Here’s what my friend wrote (ensuing conversation will be in the comment section):
Nice blog. Yeah, so, my last message was about what your wife said about the Bible, God’s word, and our limited understanding. She said that as far as she knows, there shouldn’t be any contradictions in the Bible and God’s word. And also Louie once said that not everything makes sense in the Bible (I’m not sure if he still believes that, and your wife and Louie clearly have opposing views on this matter). And lastly, you were using logical reasoning in our last conversation. So what I want to know is 1. Why does your wife still believe in the Bible when she says that there shouldn’t be any contradictions in it, when there clearly is…let me explain…Christians say God is infinite and Jesus is God, Jesus existing in a human being clearly says that he is finite because he went the sleep, the bathroom, ate, and most of all he died. Now to say one is the other is clearly a contradiction. 2. Why does Louie say not everything makes sense in the Bible…don’t you think it should? 3. You’ve used logical reasoning in our last conversation and I’m sure you use it on a daily basis as well, so now, as I state and explain this argument about a contradiction in the Bible or what most Christians believe…will you use logic when you think about it and reply back to me?
P.S. Saying God is an infinite being and Jesus, a human (it won’t matter if you say he is half god), is God, is undoubtedly and undeniably a contradiction when you use your limited logical reasoning…and I’m sorry, but I have to say, if you don’t see this as a contradiction then you are clearly not using your logic that God gave you and it would certainly show that you choose to ignore a truth.
Thanks for your time Pastor,
Thanks for your email. Let me answer your questions out of order but according to your numbering.
2. I don’t know exactly why Louie says that (did you want me to guess?). Yes I think it should make sense, but that is not the same as saying it is all easily comprehensible. Take what Peter writes for example (2 Peter 3.15-16): “And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.” Scripture says it’s all profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to understand all of it.
1. My wife still believes the Bible because what you cited as a contradiction is not a necessary contradiction. For a full view of what our church believes about Jesus Christ you can read article (7) on our blog. I won’t take the time to re-articulate that here in full. If you want to pursue why it is not a necessary contradiction then let’s do that. But let me say here that Jesus is not half God, but fully God and fully man. So let me ask you a question: “If God is infinite and all powerful to do whatever he wants, is it impossible (and illogical) for him, as the one who is fully God, to become fully human (including finitude), while remaining fully God (including infinitude)?”
Hope all is well,