2 Chronicles 7:12, 16
12 And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice…16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there forever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
Acts 7:48 – Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet.
First of all, 2 Chronicles never mentioned anything about ‘dwelling’ in temple. It says, ‘12 …I have chosen this place to myself FOR AN HOUSE OF SACRIFICE…16… that MY NAME may be there forever’
It says that that temple was a house of sacrifice, not God’s dwelling place; and it’s “HIS NAME” that be there forever. How can God dwell in a temple (literally) when He has the whole heaven for Himself?
This is ridiculous because Acts actually confirms 2 Chronicles – That He doesn’t dwell in temple made with hands. The b part of the passage from Acts says, ‘…as saith the prophet’.
What is he talking about? He is quoting what the prophet of the Old Testament (in context of 2 Chronicles 7:12 and 16) which says, ‘5 And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods. 6 But WHO IS ABLE TO BUILD HIM A HOUSE, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him? Who am I then, that I should build him an house, SAVE ONLY TO BURN SACRIFICE BEFORE HIM?’ (2 Chronicles 2:5-6)
It’s clear that this house if for burning sacrifices, not for God to dwell in.
Recording the same prayer of King Solomon, the Book of 1 Kings records:
27 But WILL GOD INDEED DWELL ON EARTH? Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; HOW MUCH LESS THIS HOUSE that I have builded? 28 Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day: 29 That THINE EYES MAY BE OPEN TOWARD THIS HOUSE night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place. 30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and HEAR THOU IN HEAVEN THY DWELLING PLACE: and when thou hearest, forgive. (1 Kings 8:27-30)
Can this be any clearer? There’s no way that the author of 2 Chronicles thought that God literally dwelt in the temple; but that his presence was in the temple; which means that when people pray or offer sacrifice toward/in the temple He hears.
So, where is the contradiction again? Muslims and Atheists’ distortions of the Bible; out desperation to discredit it, is becoming ridiculous.
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