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Showing posts with label Biblical Contradiction. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Biblical Contradiction. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Biblical Contradictions

Biblical Contradictions
    Here is a short and incomplete list of Biblical contradictions which were obtained from postings in internet newsgroups.  Unfortunately I did not record who posted them or if they have a web site with a longer and more complete list.  If you like this page you might also like Contradictions of the Gospel and this List of Biblical Contradictions at

    If the Bible was divinely inspired, then why would it have so many really obvious contradictions?
Theological doctrines:
     1. God is satisfied with his works
         Gen 1:31
        God is dissatisfied with his works.
         Gen 6:6
     2. God dwells in chosen temples
         2 Chron 7:12,16
        God dwells not in temples
         Acts 7:48
     3. God dwells in light
         Tim 6:16
        God dwells in darkness
         1 Kings 8:12/ Ps 18:11/ Ps 97:2
     4. God is seen and heard
         Ex 33:23/ Ex 33:11/ Gen 3:9,10/ Gen 32:30/ Is 6:1/
          Ex 24:9-11
        God is invisible and cannot be heard
         John 1:18/ John 5:37/ Ex 33:20/ 1 Tim 6:16
     5. God is tired and rests
         Ex 31:17
        God is never tired and never rests
         Is 40:28
     6. God is everywhere present, sees and knows all things
         Prov 15:3/ Ps 139:7-10/ Job 34:22,21
        God is not everywhere present, neither sees nor knows all   
         Gen 11:5/ Gen 18:20,21/ Gen 3:8
     7. God knows the hearts of men
         Acts 1:24/ Ps 139:2,3
        God tries men to find out what is in their heart
         Deut 13:3/ Deut 8:2/ Gen 22:12
     8. God is all powerful
         Jer 32:27/ Matt 19:26
       God is not all powerful
         Judg 1:19
     9. God is unchangeable
         James 1:17/ Mal 3:6/ Ezek 24:14/ Num 23:19

Bible debates

Bible debates
 perhaps more than any other debate topic, can become lost in endless details of interpretation and subtle questions of translation.  It can easily seem that to get into the debate at all requires one to be a Biblical scholar.  Fortunately, this is not the case, particularly when dealing with fundamentalists who claim that the Bible is free of error and contradiction.
The claim of Biblical inerrancy puts the Christian in the position of not just claiming that the original Bible was free of error (and, remember, none of the original autograph manuscripts exist) but that their modern version of the Bible is the end result of an error-free history of copying and translation beginning with the originals.  Such a position is so specific that it allows one to falsify it simply by reference to the Bible itself.  For example, Gen 32:30 states, "...for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved."  However, John 1:18 states, "No man hath seen God at any time..."  Both statements cannot be true.  Either there is an error of fact, or an error of translation.  In either case, there is an error. And if there is an error, then infallibility of the Bible (in this case the King James Version) is falsified.  A typical defense used here is to look up the meaning of the original Hebrew / Greek, read that one of the words can have multiple meanings, and then pick the meaning that seems to break the contradiction.  For example, the Christian might argue that "seen" or "face" means one thing in the first scripture, and something completely different in the second.  The logical flaw in this approach is that it amounts to saying that the translator should have chosen to use a different word in one of the two scriptures in order to avoid the resulting logical contradiction that now appears in English—that is, the translator made an error. If no translation error occurred, then an error of fact exists in at least one of the two scriptures.  Appeals to "context" are irrelevant in cases like this where simple declarative statements are involved such as "no one has seen God" and "I have seen God." Simply put, no "context" makes a contradiction or a false statement, like 2 = 3, true.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bible Contradictions

Bible Contradictions

This page addresses issues, contradictions and false logic with three of the most popular bible stories (Creation, Noah’s Ark and the Nativity Story), followed by a list of other scriptural accounts that conflict with each other. Browse the points below and ask yourself if the bible is truly a perfect, accurate, divinely-inspired document for living.
In this Artical you will find...
• The Biblical Account of Creation
• Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood
• The Nativity Story
• Other Conflicts Within Scripture
• Solomon’ Temple
• Solomon’ Sacrifice
• Can Man Be Righteous

• Who Has Seen God
• Who Is Punished for Sins
• Does God Keep Anger Forever
• Who Brought the Capernaum Centurion’s Request to Jesus
• Where Did Jesus Go After Feeding the 5,000
• Where Did the Devil Take Jesus
• How Many Blind Men Did Jesus Heal on the Road From Jericho
• Where Did the Anointing of Jesus Take Place
• Where Did Jesus Meet Simon Peter and Andrew
• Did Jesus Allow His Disciples to Carry a Staff
• Did the Fig Tree that Jesus Cursed Wither Immediately or Overnight
• Did Jesus Speak at His Hearing Before Pilate
• What Color Robe Was Jesus Given
• Who Carried Jesus’ Cross
• When Was Jesus Crucified
• What Were the Centurion’s Words at the Cross
• Where Was Jesus on the Sixth Hour of the Crucifixion
• What Were Jesus’s Last Words on the Cross
• How Long Did it Take for Jesus to Get to Heaven
• Who Were the First Visitors to Jesus’ Tomb
• Was the Sone Rolled Away
• Who Did the Visitors Tell of Jesus’ Empty Tomb
• How Did Judas Die
• Where Did Jesus’ Ascension Take Place
• Who is the Ruler of the Earth
• Is Jesus the Same as God
• Is it Good or Bad to be Wealthy
• Is it OK to Judge
• How Old Was Jehoiachin When He Began to Reign in Jerusalem
• How Old Was Ahaziah When He Began to Reign
• Who Did the Midianites Sell Joseph to
• What Was the Population of Israel
• Did Michal Have Children
• Who Has Ascended to Heaven
• Who Killed Saul
• Is Incest Wrong
• Who Were the Sons of Eliphaz
• Honor Thy Parents
• Does God Remember Sin
• Where Did Aaron Die
• Was Sisera Sleeping or Standing
• How Much Did Solomon Pay For His Property
• Is Revenge Acceptable
• Should You Answer a Fool
· Is There an Unforgivable Sin

