Does McDonald’s serve Lobsters or Pizzas?
I am posing these questions to people who ask about the seeming inconsistencies found in The Bible. I placed emphasis on the word “SEEMING” to point out that there are no inconsistencies in God’s word;
only misinterpretations or misconceptions of people who are either biased towards the faith or the ones who haven’t really read and understood The Bible as an integral whole. Although there are a lot of fallacies or tricks that people can use against God’s word, I will be centering on a simple and common error people use to shake the believer’s faith in the word. That is the fallacy of black and white thinking. I want to point out that there are tons of questions and Bible truths that cannot be answered by a simple “yes” or “no”.
People will use this trick to ridicule Christians by forcing us to answer complex questions with a mere “yes” or “no”. This overly simplistic view of seeing the world as either black or white does not really represent reality.
Going back to food, we can ask people the question: “Does McDonald’s serve lobsters or pizza?” If they say “Yes”, I can call them a liar because I’ve been eating at McDonald’s for over 20 years and I’ve never seen them serve either food. However, if people say “NO”, I can also still call them a liar because it is a fact that the McLobster and McPizza is served in the United States.
It’s the same as when people point out “inconsistencies” in The Bible. They point to verses as: “Will God be angry forever?” If you say “No”, since you believe that God is love, then they will point out Jeremiah 17:4.
I will enslave you to your enemies
in a land you do not know,
for you have kindled my anger,
and it will burn forever.”
Who is a God like you,
who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
but delight to show mercy.
If you say “Yes”, since you believe that God is Holy, then they will point out Micah 7:18. With a smug expression, they believe that they have successfully made you, The Bible, and even God, look bad.
I always tell people not to listen to others who have not read The Bible. These seeming inconsistencies are easily explained as the question on McLobsters and McPizzas. We can easily see that these food orders are “true” when one is in USA (making the true answer “Yes”) and that these orders are “untrue” when one is in Singapore (making the true answer “No”). Now if we take these verses in context, we will easily see that Jeremiah 17:4 was addressed to idolaters (Jeremiah 17:2) and people who place their trust in man (Jeremiah 17:4). If we have a look at Micah 7, we will easily realize that the entire chapter was addressed to the people of God (Micah 7:14) or the seed of Abraham (Micah 7:20).
What the Bible is saying is that everyone has sinned and God’s anger is kindled on the sin forever. God will forever be angry at our sins BUT once we place our trust in Him, our sins will be blotted out. God is angry at sin, why then should God continue to be angry if there is no more sin?
“Their sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
Jeremiah 17 is saying that not everyone will turn to God, to the cross of Jesus Christ, and will continue worshipping other Gods. How then can they have their sins forgiven? How can God’s anger to them be quenched? Micah 7 is saying that yes, we have sinned, however, because WE TRUST IN GOD, God will blot away our sins through the cross of Jesus Christ. Can we still say that God’s anger is forever? YES! God is too Holy, He will forever be angry at sin. Now in Christ, there is no more sin, God’s anger is quenched. I do not see any inconsistencies there.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
There are a lot more challenges to the Bible’s consistency (and integrity) and a lot of those challenges can be settled by staying away from black and white (all or none) thinking. We cannot fit a multi-dimensional truth in terms of “yes” or “no”.
So, I encourage you to read the Bible for yourself and enjoy this great relationship with its Author. The next time someone challenges you regarding these seeming inconsistencies, make sure they answer this question first: “Do they have curry sauce at McDonald’s?”