September 1, 2012

Religious Contradictions

Posted in Christianity tagged , , , , , at 4:20 pm by Lisa Ritchey

I have heard so many people say that the Bible contradicts itself.  This is so not true, for we know that G-d is not the author of confusion.[*]  There is no doubt about what the Scriptures say or mean if you actually study and find out what the original Greek or Hebrew word was and what that means.  The confusion and contradictions come with religion and denominationalism.

A prime example, and what prompted this article, is what Jesus said just before His ascension into Heaven after His resurrection.

Matthew quotes Jesus as saying,

Mat 28:18-20 KJV
(18) And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
(19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
(20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Mark has Him saying,

Mark 16:-18
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Luke says,

Luke 24:46-49
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

But John only talks about Jesus’ “Do You Love Me, Then Feed My Sheep” conversation.

Are these contradictory?  Absolutely not!  They each list different aspects of what Jesus said and did.  If there is a crime committed, and you have twelve witnesses, each ones story will vary slightly, but will contain enough of the main facts to confirm that they were actually there and are telling about it from their stand point.

I, personally, can not fathom why anyone would, or could, doubt any word that Jesus the Christ personally spoke.  To me if one is a believer, they must believe all.  Jesus is an all or nothing L–d.  You give your all, or you have not given enough.  The same is true with believing His Word: you believe it all, or you don’t believe it.  There are no contradictions.

The confusion comes when man tries to break it down and interpret things that are not in there.  Everything that the New Testament Church did in the Bible, we are to still be doing today.  1 Corinthians 13:10 tells us that the fruit and gifts of the Spirit will continue to function on this Earth untill Jesus returns, and as that hasn’t happened yet, we are still doing them!  Acts is not a book of the “Acts Of The Apostles”, but rather “Acts of the Holy Ghost”!

Let me make this reeeeeeeeeeeeeal simple for you:

The Old Testament still stands.  The Bible plainly states the things that changed in the New Testament.  If it does not say it changed, it still stands.  Let me give you a few examples.

  • Praise: This is a verb (an action word).  You can not praise in your heart.  Raising your hands, singing, shouting, bowing, dancing: these are forms of praise.  Psalms 149 and 150 tell us specifically how we are to praise in Church.  And yes, in the Sanctuary.
    This is not done away with in the New Testament or it would say so.  It doesn’t.  In fact, Romans 15:11, Hebrews 2:12, Hebrews 13:15, 1 Peter 4:11, Revelation 19:5 again command us to praise .
  • Sacrifices: Jesus was the ultimate and final sacrifice for our sins, this means that we no longer need to shed blood to cover our sins.  His was all that we needed.  Hebrews 7:27  “Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he (Jesus) did once, when he offered up himself.”
  • The man being the head and final authority.  This is still true for the home and the Church:
    • 1 Corinthians 11:3  But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
    • Like it or not, ladies, this is Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:12  But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.  (A woman is not to be in authority over a man.  A woman can preach and things as long as a man present in authority over her.  This is where the difference is made.)
  • Tithe: Hebrews 6:20  Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. 

Remember that the writers of the Bible were Jewish.  They knew and understood these things and knew what was to be continued and what Jesus fulfilled.  If it is not expressly stated in the New Testament that it was to stop or was fulfilled, we should still do it.

Many people are “cesationalists”.  They believe that the works of the Holy Spirit stopped with the death of the last apostle mentioned in the Bible.  I find this belief very confusing and contradictory, though.  What of their followers and disciples that had the same gifts and offices?  Did they stop when the last apostle died?  No.  

I have never understood this reasoning.  If they needed the gifts of the Spirit and offices of the Church in the New Testament days, how much more do we need them today? This is the religious and denominational garbage that I was talking about.

These are just a few examples.  If you are not sure about something, look it up as I did in

  1. Are You His Witness?
  2. “…ye shall be witnesses unto me…” ARE you? Really!?! Let’s See!
  3. Jesus and The Anointing
  4. Why I Believe What I Believe
  5. When That Which Is Perfect Is Come 1 Corinthians 13:10

.  There are so many online tools you can use to do this.  Here are a few:

Bible Study Tools Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

Blue Letter Bible

e-sword   This is a free downloadable Bible study application with built-in Strong’s Concordance option. I  L.O.V.E  this program!

[*] 1 Corinthians 14:33


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