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Bible contradiction claim first world problem

This is another alleged Bible contradiction claim by skeptics that can be found at Skeptic Annotated Bible.

We begin with a question: What was Sodom’s sin?

Inhospitality

 

10 But whatever city you enter and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your city which clings to our feet we wipe off in protest against you; yet [a]be sure of this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I say to you, it will be more tolerable in that day for Sodom than for that city. (Luke 10:10-12)

Seeking sex after “strange flesh”

 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an [b]example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 7)

(See Genesis 19:1 and Genesis 19:4-5)

Adultery and lies

I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. Jeremiah 23:14

Let’s take a closer look at whether there is a contradiction:

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Angel of the Lord Christophany

I do think the instances in the Bible in which there are manifestations of the Divine Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament it is probably Christ.  One such incident of the Angel of the Lord appearing happened to Hagar in Genesis 16:7-14. I believe this is the first time the Divine Angel of the Lord appears in Genesis.  For the purpose of this post let me quote the passage:

Now the angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from and where are you going?” And she said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.” Then the angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself [a]to her authority.” 10 Moreover, the angel of the Lord said to her, “I will greatly multiply your [b]descendants so that [c]they will be too many to count.” 11 The angel of the Lord said to her further,

“Behold, you are with child,
And you will bear a son;
And you shall call his name [d]Ishmael,
Because the Lord [e]has given heed to your affliction.
12 “He will be a wild donkey of a man,
His hand will be against everyone,
And everyone’s hand will be against him;
And he will [f]live [g]to the east of all his brothers.”

13 Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “[h]You are [i]a God who sees”; for she said, “Have I even [j]remained alive here after seeing Him?” 14 Therefore the well was called [k]Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.

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This is a look at another alleged Bible contradiction from the Gospel of Luke as given by the Skeptic Annotated Bible.

Today’s question: Was Jairus’ daughter alive when Jesus was approached?

She was still alive.

And there came a man named Jairus, and he was an [l]official of the synagogue; and he fell at Jesus’ feet, and began to implore Him to come to his house; 42 for he had an [m]only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying. But as He went, the crowds were pressing against Him. (Luke 8:41-42)

She was already dead.

While He was saying these things to them, [m]a synagogue [n]official came and [o]bowed down before Him, and said, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live.” (Matthew 9:18)

I have looked at three links by Christians responding to this “contradiction” but I wasn’t satisfied.  If we examine the passages carefully one will see that this isn’t necessarily a contradiction.  Let’s take a closer look:

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Huff Po Jesus predicted Muhammad Veritas Domain show it is a lie

Over at liberal Huff Po Religion there is a piece I want to respond to that’s titled “Did Jesus Predict Muhammad?”  This is part 2 of my response and earlier I wrote .  In this post I will start to look at the bad exegesis found in part 2 of the article “Did Jesus Predict Muhammad?”  Obviously Huff Po makes this out to be a great article.  One starts wondering if there’s great exegesis going on here.  But what I learned about Huff Posts Religion is that there’s a lot of huff and puffs, but no bites as far as exegesis or sound thinking is concerned.  For instance, half a year ago they have on their website another piece that I responded to titled “

While it isn’t the main focus of the writer’s core argument that Jesus predicted Muhammad, we see right off the bat that the writer’s first effort in looking at a Biblical passage results in a bad interpretation.  It’s like a sign of things to come.

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face of skeptic when another bible contradiction answered

This is a look at another alleged Bible contradiction from Luke 9 according to the Skeptic Annotated Bible.

Today’s question: Who is for or against Jesus?

Those who are not with Jesus are against him.

He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.” Luke 11:23

Those who are not against Jesus are for him.

for he who is not against you is for you.” Luke 9:50

I think when we examine the passage carefully this will be shown to be not a contradiction.  Let’s take a closer look:

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Preti John the Baptist before Herod

Within the last six months I’ve looked at some alleged Bible contradictions in Luke 9.  I’ve considered “Did or did not the Samaritans receive Jesus?” and “Burying and Saying Bye to Parents in Luke 9:59-62.”

Here’s another question that allegedly shows a Bible contradiction: “Did Herod think Jesus was John the Baptist?”

Yes

Herod thought that Jesus was John the Baptist reincarnated.

At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.  (Matthew 14:1-2)

But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead. (Mark 6:16)

No

People were saying that Jesus was John the Baptist who had risen from the dead, or Elijah (Elias), or one of the other prophets. But Herod didn’t believe Jesus was John the Baptist, saying, “John I have beheaded: but who is this?”

Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him [Jesus]: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead; And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him. (Luke 9:9)

Here’s my thought on this Bible contradiction:

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contradiction

Luke 9:59-62 states:

59 And He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” 60 But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” 61 Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

From this passage the Skeptic Annotated Bible states:

Jesus won’t even let his followers bury their dead parents or say farewell to their families before abandoning them.

They also marked this passage as a Bible contradiction specifically for violating verses like Exodus 20:12.

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

Is this a Bible contradiction and is Jesus really prohibiting His followers from burying and saying farewell to their parents?  Let’s take a closer look.

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