Biblical Contradictions

Most Fundamentalist Christians believe in the inerrancy of the Bible.  Inerrancy, among other things, also implies the absence of contradiction because a Biblical teaching cannot be both correct and incorrect at the same time.  Yet the Bible appears to be replete with examples of contradictory teachings as evidenced by the examples listed below.

  • Does Yahweh’s anger last forever?
    • Yes – Jeremiah 17:4 “By your own act you shall lose the heritage that I gave you, and I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you do not know, for in my anger a fire is kindled that shall burn forever.”
    • No – Micah 7:18  “He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in showing clemency.”
  • Will good works, absent faith, lead to Salvation?
    •  Yes – Matt 19:17; Luke 10:26 -28; James 2:24
    •  No – Rom 3.27; Gal 2.16
  • All who look upon the face of God will die, true?
    • Yes – Ex 33:20; John 1:18; 1 Tim 6:16
    • No – Gen 12: 7; Gen 32:30; Ex 24:9; Ex 33:11
  • Did Yahweh command Moses to make burnt offerings after bringing his people out of Egypt?
    • Yes – Ex 20:24
    • No – Jeremiah 7:22
  • Is God responsible for both good and evil?
    • Yes
      • Is 45:7 “I form light and create darkness, I make weal and create woe, I am the LORD, who do all these things”
      • Lamentations 3:38 “Is it not from the mouth of the Most High That both good and evil come?”
    • No – 1 John 4:8
  • Did God create Adam before he created the animals?
    • Yes – Gen 2:18 – 19
    • No – Gen 1:25- 27
  • Did Paul’s traveling companions hear the voice that spoke to Paul?
    • Yes – Acts 9:7
    • No – Acts 22:9
  • Will the Earth last forever?
    • Yes – Ecc 1:4
    • No – 2 Peter 3:10
  • Is Jesus the only man to have ascended into Heaven?
    • Yes – John 3:13
    • No – 2 Kings 2:11
  • Are children to be punished for the sins of their fathers?
    • Yes – Deut 5:9
    • No – Deut 21:16
  • Does God ever tire or rest?
    • Yes – Is 1:14; Is 43:24
    • No – Is 40:28
  • How many valiant men drew their swords as counted by Joab?
    • 2 Sam 24 – 1,100,000
    • 1 Chron 21:15 – 800,000
  • How many horsemen rode with David?
    • 2 Sam 8:4 – 700,000
    • 1 Chron 18:4 – 7,000
  • Did Jesus curse the fig tree before he drove the merchants from the temple?
    • Yes – Matthew
      • 21:12  “Then Jesus entered the temple* and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple..”
      • 21:18 -19  “In the morning, when he returned to the city, he was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the side of the road, he went to it and found nothing at all on it but leaves. Then he said to it, ‘May no fruit ever come from you again!’ “
    • No – Mark
      • 11:13  “Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see whether perhaps he would find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14He said to it, ‘May no one ever eat fruit from you again.’ And his disciples heard it.”
      • 11:15 “Then they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold doves; “
  • Should male homosexuals be killed or exiled?
    • Killed  – Lev 20:13  “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death; …”
    • Exiled – 1 Kings 15:12  “He put away the male temple prostitutes out of the land, …”
  • Was Jesus’ tomb open when the women arrives?
    • Yes – Luke 24:1-2  “But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
    • No – Matt 28:1-2 “After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.
  • How did Judas die?
    • Acts 11:18 “Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness; and falling headlong,* he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out.”
    • Matt 27:5 “Throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and hanged himself.’

Biblical Contradictions

  • God is seen and heard / God is invisible and cannot be heard
  • God is everywhere present, sees and knows all things / God is not everywhere present, neither sees nor knows all things.
  • God is the author of evil / God is not the author of evil
    “I form light and create darkness, I make weal and create woe, I am the LORD, who do all these things” – (Isaiah 45:7, NRSV)
    “Is it not from the mouth of the Most High That both good and evil come?” –  (Lamentations 3:38, NRSV)
  • Adultery is forbidden / adultery is allowed
  • The father of Joseph (Mary’s husband) was Jacob / the father of Joseph was Heli
  • The infant Christ was taken into Egypt / the infant Christ was not taken into Egypt
  • John the Baptist was in prison when Jesus went into Galilee / John was not in prison when Jesus went into Galilee
  • Jesus was crucified at the third hour / Jesus was crucified at the sixth hour
  • Jesus was equal with God / Jesus was not equal with God
  • It is impossible to fall from grace / it is possible to fall from grace

Martin Luther closes the door on reason with a single line:  “The holy Spirit has an eye only to substance and is not bound by by words.”  But Martin Luther also espoused the Doctrine of Solo Scriptorum.

About Jesus given Logo Sarx Doctine

  • If Jesus’ humanity and his divinity are inseparable, then are his spoken words from his humanity or his divinity?
  • Does Jesus have one soul and one spirit?
  • When Jesus died on the cross how is “death” defined…it cannot be just his humanity since that is inseparable from his divinity.  Was death an illusion? Did his divinity die with his humanity.
  •  How doe this philosophy avoid the “communication of properties?”