Bible Difficulty #11
Confusion-1 Corinthians 14:33
“God is not a God of confusion [disorder] but of peace…” (NIV)
other versions say
“God is not the author of confusion, but of peace….”(KJV)
So is God the creator or not the creator of confusion? Wait isn’t God the creator of everything? For this is a perplexing scripture, because confusion clearly exist, and God is the creator of all things. He created everything so he must have also created confusion. Nonetheless, I can’t think of any one book that has influenced more confusion than the bible. For a religion to have well over 100 denomination churches & sects to choose from; -to me that looks like confusion to me. It gets even more confusing, seeing how God uses the art of confusion in war. The bible mentions God’s usage of confusion numerous times especially when talking about the fool in battle against the Midianite Army with Gideon (Judges 7:17-24) and the Amorite Army with Joshua (Joshua 10:10). Just look at all the examples of Christians debating & killing each other over doctrinal issues. Just look at the countless times God used confusion as a tool of warfare in battle. And his most famous act of confusion, the tower of Babylon where God purposely confused the language of people. So they couldn’t reach the heavens. (Which we have done and surpassed anyways.)
To add to the confusion: Is God, a God of War or Peace?
Premise 1: God is a God of Peace (Romans 15:33 & 1 Corinthians)
Premise 2: God is a God of War (Exodus 15:3)
Conclusion: God is peaceful warrior. Who destroys cities and conquers land for the sake of peace.
It is somewhat perplexing when you think about. God who is not the author of confusion nor the God of Confusion, but he is the creator of all things. And used confusion as a tool in battle Joshua 10:10 & Gideon 7:19-23. Created various languages for the purpose of confusing the human race from reaching the heavens. Then said he did it because he feared man could do anything. But we ended up reaching the heavens and surpassing it, even in spite of the difference of language. (It seems that God was not too smart in his rationality.) What are we to make of this?
- NO- God did not create Confusion-1 Corinthians 14:33
- YES- God is the creator of Confusion- 1 Corinthians 1:27, and Genesis 11:7-9 [Tower of Babel]. One could ever argue, he authored the confusion of different languages.