Some argue that the Bible is contradictory concerning whether Jesus can be God if “God is not a man.” The argument is that Numbers 23:19 says that God is not a man, but Jesus is a man. However, there is a very easy explanation that solves this alleged contradiction in the Bible.
Numbers 23:19 – If God Is Not a Man, What About Jesus?
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?Numbers 23:19
The Answer – If God Is Not a Man, What About Jesus?
God Is Not a Man in Certain Ways
There are at least two answers to the alleged contradiction:
- The point of Numbers 23:19 is that God is not ”’like”’ a man in the sense that he does not lie and does not change his mind. It is completely unrelated to the incarnation and Jesus’ human nature.
- Numbers 23:19 is speaking about God the Father, not about Jesus. It is indeed true that God the father is not a man. As John 4:24 tells us, “God is spirit.”
Foundational Principles Regarding Bible Difficulties
There are some foundational principles that apply to all alleged and apparent contradictions in the Bible. To read more, see Bible Difficulties: Foundational Principles.
More Answers to “Contradictions” in the Bible
To read more answers to alleged and apparent contradictions in the Bible, see “Contradictions” in the Bible Answered.
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