Help With Problem Passages

and Doctrinally Significant Passages

The passages are listed in their proper order according to the books of the Bible.

Remember, our Lord Jesus Christ clearly stated that God's Word is truth (John 17:17).  There are no contradictions in the Bible, because God does not contradict Himself.  The problem is not with God and not with His Word, but with man and his faulty understanding.  Even when we do not have the answer, God does.

When there may seem to be contradictory statements and someone claims that the Bible contains errors, keep in mind that the burden of proof is on the critic.  Let the critic prove it.  He must:

a.  Show that the statement was in the original God-breathed text.

b.  Show that the translation he uses is absolutely correct.

c.  Show that his interpretation is the only possible one.

d.  Show that the present state of our knowledge, with respect to the passage, is final.

e.  Show that the task of reconciliation is impossible.

Remember, the words of our Lord, "The Scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:35) and "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Matthew 24:35).


Old Testament

Genesis chapter 1 - Is there a gap between verses 1 and 2?   Did God create an original earth and then judge it and then did He recreate the earth in six days?  For further study:  Unformed and Unfilled - A Critique of the Gap Theory by Weston Fields

Genesis chapter 1 - Are the six days of creation literal 24-hour days?  For further study:  The Early Earth by John C. Whitcomb

Genesis 4:27 - Where did Cain get his wife?

Genesis chapter 7 - When did Noah enter the ark?

Genesis chapter 14 - Was Melchezedek Christ or was he a type of Christ?


Exodus 3:2-7 - Who is the angel of the LORD?

Exodus 20:8-11  Are believers today obligated to keep the Sabbath Day?

Exodus 20:13  "Thou shalt not kill" - Does this command forbid all killing?


Numbers 22 - Why Was God Angry With Balaam?

Joshua -  Why did God command and approve of the killing of men, women and children in the conquest of the land under Joshua?

Proverbs 8:22-31 -  Do these verses suggest that Christ was created by God as Jehovah's Witnesses teach?

Isaiah 11 - Will There Be Animals in Heaven?

Isaiah 53:6 - How does this verse relate to the extent of the atonement?

Isaiah 53:12 - Does the fact that Christ died for many mean that He did not die for all?


Ezekiel 38-39 - How does Russia fit into prophecy?

New Testament

Matthew 3:15  -  How did our Lord's baptism "fulfill all righteousness"?

Matthew chapters 5-7  The Sermon on the Mount - Is it for the Church today?

Matthew 7:6   What animals do the rending--the swine or the dogs?

Matthew 8:12 (and also Matthew 13:42; 13:50; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30) - "Weeping and gnashing of teeth"  Will this be the fate of some believers?

Matthew 12:24-32 - What is the unpardonable sin?

Matthew 16:18 -  Was Peter the first Pope?   Who does "the Rock" refer to?

Matthew 19:16-26 - The Rich Young  Ruler   Did Jesus present this man with a "Lordship" gospel?  Is a person saved by keeping the commandments?

Matthew 21:43 - Does This Verse Teach Replacement Theology?

Matthew 24:36 - Is it wrong to set dates for the return of Christ?

Matthew 26:28 - Does the fact that Christ died for many mean that He did not die for all?

Matthew 27:51-53 - How do we explain this amazing account of people being raised from the dead in connection with Christ's death and resurrection?


Mark 10:14 - Can a young child be saved?

Mark 10:17-22 - "no one is good but One, that is God"

Mark 10:45 - Does the fact that Christ died for many mean that He did not die for all?

Mark 13:32 - The Son knows not the day of His coming

Mark 16:16 - Does water baptism save a person?


Luke 1:35 - Did Jesus become the Son of God at His birth?

Luke 16:19-31 - The Rich and and Lazarus - Is this a parable?

Luke 18:18-23 - "There is none good but One, God"

Luke 24:46-49 - What is the Great Commission according to Luke's Gospel?

Luke 24:49 - Is it necessary to "tarry" for the Holy Spirit?


John 1:1 -  Does this verse teach that Jesus Christ is God or mere "a god."

John 1:1-3 - A Sound Rebuttal to Jehovah's Witness Damnable Denial of the Deity of Christ

John 3:5 - What does it mean to be "born of water"?  Does this refer to water baptism?

John 3:16 - How does this verse relate to the extent of the atonement?

John chapter 6 - How does this chapter relate to the extent of the atonement?

John 7:38-39   Is every believer indwelt by the Holy Spirit?  For further study, see The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.

John 8:58 - "Before Abraham was, I AM"

John 10:33-36 Why are mere men called "gods"?

John 14:28  "My Father is greater than I"    If Jesus is "equal with God" (John 5:18; John 10:30) then how can the Father be greater than the Lord Jesus (John 14:28)?

John 17:3 - Is Jesus "the only true God" or only the Father?

John 17:3 - Does John 17:3 Prove That Jesus Is Not God? --A Jehovah's Witness Argument Answered

John 20:21 - "As the Father hath sent Me, so send I you" -What does this mean?

