Those who do not want to believe the Bible is the Word of God will stop at nothing to try and disprove the Bible (even making fools of themselves claiming that there are “contradictions” in the Bible and then using lame arguments based on vaguely similar passages that “seem” to contradict each other). Here is the latest “argument” for a contradiction in the Bible. Was Jesus contradicting Moses when He did not command the woman caught in adultery to be stoned? Let’s take a look at the Word of God and see what we can determine.
1) Moses‘ scenario says the following . . .
I want you to notice a few things here.
- They are caught.
- Both are to be put to death.
- There is to be no partiality.
2) Jesus‘ scenario says the following . . .
2 Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 “Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women ; what then do You say ?” 6 They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. 7 But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. 10 Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”] (John 8 )
I want you to notice a few things here.
- People came to Jesus to learn.
- He was ready to teach those who came to learn.
- The religious leaders came to Him too.
- They were not interested in learning.
- They just wanted to trap Him.
- The brought a woman whom they claim they “caught” in the act of adultery.
- They only brought to woman to be tried and punished.
- They did not bring the man.
- They were not seeking justice.
- They were not trying to learn anything.
- They were trying to trick Jesus and make Him look bad (like the atheists and their “contradictions” in the Bible).
- Jesus taught them a lesson even though they did not come to learn one.
- In order to uphold the Law of Moses, both participants were to be tried and put to death.
- If Jesus would have condemned her to death He would have broken the Law of Moses
- There is no contradiction here.
- Jesus actually works according to the Law of Moses by not breaking it.
- When He asked, “he who is without sin” they all left because they were all sinning in this specific situation by showing partiality and not bringing the man to be tried as well.
- Jesus took the Law of Moses one step further (He perfected It) by forgiving the woman (something that the Law could not do because It could only condemn).
As you can see, there is no contradiction here. The atheists, like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day, are left with a lesson learned and should walk away with their “tales between their legs” in shame and defeat. What would be better though, instead of like the religious leaders who were proud and arrogant, the atheists should humble themselves and come to this Jesus who was able to forgive the adulteress woman. He can forgive them as well if they will humble themselves like she did. What about you, are you like the atheists and religious leaders? Do you walk away full of pride and arrogance or do you bow your knee to Jesus Christ? Know this, if you do not do it now by choice, one day you will do it by force but it will be too late for you then. Why not do it now by choice and avoid the wrath to come?
- Free To Live For Jesus (truthinscripture.com)
- The Sermon on the Mount (Part 2) (erikbrewer.wordpress.com)
- Jesus Pardons an Adulteress (godswordforwomen.wordpress.com)
- Will everyone who calls on the name of the Lord be saved? (erikbrewer.wordpress.com)
- Adultery and Affairs of the Heart. (lettersfromdeidre.com)
- God says honor parents, Jesus says hate them (so says an atheist)) (erikbrewer.wordpress.com)
- Did Jesus baptize or not? (erikbrewer.wordpress.com)
- Has anyone ever seen God and what does that mean? (erikbrewer.wordpress.com)