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Is it true that there are so many contradictions in the Bible?


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2009-12-24 07:49:14
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What we see in 21st century Western standards of analysis as "contradictions" do not necessarily come out as "contradictions" to first-century Jewish standards. For example, "five hundred thousand" is adequately close to "four hundred seventy thousand" that this isn't really a contradiction; perhaps 30,000 guys moved and were miscounted. Other "contradictions" can be explained by recognizing that, though God inspired The Bible, it was still written by men with different viewpoints; for example, the gospel of Matthew was written by a former tax collector, while the gospel of Mark was written by a physician, and the two different viewpoints can be seen. This is similar to seeing two different news reports of an incident, one "contradicting" the other, but accurately reporting the same event.

Can errors be accepted to be the word of God?Even though Christians believe that God inspired the Bible, it was still written by men. A weak and sinful creation of God that makes mistakes and more mistakes in life. If the Bible is indeed holy and the Word of God,then it should be perfect without any flaws. Even a tiny error cannot be tolerated. So can these men who contradict each other's writings be trusted to write the "Word of God?". Did God 'inspire' these people to write different things?
  • God inspired men to note what is important. Perhaps God doesn't think that "a tiny error" is important. Do you or I? Who cares? I believe that God protected what's important -- the way to salvation -- in spite of what sinful man could do to it. It's up to me to accept it or not. I'm not God. I have no right to dictate to Him what is tolerable and what is not.

We are not talking about just a normal book here. We are talking about a holy book, a book that should have been no confusion and error-free since it is for our guidance in this life, and in the here-after.

About the contradiction of how Simon Peter found out that Jesus was the Christ:

(a) By a revelation from heaven (Matthew16:17).

(b) His brother Andrew told him (John 1:41).

Which is it now? How can such information about the holy Jesus be inaccurate? If the writers can't even decide how Simon Peter found out that Jesus was the Christ, how can these men who cant even get a simple information correct, be obliged to write other things in the Bible? Maybe this contradiction is not good enough to convince, but lets see another one.

  • Both can be accurate. John's story tells how Simon first hears about this man from Nazareth, whom his brother Andrew claimed was the Messiah. That didn't mean Simon believed it, just that his brother thought so. Matthew, on the other hand, tells about what happened later, after Simon had gotten to know Jesus. At '''that''' point, Simon knows beyond the shadow of a doubt that this man really is the Christ. God revealed it to Simon in a way far greater than his brother Andrew's claim did.

Did Jesus ascend to Paradise the same day of the crucifixion?

(a) Yes. He said to the thief who defended him,

"Today you will be with me in Paradise" (Luke 23:43).

(b) No. He said to Mary Magdelene two days later,

"I have not yet ascended to the Father" (John 20:17).

So here, did he or did he not ascend to Paradise the same day of the crucifixion? This is not merely a question of "Did president Bush go to Iraq the same day he went to Israel?" This is about a significant event that happened to a holy man in which the Christians claimed to be as "the Son of God". Previously it was mentioned by one of the commentors above that the people who wrote the Bible are "accurately writing the same event". Have all of the contradictions presented so far been the "same event"? Maybe it can be justified that numbers such as 470000 can be rounded up to 500000, even though the difference is still undeniably large. But can a "yes" be rounded up into a "no"? If this 'yes' or 'no' contradiction still can be tolerated, then lets just go to another contradiction.

  • I've heard of claims that "Paradise" in this context doesn't mean Heaven, but rather a holding area in Hell where those who were considered righteous before Christ's sacrifice stayed protected. Since there is no Biblical account of this, I'm not going to say this is the explanation. 2 Corinthians 12 '''does''' indicate that there are different layers or levels of "the heavens," one of which includes "paradise" (v. 4). Thus, it's possible that the Paradise to which Jesus refers before His death is not the place to which He ascended after His resurrection.

Another contradiction:

(a) Adam was told that if and when he eats the forbidden fruit he would die the same day (Genesis 2:17).

(b) Adam ate the fruit and went on to live to a ripe old age of 930 years (Genesis 5:5)

  • There is death, and there is death. Is it not possible that there is more than one death? Part of Adam did die that day, because he was separated from God.

The story seems undeniably and completely different. So now, how can we believe that Jesus is really the Son of God? Isn't it possible that Jesus was just a messenger of God, who was trying to deliver God's messages to His creation? Isnt it possible that these "men" who wrote the Bible were wrong about Jesus being the Son of God? Yes, it is hard to accept the fact that Jesus is not the Son of God after being told otherwise since we were small. But think about it. Aren't most stories about Jesus in the Bible somewhat illogical?

