19: “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.”

So we have four different Gospel writers, but only two inscriptions are virtually identical; Mark’s “The King of the Jews” and Luke’s “This is the King of the Jews.”

The other two, Matthew’s and John’s are similar to each other but different from Luke and Mark. A contradiction?

Read John 19:20 with me. “This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.”

So, how many inscriptions were there? Three — all in different languages. “What you called you?” is different than, “What is your name?” — but it means exactly the same thing — IN FRENCH.

So it depends on which translation of the inscription each Gospel writer used. Isn’t it interesting that between them, they managed to use all three?

The discrepancies in Scripture are only discrepancies in translation — they don’t exist in the original languages.

The ‘contradictions’ are not contradictions at all, but rather the result of sloppy scholarship on the part of the skeptic. The Bible remains the inspired word of God, fully inspired and full authoritative.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2nd Timothy 3:16-17)

There are many more reasons to believe than there are to disbelieve. We’ve detailed only six — there are plenty more.

But there is only ONE reason to disbelieve. Paul writes,
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind . . .” (Romans 1:28)

The dedicated skeptic doesn’t want to believe. God gave all men free will, so if he doesn’t want to believe, God isn’t going to make him.

Instead, God provided all the evidence necessary and says to us all, “Choose this day Whom you will serve.”

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)

Maranatha!

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  1. How does your hermeneutic deal with the synoptic gospels? Sometimes they read exactly word-for-word, and sometimes they differ. And do you really think God wanted every discrepency for the sake of not having bored believers?

  2. I believe the author addressed your question about the synoptic gospels in the aritcle. One place in particular:

    One of the most often cited ‘contradictions’ by skeptics I’ve encountered is that of the superscription on the Cross.

    Matthew 27:37: “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”
    Mark 15:26: “The King of the Jews.”
    Luke 23:38: “This is the King of the Jews.”
    John 19:19: “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.”

    So we have four different Gospel writers, but only two inscriptions are virtually identical; Mark’s “The King of the Jews” and Luke’s “This is the King of the Jews.”

    The other two, Matthew’s and John’s are similar to each other but different from Luke and Mark. A contradiction?

    Read John 19:20 with me. “This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.”

    So, how many inscriptions were there? Three — all in different languages. “What you called you?” is different than, “What is your name?” — but it means exactly the same thing — IN FRENCH.

    As for your question about whether God wanted every discrepency so believers would not be bored, I believe it was also answered in the article. God more than likely had different reasons for different discrepenies (who can know the mind of God), but overall they show the Bible is not counterfiet as the author states:

    In point of fact, those minor discrepancies are a reason TO believe, not a reason for doubt.

    For one thing, it destroys any suggestion of collusion between the various writers. It also shatters the suggestion that the Bible was a counterfeit. We know certain things about eyewitness testimony.

    For one, no two people ever describe an event EXACTLY the same way. If they do, it is because they were coached.

  3. Perhaps I’m just not communicating my questions well. Let’s try it this way: If some pericopes attested in all three synoptists read exactly the same, does that mean they they were “coached”? If minor descrepencies give reason to believe, do major agreements give reason to disbelieve? I’m trying to understand the author’s view of how inspiration functions.

  4. I don’t believe if some pericopes attested in all three synoptists read exactly the same it would mean they were “coached”, however as the author is trying to communicate….for unbelievers and/or those who just try to destroy the credibility of the Bible they may use that as their evidence by saying they were “coached”. For a true believer in Christ major agreements only strenghten our faith, but for the unbeliever it could go either way. Belief is a choice and each person is unique. I can’t speak for the author, but I would say most Christians know that the inspiration of the scriptures is by God himself through his Holy Spirit! Hope that answers your questions!

  5. I’m not saying i deny the bible, but i do have some doubts. i was wondering if you could explain to me why is it and how is it that the Klu Klux Klan justifies their violence and prejudices by means of the bible? furthermore, what about Hitler? the crusades?

    violence in great numbers is truly the will of God? or perhaps is it some sort of pretext manipulated to form such message?

    what of that?

