Recently, this question was posed by a mormon, as an attack against the inspiration of scripture, and the Bible's inerrancy:
"How is the Bible inerrant when it contains contradictions like Exodus 33:11 and 20 or Acts 9:7 and 22:9?"
First lets start with Acts 9:7 and 22:9
- Acts 9:7 says, “The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing... no one.”
- Acts 22:9 states, “"And those who were with me saw the light, to be sure, but did not understand the voice of the One who was speaking to me.”
A) Heard the voice
B) Did not understand the voice
C) Saw the light
D) Saw no one speaking
There is no contradiction.
As far as Exodus 33:11, and 20:
- Exodus 33:11 says, “Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.”
- Exodus 33:20, “But He said, "You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!”
“The phrase “face to face” in Hebrew usage means personally, directly, or intimately. Moses has this kind of unmediated relationship with God. But he, like all other mortals, never saw the “face” (essence) of God directly. The Bible is clear that “God is a spirit” (John 4:24). And “a spirit does not have flesh and bones” (Luke 24:39). So, God does not have a physical face. (Geisler and Rhodes, Correcting the Cults)”
The Word of our Lord stands forever!