Bible Contradictions

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No one has ever seen God?

Genesis 32:30 – So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

John 1:18 – No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.


Who took Joseph to Egypt?

Genesis 37:28 – So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.

Genesis 37:36 – Meanwhile the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard.


Was Jacob buried in Macphelah (Hebron) or 40 miles away in Shechem (Salim)?

Genesis 50:13 – They carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave in the field of Macphelah, near Mamre, which Abraham had bought as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite, along with the field.

Acts 7:15-16 – Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our fathers died. Their bodies were brought back to Shechem and placed in the tomb that Abraham had bought from the sons of Hamor at Shechem for a certain sum of money.


Does God cause muteness (speech-impairments) or do evil spirits?

Exodus 4:11 – The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

Mark9:17,25 – A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech … When Jesus saw that the crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”


What is God’s name?

Exodus 6:2-3 – God also said to Moses, “I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them.

Exodus 34:14 – Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.


Are sons punished for their father's sins?

Exodus 20:5 – … I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me …

Ezekiel 18:20 – … The son will not share the guilt of the father …


God says honor parents, Jesus says hate them.

Exodus 20:12 – Honor your father and your mother …

Luke 14:26 – If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters – yes, even his own life – he cannot be my disciple.


Don’t murder; just kill your brothers, friends and neighbors?

Exodus 20:13 – You shall not murder.

Exodus 32:27 – Then he said to them, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.’ ”


God lied - Moses wrote on the tablets.

Exodus 34:1 – The LORD said to Moses, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke …”

Exodus 34:27-28 – Then the LORD said to Moses , “Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel. Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant – the Ten Commandments.


Kill unbelievers or just separate from them?

Deuteronomy 13:6-10 – If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” … You must certainly put him to death. Your hand must be the first in putting him to death, and then the hands of all the people.

2 Corinthians 6:14, 17 – Do not be yoked together with unbelievers … “Therefore come out from them and be separate says the LORD …”


All things are possible with God (unless you’re up against iron chariots)

Judges 1:19 – The LORD was with the men of Judah. They took possession of the hill country, but they were unable to drive the people from the plains, because they had iron chariots.

Matthew 19:26 – Jesus said to them, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”


Is the Earth on foundations or not?

1 Samuel 2:8 – … “For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; upon them he has set the world…”

Job 9:6 – He shakes the earth from its place and makes its pillars tremble.

Job 26:7 – … he suspends the earth over nothing.


How did King Saul die?

1 Samuel 31:4-6 – Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw you sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and run me through and abuse me.” But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it.

2 Samuel 1:6-10 – I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, the young man said, “and there was Saul … he said to me, ‘Stand over me and kill me! I am in the throes of death, but I’m still alive.’ So I stood over him and killed him…”

2 Samuel 21:12 – he went and took the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan from the citizens of Jabesh Gilead. (They had taken them secretly from the public square at Beth Shan, where the Philistines had hung them after they struck Saul down on Gilboa.)


Hebrews 9:4 changes the traditional history

1 Kings 8:9 – There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the LORD made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of Egypt.

2 Chronicles 5:10 – There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the LORD made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of Egypt.

Hebrews 9:4 – Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place, which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded and the stone tablets of the covenant.


If the Bible is true, Jesus was wrong

2 Kings 2:11 – As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.

John 3:13 – No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven – the Son of Man.


When did Ahaziah begin his reign as king?

2 Kings 8:25 – In the twelfth year of Joram son of Ahab king of Israel, Ahaziah son of Jehoram king of Judah began to reign.

2 Kings 9:29 – (In the eleventh year of Joram son of Ahab, Ahaziah had become king of Judah.)


Whereabouts did Josiah die?

2 Kings 23:29-30 – While Josiah was king, Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt went up to the Euphrates River to help the king of Assyria. King Josiah marched out to meet him in battle, but Neco faced him and killed him at Megiddo. Josiah’s servants brought his body in a chariot from Megiddo to Jerusalem and buried him in his own tomb.

2 Chronicles 35:23-24 – Archers shot King Josiah, and he told is officers, “Take me away; I am badly wounded.” So they took him out of his chariot, put him in the other chariot he had and brought him to Jerusalem, where he died.


90 or 100 days?

2 Kings 24:8 – Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months.

2 Chronicles 36:9 – Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months and ten days.


No harm befalls the righteous?

Job 2:3,7 – Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil … So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head?

Proverbs 12:21 – No harm befalls the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.


Was the law (first covenant) perfect or flawed?

Psalm 19:7 – The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul …

Hebrews 8:7 – For if there had been nothing wrong with the first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.


Seek and you will find?

Proverbs 1:28 – Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me.

Matthew 7:7 – “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find…”


Knowledge brings peace or grief?

Proverbs 3:13,17 – Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding … Her ways are pleasant ways and all her paths are peace.

Ecclesiastes 1:18 – For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.


To answer or not to answer?

Proverbs 26:4 – Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.

Proverbs 26:5 – Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.


Contradictory predictions about the Earth

Ecclesiastes 1:4 – Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.

Mark 13:31 – Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.


Egypt or Jerusalem after Jesus’ birth before settling in Nazareth?

Matthew 2:14,15,19,21,23 – So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son” … After Herod died an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt … So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel … and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth

Luke 2:22,39 – When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord … When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.


Did Jesus find Peter or did Andrew take Peter to Jesus?

Matthew 4:18-19 – As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”

John 1:41-42 – The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.


Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved?

Matthew 7:21 – “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven …”

Acts 2:21 – And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.


Did the centurion meet Jesus?

Matthew 8:5-6 – [Yes] When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.”

Luke 7:3,6,10 – [No] The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant … So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him; “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof … Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.


Who bought the Field of Blood?

Matthew 27:5-8 – So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day.

Acts 1:18-19 – (With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)


God lives in evil spirits and evil spirits live in God?

Mark 3:11 – Whenever the evil spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried, “You are the Son of God.”

1 John 4:15 – If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.


On which hour was Jesus crucified?

Mark 15:25 – It was the third hour when they crucified him.

John 19:14,15 – It was the day of Preparation of Passover Week, about the sixth hour. “Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews. But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked. “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered. Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.


Was Jesus dead or alive when the temple curtain was torn?

Mark 15:37-38 – With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

Luke 23:44-46 – It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.


One man sitting or two men standing in Jesus’ tomb?

Mark 16:5 – As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

Luke 24:3-4 – but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.


Hate or don’t hate?

Luke 14:26 – If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters – yes, even his own life – he cannot be my disciple.

1 John 3:15 –Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.


When did Satan enter Judas?

Luke 22:3 – [Before the Last Supper] Then Satan entered Judas called Iscariot, one of the twelve.

John 13:26-27 – [During the Last Supper] Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.


Submit yourself to every authority instituted among men?

Acts 5:29 – Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men!

1 Peter 2:13 – Submit yourself for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.

See the two creation stories in Genesis for more Bible contradictions.

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