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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Evil Statements Made By Pope Francis!

  • The Pope Has Assured Skeptics Of Being Saved In Their Current State Of Unbelief:

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  • Pope Francis Has Denounced The Condemnation Of Homosexuality! If The Practice Is Contrary To Biblical Instruction (i.e. Leviticus 18:22; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10), And The Church Of Rome Was Supposedly Established By Our Lord Jesus Christ, Then Why Did The Pope Make This Declaration? Have We Not Been Called To Judge Righteous Judgment (John 7:24)?:
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  • The Pope Does Not Care About The Conversion Of Souls!:
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  • Although The Following Image Is Not Directly About Pope Francis, It Is Relevant To The Issues Mentioned In This Article Because It Pertains To The Official Teachings Of The Roman Catholic Church. Roman Catholicism Has Embraced Evolution (which is what atheists believe)!:
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  • Ecumenical Movement Apostasy:
          -Why Are All Of These Things Taking Place In Rome? The Reason For All Of This Activity Is That This Human Organization Is Only Focused On Being Politically Correct. The Modern Roman Catholic Church Is Only About Having Wealth, Power, And Worldly Popularity. It Is Extremely Pompous. It Is All About Being Attractive To The Eyes Of Mankind (Just Look At The Fancy Trinkets In All Of The Catholic Churches). For Decades (since the Vatican Councils), The Catholic Church Has Been Trying To Merge All World Religions Into One, Single Apostate "Church" (Ecumenism)! This Church Is Willing To Make Drastic Changes, Even For The Sake Of Worldly Compromise. In Other Words, Roman Catholicism Is Willing To Obtain Everything That It Wants, Even At The Cost Of Setting Aside Every Major Doctrinal Difference.

Answering "Bible Contradictions" (Part 2)

                                                                             By Russell                                         

We will again look at some of the claims of those who believe that the Bible contradicts itself.  Last month, we took a look at some examples of what some people think are contradictions in the Bible. See that article here:


This month, we will cover some alleged contradictions found within the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John).  So, let’s dive right in.

SEEMING CONTRADICTION #4

In one place, Jesus said, “I and the Father are one,” (John 10:30) speaking of His equality with the Father.  But elsewhere, He said, “… for the Father is greater than I” (John 14:28).  So what gives?  Are They equal or not?  Isn’t this a contradiction?

When Jesus said, “I and the Father are one,” He was indeed declaring Their equality because of Theiressence.  They are of the “same stuff,” so to speak. But Jesus was temporarily limited by His human form.  While on earth, He was restricted by human limitations.  He experienced hunger, pain, fatigue, and even death.  In human flesh, Jesus could only be in one place at a time.  He had a physical human body which was not yet glorified.  This is why He said that the Father was greater than He.  The Father had no such limitations.  But even while Jesus was wrapped in human flesh, He was still the second Member of the Trinity / Godhead (Colossians 2:9).  No contradiction here.

See also this article:


SEEMING CONTRADICTION #5

In John 14:27, Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you.  My peace I give unto you…”  And in John 16:33, He said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace…”  So apparently, Jesus came to bring peace for us.  But we also read in Matthew 10:34, where Jesus says,“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth:  I came not to send peace, but a sword[referring to division or separation].”
  
This may also seem like a contradiction.  But there is an answer.  

The peace that Jesus brings is an inner peace, a spiritual peace, not necessarily an external lack of turmoil.  There can be threats, killing and wars all around, but He is able to give you His perfect peace in your heart while the world seems to be falling apart all around you. 

In the context of Him saying that He didn’t come to bring peace, He was speaking of the separation of families and friends when one of its members begins to serve Him.  There will be division, as a sword divides its target.  You will now be on one side, while your friends or family will be on the other. When a person chooses to follow Jesus, he has a new life and a new behavior, and he will many times lose friends or the close ties of his family. This is because the new Christian now sheds light on those things that do not please God.  He now has new desires and a new life.  It is this convicting new lifesytle that divides those that were once close in the world.

So, yes, Jesus gives us peace; but when friends or family truly get saved, this will bring division.  Like oil and water, they cannot mix; some are in the dark, while others are children of the light.  They can no longer see eye to eye.  In this sense, Jesus brings both peace and division.  So, there is no contradiction in Jesus’ words here, either.

SEEMING CONTRADICTION #6

Mark 15:25 claims that it was the “third hour” when Jesus was crucified.  But in John 19:14-16Jesus seems to be condemned at “the sixth hour.”
 
So was it the sixth hour or was it the third?  The skeptic will say that surely this is a contradiction, and since this is such an important issue, the Bible cannot be trusted!  But no, once again, this can certainly be explained. 
 
We’re looking at two different time clocks here - that of the Romans and that of the Jews.  The Synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) tend to more often appeal to, and use, the Jewish system of time keeping, while John (dealing more often with non-Jewish audiences) tends to use the Roman system of time.  Each one was using familiar terms for their audiences. 
   
