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Does the Bible contradict itself?


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The answer is "NO".

Please read the two following verses. They certainly appear to contradict each other. What say you?


Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. (The first commandment with an obvious promise).


Luke 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.


It appears on the surface to be a contradiction in the above 2 verses. Where does the problem actually lie? The word “hate” in Luke 14:26 above has been translated into English wrong. In the original language of Greek it means (mis-eh'-o); from a primary μῖσος mîsos (hatred); to detest (especially to persecute); by extension, to love less:—hate(-ful). This is Greek word G3404 in a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. When compared to verse Matthew 10:37 it seems that the word “hate” would have been better translated to “love less” in the English language.


By the way, the Bible was “not” originally written in the English language. It was originally written in Hebrew,Greek and Chaldean. It can be a big, complex and deeply misunderstood book if you choose not to study it properly. It was written over a period of 1,500 years by up to 40 authors. It was written in at least three different languages. To make matters more complicated, it has been translated a myriad of times through the last few thousand years and has suffered the unfortunate treatment of being altered along the way by some of its translators. Many (especially atheists) have enthusiastically pointed out numerous glaring contradictions in its pages. In the midst of all this, we confidently proclaim the Bible is the inspired and harmonious word of God! See 2 Timothy 3:16 in a KJV Bible. Who is right? Is the Bible contradictory or can each and every contradiction be explained? Yes, especially if you know how to study and give the definition of each word in the original language properly.

I encourage you to study the Bible yourself, cover to cover, book by book, chapter by chapter, verse by verse [Luke 4:4, by every word of God, not just some]. Don't omit any part of it. Study to gain understanding; it will come eventually. Use the tools available today, such as the [Strong's Exhaustive Concordance], Smith's Bible dictionary, Companion Bible by E.W. Bullinger, etc. [Check out the meaning of each key word, in each verse]. See 1 Timothy 4:13 [study His doctrine till He returns].


The bottom line for us as Christians is, the Bible IS God’s word. It is harmonious from Genesis through Revelation, and its details as they were “originally” delivered are in complete agreement on every level; with no contradiction as some suppose.

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