Contradiction: I Chronicles 28:9 and Lamentations 3:31

April 26, 2007 12:31am CST
“And thou Solomon my son, know mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if you seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off forever.” King David told Solomon, “but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off forever.” This means that God casts off. If you forsake Him, He will also cast you off forever. But in another book of the Bible, in Lamentations, this is what 3:31 says— “For the Lord will not cast off forever.” This particular verse says that the Lord will not cast off forever while in I Chronicles, it says, He will cast you off if you forsake Him. In other words, the first verse said that God casts off forever, while the second verse said, he does not cast off forever. What could be the truth? Does He cast off, or, does He not cast off? Do these verses contradict each other? What could be the answer? Let us ask our teachers of the Bible … our ministers, pastors, priests … and those who claim to be teachers of the truth, and those who introduce themselves as apostles. Let us seek answers from them.
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@jayperiod (870)
• United States
26 Apr 07
Yet another easy one, if you simply read the WHOLE context of the passage. In 1 Chronicles, David is giving instruction to Solomon on how to reign over God's people. His instruction is that he should first and foremost follow God, that he will want and need God to do it properly. He lets him know that if he forsakes God in his ruling, God will forsake him and let him rule by himself. The idea is that none of us has the capacity to rule properly and morally without God. Yet God will not force us to follow Him. If we choose to leave Him and do things on our own, He will allow that to happen. In Lamentations, Jeremiah is morning over what is to befall Israel for their disobedience. They feel forsaken by God, and were for some time. This happened to show them that they had done wrong and went back on their promises. It shows that actions have consequences. Yet, because of God's great love for Israel, He will not forsake them forever, and just as they were allowed to enter the Promised Land after the unfaithful had passed away, they would return from exile. So, there really is no contradiction. Again, just as in every other "contradiction" you've brought up, there are two different ideas being expressed. These deal with two different issues, situations and people.
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