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For today’s post will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Is God warlike or peaceful?

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

God is warlike

““The Lord is a warrior; The Lord is His name” (Exodus 15:3)

“He trains my hands for battle, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.” (Psalm 18:34)

“Blessed be the Lord, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle” (Psalm 144:1)

God is peaceful

“Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.” (Romans 15:33)

“Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord,” (Hebrews 13:20)

“for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” (1 Corinthians 14:33)

“Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Corinthians 13:11)

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!” (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

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

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Someone asked me the following:

How can one respond to the statement:

“The OT is just a collection and rehash from older sources” (for example: Sumerian)

Usually non-believers use this approach to undermine the Genesis narratives, stating that there are civilizations much older than the Hebrew people, thus, the books from the Hebrews have been inspired by previous texts from those folks.

Here’s my reply:

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

For today’s post will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Zedekiah’s eyes behold the king of Babylon?

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

Yes, his eyes beheld the king of Babylon.

“You will not escape from his hand, for you will surely be captured and delivered into his hand; and you will see the king of Babylon eye to eye, and he will speak with you face to face, and you will go to Babylon.’” (Jeremiah 34:3)

No, his eyes were removed before he reached Babylon.

“They slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, then put out the eyes of Zedekiah and bound him with bronze fetters and brought him to Babylon” (2 Kings 25:7)

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

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For today’s post will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who carried Jesus’s cross?

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

Jesus carried his own cross

“They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, [a]bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha.” (John 19:17)

Simon the Cyrenian carried Jesus’s cross.

“As they were coming out, they found a man of Cyrene named Simon, whom they pressed into service to bear His cross.” (Matthew 27:32)

 They *pressed into service a passer-by coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and Rufus), to bear His cross.” (Mark 15:21)

When they led Him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, coming in from the country, and placed on him the cross to carry behind Jesus.” (Luke 23:26)

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

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Today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “How was Zedekiah related to Nebuchadnezzar?” This is one of their more recent addition and the website stated that this was added to the lists of contradictions online after the Skeptic Annotated Bible was already published.

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

Zedekiah was Nebuchadnezzar’s uncle.

Then the king of Babylon made his uncle Mattaniah king in his place, and changed his name to Zedekiah. (2 Kings 24:17)

Zedekiah was Nebuchadnezzar’s brother.

At the turn of the year King Nebuchadnezzar sent and brought him to Babylon with the valuable articles of the house of the Lord, and he made his kinsman Zedekiah king over Judah and Jerusalem. (2 Chronicles 36:10)

(Note: Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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For today’s post we will tackle another question from the Skeptic Annotated Bible: Where does God dwell?

This one should be filed under the category of “Too Silly.”

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

God dwells in Zion.

Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion; Declare among the peoples His deeds.” (Psalm 9:11)

His tabernacle is in Salem; His dwelling place also is in Zion.” (Psalm 76:2)

Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, Dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain. So Jerusalem will be holy, And strangers will pass through it no more….And I will avenge their blood which I have not avenged, For the Lord dwells in Zion.” (Psalm 9:11)

God dwells in the heavens.

“To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens!” (Psalm 123:1)

“Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few.” (Ecclesiastes 5:2)
(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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

For today’s post we will tackle another question from the Skeptic Annotated Bible: Did Sarah have faith that she would conceive?

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

Yes, she had faith.

By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised.” (Hebrews 11:11)

No, she laughed at God.

“He said, “I will surely return to you at this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was past childbearing. 12 Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” 13 And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, when I am so old?’ 14 Is anything too difficult for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” 15 Sarah denied it however, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. And He said, “No, but you did laugh.”” (Genesis 18:10-15)

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

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