Contradiction: II Timothy 2:25 and Titus 1:13

April 26, 2007 12:26am CST
good day to all! Let us continue with the studies we are making of the verses of the Bible. And as we do so, let us find out if the Bible contains contradicting ideas. The first verse that we are citing is II Timothy 2:25, which says— “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;” In this particular verse, St. Paul said that those who opposed should be instructed in meekness. But in Titus 1:13, St. Paul also said— “This witness is true: Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.” This time, St. Paul is saying that they should be rebuked sharply that they may be sound in the faith. Which, now, is correct: instruct in meekness, or rebuke sharply?
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@angies (132)
• Australia
7 May 07
in2 tim 2:24 it says; A slave of God does not need to fight, but needs to be gentle with words and actions toward all keeping him restrained under evil. so we need to be gentle and humble to people who do not have the same beliefs at all times. Titus 1:13 says,This witness is true meaning this person is following Gods truthful words this person needs to be rebuked sharply to keep them focused on Gods truthful path. I hope that helps you driedmango.
@minty3 (592)
• Nigeria
26 Apr 07
Hello here. I don't know what you guys are up to in these contradiction series but i just want to chip in that the word of God is God Himself cos He says He has exalted his word above all else and none of his words will fall to the ground unfulfilled. A little more studying will expound the bible more to you. there can be no contradictions because HOLY MEN WROTE AS THEY WERE INSPIRED BY GOD. cheers!
@jayperiod (870)
• United States
26 Apr 07
Reading each passage in context, we see he is talking about two different groups of people. The first are people in opposition to the Gospel. These people simply don't agree with the teachings of the Church. Paul tells Timothy to treat these people with kindness and patience, in doing so, they may win them over. The second are people who are actively trying to persuade believers to abandon what they have been taught and follow after false teaching. These are most likely people who have claimed to believe, so their audience will more readily follow them. These Paul instructs to sternly rebuke. Paul answers this situation in another letter. The people of Corinth had a similar confusion. In 1 Corinthians 9-11, Paul tells them that they are to deal with believers who are in rebellion and unbelievers in different ways. "I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner - not even to eat with such a person." By keeping contact with the unbeliever, no matter how he behaves, the Christian hopes to be a light and to bring hope and a wonderful message. By putting the rebellious believer out, the hope is to bring about repentance and restoration.
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