If the bible is the infallible words of God, how could it have a contradiction?

Matthew 19:26 Says that all things are possible with God.

Hebrews 6:18 says it is impossible for God to lie.

So if the bible says anything is possible, then that means ANYTHING is possible but then it says that God lying is impossible so that is saying it's impossible and possible for God to lie at the same time which makes no sense. Don't say that God could make it possible, if it is possible for God, why does the bible call it impossible but say it is possible before that? This is a contradiction that doesn't make sense. One or the other would have to be wrong since they are both saying two different things at once so would this prove that something in the bible has to be wrong for something else to be right?

Update:

Drbne, Like what?

Update 2:

If God can lie, then why does the bible call it possible and impossible at the same time?

Update 3:

Simon P, If it is impossible to lie because God wont, then why does the bible say it is possible and then say it isn't? You guys miss the whole point of the question.........

Update 4:

Pirate, did you read the question before you gave me that retarded answer?

Update 5:

That doesn't make ANY sense. If it is not probable how could it be possible? If It is possible, how could it be possible and impossible at the same time? You are being stupid.

Update 6:

NO! Matthew 19:26 is talking about God's at the second part of it too!

Update 7:

Matthew 19:18 is not the only verse that says God can do anything.

Update 8:

I'm sick of you either missing what I'm trying to ask and giving me a stupid answer or saying you wont answer my question because I don't believe in God. You're just prejudice against atheists and you had to pick my question to show it, don't you?

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  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Your answer is simplistic and takes nothing into account of the context.

    There are things God cannot do because He WILL NOT do them. That is the reason It says it is impossible for God to lie.

    The other statement is spoken with regards to the needs and difficulties men encounter in this life for which they seek a solution.

    Jesus is simply saying that what is impossible for men in their own natural abilities is not impossible with God, because through faith there is nothing that we cannot receive from God.

    Kenneth Hagin was a man bed ridden at the age of fifteen with multiple birth defects who was given no hope to live.

    He started reading the Bible and became convinced that he could be healed. he searched and prayed and inquired for months trying to figure out how. Finally one day faith came, he got up out of his bed, stood on his feet, received complete healing and lived in divine health for the next 70 years.

  • 4 years ago

    Oh boy, if I had a dime for everytime I've answered these.. For times sake I will answer one, but the same principle applies to all of your supposed contradictions. First since God cannot lie, I come at his word assuming that it is ALL true: So let's take 2 Samuel 10:18 versus 1 Chronicles - Samuel says the men OF 700 chariots, Chronicles says 7000 were slain. Using logic and critical thinking both are true. The 700 chariots must have contained 10 men each for 7000 IN chariots to have been killed. Secondly so what if one verse says 40,000 horsemen and the other says 40,000 footmen? One doesn't cancel out the other. So either 80,000 footmen and horsemen were killed OR the footmen were not on their horses at the time. I would guess the former and not the latter as the terms are battle-specific. Anyway when you read the Bible looking for the truth you will find it. If you come to the Bible looking for reasons not to believe in it, you will find those too. Stop wasting space with your ill-thought out arguments.

  • Bonnie
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    1 decade ago

    You don't understand the verses. They don't contradict each other. Matthew 19:26 is saying that all things are possible for God. Things that are impossible for man is possible for God. In Hebrews 6:18 It is impossible for God to lie. That means that the Word is God and He is the Word. If something is your Word and all things are yours what you say or do is never a lie. His word is it. Jesus is the Word made flesh. That is why He can't lie. Hope this helps.

    Source(s): Bible, Holy Spirit
  • 1 decade ago

    Can something infallible contain a contradiction according to Biblical theology? Yes, is the answer. The Bible is not a guide book or treatise from which to build a religion. The Bible is a library of books considered sacred by two religious faiths, namely Judaism and Christianity. Both religions existed for centuries before the books were developed and canonized (while the New Testament was written simultaneously with the origins of the faith it was not put together as a single work until the 4th century).

    In other words the religions came first. They are not "based" on Scripture. These religions had their own criteria as to what "truth" and "infallible" meant first. These books they collected from among their people that became part of this library met this criteria, despite a few of these books having some copiest errors or unclear sections that seemed contradictory but did not effect the whole.

    The Bible is also made up of several different types of narratives including mythology, fable, poetry, song, history, chronology, prophecy and other genres. Often the way mythology states something will outright contradict the way history notes the same event or the way it is expressed in poetic terms or when the same subject is handled in song or fable. The essential truths remain at a constant even though the device used to express these truths differs.

    Again, according to the criteria set up by each of these religion's own authoritative body, neither saw nor sees that any of the various literary devices employed in the narrative nor some minor problematic sections in any way makes the truths of Scripture any less so.

    CAN GOD LIE IF NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIM?

    Matthew 19:26 points out, "all things are possible with God," however this ability of being able to lie is not covered in this verse. What is being discussed is how anyone can ever meet God's standard's of justice in order to find "salvation." Jesus tells his disciples that no one can ever meet these standards, but that they don't need to since the way God will save people does not require human effort. "Who then can be saved?" ask his disciples. Jesus answers: "For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible"--Matthew 19:25, 26.

    Again this is not talking about what God can or cannot do in general. It is in reference to God's ability to save humankind.

    And the section of Scripture from the letter to the Hebrews that says "it is impossible for God to lie" is in reference to why one can believe God's promise to Abraham. God not only made a promise to Abraham, God also made an oath regarding this promise. Therefore the Scripture you took this from says in full: "When God wanted to give the heirs of his promise an even clearer demonstration of the immutability of his purpose, he intervened with an oath, so that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged to hold fast to the hope that lies before us."--Hebrews 6:17, 18.

