Friday, May 8, 2015

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 1 (Part Eight)

Is the Earth Set Upon Pillars, Foundations or Nothing? 
This is a simple misinterpretation. In some places the Bible uses poetic language, and not in others, so we need to be aware of that. 1 Samuel 2:8b (NWT) states: "To Jehovah belong earth’s supports, And he places the productive land upon them." Psalms 104:5a (NWT) states: "He has established the earth on its foundations." Job 26:7 (AKJV) states: "He stretches out the north over the empty place, and hangs the earth on nothing." These verses supposedly prove that the Bible has a mixed picture of the earth, but keeping in mind that the aforementioned rule will reveal that there is no contradiction. 

Did God Create Everything Alone or With Jesus? 
Skeptics insist that Isaiah 44:24 says that God created all things by himself which contradicts verses as 1 Corinthians 8:6. There Paul writes: "[there is] one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist." (1 Corinthians 8:6 ESV) Isaiah 44:24b (NIV) states: "I am the LORD, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself." 
In Isaiah Jehovah is encouraging Israel to turn back to him while mocking their idols. He says that idols are worthless; anyone worshiping them will be put to shame. These “gods” did not help Jehovah make anything, but Jehovah did it alone from them and he alone deserves the credit. Yet that does not mean that he didn’t do it through someone else.  
The skeptic might object to this on the grounds that only God is given credit, but that is really no problem. A common law of agency is: qui facit per alium facit per se, which means “he who acts through another does the act himself.” There are plenty of scriptures that prove Jesus was the person Jehovah used to create all things. Hebrews 1:2 (NASB), for example, reads: “in these last days [He] has spoken to us in His Son . . . through whom [He] also made the world.” Certainly this solves any so-called contradiction.

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