Are There Contradictions in the Bible? - Hard Questions

One of the common pushbacks to Christianity is that it’s full of contradictions. In the video, Nat shared one piece of advice and one example with an answer. With careful examination, it will be clear that apparent contradictions are quickly resolved.

An essential principle in this discussion is that God’s Word is truth. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” Because God breathed out the entirety of Scripture, it is without error, and it does not change.

Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” God’s Word is truth. Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 is God-breathed, therefore without error and unchanging.

We can be sure that though written by human authors, God’s Words and intent were captured without error in their original writings. This uniqueness of the writings was part of God’s design for His Word.

Reflect: Read 2 Timothy 3:1-4:8. What does Paul say about the origin and purpose of God’s Word? Why is this important to remember when teaching and spreading God’s Word? Why does this matter when tempted to adapt God’s Word to cultural influences?

Respond: How does the truthfulness of God’s Word impact your view of apparent contradictions? What are the historical teachings of the Bible that are targeted in today’s culture? How does 2 Timothy change how you think about adapting God’s Word?

Please share your comments below. I'd also love to know what your questions are so I can answer them in the weeks ahead.

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2 years ago
Nat, thanks for this teaching. I found it very helpful to think that is the burden of proof for the other person to show the apparent contradiction.
Thanks so much!
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a year ago
My pleasure. It's important for us to think through these things!
2 years ago
This is a very good study for answering people who say that there are contradictions in the Bible.
2 years ago
The crown for those who love the appearing of the Lord.