  6. Thanks for your question Dwayne! Doubts are good! That means the Holy Spirit is calling you to seek answers. I want to do your question justice and although it seems like a simple question their is some theology you need to understand. Some of what I am going to say, you may already know.
    First I want to give you some reasons why we know the Bible to be true and the word of God. The Bible was written over a period of 2,000 years by kings, fishermen, tax collectors, etc. but the story and message flow together as though it were written by one man. There are over 2,000 supporting documents outside the Bible that support the truth of the Bible. Jesus knew the sciptures better than the Jewish leaders of his day that were in charge of keeping them. Jesus could have thrown out or proved wrong any of the Old Testament scriptures if they were not the word of God, but he didn’t. He verifed them:

    These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me (Luke 24:44)

    and gave his promise that the New Testament scriptures would be from God also:

    But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you (John 14:26).

    We also have the canon. Here is the criteria for the canon of the Bible:

    1. it must have been written by a prophet or apostle or by one who had a special relationship to one. Only those who had witnessed the events or had recorded eyewitness testimony could have their writings considered.
    2. Jesus said that His disciples would give total recall by the Holy Spirit of the things He said and did. Any book that claimed canonical status, yet diverted from the truth of the life of Christ, would have been rejected by Jesus’ own disciples who were, eyewitnesses to the New Testament events.
    But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things Which I said to you (John 14:26).

    Jesus appeared to over 500 people at one time after he rose from the grave. If Jesus were not real and the Son of God these people would have made it known that is appearing didn’t happen. I highly recomend you get either the movie or the book “The Case For Christ” by Lee Strobel. It will really open your eyes!

    Now that we’ve discussed the acuracy of the Bible and that it is the word of God, let me be more direct in answering your question:

    God created Adam & Eve in the garden and gave them dominion over everything. They were alive physically and spiritually. They had everything they needed, but there was only one thing that God forbid them to have (the fruit). When satan tempted them and they gave into the temptation and ate the fruit they died spiritually.

    Romans 6:23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Since then, everyone born is born spiritually dead seperated from God. It’s like we have a hole in us and we spend our lives searching to fill it with something. Some try and fill it with hobbies, some with their jobs, some with drugs & alcohol, some with women/men, some with money, etc.
    Satan uses those things and many others to try and keep us from ever comming to the truth about Jesus Christ. Most people think (if they even believe in satan) that he is in hell or some other place, but the truth is he is here on this earth trying to keep us from finding or serving God each day and night. The Bible tell us:

    1 Peter 5:8
    Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

    It has been satans plan all through time to thwart the plan of God which is to redeem his people back unto himself. Satan tried to corrupt the bloodline of men so that Jesus would not be born from a pure bloodline and thus his sacrifice on the cross would not be sufficient:

    Genesis 6:4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them.

    Satan corrupted men so that Noah and his family were the last rightous people on earth:

    Genesis 6:5 The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.

    Thus God brought the flood and destroyed all satan had done and started over with Noah.

    Now satan had to have a new plan, and that plan has been to destroy the Jews in an attempt to keep Jesus from being born (which failed) and to make God a liar (If God is sinless & perfect he cannot lie) by not fullfilling his promise to the Jews. God took the Jewish people to be his own and he made a promise to them that they would be established as his people forever:

    Psalms 89:33Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. 34My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. 35Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. 36His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. 37It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.

    Without the Jewish people we would not have Christianity. It is through them that God has grafted the gentiles into his plan of salvation.

    Satan has used the crusades, the KKK, Hitler, and a number of others in an attempt to destroy the Jews. Anyone who has not accepted Jesus as their savior can be used as a pawn of satan for his evil purposes. Just because someone holds a Bible, quotes some scriptures, or even pastors a church, does not mean they are saved and know Jesus as thier savior. The Bible tells us:

    Mathew 7:21″Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

    Violence is not God’s will. It is a result of sin, satan, and the fall of man in the garden. It’s kind of like when you get sick and go to the Doctor. He gives you medicine to make you get well but it takes time for it to go through your body and work. God has put a plan of redemtion in place to bring all things to an end and restore the relationship with him that he originally inteded to have with us, but God desires that none be lost and that all come to salvation through Jesus Christ so we have to deal with sin and satan until that plan is complete.
    We are very near the return of Jeus Christ for the Church. All prophecies have been fullfilled except the ones for the endtimes. God gave us signs so that we would know when he is about to return to for the Church:

    2nd Timothy 3:1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 3:2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3:3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 3:4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 3:5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 3:6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 3:7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 3:8Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

    The signs he gave us are occuring all around us and are in the newpapers almost daily now. Very soon Jesus will call the Church:

    1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

    Believers in Christ all over the earth will disappear and the 7 year tribulation period will begin shortly thereafter! Although some people will come to Christ and recieve salvation in the tribulation period, it is not a time anyone would want to experience! The Bible says there has never been a time on earth as bad as the tribulation will be.

