no significant contradictions exist in the bible
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anything else as far as i know, has reasonable explanations.
First, the Bible seems unable to make up its mind as to whether or not there are any sins which are unforgivable. Acts 13:39 states "...and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses." Similarly, 1 John 1:9 states very clearly that, "if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." However, Mark 3:29 flatly contradicts this: "...but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject eternal condemnation." Matthew 12:31 combines both sides of this, contradicting itself within a single sentence: "Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men." The book says in no uncertain terms that all sins are forgivable, and then it goes on to say that apostasy cannot be forgiven. This is an extremely significant problem, as it speaks to the eternal fate of blasphemers, determining whether they will be tortured forever or can be given entrance into paradise. This is not an issue to leave so cloudy.
When faced with this argument, it is not uncommon for defenders of the faith to define "blasphemy against the spirit" as merely the act of failing to receive Christ. This separates it from other sins because in blaspheming the Spirit one is rejecting the very path to forgiveness. However, this is an asinine argument. This is because this definition of blasphemy requires one to die failing to receive Christ, which means on some level that one has died without repenting. That dying without repenting has consequences in the afterlife is true of all sins. If you die in sin without repentance, you are not forgiven. The above definition does not adequately separate blasphemy of the Spirit from other sins for this reason, and the contradiction remains.
Another interesting contradiction in the Bible involves the question of whether people other than Jesus have ascended directly into heaven. 2 Kings 2:11 says very directly that "...and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven." However, John 3:16 dismisses this claim, stating: "No man hath ascended up to heaven but he that came down from heaven,...the Son of Man." Clearly, the Bible is self contradictory on a very important event; that is, the ultimate fate of Elijah.
Stalwart apologists, of course, have cobbled together an answer for this objection as well. They say that it is possible that Elijah didn't go to "the" heaven, but merely was swept up into "the heavens," meaning into the sky. I will leave the reader to make up his or her own mind on the validity of this argument. If this explanation is not merely an extraordinary and obvious act of semantic squirming away from the truth, I can't think of what would be.
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most people just say we don't now what the unforgiveable sin is. that doesn't mean it's a contradiction because sins are usually considered forgiveable.
it would be ridiculous to read the verse so literal "all verses are forgiveable except blasphemy against the holy spirit", trying to argue that it says "all" sins instead of "most" sins, or something. not that you are making this precise argument, but it's very similar to what you're saying if you take things too literally. human language isn't always so precise.
id probably say that for the Elijah verse too. "no man" is too literal, like saying "all have sinned" must mean Jesus sinned or that the Virgin Mary had to have sinned. just examples.
some people do wonder if Elijah was in fact a preversion of Jesus, Jesus a reincarnation. I wouldnt go this far, but it's a thought. a
To say that the Elijah verse is taken too literally is problematic. It states very clearly that no man has been swept directly into Heaven. To say that "no man" means "almost no men" is downright silly. If it was inaccurate to say that no man has gone directly to Heaven, Christ shouldn't have said this.
In conclusion, the Bible is laden with contradictions, and thus far attempts to show them to be reasonably explained requires the taking of undue liberties with one's interpretation of the scripture.
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