If they are trying to learn. If not, nothing you ever tell them will satisfy them. Especially if they have a preconceived idea about the matter. There are no contradictions in the Bible. The fault is in the reader's mind, not in God's Word. It's not our job to teach, that belongs to the Holy Spirit. Perhaps you should ask Him to help you and see what He says since none of the answers here satisfy you.As a general rule, the person you are trying to teach decides whether a question has been answered adequately or not.
Just because someone disagrees or finds inadequacy does not mean they are not trying to learn. I think anyone with educational experience will attest to that. But I don't want to derail the thread as to what qualifies as good teaching. That is best left as the subject of another thread.If they are trying to learn.
That is absolutely not true. Even a cursory reading of the Bible testifies against that. There are entire books dedicated to the subject. Most contradictions are the fault of copyist errors, inadequacy of language, etc.There are no contradictions in the Bible. The fault is in the reader's mind, not in God's Word.
True, but learn what the scripture says. "So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers..." and "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,"It's not our job to teach, that belongs to the Holy Spirit.
Oh it most certainly is. The problem is not with the Bible, it is with your understanding of the Bible.That is absolutely not true.
So, you think the Bible has contradictions in it?Even a cursory reading of the Bible testifies against that. There are entire books dedicated to the subject. Most contradictions are the fault of copyist errors, inadequacy of language, etc.
There are, however, other contradictions that are the result of lack of understanding. Such is the subject of this thread.
Oh Jesus had it right. It's your understanding that is wrong.If Jesus had the right of it (Sabbath made for man, not man for the Sabbath)
God can do as He pleases. He tells us what we need to know, not necessarily what we want to know. Who are we to question Him? Is the creation to question the Creator? The clay to question the potter?Then why did God in the OT simply not say that in the first place?
Things done in the OT were just a shadow of things to come. For example, the temple sacrifices were to teach the Jews that God would send the ultimate sacrifice in Jesus the Lamb of God. The blood of lambs, goats, etc. do not take away sins. They only cover them temporarily. Jesus, the Lamb of God, takes away sins permanently.Why impose a penalty (death) which he really didn't mean?
If you had asked us for the sum of 2 plus 2 and we told you, "4," whether or not you decide we've answered "adequately" won't change our answer no matter how many times you re-phrase the question.As a general rule, the person you are trying to teach decides whether a question has been answered adequately or not.
At this hour, that's our question to you. In what way are our answers not fully adequate?In what manner has your question not been sufficiently answered?
...........yes, Lighthope tell us just a little about yourself, please. As being autistic I am used to not understanding things but you seem to be talking in circles to me....give us a little background tell us where your coming from, it might help.Me too, I have reread all the posts, and came to the conclusion,
that I don’t understand the question behind the question.
Was it just to try us out? Or even challenge us to start doubting?
I want to give LightHope the benefit of the doubt,
but since he doesn’t give any background to himself or his question,
I start to wonder if he is genuine.
I think Matthew 23 talks a lot about this. Straining gnats and swallowing camels comes to mind.I think maybe God's definition of what constituted "work" and the pharisees' and sadducees' definition might have been very different. I think they embellished God's command, to make things harder and more legalistic than what was intended. There's a difference between resting on the Sabbath and not working to earn a wage when one should be focused on His relationship with God; versus the legalistic view that you couldn't even rescue your farm animal if it fell in a well and became endangered on a Sabbath day.
Exactly what I was thinking!After reading this entire thread, my brain hurts. The wisdom on this board, and the tolerance has been throughly displayed on this thread. Excellent answers were provided.