    If you haven’t accepted Jesus as your savior, then do so today:

    2 Corinthians 6:2
    For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

    You don’t know what tommorow holds. You don’t even know you will draw your next breath. Be prepared for the eternal life that comes after this by accepting the salvation offered to you by Jesus:

    Isaiah 64:6But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

    Ephesians 2:8-9For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 2:9Not of works, lest any man should boast.

    Romans 3:23-24 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 3:24Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus

    John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

    Romans 10:9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10:10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

    If you pray from your heart and tell Jesus that you are a sinner in need of him to be your savior, and ask him to come into your heart/life and to forgive you of all your sin then you will be saved. Ask him to guide you and show you his ways and to seal you with his Holy Spirit. Repent from the things you know are wrong and start to live a life that is pleasing to God. Find a Bible believing Church and get involved.

    Once you do this you will see him work in your life and you will see things in a whole new light:

    First Corinthians 2:11-14For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 2:12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 2:13Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 2:14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

    Understand that just because you give yourself to Christ that things will still be tough. Satan will work on you like never before in order to try and make you fail in your walk with the Lord and to make you an inaffective witness:

    James 1:13-14 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 1:14But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

    Keep your faith and pray without ceasing:

    Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

    Know that God does not send people to hell. When they make the choice to reject Jesus Christ, they also make the choice to serve satan. There are only two paths you can travel. Both are for eternity. One is the path of rightousness that leads to Heaven, the other is the path of sin that leads to hell. I pray you and anyone else who may read this will make the right choice and recieve Jesus into your heart and be saved! May God bless you!

  7. Thank you, but i still got questions.

    Is it not true that the bible presents perhaps some prejudices?

    In the Bible, man is before woman. women must be obedient of men and all that other stuff, im sure you know of it. Isn’t that sexism? woman are more than capable take on more than the house hold. Haven’t women the right to decide for themselves what to do in life, just like men?

  8. In the beginning man and woman co-existed equally, but once Eve ate the fruit and then gave it to Adam to eat and brought on the fall of mankind…things changed. As any good father does, God disciplines us for our mistakes in order that we may learn and grow from them. The discipline God administered to mankind for their disobedience in the garden was that man would rule over woman and the woman would have great pain in child birth. For the man he would have to toil in hard labor for all his days:

    Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity
    Between you and the woman,
    And between your seed and her Seed;
    He shall bruise your head,
    And you shall bruise His heel.”
    16 To the woman He said:
    “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
    In pain you shall bring forth children;
    Your desire shall be for your husband,
    And he shall rule over you.”
    17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
    “ Cursed is the ground for your sake;
    In toil you shall eat of it
    All the days of your life.

    18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
    And you shall eat the herb of the field.

    19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
    Till you return to the ground,
    For out of it you were taken;
    For dust you are,
    And to dust you shall return.”

    At first you may think “isn’t that pretty harsh punishment for just one mistake”….but you have to remember that mistake caused the fall of man and caused mankind to die spiritually and to be seperated from God. Now that mankind was seperated from God and would now fall prey to sin and satan’s lies and deception, God knew this was the best order for mankind for survival and for them to eventually be reconcilled back to him.
    For that to happen it would require the perfect sacrifice for sin for God is Holy and perfect. Only someone who could live a perfect life being exposed to all the temptaions of satan and sin, but not sin would be adequate to shed his blood to cover all sin. God knew man could not do that, so that is why he sent his son Jesus to be our savior.
    So the answer to your question is yes women have to right to decide what they want to be and do in life, but just like man their decisions should be in obedience to the word of God.
    People try to make God into the God they want instead of accepting him as the God he is. That is why you have to put your faith and trust completly in him and know your never going to have all the answers:

    Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
    declares the LORD.

    But the one answer you do have is that when all is said and done you have a father that loves you enough that he gave his life for you so that you would not have to perish. This life is like the blink of an eye compared to the eternity that awaits us. He has promised eternal life for all that accept Jesus as their savior and ask for forgivness of their sins and then live their life for him. Our reward:

    1 Corinthians 2:9 However, as it is written:
    “No eye has seen,
    no ear has heard,
    no mind has conceived
    what God has prepared for those who love him” 10but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.

