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The supposedly contradictory verses are talking about earth in completely different ways. One set of verses is talking about how the earth appears to us—immovable, permanent. The other set of verses is talking about what will happen to the earth—there will be a new earth. This does not necessarily mean that the current earth will disappear or be destroyed. It could simply mean that God will renew, or transform, the earth.
Some argue that the Bible is contradictory concerning whether th earth will abide, or remain, forever. Here are the relevant passages:
- He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved.
- A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.
- For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.
2 Peter 3:10
- But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies[a] will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
There is clearly no contradiction between these verses.
2 Peter 3:10
Some people have trouble accepting possible explanations to alleged contradictions in the Bible, especially ones that they consider a stretch. For example, Dan Barker, president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, says this:
I have received numerous replies from Christians who think that these contradictions are either trivial or easily explained. Yet not a single "explanation" has been convincing.
The fact is that there are plausible explanations for every alleged contradiction in the Bible. That there is a plausible explanation for an alleged contradiction does not mean that it is definitely the correct explanation for the alleged contradiction.
However, as long as a possible explanation has been suggested, then it has been objectively demonstrated that there is no necessary contradiction regarding the Bible verses and passages brought up.
When people like Dan Barker say that they don't find a particular explanation for a contradiction "convincing," then that is merely their opinion. A plausible explanation has been suggested that eliminates the necessary alleged contradiction. They simply don't like it, which is not at all a relevant argument against the explanation.
To read more about solutions to Bible contradictions and difficulties, check out Norman Geisler's The Big Book of Bible Difficulties: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation. While we do not agree with some of Geisler's theology, particularly concerning his view of predestination, this book is still an excellent resource. It is thorough and filled with research.
Another book to check out is Tim Chaffey's Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions: Exploring Forty Alleged Contraditions, which also answers many alleged contradictions in the Bible.