Countering Biblical Contradictions, 141-143

by Bumbulis, Smith, and White

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141. Moses was a very meek man

[Num 12:3]

Moses was a very cruel man

[Num 31:15,17]

The latter of these is a judgment call, but at any rate, taking the point, it obviously involves assuming that to be noncontradictory, Moses, and everyone else, would have to be exactly the same from early to late in their lives and experiences. Such assumptions are unreasonable.

142. Elijah went up to heaven

[2 Kings 2:11]

None but Christ ever ascended into heaven

[John 3:13]

Here one has to read John 3:13 in context.

"If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how shall you believe if I tell you heavenly things? And no one has ascended into heaven, but he who descended from heaven, even the Son of Man."

Haley notes:

"Jesus, setting forth his own superior authority, says, substantially, "No human being can speak from personal knowledge, as I do, who came from heaven." " No man hath ascended up to heaven to bring back tidings." So we, speaking of the secrets of the future world, should very naturally say: "No man has been there to tell us about them." In saying this, we do not deny that any one has actually entered the eternal world, but merely that any one has gone thither, and returned to unfold its mystery."

Haley's interpretation of the whole point is entirely possible.

143. All scripture is inspired

[2 Tim 3:16]

Some scripture is not inspired

[1 Cor 7:6/ 1 Cor 7:12/ 2 Cor 11:17]

This is a case of overinterpretation. Paul does not say that what he writes is not inspired by God; merely that the Lord has not commanded what Paul says. Paul was almost certainly inspired by God in each word he spoke following his conversion-- RS

I'd also note that in 1 Cor 7:10, Paul could be citing an actual tradition from Jesus' earthly ministry, while in verse 12 he is not. Thus, he is not saying the teaching is not inspired from God, only that it didn't stem from the teachings of Jesus when He was on earth. 2 Cor could merely mean that Paul was not speaking as Jesus would when He was on earth. But this doesn't mean that the Spirit is not speaking through him.

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