For the Jew, his 12-hour “night” period begins at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 6:00 a.m.  His “day” period begins at sunrise (approximately 6:00 a.m.) and ends at sunset (approximately 6:00 p.m.)  So the Jew’s “third hour” of the day would be three hours after 6:00 a.m., i.e., 9:00 a.m.

For the Roman, each new “day” begins at midnight (much like ours in America today), and his “sixth hour” would be 6:00 a.m.  It is in John 19:14-16when Jesus was condemned by Pilate which was then followed by the proceedings that led up toJesus’ crucifixion.

Mark’s “third hour” (9:00 a.m.) describes when Jesus was actually being crucified.  But John’s “sixth hour” (6:00 a.m.) is NOT describing the actual crucifixion, but the time that the process toward it began.  Jesus was still being judged by Pilate at 6:00 a.m., and many things happened between then and the actual crucifixion; for example, Jesus being led away from Pilate, Pilate’s release of Barabbas, Jesus’ scourging, the soldiers leading Him away to the Praetorium, their dressing Jesus in purple and making a crown of thorns for Him, their continued mocking and beating of Jesus, their putting His clothes back on Him, and the slow, agonizing march toward Golgotha where Simon of Cyrene helped carry His cross.  All these things happened after Pilate’s order, but before the crucifixion, so there is no reason to deny a 9:00 a.m. crucifixion in John 19 also. 

Again, no Bible contradiction.  The Bible can indeedbe trusted.

SEEMING CONTRADICTION #7

Some question the event of the two thieves who were crucified next to Jesus.  They’ll say that inMatthew 27:44 and Mark 15:31-32both of the thieves reviled and mocked Jesus, but in Luke 23:39-40, we see one of them rebuking the other thief and asking Jesus to remember him when He would come into His Kingdom.  The skeptic would say that the story doesn’t match.

But this is easily answered, since one of them realized his desperate need for God, and that mocking someone while on the brink of death is not a good idea.  Fortunately, he realized that Jesus was no ordinary human being and he repented. What grace!  Even on his “deathbed,” so late in his life, this thief, this undeserving man received mercy from Jesus!  But then again, we are ALL in the “undeserving” category.  But thank God for grace, and for His salvation through believing and trusting in the work of His Son on the cross.

Again, there is no contradiction, just a change of heart.

Join us next time for a look at more alleged contradictions in the Bible.

Answering "Bible Contradictions" (Part 1)

                                                                              By Russell:

There are some people out there who would love to see the Bible discredited.  For some reason, they don’t want the Bible to be true.  Perhaps it’s because the Bible points out things in our lives that are wrong, and it exposes our weaknesses and sin. But no one discredits a doctor if the doctor finds something wrong with him.  Actually, the patient would thank the good doctor for telling him the truth about his condition, so that it can be dealt with.  It should be the same with Scripture.  We should be thankful to God for His Word, which not only points to our many shortcomings, but it also gives us a way out of our sin problem.  But some say that they can’t trust the Bible because there are contradictions in it.  But is this really true? 
 
This will be the first in a series of articles addressing what some consider to be contradictions in the Word of God.  The Christian Bible is a large and multi-faceted book that was written by about forty different authors from different cultures over a period of about 1600 years.  It touches on many topics, yet it has an amazing consistency when studied.  We believe it is truly “God-breathed” (i.e., inspired by God), and it is extremely relevant to us today.  We also consider it to be the ultimate guide for the church (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

But what about these seeming contradictions within its pages.  Can they be explained?  We will now begin looking at these “contradictions” and attempt to clarify some of them, beginning with some that pertain to God’s nature and character.

SEEMING CONTRADICTION #1

Many people feel that there is a built-in contradiction between the existence of a merciful, all-powerful and all-knowing God, and the suffering found in this world.  If God really is aware of the horrible suffering in the world (especially among the innocent), then why doesn’t He do something about it?  Is He too weak to remedy the problem?  If so, then He must not be all-powerful, as the Bible portrays Him.  But if God really is all-powerful and He is also aware of all the evil and suffering here on earth, then why would He not wipe out all evil? Does He enjoy seeing people suffering?  Of course not. 
 
But the question is, do we REALLY want God to wipe out all evil and its causes?  Remember, each and every one of us have caused suffering of one kind or another for someone else in our lifetime, in some way.  So, according to this logic (since we have been a cause of evil), God would have to destroy each and every one of us in order to “fix” this problem.  But rest assured, He has a better way. Earthly suffering may not be pleasant, but it is temporary.  God is certainly aware of those who suffer, but He is not uncaring or unconcerned about it.  In fact, He is always working “behind the scenes,” doing things we cannot see, and touching the hearts of people we may not even know.  For those who trust Him, He is able to make all things work together for good (Romans 8:28), even “senseless suffering.”

