Contradictory Texts

January 3, 2014 – February 14, 2014

Contradictory Texts

The Bible is God’s holy revelation to us; contained in scripture are the truths we need to know in order to recognize our sinfulness and come to the salvation that God has prepared for us in Christ Jesus. And the Bible is a reliable teacher, but still, the Bible is a big book, and so, perhaps it is not surprising that across the sweep of scriptures you can find texts that seem to contradict each other. In this Groundwork series we study Bible passages that, at first glance, seem to say opposite things; together we'll study and discuss the texts to discover what they really mean and how we can deepen our understanding of scripture when we bring such seemingly contradictory texts together.

Episodes in this Series

Contradictory TextsJanuary 3 , 2014

Peace: Yes or No?

Contained in Scripture are the truths we need to know in order to recognize our sinfulness and come to the salvation God has prepared for us in Christ Jesus the Lord. Still, the Bible is also a big book and so perhaps it is not surprising that across the sweep of Scripture you can find texts that seem to contradict each other. Today on Groundwork we ponder the question: does Jesus bring peace into our world or conflict?

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Contradictory TextsJanuary 10 , 2014

It's Up to You. No It's Not.

Jesus repeatedly invites us to come to him, like in Matthew 11:28 when he says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Yet these invitations seems at odds with his claim "No one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them." So which is it; can we come to him or can't we?

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Contradictory TextsJanuary 17 , 2014

All You Gotta Do Is Call. Maybe.

Do all the people who profess faith, who come to worship on Sundays and sing the songs and bow their heads in prayer really belong to Jesus? Or is it the case that even though to our human eyes a person looks sincere in his or her faith, could such a person be a stranger in God’s eyes? Today on Groundwork we ponder the question, “Are all who call on the name of the Lord saved?â€

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Contradictory TextsJanuary 24 , 2014

Jewish Sheep or Other Sheep?

So who did Jesus come to save? In Matthew 15:24 he seems to suggest he came only for the Jews, but in John 10:16 he talks about having sheep not of this fold. So what gives?

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Contradictory TextsJanuary 31 , 2014

Love the World, Hate the World

What do we do with verses in the Bible that seem to contradict? Take for instance John 3:16 which expresses God’s love for the world, but then 1 John 2:15 that says if we love the world we do not have God in us. How is it possible to live our faith in the light of both of these verses?

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Contradictory TextsFebruary 7 , 2014

Everybody's Saved, or Not

How many people will be saved? What about people who don't believe in Christ? What about people who never even heard of Christ? Today on Groundwork we're digging into the question, is everyone saved in the end, or not?

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Contradictory TextsFebruary 14 , 2014

Law or Grace?

How are we saved? How can we know if we are “going to heaven,†as we sometimes put it? Is it a sheer gift of grace such that none of our good behavior adds anything to our salvation even as none of our bad behavior subtracts from it? Or is what we do a part of the salvation equation? As many of us know, you can find Bible texts to support parts of both options. This is a very big, very vital question.

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