Whacked Bible Contradictions: 3
There seems to be some confusion among the divinely inspired authors of the Bible. Maybe God can’t remember exactly who he met face to face, and who he didn’t, and who he killed. I know I have trouble keeping those things sorted out sometimes.
Has anyone seen God face to face?
Genesis 32:30 — “Jacob said, ‘I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.'”
Exodus 33:11 –“The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.”
Exodus 33:20 — “You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”
John 1:18 — “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.”
I John 4:12 — “No man hath seen God at any time.”
Another element of divine confusion seems to be the classic “I love them all”, “I love them all not” dilemma. Perhaps one can imagine the deity plucking petals off one of heaven’s daisies.
I want them all saved
1 Timothy 2:3-4 — “God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved.”
2 Peter 3:9 — “The Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
I want them damned
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 — “God shall send them a strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned.
That last one leads us to wonder:
Does God lie?
Of course not
Numbers 23:19 — “God is not a man, that he should lie.”
1 Samuel 15:29 — “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man.”
Titus 1:2 — “The hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time.”
Hebrews 6:18 — “It is impossible for God to lie.”
But on the other hand
Jeremiah 4:10 — “Sovereign LORD, how completely you have deceived this people.”
Jeremiah 20:7 — “O LORD, you deceived me, and I was deceived.”
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 –“God shall send them a strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned.”
Man that last one is nasty. First he creates them; then he sets up standards; then he MAKES THEM fail those standards; then he condemns them to eternal torment. If that isn’t the ultimate ‘kid frying ants with a magnifying glass’….