ABC:Mark 9

From BibleStrength

Verse 40

Jim Meritt of claims the Bible contradicts itself here and asks "For or against?"[1] I am including Meritt's notes below each quoted verse to show his reasoning.

None of the verses say anything about a default. That's simply Meritt's own faulty, so-called reasoning. All three verses simply maintain the same approach, that there are only two sides at work, the world's/Satan's, and God's. Jesus draws the same parallel constantly throughout the Gospels, that there is a kingdom of this world opposing the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, if there are only two sides, it can safely be said that if one is not on the other side, they are on your side, and vice versa - hence, no contradiction.

The constant paradigm shown is that of two kingdoms warring one against the other, Satan's kingdom of this world vs. God's kingdom of Heaven, the prince of this world vs. the prince of Heaven, darkness vs. light. Therefore, if one is not on one side, they are on the other.


  1. Meritt, Jim (1992). A list of Biblical contradictions. Retrieved from