What are these alleged contradictions in the bible that people have mentioned?

If you believe that there are contradictions in the bible please list them here so they may be cleared up for you.


Wow, I am shocked at the number of people who are blind to the truth and totally void of understanding. I don't mean to offend anyone but some of these listed as contradictions have such obvious answers. However I thank you all for posting as it has given me lots to study and strengthen my faith by. Thank you all.

Update 2:

As both the skepticanotatedbible and the infidels websites are full of contradictions which bible students understand as not being contradictions, I must reject any answers that suggested these sites as it would take too long to filter them to find anything that might seem like a genuine contradiction.

Update 3:

@ C Sunshine: thank you for posting what appears to be a genuine contradiction.

The answer, as I have already provide to you in more detail is that Judas died by hanging himself. The apparent contradictory verse in Act1:18 is simply an error in translation which presents the idea that Judas split asunder and his bowels poured out on the field. The field therefore becoming known as the "field of blood" when in fact the field was obtained by the people he betrayed Christ and became known as such because it was purchased with blood money. There is a lot that can be cleared up by utilizing a good concordance and reading it in context which will show that Act 1:18 is talking about Judas having an emotional breakdown amidst the people, at the temple, which is what caused him to then go and hang himself, possibly even in the Potter's field which THEY purchased with the BLOOD MONEY which Judas gave back to them.

Update 4:

Furthermore, the word translated as bowels in this verse figuratively means sympathies or tender mercies and each of the other words used also have alternate meanings which combine to support the explanation presented above.

25 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Yes, it is pathetically evil that in these times, there are entire websites such as skepticsannotatedbible, evilbible, infidelslibrary, and others, whose sole purpose for existence is to attack scripture,and no, just as other answerers have stated, there isn't room in the space allowed by Yahoo to list them all.

    Likewise, there isn't space here to refute all the so called "contradictions," but there are a few general statements that will cover most of them.

    First off, a text without a context is a pretext. The books of the Old Testament are divided into categories, or different types, by scholars. There are books of Law, History, Poetry, and Prophecy. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/364199/th...

    It is a common criticism to take a verse from a visionary book such as prophecy or poetry and mock the impossibility or "ridiculousness" of doing this literally, when the text isn't speaking literally.

    Likewise, it is a common criticism to take a verse from a literal book, such as Genesis, and mock it as being impossible because we don't see things TODAY like burning bushes, talking snakes, or seas parting.

    These criticisms are simply doubting God's power, some without even acknowledging his existence.

    Furthermore, what you will NOT see on these sites which mock and ridicule the whole Bible, verse by verse, is an authorship by a known scholar, with verifiable credentials and true Biblical expertise. In other words, these sites are written, sponsored, and maintained by armchair quarterbacks who have never left the bleachers. You BEGIN textual criticism by learning the language of the texts.

    Finally, to be honest, there ARE difficult passages of scripture. I doubt you'll find a Biblically educated scholar who would claim to know for sure what a "Nephilim" is in Genesis 6:4, and there are questions of translation, such as if bats are birds or rabbits chew cud.

    To answer these, I would defer to Dr. Bruce Metzger: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_M._Metzger Dr. Metzger recently went home to be with the Lord, but his writings are used today as textbooks around the world by Christian colleges and universities. You can walk today into a bookstore of your choice and pick up a Bible version of your choice, and there is a strong likelihood that you will find Dr. Metzger's writings referenced in the marginal notes, footnotes, bibliography, or credits. Dr. Metzger served as the editor in chief of the NRV, and personally laid the first edtion into the hands of John Paul II. While he was yet alive, it could have been reasonably argued that he was the world's greatest living Bible scholar.

    When questioned about difficult scripture passages, this is what Dr. Metzger had to say: "There is no doctrine of Chrisitanity that rests upon a disputed scripture." This is a giant of a statement from a giant of a scholar.

