Jesus Church: Either Or/Both And

Someone in our community recently asked a question: "Have you ever heard someone say "the bible NEVER contradicts itself?" I am confused by that statement because for example God asks Abraham to kill Isaac. He later sends another sacrifice and saves him in the end, but one of The Ten Commandments is "Thou shall not kill". Several times throughout the bible people are destroyed at God's direction."

Portrait de femme au col d`hermine (Portrait of woman in d`hermine pass)   Pablo Picasso 1923

Portrait de femme au col d`hermine (Portrait of woman in d`hermine pass) 

Pablo Picasso 1923

Within this one question, lies three of the most difficult questions about God and the bible. 

  1. Does the bible have discrepancies?
  2. Does God change his mind?
  3. Why is God depicted as violent?

Here's what Mark had to say...