Last night I was reading a book. That alone is no big deal, except that I don’t do it often enough. But last night I came across something as puzzling as it is interesting. Oh, and itâ€™s a Bible thing.
Jesus Christ lived and died an observant Jew. In Galatians, the Apostle Paul asserts that following Jewish law is irrelevant for achieving salvation in Christ. It is by believing inÂ His death and resurrection that one is saved.
In the Gospel of Matthew, writtenÂ later thanÂ Paul,Â he says that one must adhere to Jewish lawÂ more thanÂ do the scribes and Pharisees in order to achieve salvation.
This is an obvious contradiction. Paul says, essentially,Â ignore the rules and prohibitions set forth in Leviticus and elsewhere in the Bible and Matthew says, oh, no, you must obey.
So, please, which is itÂ â€“ ignore or obey? Please cite book, chapter and verse that clearly validates oneÂ and invalidates the other. I suspect Iâ€™ll get no answer becauseâ€¦
Some months ago, I asked for book, chapter and verse for the Bibleâ€™s clear and unambiguous definition of marriage. Though there are comments, no one answered that one, either. Consequently, I renew the request.
Is it perhaps that these questions cannot be answered? That would be unfortunate because if the Bible is the inviolate word of God, one might ask, which side of His mouth should I listen to? Fortunately, that’s not a problem because God didn’t write the Bible. Men like Paul and Matthew did.
Meantime and seriously, how does one rationally reconcile the contradiction?