Jehovah`s Witness/AN EXPLANATION FOR THE CONTRADICTIONS TO DERRICK, EDDIE ETC
Hello. You are a JW.
I want to give to all of you (Derrick,Eddie etc.) an explanation for what I mean contradictions in the Bible.
When contradictions seem to occur you run to various explanations, because you feel that the Bible is a revelation of God for His Nature, man's nature, life after death. But who guarantees that these explanations are 100% correct?
EXPLANATIONS OF EVANGELISTS
For example when evangelists face Solomon's words, they explain it as talking from a human perspective". But we also read that Solomon had been given the gift of wisdom from God. When they face the verse "noone has ascended to Heaven except Jesus", they assume that noone before was in the presence of Jehovah except Jesus. This is a fully unwarranty explanation, since they believe others had been taken by the Lord as Elijah, Enoch. To say that they were in another place in heaven rather than the presence of Jehovah, is too much.... Didnt they also say God is everywhere?
Who guarantees your explanations are 100% correct Derrick?
EXPLANATIONS OF JWS
When JWs face various NT verses about a departure after death, an inner man, a man inside the tent of the flesh etc. they try to harmonize it with other meanings of spirit from OT and OT belief of man , where it seems to have the meaning of a living force.
Can you give that meaning sir Eddie in Romans 7:22, Eph 3:16, 2Cor 4:16, 2Cor 12:2-4, 2Cor 5:14, 2Tim 4:16, 2Peter 1:13-15
So we have unwarranty explanations and Im the sinner who says God's Word has contradictions between OT and NT? I didnt say God contradicts!!! These are human opinions from people of different times and cultures sir. Paul is a Hellenistic Jew. Solomon is a true Jew that lived 1000 years before Paul. An abyss of thought stands between them.
I believe the Bible is a map to Jesus. It contains these interesting subjects of cosmology, anthropology, theology, but I think God doesnt use the Bible to teach these things, but to show His Plan for Jesus. The Living Word is higher than the Written Word.
I just said there are explanations because we think God teaches them. But sir sincerely I dont think so and the explanations do not convince me 100%. Im in total "agnoia" on these subjects. OT people and NT people have various views.
Isnt is safer to assume that Bible is only for Jesus and the restoration of mankind in relationship with Jehovah?
Thanks for asking, and like what Brother Hepburn already said, their are no contradictions in the Bible.
But what makes it contradictory if I may, is our own understanding.
So you're question really boils down to this - who has the authority or warranty to INTERPRET the Bible correctly?
The answer is - The Bible, that is 'Scripture interprets scriptures'.
Or as the written Word Of God tells us:
“...For you know this first, that no prophecy of Scripture springs from any private interpretation. For prophecy was at no time brought by man’s will, but men spoke from God as they were moved by holy spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20, 21)
“... “As surely as Jehovah is living, whatever my God says is what I will speak.”” (2 Chronicles 18:13)
“... there is a God in the heavens who is a Revealer of secrets...” (Daniel 2:28)
“...“interpretations belong to God...” (Genesis 40:8)
And UNLESS one has God's holy spirit to guide him / her, any understanding or interpretation is suspect.
So it's on these basis that one will gain a correct understanding as to the proper meaning and correct interpretation of a particular scripture.
But whose to say, this one is correct and that one is not?
Aren't all religions - especially Christendom say the same thing as Jehovah's Witnesses, that what they teach is the correct one?
Of course, since it's easy to claim such thing, so anyone can do it and will do it - in all honesty and sincerity.
That's obvious. But it's one thing to say "we're right and they are wrong" and another to PROVE we're right and they are wrong.
Therefore it's what COMES TO PASS that determines who is right and who is wrong. It's what agrees with the BASIC truth as taught in the Bible that determines who is right and who is wrong.
In short the Bible, the Written Word of God is the MEASURING stick, the final ARBITER of such matter!
Hence, when any teaching or any interpretation it put against the ENTIRE Bible teaching and it doesn't agree but contradicts, then we can say the interpretation or teaching is NOT from God.
So the KEY to this is KNOWING what the Bible teaches and that it MUST be in full agreement. Any clear contradiction must be rejected.
Take for example the event you've mentioned about "noone has ascended to Heaven except Jesus."
