Thursday, May 7, 2015

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

Can You Charge Interest? 
In ancient times Israel had a law that forbad charging interest to a fellow Israelite or a poor foreigner (Leviticus 25:35-37). In later times Jews set up banks which paid out interest to those who invested capital.1 Jesus, not approving or condemning such a system, used it as a readily understandable illustration for his listeners. - Matthew 25:14-30 
Skeptics twist his words to make him say, "you can charge interest," when he was actually condemning those who showed no zeal about God's Kingdom (Matthew 25:30). In fact Jesus agreed with the law as can be seen by his statement at Luke 6:35. There is no contradiction. 

Who Killed Saul? 
1 Samuel 31:4 (NIV) answers: "Saul took his own sword and fell on it." Why is it that some say the Bible contradicts itself? Simply because they accept the testimony of the Amalekite who said: "I stood over [Saul] and killed him.” (2 Samuel 1:10 NIVThe Bible would be contradictory if Samuel had written: "The Amalekite killed Saul," but Samuel was simply reporting what the Amalekite said not agreeing with it; there is no contradiction.

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