…without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.
For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood…
If an atheist came across these two apparently contradictory statements, he would conclude that the Bible is in error, since it seems to teach that Christ had no father or mother or genealogy and, simultaneously, that He descended from Judah. And if the Bible taught an Arian view of Christ, then the atheist would rightly speak against the logical consistency of the Scriptures. However, it is precisely because of instances like this in the Bible that Christianity teaches that Christ Jesus is both Man and God. As God the Word of God, Co-Equal in Power, Authority, Knowledge, Etc with the Father and the Holy Spirit, Christ had “neither beginning of days nor end of life” nor “father or mother or genealogy.” The Eternal Word of God, God the Son, whom Melchizedek resembles, did not originate in a point in time; however, since we know that our Lord descended from Judah, we know that He assumed to Himself a human nature at a particular point in time at the Incarnation.
The atheist needs to be corrected as much as the Arian, therefore, for the atheist is from the outset denying that Christ is eternal God, and that is the only way his claim of contradiction can hold any weight whatsoever. On the other hand, the Arian who claims to love God’s Word is complicit in accusing God of speaking in contradictions. Both accuse God of being in error; the former does so explicitly and directly, while the latter does so implicitly and indirectly. And both completely miss the point that the author of Hebrews makes in the beginning of his epistle, namely: In order for Christ, who is eternal God, to be our High Priest He had to become like His brethren.Christ is presented to us by the Holy Spirit as eternal God become flesh when we compare these two verses.
There is no contradiction at all.