Original Posting At http://sandpipersthoughts.blogspot.com/2018/11/canonized-contradictions.html
I may have mentioned this before, but have you ever noticed in Proverbs the following two verses?
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes. (Proverbs 26:4-5)
I’m reading Inspired by Rachel Held Evans. She quotes Timothy Beal as saying, “The Bible canonizes contradiction.”
We want answers. We think we would like God to say, “Do this, not this. Be this, not this. Here I am, and here are all the answers.” God doesn’t work that way, and the Bible certainly doesn’t work that way.
She goes on to say:
“When God gave us the Bible, God did not give us an internally consistent book of answers. God gave us an inspired library of diverse writings, rooted in a variety of contexts, that have stood the test of time, precisely because, together, they avoid simplistic solutions to complex problems.”
I think we can rest assured that if we think the answer is clear cut or simple, we are wrong.