  • No, it is not possible that Jesus was merely a messenger from God. He claimed to be God incarnate. (There are other questions on FAQ Farm dealing with this.) Because of what He said, he was either Lord, a liar, or a lunatic. He couldn't be just a good man, let alone a mere messenger from God. As for logical vs. illogical, again I ask, by whose standards? Those of sinful and imperfect man? By your own admission, that is no standard worth using.
Answer: Show Me A Genuine ContradictionI have seen so many lists of contradictions. They all sound very impressive. One small problem. They've all been answered many times already. The people who keep on putting them forward are either ignorant of the answers which is possibly understandable or even worse they are trying to push an agenda, having already decided the Bible is false without really looking for a sensible answer. In some cases they already have another religion but the Bible is annoying by the exclusiveness of its claims to absolute truth, so they feel the need to cut it down to size.

Its all been done before. The answers are all there - if you look for them. If you really want them. If you will be silent long enough to hear the still small voice of truth.

One specific area where there are supposedly hundreds of contradictions is that of the different Gospel accounts - but they don't. They're just different. When closely and fairly examined they just put forward slightly different views, a different 'angle' or perspective of what is essentially the same amazing truth. People can be so clever and yet so 'willingly ignorant'.

There's an awful lot I don't know. But I do know this. The Bible does not contradict itself. They are all like a morning mist when the hot glaring light of the sun comes on it, it fades into nothing.

Answer: Yes, many contradictionsWhen caught in obvious contradictions, bible believers simply reinterpret the bible. When caught again, they reinterpret it again with another twist. Bible academics will pull their hair out attempting to rationalize away these contradictions with complex answers that exhaust the reader instead of enlightening them. It's almost like observing a high-priced lawyer giving a "Chewbacca" defense -- where the aim of the argument is to confuse the jury. The simple truth is that many of these contradictions are in fact contradictions.

God is a mighty God, not a confusing God. Would God, being all-knowing, give a message that would require such complex rationalizations for humans that he knows are so simplistic by comparison?

Some versions of the bible actually delete verses, such as Matthew 17:21. It is in King James but isn't in others. The bible, though a good book, not only contradicts itself, it is clearly fallible.

Does anyone really believe the earth is only 6,000 years old, for instance? Many bible believers did by following a biblical genealogy. But as stated before, when caught in contradictions or an inaccuracy, bible believers simply reinterpret the bible --over and over and over for hundreds of years.

If you need a list of contradictions, they are all over the internet along with counter arguments. Many are not legitimate, but others certainly are. Decide for yourself.

The bible does NOT contradict itself in any way. God cannot contradict Himself.

If you are humble and can admit you have found a "contradiction" previously and later learn through knowledge and the Holy Spirit, you are wrong, then that should tell you all other "contradictions" are also wrong.

There are many bibles out there by religions who choose to take what has been handed down through the ages and change it to read what they want it to read.

If you study the history of religions, you will find all, except one, was started in the 16th century or after. Only the church Jesus founded, was started at Penticost over 2000 years ago. Google Scott Hahn and also check the EWTN network for the real truth to all your question.


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Yes. Biblical scholars, expert in Hebrew and Greek, have carefully researched the Bible and are very much in agreement that the Bible does contain contradictions. These are not just issues of interpretation or understanding, but fundamental differences in meaning.


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THE WORD OF GOD IS TRUE AND PURE. Some people say that they have found contradictions in the Bible, but that is only from their own lack of belief...refer to Link that answers so called contradictions.

For Bible literalists, the Bible is entirely true and inerrant. However, even many Christians recognise that a book with so many contradictions and historical erros can not be regarded as literally the word of truth. They regard it as inspired, rather than infallible.

It does not. The Bible has been changed and altered so many times and so many different versions are available that it is difficult to know which is the correct Bible, and there are lots of contradictions.

The new testament of the bible in Christianity is not relevant, for it has been corrupted and changed in so many ways; it just now has many contradictions.

A:There is no single book that attempts to explain all the contradictions in the Bible. The reason is that, while biblical scholars are well aware of contradictions, doublets and errors in the Bible, they choose not to focus on them. When describing a topic or a book of the Bible they may, in doing so, point out contradictions and errors purely within the scope of the issues they are dealing with.'Where God Was Born: A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion', written by Bruce Feiler, may help understand some of the Old Testament issues.'Jesus for the NonReligious' by John Shelby Spong, provides an insight from the viewpoint of a liberal, retired bishop.

the bible is amazing try it out everything is true and guess what jesus loves you...i dont know how many times the word why is used in the bible sorry. jesus is always with you so read your bible and accept christ

We can't guarantee you an answer that is not only logical, but as well unbiased. Many people will choose to say yes and many others will respond with a no. The only way to answer this question is by stating, "You believe what you want to believe" I'm a Catholic, and I do believe the information in the Bible is true. However, in my prespective, there are many things I don't agree in the Bible; but that's my opinion. So believe what you want, whether if you feel the Bible is false or true information.