    This text merely says that there are "two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie." What are those two things? Again, God's "promise" to Abraham and the added "oath." It is impossible for God to lie when he gives us his promise or makes an oath. In this instance with Abraham he did both.

    But can God lie? Neither of these religious traditions have a Scripture text to base this on, but theoretically the answer they come up with is "yes, God could lie if he wanted to." He just chooses not to do so out his great love for truth and justice and because he knows that the outcome of lies is never beneficial in the end.

    But neither of these texts are speaking about the same thing nor are they meant to refer to the context of each other's narrative.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No contradictions, I guarantee you.

    You are taking the text out of context.

    Matthew 19:26 (New International Version):

    Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

    This isn't talking about God's limitations, but mans'. Jesus is explaining that through God all feats are possible for a human.

    Hebrews 6:18 (New International Version)

    God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged.

    God can do anything, except for contradicting his character. Several verses make this painstakingly clear. If God lies, he is contradicting himself, and therefor wouldn't be God. It is impossible for God not to be God, so herein lies the logic.

    As you can see, most, actually, all, "contradictions" in the Bible are either misunderstandings, mistranslations, or verses taken out of context.

    Any more questions I will be glad to answer.

  • 1 decade ago

    God is not limited by your inability to understand. God is not contained. It does not matter that you cannot wrap your head around it. Hebrews 6:18 is a mistranslation. It more accurately reads God does not lie. Does that make everything all better for you now?

    Bible as infallible word of God, means, when prophet with pen in hand, wrote the words, he was inspired by the Holy Spirit of God to do so. When that word is hand copied and hand copied and a word is added or removed, it ceases to be infallible. Every translation involves interpretation. This would make it cease to be infallible.

    An atheist once said the Bible contradicted itself because it said "the sun rose," when in actuality it was the earth that moved around the sun. If you cannot see behind the absurdity of literal interpretation, it is pointless to answer your question.

  • 1 decade ago

    You are taking that verse in Matthew out of context. That verse means basically what Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

    That verse means that we can do all things and nothing is impossible for us with God's help.

    And if you read the verses prior and after Hebrews 6:18, you will see you've also taken it out of context.

    "Men swear by someone greater than themselves(God), and the oaht confirms what is siad and puts and end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchangeing nature of his purpose very clear to the heir of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who hve fled to take hold fo the hope offered to us may be greaty encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for our sous, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has baecome a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."

    --Hebrews 8:16-20

    After reading that, while it is impossible for God to lie, you will see why it says that. It says that so to reiterate that God's promise of forgiveness is secure and that he isn't tricking us.

    This isn't a contradiction.

  • 1 decade ago

    You're taking it out of the contex.

    Matthew 19:26(part that you left out) with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

    And in Hebrews you mentioned, don't you see understand? It IS impossible for God to lie, because it's impossible for humans to NOT lie. Because all things are NOT possible with men. There's not a single human being in this world that have not lied at least once in their lives. God is not like us, therefore he can do what we can't and one of billion, trillion things out of that is lie.

    Why do people nitpick at the minor details? When bigger issue is the salvation? Who are we to judge? I see God as a blacksmith and we're merely the tools he made. What right does a hammer have to a blacksmith? None. We are as the blacksmith pleases.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    While no doubt the bible is full of contradiction, that isn't much of one. Since in one sense it could be talking about what is within his actual power and the other what is impossible due to his moral character. In the story when little george washington says he can not tell a lie he didn't mean his tounge would fall out or he was too stupid to think of one.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Good question. There are hundreds of contradictions in the bible. Perhaps thousands. The Old and New Testaments contradict one another at every turn. The early Catholics tinkered with the bible so much that the current document bears little resemblance to the source material.

    But, I hasten to add, the source material was nothing more than recycled myths compiled by the backward and culturally illiterate bronze age goatherds of ancient Israel.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    When directly confronted with the overwhelming evidence and facts with respect to the wholesale corruption of the scriptures, the fundamentalist defensively responds with the rather absurd assertion that "God wrote the King James Version of the Bible". Thus, no amount of rationale will convince them that because we are the prodigal sons of our Heavenly Father, and the Kingdom is within us (Luke 17:21), that all those who truly live a consecrated life will be shown the undefiled Word of God that can be accessed by journeying along the narrow path that opens the "strait gate" that leads to the indwelling Temple (1 Cor 3:16). The great truth which the modern Christian fails to comprehend is that, even in its corrupted form, the Bible as it has been passed down to us is sufficient to manifest the Living Word of God in the life of the individual believer. One only has to open the New Testament to almost any page to find the message: If the believer consecrates their lives -- becomes teachable by releasing their minds from an adherence to the doctrines of men -- forgive and judge no one -- live a simple life that is unencumbered -- do no harm to any of God’s creatures -- and seek in solitude the companionship of the Lord in the inner Temple -- that the Holy Spirit will Anoint and Teach you all the Mysteries of God as the believer begins the journey home to the Kingdom. If the believer begins to live the consecrated Christian life -- free of the thinking and entanglements of this world -- then the indwelling Word will reveal all things to those who are sincere in their search for the Truth.

    If it is true that the fourth century Roman Church severely altered the written word of the scriptures, then it is absolutely necessary for the modern believer to search out the facts. Faith in the Word means that if we are a truly faithful people, that the Son of God will open our minds and enlighten us to the Truth. When we therefore ignore the facts, and blindly cling to the error of the corrupt church of Rome, then we inhibit the Lord from teaching us the truth.

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