    I don’t know what your relationship is with the Lord, but for those who have never asked Jesus into their heart and life to be their savior then confusion about the things of God is to be expected. For the word of God tells us:

    1 Corinthians 2:11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 14The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

    I hope this answers your question. May God bless you Dwayne!

  9. Hello again.

    what exactly is wrong with homosexuals?
    i see no wrong in their nature, they love like any other, they live like any other, i see only everyday human beings, and yet i see them subject to sucj prejudice and hate in the community, even in the bible, but i don’t see why.

  10. Hi Dwayne,
    The problem with homosexuals is the same problem we all have….SIN! God loves homosexuals just as much as he loves me, you, drunkards, liers, theifs, etc., but he hates our sin. Sin seperates us from God.
    Satan does his best to destroy and corrupt what God has done and/or created. One of the most important things God created was the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:20-24)! It has been the fabric of our society since the beggining of the creation of man. As such satan has done his best to destroy it. One of his favorite methods is sexual immorality….especially homsexuality! Here is what God says about homosexuality:

    Leviticus 18:22
    ” ‘Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.

    He also says:

    1 Corinthians 6:9
    Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders

    Satan knows this and everyone he can get to accept homosexuality as being an acceptable practice, he will also have a better chance of keeping them away from God and salvation.

    You are absolutely correct that many homosexuals have a gentle/kind nature. They are freindly. They are key contributors in the community etc., but that does not save them from their sin or bring them salvation. That is why the Christian community tries to reach out to them as we do to anyone who doesn’t know Christ as their savior.
    The problem comes when people are confronted with the truth of their sin. It means they have to make a life changing choice to accept Jesus Christ in order to be saved from it or to continue embracing their sinful lifestyle and face eternity in hell for their refusal to recieve the gift of salvation that Christ has offered. Unfortunately, many choose the latter and continue to embrace their sinful lifestyles and because of this they see the outreach of the Christian community as an attempt to tell them how to live their lives inestead of an attempt to save their souls! It leads to the kind of violence like was seen in California when Prop. 8 was passed (the elderly lady who was assaulted, the Christian group who was attacked, the violent protest, death threats,etc). Although there are many homosexuals that are peaceful, there are also many militant homosexuals who try to push their agenda by force. All these factors combine to create the hate and prejudice you are talking about. Now let me ask you….who would be the author of hate, prejudice, and chaos? If you answered satan you get the prize! He is hard at work because his time is getting short. Jesus will be returning soon to end the reign of satan upon this earth. Satan knows it and is hard at work to take as many with him as he can.

    The only way to overcome and be clensed of our sin is to accept Jesus Christ as our savior. Jesus payed the price for our sin on the cross. By accepting him as your savior he forgives you, makes you a new creation in him, and seals his Holy Spirit within you. The fruit of that salvation is that you repent (turn away) from the things you know are sin and against God. You do your best to live a life that is pleaseing to God. Will you be perfect and not ever sin again? Absolutely not, but the difference is you recognize your failures and ask God to forgive you for them and then do your best not to repeat them again. Unfortunately many homosexuals refuse to turn from their immoral relationships and sexually immoral ways to embrace Christ and be saved, and Christians in obedience to Christ will continue to reach out to the lost….and so the conflict between good and evil continues! Fortunately, their is help on the way in Jesus Christ! May God bless you Dwayne! 🙂

  11. Why is being a homosexual a sin? and why is same-sex marriage not allowed?

    After all, if the sanctity of marriage is unharmed when strangers marry after having sex one time(especially in older days), when drunk people in Vegas marry unknowingly, when winning reality game show contestants marry each other as a prize, when celebrities marry each other for publicity(only to divorce shortly after), when celebrities such as Britney Spears have a 55-hour just-for-fun marriage, when rich old men marry young shapely women, when someone weds the person they left their spouse for, and when repressed, self hating gay men marry oblivious women, there must be a great tolerance in the criteria of being unified by God’s blessings.

    And yet when a loving, committed, same sex couple decides to tie a bond of holy matrimony(to be unified with the blessing’s of church and God), the massive catholic and christian community make a massive effort to prevent it?

    Even looking beyond the phrases found in the Bible, explain to me why a devoted couple is deemed a confrontation to God, when amongst the millions in the religious community there are those clearly disturbing situations of “holy matrimony” that go by, accepted as a natural part of society. Why is it that homosexuality is deemed a larger crime and confrontation to God than any of these other ‘marriages’?

