Bible Difficulties

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They Lived How Long!?!

MethuselahGenesis 5

Difficulty:

As we read through the first few chapters of the Bible, we are presented with a world that is very unlike ours. One of the characteristics of the world described in Genesis is the incredibly long lives lived by the men listed in Genesis 5.

For example, Adam is said to have lived 930 years (Genesis 5:5), and his son Seth is said to have lived 912 years (Genesis 5:8). These alone make Enoch’s life of 365 years seem short (Genesis 5:23). Of course everyone knows the oldest of them all, Methuselah, lived to be a ripe old age of 969 years old (Genesis 5:27). The average age of these guys was pushing a millennium!

Seeing the long lives of these men, we have to ask two questions: 1) did these men really live to be that old and if so, 2)how?

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Understanding Bible Difficulties

godwin_bible460How many times have you heard the claim that the Bible is “full of contradictions”? Next time you hear someone say something to that affect, ask them to name one. You might be suprised at how little they actually know what they are talking about. Even when someone is able to point to a passage that doesn’t seem to make sence, it’s only  a misunderstanding. And, what happened to the “full of” part of the claim? Anti-Christian skepticism has become a popular thing and claiming targeting the truthfullness of the Bible has become one the of primary objectives of the attack. Neverthless, using certain guidlines we can examine these contradiction claims and be confident that God’s Word with come out on top every time.

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Don’t Call a Fool a Fool, Fool!

Matthew 5:22 and Matthew 23:17; Psalm 14:1

dunceDifficulty:

On one hand the Jesus says in Matthew 5:22, “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”

On the other hand Psalm 14:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” And, in Matthew 23:17 Jesus says “Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?”

Solution:

Context. Context. Context. When Jesus said in Matthew 5:22 that we should not call anyone a fool, He was talking about those who did so in unrighteous anger. What do I mean by context? Anger is the main subject of the verse. There is such a thing as a righteous anger which is not sinful (Ephesians 4:26 – “Be ye angry, and sin not:. . .” ) as well as unrighteous anger that is sinful (James 1:20  – “for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.”). 

As for Jesus calling the Pharisees fools, that’s a different story altogether. When God is angry with someone, He always has a righteous reason for His anger. Therefore, He is righteous in His anger.  Jesus, being God in flesh (to be discussed another place and time John 1:1,14; 20:28; Colossians 2:9), can righteously be angry, especially the Pharisees, and call them like He sees them. And so you have Matthew 23:17.  God does not contradict Himself in calling someone a fool, especially when it is true. He would contradict Himself if He did not call sin what it is.

In the end, Jesus’ condemnation of calling someone a fool is in the context of doing so out of unrighteous anger. Because Jesus was speak to the Pharisees in righteous anger when He called them fools, Matthew 5:22 doesn’t even apply to Matthew 23:17.

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