Why do people present bible
contradictions, when the answers are so easy to find? It's not because
there are actually contradictions in the bible. It is because they don't want
the Bible to be true. If this is you, I urge you to believe what the bible says.
Trust Jesus. The bible says you deny scripture because you love your sin... that
there is a sin (or sins) that you know you'll need to give up if you believe the
bible. Trust Jesus. He paid the penalty you've earned for all your sin. He paid
that penalty in full so that you can be free from sin. Trust
Words Are Important
Did God forget He had already
created fruit trees?
QUESTION: Chapter 1 reports that the fruit trees were created before the man,
while chapter 2 indicates they were made after him.
are important, and to understand scripture you need to pay attention
to what the words actually say. In this case, if you read what scripture actually
says, without adding your own ideas to it, it is easy to see there is no contradiction
here. Chapter two does not say God is creating fruit trees. It is talking about
God making a place for Adam and Eve to live... the Garden of Eden. Let's read
what scripture actually says.
Then God said, Let the
earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing
fruit after their kind with seed in them; and it was so. ...and God saw
that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a third day.- Genesis
From the above we see that fruit trees were spoken
into existence by God on day three of creation. So what does chapter two say?
Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils
the breath of life; and man became a living being. The Lord God planted a garden
toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out
of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight
and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil. - Genesis 2:7-9
does chapter two say God did? He made a garden for Adam and Eve to live in
by causing plant life... and specifically "every tree that is pleasing to
sight and good for food "to grow there. The context is that of creating Adam
and Eve and providing for them.
BTW, is this something God could
do today? Could He pick a place on earth and make "every tree that
is pleasing to sight and good for food" to grow there? Yes, of course He
could. Would that be a new creation? No. Those same kinds of trees already exist
in other places. What God is doing is supernaturally making a nice place... a
nice garden... that is suitable for people to live in and that provides everything
they need to live all in one location.
So there is no contradiction.
Genesis 1:20 says the fowl were created
out of the waters; Genesis 2:19 alleges they were formed from the ground. Get
the answer here.