This is certainly a tough topic, especially for the ones going through the actual suffering.  We can sympathize with these people.  It’s not a sin to humbly ask, “Why, God?”  But those who angrily shake their fist at God, demanding an answer, will be silenced and shamed when He reveals the work He was secretly doing all along.  Then with extreme embarrassment, they will whimper, “Oh, I didn’t know that…”  We need to always be careful how we approach the Living God.

It is much like Job, who questioned God’s fairness about his suffering and was greatly humbled (Job chapters 38-41).  Here is the answer to man’s suffering on earth.  God is sovereign AND merciful. He will cause things to happen in each life according to HIS will.  But it will be fair and in everybody’s best interest.  So, let’s trust Him and let Him do His work.  For those who trust Him, it will end well. That’s a promise (Job 13:15; 42:10-17; Psalm 9:10; Matthew 25:21; John 11:25; Romans 8:28).

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SEEMING CONTRADICTION #2

Scripture tells us that God is immutable, i.e., He is unchangeble (Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Malachi 3:6; James 1:17).  But, on the other hand, there are verses that say that God repented, or changed His mind (e.g., Genesis 6:6; 1 Samuel 15:35; Jonah 3:10).  Does this mean that God lied, or that He’s wishy-washy?  Did He contradict Himself?  Can we, or can we not, trust what He says?

We can indeed.  When Genesis 6:6 says that “It repented the Lord that He had made man” (KJV), it simply means that He was sorry, or regretted it. Does this mean that God made a mistake, or that He didn’t know what would happen?  Not at all.  If God ever changes His mind, it is never because of “new” information.  God never says, “Wow!  I didn’t seethat coming!”  No, His immutability is tied into His sovereignty and His all-knowing nature.  But the thing is, God shares in our day-to-day victories and failures.  While He does indeed know everything before it happens, He is never sitting there, bored, saying, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, I knew that was going to happen; big deal…”  No, He is interested and involved in our lives, and He is always wanting us to make the right choices.  But mankind (as a whole) had committed itself to sin (Genesis 6:5).  That’s why He was grieved about creating man.  God already knew it would happen, but AT THIS POINT IN TIME, He was still moved with regret concerning that situation.  The situation changed, but there was no change in God’s character.  The same thing happened in 1 Samuel 15:35, where God regretted that He made Saul king over Israel.

Concerning Jonah 3:10, God changed His mind about destroying Nineveh.  But the destruction of Nineveh was conditional, i.e., it depended on Nineveh’s continued disobedience.  But they repented.  God set forth the conditions and He has not wavered or deviated one bit from His original plan, i.e., blessings for obedience, and punishment for disobedience.  Again, the situation had changed, but God has not changed in essence or character.  In fact, it is His consistent character that requires him to treat the righteous differently from the wicked, as this very informative article points out:


So, no, God does not change.

SEEMING CONTRADICTION #3

Does God remember sin?  Jeremiah 31:34 tells us that God says, concerning the sins of His people, “… and their sin I will remember no more.”  In Isaiah 43:25 He says, “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.”

But Exodus 34:7 says that God “visit[s] the iniquity of the fathers on the children… to the third and fourth generations.”  In other words, here He seems to remember their sins (or theirfathers’ sins).

Why does there seem to be a contradiction here? Does God remember your sins or not?  First of all, God is omniscient, or all-knowing.  He does notliterally forget anything.  When it says that He won’t “remember” one’s sins, it means He won’tremember them against the person, i.e., He won’t hold him accountable for his sins.  That person is forgiven… but ONLY if the person is repentant.  If you don’t want God to remember your sins against you, then you, too, must repent and trust in the all-sufficient work of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Second, why would God punish the children and grandchildren, etc., for the sins of the parents? That doesn’t seem fair!

The point here is that sin always has repercussions. The sin of the parents can certainly affect the lives of the children, especially in those cultures long ago when families were much closer and social ties were much stronger than in today’s society.  In those days, it was much more likely that the customs, habits, and treasured traditions (whether good or bad) would be embraced by the children.  Out of family pride, the kids would be inclined to act just as their ancestors did.  If there were sinful patterns, they would likely be passed down.

But it’s not like the children had no choice, or that they’d be directly responsible for sins they didn’t commit.  No, in each generation, the choice is there to either allow the cycle to be repeated, or not. They always had the option to confess their sins and the sins of their fathers (Leviticus 26:40-42).  But ultimately, each individual is responsible for his own sin (Deuteronomy 24:16; Ezekiel 18:20).  And God will only “remember” your sin that you refuse to confess.

So, in conclusion, these are not contradictions at all.  Scripture has a perfect balance.  We can be confident that the Bible is indeed the Word of God, and that we can trust it.  


We will continue with these seeming contradictions in upcoming articles from time to time. Stay tuned and feel free to comment.