  12. Hi Dwayne,
    I think you may have a misconception. You said “the sanctity of marriage is unharmed” when people do all those things you mentioned. The sanctity of marriage IS harmed when people don’t understand God’s plan for marriage and enter it oustside the guidlines he has given. That is why the divorce rate in America is almsot 50%.
    First it is important to understand that when you get married you enter a “Covenant” with your partner and in the eyes of God. In God’s eyes a covenant is meant to never be broken! No matter what,it is meant to be upheld. That is why when you give your marriage vows they state:
    Mark 10:6″But at the beginning of creation
    God ‘made them male and female.’7’For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,8and the two will become one flesh.’So they are no longer two, but one. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”

    God was so serious about marriage that he only allows two ways for people to be released from their marriage vows. They are marriage infedelity and death:

    Mathew 19:9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

    If you divorce and re-marry and your divorce is not based on unfaithfulness then you are commiting adultry and sinning against God. For un-believers this is the same as any other sin. Once they become aware of their sins, give their lives to Christ, and ask for forgiveness then God will forgive them and from that point on they have to hold themselves accountable for abiding by the covenant of marriage as given above. So as you can see, all those things you mentioned do matter and just because they happen all the time does not make them right! We are in a fallen world full of sin and we are called to be the light!

    As for your other question “why when a loving, committed, same sex couple decides to tie a bond of holy matrimony is it deemed a confrontation to God”?
    The most simple and direct answer is because God told us it is:

    1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

    Leviticus 18:22 ‘Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.

    The reason “Why” is because it is outside God’s design. The main thing to keep in mind is that it’s not about us, it’s about God:

    Isaiah 29:16 You turn things upside down,
    as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!
    Shall what is formed say to him who formed it,
    “He did not make me”?
    Can the pot say of the potter,
    “He knows nothing”?

    One thing I can tell you is that everything God has called us to be obedient to in his word is for our own good and to prepare us for the eternal life with him that is to come! This life will pass away, but our eternal life with God will never pass away and that should be our focus!

  13. Yet i persist to ask, is God truly perfect?

    Does God truly have an understanding of this world he has created? or perhaps when God created us in his image, it wasn’t simply a matter of appearance?

    If God is as imperfect a human being, should we devote our lives to him?

    If he was so perfect, would we have fallen? Would we have succumbed to devil’s charm if God had made us as perfect as him? Would God himself have been fooled by the devil’s charm if he was so perfect?

    Even god turned in shame as he realized his mistake of the great flood.

    God created a world, filled with millions of lives. Yet even God can’t control it.

    Perhaps God’s ‘perfection’ is exaggerated.

    The potter doesn’t know all about his creations either. He isn’t always aware of its flaws, not realizing it has air pockets, making it weak. The potter works the pots for money, for food, not for the sake of perfection. Merely satisfaction, where few would return to him with complaints.

    What is God’s intention to creating humanity? What is his intention in creating Earth?

    If God is imperfect, perhaps even he is prejudice at times. In no verse does the Bible explain the immorality of homosexuality. Merely a stubborn demand for its banishment.

    I admit i have met my share of immoral homosexuals, but i have met far more immoral heterosexuals. Perhaps that feeling that the world is against you, that feeling of being watched in every move, that feeling that your soul must be stained since the world says so, thats why not so many ‘immoral’ homosexuals are known to me.

    Its not my place to judge God, but perhaps the religious community is mistaken to glorify God as a perfect being. This places a high expectation on God, and perhaps leads to the confusion and misunderstanding in today’s world.

    People whom believe in God’s perfection may find difficulty understanding why there seems to be no response after a life long prayer. When the world is still in chaos when so many ask for an end to all wars. When all the imperfections of life are wished away, there is a disappointment in the silence that follows the prayer. There is a disappointment in the ongoing dilemmas. Dilemmas such as unrighteous marriages, unequal wealth and fortune, innocent lives lost while mass murderers continue to thrive, and of course the constant news of wars.

    Perhaps perfection is the exaggeration that fools us all.

  14. Hi Dwayne,
    First it is important to know that the Bible is the word of God. Written by man through the inspiration of God by the Holy Spirit:

    2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

    To prove the Bible is God’s word so that we can believe and put our trust in it, he gave us prophecy (history written in advance):

    2nd Peter 1:19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20Above all,
    you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 21For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

    Deuteronomy 18:21 You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD ?” 22
    If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken
    . That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.

