Biblical arguments abound when Christians (and non-Christians) see passages and doctrines that conflict with, or seem to contradict one another. These conflicts lead to destructive and divisive arguments that split up churches and even families. Like all conflicts of this kind, Biblical arguments are rooted in comparative thinking (pride) – you try to prove yourselves right, and/or prove the other person wrong. But Jesus commanded Christians to love one another and walk in fellowship. How can we do that, when Biblical conflicts threaten to tear us apart? By using the one sure remedy for pride – contrastive thinking!
In this case, the form of contrastive thinking I recommend is called “Multiple Resolution”. It’s a simple interpretive philosophy that goes like this: If the Bible has multiple conflicting or contradicting descriptions of the same event or doctrine, then there MUST be MORE THAN ONE occurrence of the event or doctrine! It seems obvious, yet we often go to war with each other because we usually reject this idea. Instead of seeing multiple resolutions to the conflict, we pridefully chose the SINGLE resolution we like best. Then we ignore or disparage any other possibility. We try to prove our pet theory right INSTEAD of trying to prove the Bible right! If that isn’t blatant pride, I don’t know what is!
In this podcast, I will show several examples of how common Biblical arguments can be easily resolved if we embrace Multiple Resolutions.
How to Think Like God and Always be Right (blog post)
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