September 20, 2004

Bible Contradiction?

I receicved an e-mail from someone that read......

Tell me what it says (this has always been one of my favorites, for some reason):

Galations 1:16-20 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called [me] by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother. Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.

Acts 9:23-28 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him: But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him. Then the disciples took him by night, and let [him] down by the wall in a basket. And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, and brought [him] to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.

My reply was.......

The things described in Acts 9 and Acts 26:20 had to do with a very early visit to Paul to Jerusalem about three years after he was saved. The reference in Galations 1:20 was a reference to a period that lasted nearly fourteen years (Gal. 1:18 with 2:1). The churches that assembled and grew in Judaea AFTER Paul's first visit (Acts 9:28) had never seen Paul's face.

To which he responded????

I think you need to read Galatians again. You donít have to use your imagination to figure out the timing of Galatians. Why doesnít Galatians just mean what it plainly says about when Paul is talking about?

Am I alone on missing his point entirely? What am I missing? What is he missing? Any input on the view points?

Posted by Barbara at September 20, 2004 09:43 PM

I cannot figure out what the problem is really but I think the heading says it all.

"Bible Contradictions".

Here are a couple if you believe they do not exist.

"... I have seen God face to face ..." -- Genesis 32:30

"No man hath seen God at any time..."-- John 1:18

You have to decide whether or not you can lay aside the dogma of the Bible being the inerrant word of God. Some can and some cannot. My position is that the Word of God is not now, nor has it ever been, nor will it ever be, a book. To me the Word of God is alive. I am far more interested in what God is saying that I am in what He has said.

You can do a simple google search and find more Bible contradictions than you will ever be able to defend and a person that has taken the time to look them up and memorize them will eat you and your pastor alive in a debate.

Nevertheless, my hope has not disappointed me for I know in whom I believe and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him until that Day" (II Timothy 1:12).

Posted by: Buck at September 21, 2004 12:58 AM

I agree! I believe that God still speaks to us through the Bible if we will allow Him to. If we believe and trust in Him, He will give us eyes to see and ears to hear. Otherwise, all we see is literature, inerrancies, baby killings, etc.

Someone told me recently that it was very satisfying to rid yourself of the shackles of religion. I can't imagine. I would not exchange the freedom that I have for that kind of freedom any day.

Posted by: Barbara at September 21, 2004 07:34 AM

and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.

John 8:32

Posted by: Buck at September 21, 2004 01:50 PM

:o) The only problem is...we both think that the truth has set us free, but we still disagree on the truth and which one is truly free.
Why can't we all just agree and get along? ;o)

Posted by: Barbara at September 21, 2004 03:17 PM
Why can't we all just agree and get along? ;o)

I can. Can you?

Posted by: Buck at September 22, 2004 02:16 PM

Yes! I can! I say that we should agree to disagree on religion and like each other for who we are and not for our beliefs or lack of. However, my friend tends to get irate with just about anyone that believes in the God of the Holy Bible and can't seem to help pushing the issue. "I don't want to argue about it with you" doesn't fly with this person. :o) Some people are hard-headed that way.

Posted by: Barbara at September 22, 2004 04:14 PM

Maybe that person is really not very comfortable with what they believe. Maybe they don't believe what they think they believe at all. Until they can rest in their belief and let others rest in theirs they will just have to continue examining what they believe and see if they really believe it.


Posted by: Buck at September 22, 2004 09:14 PM

So the war continues. Oh well, it will make an interesting testimony one day? :o)

Posted by: Barbara at September 22, 2004 10:23 PM