7 Bible Contradictions
By Brother Anderson
Here are seven instances where Ellen White directly contradicts the Holy Bible:
1. Did Satan Deceive Adam?
NOTE: In Genesis 3:12-13 the Bible says Eve was "deceived" by the serpent, but never says anything about Adam being deceived.1
2. Was Israel destroyed by Gluttony?
NOTE: The plague fell before the people could even consume the food. The people were punished for coveting, not gluttony. Coveting is a craving for something forbidden by God. Gluttony is habitual over-eating. Coveting and gluttony are two very different problems. Gluttony is never mentioned in Numbers 11:33-34. The Bible is clear the people died for the sin of craving. They never had a chance to be gluttons because they died while the food was still in their mouth, as the New King James Version says, "before it was chewed."
The Israelites had violated the 10th commandment which forbids man from coveting that which is unlawful for him to have. Because craving or coveting is forbidden by God's covenant with Israel, God could execute capital punishment upon the lawbreakers. On the contrary, gluttony is not explicitly forbidden in God's covenant with Israel. So why would God punish people with death for a sin which was not forbidden in His covenant with Israel? God punishes people according to the degree of their sin. If the Israelites' sin was a violation of God's covenant with Israel (the 10 commandments) then God was justified in delivering the appropriate punishment for that violation--in this case, death. However, gluttony was not a violation of the Ten Commandments, and nowhere in the Bible do we find over-eating being punished by death.
3. Can we be certain of our salvation?
NOTE: The reason the apostle John wrote his letter was to assure the believers that they had obtained eternal life. In Ephesians 2:8 in the New King James Version Bible, it says, "For by grace you HAVE BEEN saved..." The Greek verb for "have been" is este which is in the perfect tense. The perfect tense conveys a completed action.
4. Are we "condemned sinners" when in Christ?
NOTE: Paul emphatically states there is "no condemnation" for those who are in Christ. The believer who is "in Christ" is no longer under "condemnation but is passed from death unto life." (John 5:24) The New Testament repeatedly refers to believers as "saints." In Ellen White's heretical "never say you're saved" theology, believers who are "in Christ" are viewed as "condemned sinners." However, in New Testament Christianity, believers who are "in Christ" are no longer under condemnation, but are called "saints in Christ." (Phil. 1:1; see also 1 Cor. 1:2, Eph. 1:1, Col. 1:2)
5. Can Ministers eat meat? Is it immoral to eat meat?
NOTE: The traditional Passover dinner which Jesus ate with His disciples included eating a roasted lamb:
And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Ex. 12:8
When Elijah was by the brook Cherith, the ravens brought him "bread and flesh" to eat (1 Kings 17:6). Why did God feed Elijah with bread and "flesh" if that would set an "evil example"? Why not bread and cucumbers, or bread and carrots? If eating meat was "not good" for morals, then why did God permit Noah's descendants and the Israelites to eat meat for thousands of years? The English dictionary defines "evil" as "sinful". In order for something to be "sinful" it must be a transgression of God's law. Eating clean meat, prepared properly, is in accordance with God's law. Therefore, it cannot be "sinful" nor "evil" because it is not a transgression of God's law.
6. Does God love wicked children?
NOTE: How could God love His worst enemies and yet not love wicked children?
7. A sin to be sick?
NOTE: While sickness may have been brought upon this world as a result of Adam's transgresseion, does that mean it is a "sin" to be sick? Job was very ill but God Himself said that Job was "a perfect and an upright man." (Job 2:3) Paul had a "thorn" in his body that was making him weak (see 2 Cor. 12:7-10). Was it a sin for Paul to have this condition in his body? It seems odd for Mrs. White to have made this statement, because she was often sick herself. Her husband and two of her children died of sickness. Are we to believe their sins led to their deaths? If someone dies from a sickness, does that mean that person is eternally lost? After all, if "it is a sin to be sick," and if someone dies while sick, doesn't that equate to dying while in sin?
8. Is slavery a sin?
NOTE: The Bible never says that slavery is a wise or a good practice, and after thousands of years of slavery, during the last 150 years mankind seems to have finally come to the realization that slavery is a bad practice. However, we need to differentiate between a "bad practice" and "sin." In order for slavery to qualify as a sin it must be a transgression of God's law. However, the Old Testament allowed for Israel to practice slavery and never condemned it as a sin. While slavery may correctly be defined as a bad practice, it is not a transgression of God's law, therefore it cannot be classified as a sin.
Ellen White's advice: Discard the "testimonies"
Ellen White wrote:
The Bible must be your counselor. Study it, and the testimonies God has given; for they never contradict His Word.2
The evidence above demonstrates Ellen White's testimonies contradict God's Word. Since they conradict his Word, and since "testimonies God has given...never contradict His Word," then the only conclusion possible is that Ellen White's "testimonies" are not from God.
1. Ellen White contradicts her own statements and agrees with the Bible in one instance, writing, "Adam was not deceived by the serpent, as was Eve..." Review and Herald, April 1, 1875. Which statement was "inspired"?
2. Ellen White, Letter 106, 1907. Released by the White Estate May 20, 1977, in Manuscript Releases vol. 8, p. 36.
Category: Bible vs. Mrs. White
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