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My dear brother Wally asked a very good question.  In a post titled Faith In Action-Who Do You Love? Wally gave an exposition of James 5:1-6.  Our brother asked what my thoughts were concerning whom James 5:1-6 was referring to.  Some take it to refer to believers who were rich and hurting their fellow believers who were poor.  Others understand this to refer to nonbelievers who were persecuting poorer believers.

Let me quote James 5:1-6:

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of [a]Sabaoth. You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have [b]fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and [c]put to death the righteous man; he does not resist you.

Now I’m not going to be dogmatic here since I believe there is room for Christians to disagree in an agreeable fashion.  But the following is my take on James 5:1-6 on the fly.

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For other posts see our Collection of Posts Responding to Bible Contradictions.

Today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “Did Jesus say he would always be with his disciples?”

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Yes

teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

No

For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have Me. (Matthew 26:11)

For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me. (Mark 14:7)

 For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me. (John 12:8)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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Here’s another post that puts things into bite size memorable ditties.  Little rhymes to drive the point home.

How do you handle Bible contradictions?  Hopefully this is helpful:

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Remember the ditty:

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Today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “At his baptism, did God address Jesus directly?”

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Yes.

You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased. (Mark 1:11b, Luke 3:22b)

No, God addressed those who witnessed his baptism.

and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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Jeremiah 3:7-10 is a passage that someone cited as proof that the Bible does not teach God’s omniscience.

Let me quote the passage:

I thought, ‘After she has done all these things she will return to Me’; but she did not return, and her treacherous sister Judah saw it. 8 And I saw that for all the adulteries of faithless Israel, I had sent her away and given her a writ of divorce, yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear; but she went and was a harlot also. 9 Because of the lightness of her harlotry, she polluted the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. 10 Yet in spite of all this her treacherous sister Judah did not return to Me with all her heart, but rather in deception,” declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 3:7-10)

Let’s take a closer look.

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Today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “Is it a good thing to be childish?”

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Yes, it is good to be childish.

and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
(Matthew 18:3)

But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. (Matthew 19:14)

Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” (Mark 10:15)

Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” (Luke 18:17)

No, it is not good to be childish.

When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. (1 Corinthians 13:11)

Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature. (1 Corinthians 14:20)

As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness [b]in deceitful scheming; (Ephesians 4:14)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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This year I have a new focus on our blog of answering Bible contradictions.  Unfortunately I am a slow writer as every Bible contradictions take a lot of time for me to translate and work through and I wished I could crank out more posts resolving alleged Bible contradictions.  Since this is Christmas Eve I thought I gather in one post what contradictions I dealt with surrounding the account of the Birth of Jesus.  Lord willing I plan to add more posts to the list by next Christmas!

Here’s the listing:

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