Saturday, March 9, 2013

A List of Biblical Contradictions

A List of Biblical Contradictions  
 Jim Meritt  
Table of Contents
    Introduction to Contradictions The Bible is riddled with repetitions and contradictions, things that the Bible bangers would be quick to point out in anything that they want to criticize. For instance, Genesis 1 and 2 disagree about the order in which things are created, and how satisfied God is about the results of his labors. The flood story is really two interwoven stories that contradict each other on how many of each kind of animal are to be brought into the Ark--is it one pair each or seven pairs each of the "clean" ones? The Gospel of John disagrees with the other three Gospels on the activities of Jesus Christ (how long had he stayed in Jerusalem--a couple of days or a whole year?) and all four Gospels contradict each other on the details of Jesus Christ's last moments and resurrection. The Gospels of Matthew and Luke contradict each other on the genealogy of Jesus Christ's father; though both agree that Joseph was not his real father. Repetitions and contradictions are understandable for a hodgepodge collection of documents, but not for some carefully constructed treatise, reflecting a well-thought-out plan. Of the various methods I've seen to "explain" these: 1. "That is to be taken metaphorically." In other words, what is written is not what is meant. I find this entertaining, especially for those who decide what ISN'T to be taken as other than the absolute WORD OF GOD--which just happens to agree with the particular thing they happen to want... 2. "There was more there than...." This is used when one verse says "there was a" and another says "there was b," so they decide there was "a" AND "b"--which is said nowhere. This makes them happy, since it doesn't say there WASN'T "a+b." But it doesn't say there was "a+b+little green martians." This is often the same crowd that insists theirs is the ONLY possible interpretation (i.e., only "a") and the only way. I find it entertaining they they don't mind adding to verses. 3. "It has to be understood in context." I find this amusing because it comes from the same crowd that likes to push likewise extracted verses that support their particular view. Often it is just one of the verses in the contradictory set which is supposed to be taken as THE TRUTH when, if you add more to it, it suddenly becomes "out of context." How many of you have gotten JUST John 3:16 (taken out of all context) thrown at you? 4. "There was just a copying/writing error." This is sometimes called a "transcription error," as in where one number was meant and an incorrect one was copied down. Or what was "quoted" wasn't really what was said, but just what the author thought was said. And that's right--I'm not disagreeing with events, I'm disagreeing with what is WRITTEN. Which is apparently agreed that it is incorrect. This is an amusing misdirection to the problem that the Bible itself is wrong. 5. "That is a miracle." Naturally. That is why it is stated as fact. 6. "God works in mysterious ways." A useful dodge when the speaker doesn't understand the conflict between what the Bible SAYS and what they WISH it said.

    101 Clear Contradictions in the Bible -Shabir Ally

    101 Clear Contradictions in the Bible
    Shabir Ally  

    1. Who incited David to count the fighting men of Israel?
    • God did (2 Samuel 24: 1)
    • Satan did (I Chronicles 2 1:1)
    2. In that count how many fighting men were found in Israel?
    • Eight hundred thousand (2 Samuel 24:9)
    • One million, one hundred thousand (I Chronicles 21:5)
    3. How many fighting men were found in Judah?
    • Five hundred thousand (2 Samuel 24:9)
    • Four hundred and seventy thousand (I Chronicles 21:5)
    4. God sent his prophet to threaten David with how many years of famine?
    • Seven (2 Samuel 24:13)
    • Three (I Chronicles 21:12)
    5. How old was Ahaziah when he began to rule over Jerusalem?
    • Twenty-two (2 Kings 8:26)
    • Forty-two (2 Chronicles 22:2)
    6. How old was Jehoiachin when he became king of Jerusalem?
    • Eighteen (2 Kings 24:8)
    • Eight (2 Chronicles 36:9)
    7. How long did he rule over Jerusalem?
    • Three months (2 Kings 24:8)
    • Three months and ten days (2 Chronicles 36:9)
    8. The chief of the mighty men of David lifted up his spear and killed how many men at one time?
    • Eight hundred (2 Samuel 23:8)
    • Three hundred (I Chronicles 11: 11)
    9. When did David bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem? Before defeating the Philistines or after?
    • After (2 Samuel 5 and 6)
    • Before (I Chronicles 13 and 14)
    10. How many pairs of clean animals did God tell Noah to take into the Ark?
    • Two (Genesis 6:19, 20)
    • Seven (Genesis 7:2). But despite this last instruction only two pairs went into the ark (Genesis 7:8-9)
    11. When David defeated the King of Zobah, how many horsemen did he capture?
    • One thousand and seven hundred (2 Samuel 8:4)
    • Seven thousand (I Chronicles 18:4)
    12. How many stalls for horses did Solomon have?