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Sunday, May 10, 2015

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

Does Life Come From Blood or Breath? 
Deuteronomy 12:23 (NASB) states: "the blood is the life." So why does Genesis 2:7 (WEB) say: "Yahweh God . . . breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul?” 
The skeptic says that the Bible contradicts itself by saying the blood is where the life is and saying it is in the breath. However, most people get the point made. Both life and blood are needed for life. Blood is a perfect representation of life and so is breath. Using either of them to represent life is called synecdoche, calling a part the whole (e.g., I might say “Nice wheels,” when I mean “nice car”), so taking this figurative language into consideration we see that there is no contradiction. 

Is Man Like God? 
Genesis 1:26 says God made man in his image. So why then does Jehovah ask, "To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal?" (Isaiah 40:25 KJV). Skeptics make this out to be a contradiction, but what is Jehovah really saying? Is he saying that mankind is not like him? The context reveals that Jehovah is actually comparing himself to idols, not men, so there is no contradiction. 
Even supposing that Jehovah was comparing himself to men there is no contradiction in saying that Jehovah is far superior to men and yet men are made in God’s image. Also fallen man is even less than perfect man was, we die, but God does not. We are like God, but not an exact copy – especially power and knowledge. 

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