Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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

Did Samuel Live in the Temple? 
Samuel lived in a temple, but not the Temple built by Solomon (1 Samuel 3:3). The skeptic would like us to think that the Bible says Samuel lived in that temple, for were that the case there would be a contradiction since Solomon’s Temple was not built until after Samuel's death. However Samuel did sleep in the Tabernacle. "Hekal," the Hebrew word we translate as "temple," does not refer to just one building, but to any templeTherefore there is no contradiction since both Solomon’s Temple and the tabernacle are temples. 

Should We Believe Like Children? 
Proverbs 14:15 gives sound warning not to believe everything we hear, so critics asserts that Jesus contradicts this warning by telling us to believe like children. Proverbs 14:15 (NASB) states: “The naive believes everything, but the sensible man considers his steps.” Jesus says at Matthew 18:3 (NASB): “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” 
What is apparent is that Jesus did not tell us to be like little children and then convert, but to convert and then become like little children. Like them in what regard? Considering that his disciples asked him, "Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"  we see that Jesus for us to turn around from pride  (Matthew 18:1 NIV). Both knowledge and humility are needed in order to convert and please God; there is no contradiction. – John 17:3; Proverbs 3:34  

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