DOES THE BIBLE CONTRADICT ITSELF?
A friend recently asked me if I had heard of the doctrine of “Two Creations.” She sent me an email about the creation account in Genesis 1 versus the creation account in Genesis 2, which the writer says are contradictory. I warned her that I thought the doctrine was dangerous and false because if we are not all descended from Adam, how then, did we all inherit his sin nature?
Does the Bible contradict itself? In Matthew 7:1, it does say, “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.” Yet, only nineteen verses later in Matthew 7:20 it says, “So then, you will know them by their fruit.” It’s warning about false prophets who would deceive the church. So, how are we to know a false prophet when we see one without judging them?
The answer to that one is simple. We are to judge the facts. Do they line up with biblical principles? If not, they need to be summarily rejected. Those who present those facts as truth should never influence our thinking. The judgement that awaits those who would deceive God’s elect will be severe, but it’s not our place to execute that judgement. It’s kind of like when we tell our children to choose their friends wisely. We’re not telling them to be mean to anybody; only to use wisdom in deciding who to hang around with.
Anyway, according to this writer, in Genesis 1, God created “mankind” on the sixth day including both males and females, and then at a later time, “an eighth day,” he created Adam, and from him, Eve. He even claims a second animal creation after Adam and Eve were created. (Genesis 2:19) He did admit that most scholars agree the two Genesis accounts are parallel and complementary. Although I seldom find I agree with the majority, in this case, it seems so obvious. Genesis 1 is the overview, and Genesis 2 gets down to the specifics of how he created Adam and Eve. Verse 19 refers back to how the animals were created, and tells us God brought each of them to Adam to name.
I find incredible harmony in the entire Bible. It tells one story from beginning to end–His Story. It seems to me, people who find it “contradictory” are looking for trouble, even if they have to manufacture it. Many times the problem is simply semantics. We impose modern meanings onto words that never had such a meaning in the original Hebrew or Greek in which the text was written. Or conversely, we lack the understanding of the richness of the meaning of the word that was there because our English concept of the word is so shallow, and it can be far easier to read a modern commentary than to actually dig for the truth ourselves.
God bless you.