Sunday, March 13, 2016

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

Is Jesus the Sacrifice or High Priest?
            Hebrews 8:1 (NWT) reports that we have as High Priest one who “has sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens.” But, since one cannot be both offering and the one offering the offering, Hebrews 9:26 (NWT), which says that Christ did “away with sin through the sacrifice of himself,” must be in error.
            However, such an assumption is never found in scriptures. The skeptic would like us think that it doesn’t have to be, that the law of non-contradiction forces such a conclusion. Apparently the writer of Hebrews was too ignorant to comprehend such a basic principle, for he sees nothing wrong with writing that Jesus is (but was not always) our High Priest and was our offering. But, O skeptic, why should he? He is referring to different times. He knew Jesus died – that is when he was our offering – and that he was raised up to become our high priest; this is perfectly harmonious.

Is Jesus a Lion or a Lamb?
            He is neither a lion nor a lamb; he was a human. Oh wait! The skeptic is not being that hyper-literal. He is however being quite hyper-literal. It is clear that Revelation 5:5 (WEB), which says: “Behold, the Lion who is of the tribe of Judah,” is not meant to be taken literally. Neither is John 1:36 (WEB), which says: “Behold, the Lamb of God.” Where, aside from such a unique reading, does this contradiction arise? Nowhere. 

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