    It will do your eternal soul no good in Hell as to whether bats are birds, the definition of pi, or "discrepancies" in accounts of the number of men in some ancient King's army. There are undoubtedly things which have been lost in translation or the original meaning is truly hard to research, but God has preserved his Word, as he promised to do in both the Old Testament and the New.

    If some of these critics would spend a fraction of the time LEARNING about scripture that they do ignorantly criticizing it, they might end up like Lee Strobel, a former atheist and criminally investigative jouirnalist, who set out to disprove scripture, and ended up not only finding Christ, but a new career as a pastor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Strobel

    God tells us in Jeremiah 29:13 that we will find him when we seek with all our heart....Some folks hearts simply aren't looking to FIND God, they're looking for EXCUSES NOT to believe. Their eyes can only be opened by the Spirit of God, not any textual facts in scripture.

    In Christ,

    John the Baptist

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  • Bible difficulties, or apparent Bible contradictions, exist. The opponents of Christianity often use them in their attempts to discredit Christianity. Sometimes these attacks undermine the faith of Christians who either don't understand the issues or don't have the resources to deal with them.

    Opponents of Christianity will cite what they consider a Bible contradiction or difficulty by comparing one verse to another (or more) that seems to disagree with the first. In doing this, several verses are often referenced as being contradictory or problematic. Therefore, to make this section of CARM easy to use, it is arranged by verse for easy lookup. Since many of the same "difficulties" deal with one verse in opposition to another or even several others, I have listed all the verses addressed in the same answer. This makes the initial list look larger than it really is. For example, how many animals did Noah bring into the ark? Genesis 6:19-20 says two while Gen. 7:2-3 mentions seven. Therefore, both verses are listed and both links point to the same answer.


    If we read the Bible at face value, without a preconceived bias for finding errors, we will find it to be a coherent, consistent, and relatively easy-to-understand book. Yes, there are difficult passages. Yes, there are verses that appear to contradict each other. We must remember that the Bible was written by approximately 40 different authors over a period of around 1500 years. Each writer wrote with a different style, from a different perspective, to a different audience, for a different purpose. We should expect some minor differences. However, a difference is not a contradiction. It is only an error if there is absolutely no conceivable way the verses or passages can be reconciled. Even if an answer is not available right now, that does not mean an answer does not exist. Many have found a supposed error in the Bible in relation to history or geography only to find out that the Bible is correct once further archaeological evidence is discovered.


    The Big Book of Bible Difficulties: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation

    By: Norman L. Geisler, Thomas Howe


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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Try this for starters.

    Jesus himself said that religious laws are not absolute. In Matthew 5:38, he rejects the "eye for an eye" law (Exod. 21:23-25, Lev. 24:19-20, Deut. 19:21). Jesus rejected all dietary law (Mark 7:19; cf. Lev. 11). He rejected the commandment about working on the Sabbath (Mark 2:27). If Jesus considered that even the laws of Moses were not inerrant, why should we consider any part of the Bible inerrant?

    There are several aspects of the Bible that show it is not inerrant. These include factual errors:

    Leviticus 11:6 states that rabbits chew their cud.

    Leviticus 11:20-23 speaks of four-legged insects, including grasshoppers.

    1 Chronicles 16:30 and Psalm 93:1 state that the earth is immobile; yet it not only revolves and orbits the sun but is also influenced by the gravitational pull of other bodies.

    and contradictions:

    In Genesis 1, Adam is created after other animals; In Genesis 2, he appears before animals.

    Matthew 1:16 and Luke 3:23 differ over Jesus's lineage.

    Mark 14:72 differs from Matthew 26:74-75, Luke 22:60-61, and John 18:27 about how many times the **** crowed.

    2 Samuel 24:1 and 1 Chronicles 21:1 differ over who incited David to take a census.

    1 Samuel 17:23,50 and 2 Samuel 21:19 disagree about who killed Goliath.

    1 Samuel 31:4-5 and 2 Samuel 1:5-10 differ over Saul's death.

    The four Gospels differ about many details of Christ's death and resurrection (Barker 1990). For example, Matthew 27:37, Mark 15:26, Luke 23:38, and John 19:19 have different inscriptions on the cross.

