πŸ’‘πŸ‘‘ Does The Word Of God Contradict Itself?

Satan has sought to undermine the authority of the Word of God since the beginning. He whispered to Eve, β€œhath God said…?” suggesting God was withholding something from our first parents. But more often than not his attacks are far more subtle. There are some, for example, would have us believe the Scriptures contradict themselves; therefore they cannot be trusted. This is nothing more than an attempt to cast a shadow of doubt upon the veracity of God’s Word.

Despite their claims, GodΒ neverΒ contradicts Himself because He is omniscient! He knows the end from the beginning; how could He possibly contradict Himself? When we’re confronted with an alleged contradiction, the problem isn’t with the Word of God; rather, it’s withΒ ourΒ understanding of the Scriptures. Most times there is a simple solution to the problem.

The problem of faith vs. works1 is often thought of as a glaring contradiction:

β€œTherefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law” (Romans 3.28).

β€œYe see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only” (James 2.24).

These two statements are opposed. Reconciling or harmonizing them cannot be done without considerable twisting of the Scriptures. So how are they untwisted? By rightly dividing your bible.

In this case above, we must first ask ourselves to whom is this written. In James 1:1, we are told that James is writing “to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad.” And because salvation in the Old Testament involved faith and works. James wrote from this perspective. Conversely, the ascended, glorified Lord revealed to PaulΒ a gospel He had kept hidden, that required faith aloneΒ for salvation. Both James and Paul were correct. But each must be understood in its proper context and timeframe.

James does not contradict Paul. When James wrote, faith and works were required for salvation. In addition, the book of James will again be doctrine during the time of Jacob’s Trouble (the Tribulation). For us, the Body of Christ in this the age of Grace, we are to use the epistles of Paul as doctrine and follow his pattern as he followed Christ.

So while this purported contradiction is easily resolved, this is not always necessarily the case. In those areas where we are unable to adequately address a discrepancy, we must patiently wait upon the Lord for additional light, which may not be given until eternity. source

1 See this study for more on Faith vs. Works in James

Sign up for our daily email study!
Posted in πŸ’‘ Q&A, πŸ‘‘ Studies
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Godstrong Women - A strong woman hopes she has strength enough for the journey, but a woman of Godly strength has faith that it is in the journey where she will become strong. // Zechariah 10:12The Godstrong Women channel on YoutubeThe Revived Life channel on YoutubeRevived Wire Media - Design, Development and Hosting by RevivedWire.com

New Posts to Inbox?

  • Tranquil Summit
  • Tranquil Shoreline
  • Milky Way
  • Ocean Resort
  • Floral Pathway
  • Moraine Lake
  • Country Barn
  • Golden Beach
  • Water Village
  • Golden Mountain
  • Rapids
  • Tranquil Beach
  • Tranquil Waterfall
  • Wilderness Light

Bible Verse for 8/11/20

I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. — Psalm 119:14

Featured Video

Featured Video

Doctrine Studies

Revived Life Poll

Which fruit of the Spirit is most lacking in you?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Site Search

These 'Shining Light Ministries' rank highly because of their willingness to be transparent and accountable with their donations and finances.

Medical Teams International

Mercy Multiplied

Children's Hunger Fund

Revived Life ©   RSS Feed for Revived Life
Privacy Policy | Contact
Revived Wire Website hosting, WordPress dedicated hosting, Email hosting, Domain registration, and Cloud services by DreamHost
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x

Donate Securely