You asked whose to say that what Jesus said was true or NOT?
Well, this one is easy.
Since the Lord Jesus Christ can't make a mistake or lie (like his Father) thus we can be confident that what he said is true.
That is, that:
“... no man has ascended into heaven but the one who descended from heaven, the Son of man.” (John 3:13)
So in light of this, how DO WE then to understand what happened to Elijah when the scripture said that he "ascended to the heavens"(2 Ki. 2:11)?
Simple. The two events mentioned are talking about different things.
One is spiritual and the other is physical.
Here's what I mean.
What Jesus said was true in that, he was truthfully right beside his Father in heaven before coming down to earth and that no HUMAN was ever IN heaven in the very presence of God while he was there, even after coming down and going back. No human has or had that privileged - unless it was granted by his Father.
In fact this privileged was granted ONLY to his disciples (in the future) when he said:
“. . .Have no fear, little flock, for your Father has approved of giving you the Kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)
““However, you are the ones who have stuck with me in my trials; and I make a covenant with you, just as my Father has made a covenant with me, for a kingdom, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom, and sit on thrones to judge the 12 tribes of Israel.” (Luke 22:28-30)
“. . .“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Exercise faith in God; exercise faith also in me. In the house of my Father are many dwelling places. Otherwise, I would have told you, for I am going my way to prepare a place for you. Also, if I go my way and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will receive you home to myself, so that where I am you also may be. And where I am going, you know the way.”” (John 14:1-4)
“Father, I want those whom you have given me to be with me where I am, in order that they may look upon my glory that you have given me, because you loved me before the founding of the world.” (John 17:24)
“and he made us to be a kingdom, priests to his God and Father—yes, to him be the glory and the might forever. Amen.” (Revelation 1:6)
So clearly, Jesus was telling the truth!
Anyone who will argue against this fact is a fool!
While Elijah, on the other hand was merely lifted up to the SKY or as it was called "the heavens" where birds "OF HEAVEN" fly into. He was physically taken up - in body - on earth via a "whirlwind" or "windstorm" to the sky and transported from where he was at ON earth to another place ON earth.
As the scripture says:
“As they were walking along, speaking as they walked, suddenly a fiery chariot and fiery horses made a separation between the two of them, and E·li′jah ascended to the heavens in the windstorm.” (2 Kings 2:11)
But then, he was found sometime later to be preaching in another place, corresponding with Jehoram:
“Je·ho′ram was 32 years old when he became king, and he reigned for eight years in Jerusalem.” (2 Chronicles 21:5)
“Eventually a written message came to him from E·li′jah the prophet, saying: “This is what Jehovah the God of David your forefather says, ‘You have not walked in the ways of your father Je·hosh′a·phat or in the ways of King A′sa of Judah.” (2 Chronicles 21:12)
So in context, Elijah DID NOT "ascend" to the very presence of Jehovah in the heavens of heavens but was merely transported in the sky or "heavens" via a "whirlwind" to continue his assignment in another land.
Thus the statement:
"no man has ascended into heaven but the one who descended from heaven, the Son of man.” (John 3:13) is true.
Furthermore, the following statements backs up the fact that unless a person dies and is resurrected as a spirit (born again - John 3:3) then he/she can't be in a place meant for spirit beings.
As the scripture clearly says:
"... flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s Kingdom, nor does corruption inherit incorruption.” (1 Corinthians 15:50)
“. . .Look! I tell you a sacred secret: We will not all fall asleep in death, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the blink of an eye, during the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised up incorruptible, and we will be changed. For this which is corruptible must put on incorruption, and this which is mortal must put on immortality. . .” (1 Corinthians 15:51-53)
“Afterward we the living who are surviving will, together with them, be caught away in clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we will always be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
“But each one in his own proper order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who belong to the Christ during his presence.” (1 Corinthians 15:23)
So try if you may, you will not be able to refute nor debunk these facts - that I just laid out - logically, common-sensically and above all scripturally.
As to these scriptures:
Romans 7:22, Eph 3:16, 2Cor 4:16, 2Cor 12:2-4, 2Cor 5:14, 2Tim 4:16, 2Peter 1:13-15
I'll explain them next time around if you have not figured them out yet.