    Matthew 27:5-8 differs with Acts 1:18-19 about Judas's death.

    Genesis 9:3 and Leviticus 11:4 differ about what is proper to eat.

    Romans 3:20-28 and James 2:24 differ over faith versus deeds.

    Exodus 20:5, Numbers 14:18, and Deuteronomy 5:9 disagree with Ezekiel 18:4,19-20 and John 9:3 about sins being inherited.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Funny you should mention this.

    I know that GOD's HOLY WORD is TRUE!

    I cannot believe how some people just seem to dig for anything

    they can call a contradiction.

    But can you help me on this reported one?

    I want to clear it up. THANKS AND GOD BLESS!!!!!

    How did Judas die?

    (a) After he threw the money into the temple he went away and hanged himself (Matthew 27:5)

    (b) After he bought the field with the price of his evil deed he fell headlong and burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out (Acts 1:18)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Actually, I *have* managed to locate two authentic contradictions in The Bible. I have examined literally dozens of claims (and exposed them as not being contradictions at all). Here they are


    You are correct that most claimed contradictions have obvious answers. Most of those that are *not* obvious can be resolved simply by reading the chapters in which the passages appear or, often, simply by using an English dictionary!!!

    Jim, http://www.bible-reviews.com

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  • 1 decade ago

    Excellent question!!.. so many people say there are contradictions, but show NO proof!! i,e. chapter and verse! we know why of course because there are none!

    Tanya, i cant beilive no one has pointed out how you are wrong, Jesus was given water and later vinegar(poison ) to drink, where you say He was put in the cave, and later in a tomb, where do you think people were buried,? not graves with tomb stones like in the west,!..but in caves!. its the same thing. You should do more research before you answer in future. Your point about Jesus dying before sunset-/taking all night to die. You are again looking at this from a western outlook research would have shown you that the jews count day from nightfall, whenever it gets dark to the next evening.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Donna, New Year, same me,

    The more that someone appeals to evilbible.com the more they discredit themselves as evilbible.com is saturated with fallacies of every sort and has been discredited: here is some of the evidence with a true and honest skeptic will take the time to consider.

    Evilbible.com’s general unreliability:


    On human sacrifice in the Bible:




    On rape in the Bible:


    On Christian hypocrisy:


    On Jesus having lied:


    On whether Adolf Hitler was a Christian:


    On Slavery in the Bible:


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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There are no contradictions in the Bible.

    The Bible says that the sky has a lid on it, and that outer space is full of water (Genesis 1: 4-6).

    We know that this is true, because all the Shuttle astronauts have drowned.

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  • Tanya
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    1) burial of jesus.

    3 of the 4 gosples deal in detail with how Jesus died and was burried.

    In one of the books: Jesus is treated well by the Romans (they gave him water). In another of the books they gave him poision.

    Contrast: in one of the books the JEWS wanted jesus' death and the Roman's said "but he's your leader". In Matthew, it's the other way around.

    When jesus died in one book, it took "all night". When he died in the other, he had died before sunset.

    When Jesus's body taken down, in the book where he died before sunset, he was HASTILY WRAPPED and buried in a NEAR BY CAVE.

    Yet in another of the books, when jesus died *after the night fell* he was CAREFULLY WRAPPED and taken to the tomb of Joseph of aramathea.

    You can find those contradictions in less than 10 minutes by reading JUST the passion stories of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

    Source(s): @ Kevin. There is no "original text" left. so how are you claiming it's being read? WE do not know what the greek bible said in large part, cause we have no copies of it, only the latin vulgates.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    This question is more worn out than any other. Why not just look for similar question and see the many sources for bible contradictions. I'm tired of posting all of them.

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