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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 5 (Part Eight)

Does God Create Confusion?
            1 Corinthians 14:33 (ASV) states: “God is not the author of confusion.” In fact, according to Proverbs 6:16,19 (NWT): “[H]e that soweth discord among brethren” is “an abomination unto him.” So, how could we justify this with the fact that God diversified the languages of man, an event that caused great confusion? – Genesis 11:7-9
            Firstly, Proverbs 6:16,19 condemns the one who sows discord, not just “confusion.” It is spread by gossip or slander and the like, so it has no real connection to what God did. Secondly, 1 Corinthians 14:33 deals with congregational arrangements, where confusion was to be avoided. The phrase “God is not the author of confusion,” must be understood in that context. When we do so, we see that this does not conflict with Genesis 11:7-9.

Does God Dwell in Eternity or With Men?
            Previously, I have chided the skeptic for pitting two contiguous verses against each other, however, in this case he pits one verse against itself. Isaiah 57:15 (NWT) says: “For this is what the High and Lofty One says, Who [inhabiteth eternity – ASV] and whose name is holy: “I reside in the high and holy place, But also with those crushed and lowly in spirit.””
            Clearly, the skeptic thinks that Jehovah literally inhabits eternity, as if eternity is a place, despite the more appropriate (if not literal) translation: “who lives forever.” Further, he thinks that these two statements are not both true, as if they are set against each other. In some sense they are, but only to highlight that both are true, making God’s humility more remarkable. The very contrast the skeptic highlights serves to disprove his position; there is no contradiction.

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