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Thursday, March 3, 2016

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

Is God’s Work Perfect?
            Deuteronomy 32:4 confirms that all of God’s works are perfect. But, is not Cain part of God’s work? (Genesis 4:8) God made man, yet “Yahweh saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5 WEB) And, why would God make the tree that he commanded mankind not eat from? (Genesis 2:16,17) These points cause the skeptic to conclude that the Bible contradicts itself.
            We, though, see that the skeptic has not proven that God could not create the forbidden tree and it be perfect. Rather, it was an excellent test; it served to see the heart of Adam and Eve and was simple – it served its role perfectly. Further, the sins of mankind aside, we see that “God made mankind upright,” but it was them that went astray. (Ecclesiastes 7:29 NWT) So, any error on their part is not from God.

Was God Satisfied With His Works?
            Genesis 1:31 (NWT) reports that “God saw everything he made, and look! it was very good.” However, at Genesis 6:6 (NWT) we find that “Jehovah regretted that he had made men on the earth.” The skeptics presses this as a contradiction. However, a key requirement for there to be a contradiction is lacking, for these statements do not refer to the same time, nor does the skeptic understand what it means for God to feel regret, so the skeptic is wrong.

2 comments:

  1. Hello my brother. Forgive me if I missed a prior or subsequent post wherein you made the point, however I would have expected you to include an illustration of a loving parent who not only provided generously in material ways, but also taught their child in a healthy emotional environment proper social skills and moral responsibilities. With all this, it is still possible for the child to choose less than an honorable life. That is no discredit to the parent, but falls on the poor choices the child makes. There are many real-life news clips that prove this is true and help your readers appreciate that Adam and Eve's disobedience is not God's fault. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbKivWjlRh4

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  2. Good example.

    With so many people and free will it is impossible for their not to be sin, and with sin comes consequences. Yet, with God, his purpose will be restored and all things will be made new forever.

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