reply to post by luciferhorus
This is great I can re-post from another thread
Actually all these so-called contradictions have explanations but it takes a lot of time to answer them. I will do three randomly just to show that it
Did Joshua and the Israelites capture Jerusalem?
(a) Yes (Joshua 10:23, 40)
(b) No (Joshua 15:63)
Joshua 10:23 & 40 does not specifically mention the city of Jerusalem.
23And they did so, and brought forth to him those five kings out of the cave, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king
of Lachish, the king of Eglon.
Notice only the King of Jerusalem is mentioned not the city itself.
40 So Joshua subdued the whole region, including the hill country, the Negev, the western foothills and the mountain slopes, together with all their
kings. He left no survivors. He totally destroyed all who breathed, just as the LORD, the God of Israel, had commanded.
Again no specific mention of Jerusalem, but some of the area's around it.
Then Joshua 15:63 specifically mentions the city of Jerusalem.
63 But the tribe of Judah could not drive out the Jebusites, who lived in the city of Jerusalem, so the Jebusites live there among the people of Judah
to this day.
Jerusalem was controlled by the Jebusites who's king and army were beaten in battle by Joshua and the King was killed. Nevertheless, after the
burning of the city of Jebus and sometime before the dividing of the land, the Jebusites had control of the strategic heights of Jerusalem, which they
had held for 400 years. So both scriptures are correct. Finally in 1070 BCE, King David conquered Zion the stonghold of the Jebusites. The book of
Joshua was written around 1450 BCE so it makes sense that they were still living there when Joshua wrote this.
No contradictions here.
How did Judas die?
(a) After he threw the money into the temple he went away and hanged himself (Matthew 27:5)
(b) After he bought the field with the price of his evil deed he fell headlong and burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out (Acts
Both are correct from different perspectives
Matthew seems to deal with the mode of the suicide, while Acts describes the result.
Combining the two accounts, it appears that Judas tried to hang himself over some cliff, but the rope or tree limb broke so that he plunged down and
burst open on the rocks below. The topography around Jerusalem makes such an event conceivable.
No contradiction here.
Is the law of Moses useful?
(a) Yes. “All scripture is... profitable...” (2 Timothy 3:16)
(b) No. “. . . A former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness... “(Hebrews 7:18)
I will pick this one as it has more value and has been debated before.
The answer of coarse is yes, it is useful, but why?
1) It is the old historical laws that God wants us to know about.
2) It is gives us an idea on how God thinks about various things.
3) If they are in-line with the new testament then they still apply.
for example murder & adultery
The apostle Paul a former practicer of Judaism explained it best as to why the law no longer applies once Christ came, 3 Versions.
Galatians 3:23-25 (The Message)
23-24Until the time when we were mature enough to respond freely in faith to the living God, we were carefully surrounded and protected by the Mosaic
law. The law was like those Greek tutors, with which you are familiar, who escort children to school and protect them from danger or distraction,
making sure the children will really get to the place they set out for.
25-27But now you have arrived at your destination: By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God. Your baptism in Christ was not just
washing you up for a fresh start. It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe—Christ's life, the fulfillment of God's original
Galatians 3:23-27 (New Living Translation)
23 Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak,
until the way of faith was revealed.
24 Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. 25 And
now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.
26 For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like
putting on new clothes.
Galatians 3:23-27 (NSB)
23 But before faith came, we were held in custody by the Law. We were locked up until faith was revealed.
24 The Law was our schoolmaster (Greek: paedagogue: a combination of schoolmaster, instructor, servant and guardian in charge of us) to bring us to
Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 Now that faith has come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you who were baptized into Christ put on (clothed yourselves with) Christ.
And lets not take that scripture to much out of context.
Hebrews 7: 18&19
18 The former commandment was set aside because it was weak and useless.
19 The Law could not make anything perfect. A better hope has been provided through which we can draw near to God.
The Mosaic law is weak and useless only when compared to Christ's better hope & his principles.
Once again no contradictions, it is useful and has merit, it just doesn't fully apply to us anymore.
Conclusion research negates biblical contradictions.