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Is there a Bible contradiction in John 11:26?

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

THE ISSUE HERE:  God Himself said to Adam, “In the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen. 2:17). Paul reaffirmed this, declaring that “through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Rom. 5:12). But Jesus seems to contradict this when He affirmed, “whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die” (John 11:26).

John 11:25 - 26

ESV - 25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live. 26 And everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would say that Jesus Himself, by saying "even though he die" earlier in the cited verse, indicated that He did not intend His subsequent statement (commonly translated as "he who lives and believes in Me will never die") to mean that belief in Him would allow a person to escape physical death.

As one translation of the verse puts it on the website http://www.biblehub.com, the sense in which Jesus meant His words was, "He shall by no means die forever." (That is, even if the person experiences physical, temporal death in this world, that state will not be permanent. The believer will be bodily resurrected to live eternally at the close of the age.)

This is the same sense to which Jesus was referring earlier in John's gospel (John 8:51) when He said (again, as commonly translated), "If a person keeps My word, he will never see death." The sense in which He meant it was, "He will not see death forever." (That is, he will not remain eternally in a state of death.)

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Mini Aurel Gheorghe
The Bible talks about two types of deaths and two types of resurrections: the first and second death, as well as a first and second resurrection (John 5:28, 29; Daniel 12:2; Rev 2:11, 20:6, 21:8)

When Jesus said “though he may die, he shall live” He was referring to the first death and the first resurrection. The the dead in Christ although will die the first death - at the first resurrection will live and never die again. 

How about “whoever lives and believes in me shall never die?” Jesus referred to Lazarus' death as sleeping (John 11:11) – so according with Jesus the first death is just a sleep. The believer may die (sleep), but will be raised to life in the first resurrection, to live for eternity and will never taste the second death of the unbeliever, which is eternal death.

Jesus tasted the second death for every one of us, so we don’t have to (Heb 2:9). The Scripture doesn’t say Jesus “slept” for everyone, but “died” for everyone. 

Moreover, Revelation 14:10 say that the wicked will drink a cup – Jesus chose to drink that cup for us (Mark 10:38; Matt 26:39). The cup that Jesus drink is the second death.

Adam failure to obey God introduce death to humanity (Gen 2:16, 17) and at the age of 930 Adam's death sentence was fully carried out. Adam passed on to us his sinful fallen nature - we all inherited Adam’s sin-loving nature and we all are subject to death just like Adam – that is what Paul in Romans 5:12 is saying.

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