    Almost 1/3 of the Bible is prophecy and every single one of them has been fullfilled exactly as written except for the ones that are still awaiting fullfillment in the end days. Even history verfies this, so we know what the Bible says is true.
    So as to your question “Yet i persist to ask, is God truly perfect?”:

    2 Samuel 22:31 “As for God, his way is perfect;
    the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.

    Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.

    Yes, God is perfect! Can you honestly look up in the sky at night at all the stars and think about all the galaxies you can’t even see or look at all the majestic creations on this earth that God has created and doubt whether or not he is perfect?

    As for your next question “If he was so perfect, would we have fallen?”. God created us in his image. He didn’t create us God! There is only one God…Adonai-Jehovah — The Lord our Sovereign God! The reason we fell is because God gave us free will and it was used to sin against him in disobedience. God did not want a bunch of mindless robots. He wants and intimate relationship with us…thus we have free will with the right to choose or reject him! God was never fooled by the devils charm, it was man who was fooled.

    You commented: “Even god turned in shame as he realized his mistake of the great flood.

    God created a world, filled with millions of lives. Yet even God can’t control it”.

    Nowhere in the Bible can you show me God turned in shame because of the flood. God brought the flood as wrath against a sinful world that had turned from him:

    Genesis 6:5 The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. 6 The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. 7 So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them.”

    By bringing this wrath he demonstrated that he IS in control and because he is a just God he saved Noah and his family (just as he will all believers) becuase they walked in his ways:

    Genesis 6:8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

    9 This is the account of Noah.
    Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.

    He was saddened by what he had to do, but not ashamed and in fact he has told us in the book of Revelation that he will again bring his wrath against a world that has turned from him. That time is fast approaching!

    God gave dominion over the earth to Adam & Eve, but they surrendered it to satan when they sinned against God and ate the fruit. Yes God is in control and could have came at anytime and cast satan into hell and just wiped everything away, but instead out of his love for us he choose to implement a plan of redemption through his son Jesus Christ to reconcile his people back to himself that satan has corrupted.
    You are right there are people in every group (heterosexual, homosexual, Christin, Jewish, etc.)that are immoral. Some more than others. As I’ve stated, we are in a fallen world filled with sin and satan in knocking on your door every day trying to drag you into his world and away from God. We cannot use that to justify what God has told us is wrong. Nobody who gives their life to Christ is going to be perfect after doing so. We all have times when we stumble. That is why we need Jesus as our savior. He was the only one capable of living a perfect life and was thus able to take our sins to the cross! We do our best each day and if we fail we fall to our knees and ask Christ for forgivenes and do our best not to do it again (repentence).

    You asked “What is God’s intention to creating humanity? What is his intention in creating Earth?”.

    His intention was to create a people unto himself to love, bless, and to have an intimate relationship with. He created the earth as a place to dwell among us and as a place for him to setup his kingdom where Jesus will rule and reign.

    As for your comments concerning prayer. God hears and answers the prayers of his people, but in his time frame not ours. Sometimes it may be years before he will answer a prayer or sometimes it will be immediately. In prayer you have to be patient and wait on God’s timing and understand it has to be according to his will. The question you have to ask yourself if you want God to hear and answer your prayers is “Am I one of his”? Have I truly surrendered my life to Christ? Do I seek him everyday? Do I pray and read his word daily? Do I follow his commands? Do I reach out to my fellow man to spead the gospel of Jesus Christ that will lead them unto salvation? If not, then maybe he is just a genie in a bottle for you. You seek him only when you need something and when you don’t get it you blame him for not answering prayer!

    All the other things you mentioned going on in the world such as chaos, unequal wealth and fortune, murder, etc. These are all things Jesus warned us to watch for that would signal to us that he is about to return. Many of the prophets and Jesus himself gave us specific signs in prophecy to watch for so we would know when his return was near and so we would give warning. That is the reason for this blog. This blog is connected to my website and all the articles I post here are connected to the return of Jesus.

    I don’t know your relationship with Christ Dwayne…that is between you and God, but if you haven’t surrendered your life to Jesus and asked him into your life to be your savior then I urge you to do so. Time is short and besides you never know when your life may end. Your not guaranteed your next breath! Besides once you surrender your life to Christ many of these questions you have will begin to make much more sense to you. The Bible tells us:

    1 Corinthians 2:11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.[c] 14The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:
    16″For who has known the mind of the Lord
    that he may instruct him?”[d] But we have the mind of Christ.

