What happens when you attach to the Bible is that you place a book before God, and anything that you place before God will block revelation from God because it has taken the place of God.
Why shouldn’t you have sex before marriage? I asked someone.
Because it’s in the Bible, they said.
But not only is it *not in the Bible, but they also had sex before marriage, and married young, without getting to know the person, and it wasn’t a good marriage. They didn’t say, here is what my experience taught me. God is so simple.
Discrepancies in the Bible are actually great because they show that only in God is perfect sense. When the devil shows up, it’s either the perfect opportunity to believe in his confusion, or the perfect opportunity to seek God again and His perfect clarity.
One of the biggest discrepancies in the Bible is the portrayal of God. Who is He? It’s a critical discernment, because if you’re not clear, then your beliefs will be ruled by the similar illogic of the devil.
In Genesis, God curses and punishes not only Adam and Eve, but also the snake: He is Creator and Love, but also, like Satan, punisher and destroyer. This occurs again with the destruction of Sodom, but with the discrepancy of who is destroying. “Have you anyone else here?” The angels say to Lot. “[T]ake *them out of this place! For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the LORD, and the LORD has sent us to destroy it.”
But, “[t]he sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar. Then the LORD rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the LORD out of the heavens.”
He performs miracles of plagues, and in what will become Passover, sends “the destroyer” to kill the firstborn of all households without the blood of the lamb on their doorposts and lintels. “[A]nd when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike *you.” But, “it came to pass at midnight that the LORD struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt […]”
Luckily, God is Supreme logic. If God is good all the time, then His opposite must be the devil who is bad all the time: God good, Satan bad. It cannot be that God does sometimes what is Satan’s job to do, just as up means up because it never means down. God must make sense. And in all examples above as well as in the Bible, at least we can say that God has final rank and power. He can destroy and punish even Satan if He wanted to, but He won’t ever because He’d be Satan if He did, who destroys himself.
So thank God for the absolute goodness of God, and the peace and clarity that His discernment provides.