Is The Word of God Always Pure?

The Skeptics' Annotated Bible asserts that there are many contradictions in the Bible. One question posed is: "Is every word of God pure?"

The skeptic states that the Bible gives both a "yes" and "no" to the question, citing that the following Bible passages give a "Yes" answer to the question (Psalm 12:6; 119:140; Proverbs 30:5) while the following Bible passages give a "No" answer to the question (2 Kings 18:27, Ezekiel 23:20, Habakkuk 2:16, Malachi 2:3). The skeptic tries to make it look as if the Bible contradicts itself. We must remember that a true contradiction is a contradiction that contradicts in the same sense.

In Proverbs 30:5, the words of God are pure in the sense that God Himself is intrinsically pure and therefore His spoken/written revelation (the Bible) is pure, changing the lives of those who conform to and obey His word. Those who obey God's word will become pure in heart (Matthew 5:8). When a person does what God says, he is refined as silver (Psalm 12:6), and his character is losing the "dross" of that which does not make Him like God. When we go through the trial of suffering, we become more like the character God wants us to be (1 Peter 1:6-8).

In passages such as 2 Kings 18:27, Ezekiel 23:20, Habakkuk 2:16, and Malachi 2:3, the mention of excretion and urine is simply stating historical events which fall within the storyline of the Bible. They do not contradict Proverbs 30:6 because they are not referring to the pureness of God or His word.

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