Contradiction

<<to oppose, disagreement>>

Some of the alleged inaccuracies or inconsistencies leveled at the Bible come about when being translated from the original languages (Hebrew and Greek) and there being no suitable words to convey the meaning. Sometimes two accounts of an event emphasise different perspectives yet both are completely accurate. 

Bible texts on their own may appear to contradict others, so to correctly interpret what the Bible passage says compare it to the overall principles of scripture, otherwise an unbalanced and distorted view may be seen if only one aspect of the truth is majored on at the expense of others (2 Tim 2:15). Study carefully the wider context of the specific verses and gain the true meaning God intended.  If in doubt, whatever is the most loving and God-like is
the true meaning.  “God is not a man that He should lie or change His mind” (Num 23:19).  As Christians we claim the Bible as inerrant (entirely true) and infallible (totally reliable). This reflects God’s nature and character.

However, what we do and say to each other as humans is often contradictory. We are hypocrites when we speak one message while our

Does what I do, line up with what I say?

lifestyle reveals a different standard. We may agree with a person so we don’t hurt their feelings when in fact we have a differing view and our body language reveals this contrary message. Our words and actions should be consistent.

Any guidance or directive we receive from God will not contradict the Bible’s teaching.

See also: context, contrary, inerrancy, infallibility.


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