John 20:22 - Christ breathed on the disciples and they received the Spirit (prior to Pentecost). What does this mean?

John 20:28 - Did Thomas Address Jesus as "God"?


Acts 1:4 - Is it necessary to wait or "tarry" for the Holy Spirit?

Acts 2 - Is this when the Church began?

Acts chapter 2 - What was the gift of tongues in Acts 2?

Acts 2:38 - Does water baptism save a person?

Acts 3:19 - Is conversion necessary for salvation?

Acts 8:9-24 - Was Simon the Sorcerer Saved?

Acts 16:31 - Is faith the sole requirement for salvation?

Acts 17:30 - Is repentance necessary for salvation?

Acts 20:28 - The Blood of God?

Acts 22:16 - Does water baptism wash away sins?


Romans 5:19 - Is the doctrine of "vicarious law keeping" Biblical?  Did Christ keep the law in our stead?

Romans 8:9   Is every believer indwelt by the Holy Spirit?  For further study, see The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 8:17 - Are all believers joint-heirs with Christ or is this true of a special, elite group of believers?

Romans 9:5    Does this verse teach that Jesus Christ is God?

Romans 10:9-10 -  Is a person saved by confessing Christ?

Romans 10:13  - Is a person saved by calling on the name of the Lord?

Romans 13:8  "Owe no man anything"     Is it wrong for a believer to be in debt?

Romans 16:25-27 - What is the "mystery of the gospel"?


1 Corinthians 6:9-11.  Who are those who do not inherit the kingdom?   Are they saved or unsaved?

1 Corinthians 11:2-16 - Must Christian Women Wear Head-Coverings Today?

1 Corinthians 12:13 - What is Spirit baptism?   How does this verse relate to the question of when the Church began?

1 Corinthians 13 and temporary gifts

1 Corinthians 13:8 - When did the gift of tongues cease?   

1 Corinthians 13:8 - The duration of tongues in the assembly.

1 Corinthians 13:8 and temporary sign gifts

1 Corinthians 14:1-20 - The gift of tongues in the city of Corinth

1 Corinthians 14:21-26 - What was the purpose of the gift of tongues?

1 Corinthians 14:27-40 - How was the gift of tongues supposed to be regulated in the church at Corinth?

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 - How does this passage relate to the extent of the atonement?

1 Corinthians 15:28 - A Sound Explanation of a Difficult Verse

1 Corinthians 15:29 - What is the meaning of being baptized for the dead?

1 Corinthians 15:31 - Do Believers Need to Die Daily?

2 Corinthians 5:19-20 - What does it mean that Christ reconciled the world unto Himself?


Ephesians 2:8 - What does it mean to be saved by grace?

Ephesians 2:8-9 - What is the "gift of God" in this verse?   Is faith the gift of God?

Ephesians 4:8-10 - "He led captivity captive,"  "the lower parts of the earth"  Where is Sheol/Hades Located?

Ephesians 5:18 - How can a person be filled with the Spirit?


Philippians 2:5-11 - What is the significance of this key Christological passage?


Colossians 1:15 - "firstborn of every creature"   Does this mean that Christ was created as Jehovah's Witnesses teach?

Colossians 1:24 - How do we fill up or complete the sufferings of Christ?


1 Thessalonians 4:17    Is the "rapture" found in the Bible?   See also The Rapture


2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 - If a person rejects Christ before the rapture, can he be saved after the rapture?


1 Timothy 2:6 - Who is the "ALL" that Christ died for?

1 Timothy 2:15 - "she shall be saved in childbearing" - What does this mean?

1 Timothy 4:10 - In what sense is Christ "the Saviour of all men"?


2 Timothy 2:15 - What does it mean to "rightly divide the word of truth"?


Titus 2:10 - What does it mean to "adorn the doctrine" of our God?

Titus 2:13 - Is Jesus Christ Here Identified as God?


Hebrews 1:8 - Is the Son addressed as "God"?

Hebrews 2:9 - Did Christ really die for "every man"?

Hebrews 5:8 - "Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience..."   What does this mean?

Hebrews 7:3 - How does this verse about Melchizedek relate to Christ's eternal Sonship?


James 2:14-26 - Justification by Works and Justification by Faith?     Did James contradict Paul?


1 Peter 2:24 - Did Christ pay the penalty for our sins prior to the cross?

1 Peter 3:20-21 - Does water baptism save a person?


2 Peter 2:1 - Did the Lord Jesus die for unsaved people?


Jude 4 - Does Jude declare the absolute deity of Christ?   See also Jude 24-25


Revelation chapters 2-3.  Who are the overcomers? 

Revelation 3:14 - "the beginning of the creation of God"   Does this mean that Christ was created as Jehovah's Witnesses teach?

Revelation 10:6 - "there shall be time no longer."   Will there be time in eternity?

Revelation chapter 13 -- Who is the first beast of Revelation chapter 13?




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