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Monday, May 11, 2015

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

Who Should Bear Our Load?  
We all know that we have personal responsibilities and yet we see the need to help others. This is what Paul told the Galatians. Galatians 6:2-5 (NASB) states: "Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. For each one will bear his load." 
Sure the verse states that we should bear each other’s burdens and yet that each one would bear their own load, but there is no contradiction. Skeptics would like us to think that the burdens of verse 2 are the same as the load each one will bear. The load that we bear is the yoke of Christ and though others should help us to be faithful no one can live your life for you and if you know what to do and yet do not do it you alone will have to answer for it (Galatians 6:1; 2 Corinthians 5:10). However the burdens we help others to carry include anything financial, emotional or to do with training in God's service which will hopefully incite them to bear their load, but only they can do that. 

Do Believers Sin?  
Ecclesiastes 7:20 (KJV) states: "For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not," yet 1 John 3:9 (NIV) states: "No one who is born of God will continue to sin." Is this a contradiction? No.  
John says that those born of God do not practice sin, but not that such never sin. Everyone sins, but Christians do not make a habit of sinning. Purposeful and continued sins are held against us, but the rest are washed away and we are counted as not sinless, for our sins fell upon Jesus (Isaiah 53:6). There is no contradiction.

Who Heard the Voice on the Road to Damascus? 
At Acts 9:7 the King James Version reads: “the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.” And yet the King James Version also says at Acts 22:9: “they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.” These seemingly contradictory verses go away once we look at the original language. The Greek word “akouo,” rendered as hear in the King James Version, can also mean “to understand” according to The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon. Therefore the verses are actually harmonious; Paul’s companions heard the sound of a voice, but couldn’t understand what the voice was saying.

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