A:If the Bible is merely the work of a number of men over the period of centuries that it took to write, there must always be doubts as to how much of it is true, or even whether it is true at all. The answer to this problem was to define the Bible as inspired by God, which, when understood literally, means that the Bible is infallibly true and without error.Because the Bible can easily be shown to be historically unreliable, many theologians prefer to consider the Bible spiritually true even if not always historically true. Of course, this undermines the very notion of the Bible as divinely inspired.

Because the Bible says so and the Bible is all true!

An error is an outright 'mistake.' Though there are some translational 'errors' the Scripture itself is error-free. There are many who would disagree and have over the centuries but in time, science itself has proven the Bible true.A contradiction presents two different propositions in the same timeframe. This is like an 'oxymoron' - sweet sorrow type of statement. On its face, there are many apparent contradictions in the Scripture. However, with an open mind and deeper study of the verses in question, the answer becomes clear as to what the translations are actually saying - indicating they do not contradict each other.There have always been those who will emphatically state the Bible is full of contradictions that cannot be resolved and errors about many topics like creation of man vs. evolution. This will not change in our lifetimes so the best approach for each of us is as Paul was inspired to teach us:1 Thessalonians 5:21King James Version (KJV) 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

The Bible wasn’t written to teach science or to be a school textbook, but what it says about scientific matters is always accurate. When the Bible talks about history, it is always accurate.The fact that so many Bible prophecies have already come true means that we can trust what the Bible says about the future. The Bible can change your life. It can help you to know who you really are. It can help you to understand your deepest thoughts and feelings. Truly the Word of God.

Yes, this is true, there are so many prayers with gods name that it actually appears 7000 times.

While the Bible is known to have been altered throughout history and has errors because of that, the Book of Mormon and Qur'an both claim to be revealed directly to their prophets in recent times, and as such claim to be far more accurate books.

In the world bible, there are two syllables. If you are asking about how many syllables there are in the actual bible, then that is impossible to answer. There are many editions of the bible and there are may translations, so there would be different amounts of syllables in them, so there is no single definitive answer.

Blind faith. (i second this in most cases, how ever some see it yet still believe) Since Christians are interested in truth they do what the Bible encourages them to do and 'prove all things.' That is, they look into things to see if there really are contradictions. When they do so they find that the contradictions melt away into nothing as they inevitably demonstrate that the person making the allegation has simply not understood the passages concerned. So, instead of having blind faith, the Christians have 'eyes wide open' faith. They know Him in whom they have believed and they see both the unity of mind and unity of thought in the scriptures which do not contradict themselves. They also recognize and appreciate that some find it necessary to create contradictions using various methods, such as taking verses out of context, in order to bolster their belief in the fallibility of scripture.

AnswerTruth has many meanings. Is the Bible historically true? Is it scientifically true? Is it theologically true?Scholars have shown that the Bible is frequently not true on matters of history. So you can not be sure that any statement about historical events is true, unless confirmed independently.The Bible is clearly not true scientifically. The sun and stars were not really created after the earth already existed, nor were they placed in a 'firmament' just above the earth. Grass could not have lived, even for a second, before the sun existed. But the ancients simply did not know this.Whether or not the Bible is true on matters of religion depends on faith. However, it must be recognised that many books of the Bible are now known to have been altered or added to, sometimes quite significantly, long after they were first written. Which version is theologically true - the original, or the version that is now used in most modern Bibles? Ans since the Bible is often interpreted in ways that may not have been apparent to the ancients, we need to know which interpretation is theologically correct.

Yes, that's a wonderful book in comparison to other religious books. The Bible does not have any errors, it is perfect in every way. It has the answer to any question you might have. God is perfect, so is the Bible inspired by God It depends what you mean by errors. Typographical errors are the fault of the printer. There are, however, dozens of contradictions.

I do not know but according to the bible, he is free to do so if he so wishes

What is the reason for so many wars in the Bible

Yes, it is totally true. God told the men what to write in the Bible but that is all they did wrote down the words that God told them to write down. So the Bible is the only true book. A good place read in the Bible for new Christians or for people who are not Christians is John it is easier to under stand.

Yes, Queen Esther was real. It is written in the Bible, so it is true.

Bible mentions many woman in many ages, so - all kind of work.

there are 66 books the Bible it says so in the book of Isaiah

I think you have to be more precise. Do you mean that religion (every system that worships a deity) has lies in it, or is a lie? The Bible obviously is the word of God - so many prophecies have come true, so much proof to be found. Please specify your question!

No they just translated the bible so many could read it.

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