John 3:13 How to resolve apparent contradictions in the Bible by using Aristotle's dialectical method. So do you know how to resolve it?
The above Scripture is an absolute, which apparently says that NO ONE HAS EVER ASCENDED TO HEAVEN, EXCEPT FOR JESUS WHO IS THE SON OF GOD.
But this is apparently refuted/contradicted by the following Scripture, which have claimed that besides Jesus, there are at least a FEW others who have also ascended to heaven:-
Genesis 5:24 And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
2 Kings 2:11 Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
Thus, there is an apparent 'contradiction' between John 3 vs. Genesis 5 and 2 Kings 2.
But we also know that the Bible cannot possibly 'contradict' itself, because no Truth can contradict any other truths in the Bible.
Thus, the only way to resolve the apparent 'contradiction' is by using Aristotle's dialectical method to arrive at a different result.
By combining John 3 WITH Genesis 5 and 2 Kings 2, the end result is that NO ONE HAS EVER ASCENDED TO HEAVEN, EXCEPT FOR A FEW NOTABLE EXAMPLES.
Thus, there is effectively an "Exemption Clause" in the basic rule that NO ONE HAS EVER ASCENDED TO HEAVEN, EXCEPT FOR JESUS WHO IS THE SON OF GOD.
To briefly summarise, it can be said that "99.99 percent of humankind have not yet ascended to heaven; but the remainder are the FEW notable exceptions".
Consequently, it is one example whereby there is no contradiction at all in the Bible.
Thus, the "Exemption Clause" creates an exception to the rule, which implies that there is "No contradiction whatsoever".
Do you agree or not?