    Take care and may God bless you Dwayne!

  15. But what of history? It is said that the times we go through now are signs to the return of Jesus. But if you look throughout history, these signs have been around for centuries, millenniums even! What makes now any different?

    But what of Earth? God created the soil, the plants and the animals. God created all life, not just human. Simply because he took them to his own image, simply because he took a full day’s devotion to them, simply because human’s have become the favorites, all earth is forgotten? We as humans are not the entire design of God, we musn’t be his only children.

    Besides the saving of every species in Noah’s ark, what word is mentioned of the importance of all other animals?

    Is the earth we live on there for the sole purpose of being our home and agriculture? If so, why make other planets, void of life?

    Is the plant life we live on there for the sole purpose of being food for man or fire? If so, why does it finish? Why does it live beside the plants that kills us?

    Is the animal life we share the Earth with there for the sole purpose of food, clothes, and other personal luxuries? If so, why do they have the same needs as we do? Why do they scream when in pain? Why do they cry when they see there children die? Why do pigs being slaughtered for meat sound alot like human babies, crying and screaming in agony as they meet their end? Why is it that apes have reasoning and understanding much like that of a human child? Why is it wrong to test and experiment on animals if its for the cause of making new beauty products? Is it justified if the testing and experimenting is for the purpose of creating humanmedicine? Why is it ok if we kill animals for food, yet the reverse is not accepted? Afterall, did not God consider this as he designed several animals to be carnivorous? Why is it that God demands the innocent lamb to be slaughtered as a sacrifice and token of gratitude to his work? Why?

  16. Hi Dwayne,
    Before I answer your questions, I would like to suggest that you(if you don’t have one)pick up a Quest NIV Study Bible. The answers to all these questions and many other questions are in it. If you will open your mind and read the whole Bible, I belive that when your done your life will be changed and your questions and doubts will be resolved. I recomend you read the first 5 Books of the Old Testament so you have some background and then read the whole New Testament. Then you can go back and finish the rest of the Old Testament. Before you read, ask God to reveal himself to you through his word!

    Now…you stated “that many of the signs have been around for centuries and what makes now different?”.
    The answer to that question is lengthy because there are many signs taking place and much happening, but if you will read the link I am posting it addresess the the main sign that God gave us to know:

    God’s Main, Sign To This Generation

    You asked “what about all the animals and plant life”.

    There is a distinction between man and the animal/plant world. Yes God created both, but when he created man he created us in his likeness and breathed his breath of life into us thus giving us a spirit:

    Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

    Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

    Plants and animals don’t have spirits. When their lives are done…they are done! We are spiritual beings housed in a body and we live forever. Of all God’s creation, we are the only ones created in his image and called children of God:

    Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

    God commanded us to subdue the earth and rule over every living thing:

    Genesis 1:28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
    29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.

    So “yes” God did give us the animals and plants for food, but there are many other reasons as well such as the balance of nature. Even though God gave us rule over them, it was never meant for us to abuse that rule. You are right…there are many injustices that occur against animals, but once again it is related to sin and people with a sinful nature. It was not God’s design for people to abuse animals.

    As for “why God called for lambs, cattle, etc. to be sacrificed as a token of gratitude to his work”. You have a misunderstanding. God did not call the Israelites to sacrifice animals as a token of gratitude. He called them to sacrifice the animals as a covering of sin. God is a Holy and perfect God and sin cannot be in his presence. Sin in God’s eyes demands death:

    Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    God allowed them to sacrifice animals instead of themselves to be cleansed of sin so he could be in fellowship with them again.
    This all changed when Jesus came and established the New Covenant. That is why he gave his life on the cross. He lived a sin free life, took our sin upon himself, and gave his life as a sacrifice to pay the debt that we owe. In doing so, he was the final sacrifice and broght in the age of grace. Now all we have to do to be saved, cleansed of our sin, and have fellowship with God is to accept him as our savior, acknowledge the sacrifice he made for us, acknowledge he rose from death and now sits at the right hand of the Father, ask for forgivness of our sins, and then live a life pleasing to him.
    This is the week we celebrate Easter, so hopefully as you celebrate this Easter you will have a better understanding of what Christ’s sacrifice meant to us and how precious his blood is that cleanses us from sin! May God bless you Dwayne!


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