Is the God of the Bible Confused?

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.

About M. Rodriguez

When I first received Christ salvation, I made it a priority to read the whole bible and I did. But it was the Bible that made me question my faith. For I found it flawed and lacking. Due to this I launched a personal inquiry/investigation into my faith, and ultimately realized that the Christian God of the Bible was indeed man-made. Now I Blog about those findings and life after Christ.
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5 Responses to Is the God of the Bible Confused?

  1. Neil Rickert says:

    It’s not so much that God is confused. It’s the humans who wrote the Bible that are confused.

    I remember this kind of inconsistency (the evolving character of God) causing me problems as a young teenager. The only reasonable conclusion was that man had created God in his (man’s) image, and that as human culture evolved, so did the God that was created by that culture.

    That realization was my first step toward throwing off religion.

  2. john zande says:

    “Present your case,” says the Lord, “Tell us, you idols, what is going to happen. Declare to us the things to come, tell us what the future holds so we may know you are gods. Do something, whether good or bad, so that we will be dismayed and filled with fear. But you are less than nothing and your works are utterly worthless; whoever chooses you is detestable.” (Isaiah 41: 21-24)

    “You shall not test the Lord your God.”
    (Luke 4:12)

    No confusion there! 😉

  3. unkleE says:

    Marcus, I think it is your expectations of scripture that are mistaken. The Bible isn’t a set of rules that have been checked for consistency and apply literally and thoroughly to each and every situation.

    We can’t necessarily take statements from one context and apply them to another, not take a particular statement and apply it generally. Say someone says you’re a liar, and you say that you are not. Suppose they then ask if you have ever told a lie, and you agree that you have told the occasional “white lie”, and you did tell some more serious lies when you were a boy. How is all that consistent? Apply the same thinking to God and confusion and it is easy to see that it isn’t quite as you have said.

    So the verse you quoted applies to the context for which it was written, but it is bad practice to generalise it and apply it to other totally different contexts. If you want to find fault, you can find “fault” with anything, but I don’t think it gains understanding.

    • Arkenaten says:

      Unfortunately this line of reasoning is the typical ‘go to’ response of most Christians. Everything in the bible must be read ‘in context’.
      With some parts, we must treat it as analogous. Maybe the Tower of Babel or the Walls of Jericho?
      Or, certain parts are obviously mythological – re: Adam and Eve.
      Unless one is a fundamentalist and then it is what it is. End of story.

      An omnipotent deity responsible for the inspiration of His word in written form should not require His creation to understand His word in context. It should be plain and simple so there is no misunderstanding or ambiguity.
      Your assertion, Unklee, is merely a feeble human excuse to try to justify the ridiculous assertion that a deity was in ANY way responsible for biblical text: “Oh,god didn’t mean it like that”
      Maybe, then, as you seem convinced that Marcus is reading and interpreting these excerpts out of context you could inform us all of what context they SHOULD be read in?

      However,although I am no biblical scholar, I consider you would have a bloody cheek to make an attempt at interpreting God’s word, unless you have His explicit permission. Well, do you?

    • UnkleE,
      When I start reading Bible last years, I have the same problem too. There was no method or rules on “How to read Bible” in right context. The way Christian present to me is something emotional, and spiritual way. It something like “You need to have faith, and you will understand”.

      I have been raise to understand and after that, have a faith. Even, I can understand a view of Atheism is always favor to “There was No God” and generalize everything or may be in read in a wrong context. Still, Christian need to face the reality of Bible.

      Put an example, a quote from “God is a God of War (Exodus 15:3)”. Of course, I don’t know how to justify the verse (I’m not Biblical scholar), but if I read from few commentary from
      It was more shocking how Biblical is being interpret. Most of scholar interpret like “The Lord is a man of war”. Lord himself is a man… So, God himself is demi-god by Biblical definition…

      Actually, I disagree with Mr Rodriquez when he give conclusion “God is peaceful warrior. Who destroys cities and conquers land for the sake of peace.” But….

      If most of Biblical’s scholar (based on have write in such way. How you going to counter if public write a same thing?

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