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Bible Contradictions

A collection of some of the many contradictions present in the Bible

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And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after its kind: and God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness"
Gen 1:25,26
(man made after the beasts)
And the LORD God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam ... but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
Gen 2:18-20
(man made before the beasts)
Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female
Gen 7:2
Of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark
Gen 6:19
Thou shalt not kill
Exod 20:13
Thus sayeth the LORD God of Israel, "Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour".
Exod 32:27
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven . . . earth . . . water."
Exod 20:4
"And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them."
Exodus 25:18
"Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, . . . and they shall be your possession . . . they shall be your bondmen forever."
Leviticus 25:45-46
"Undo the heavy burdens . . . let the oppressed go free, . . . break every yoke."
Isaiah 58:6
"I the Lord have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent."
Ezekiel 24:14
. . . and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
Jonah 3:10
"I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not, but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling."
Jer 13:14
The Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy.
James 5:11
Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth
Num 12:3
And Moses was wroth ... And Moses said unto them, "Have ye saved all the women alive? ... Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman ... But all the women children ... keep alive for yourselves"
Num 31:14,17,18
"And the Lord spake to Moses face to face, as a man speaketh to his friend.
Ex 33:11
No man hath seen God at any time.
John 1:18
And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham.
Gen 22:1
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.
James 1:13
And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew the men of SEVEN HUNDRED chariots of the Syrians, and forty thousand HORSEMEN, and smote Shobach the captain of their host, who died there.
2 Sam 10:18
But the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew of the Syrians SEVEN THOUSAND men which fought in chariots, and forty thousand FOOTMEN, and killed Shophach the captain of the host.
1 Chron 19:18
And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel
1 Chron 21:1
And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, "Go, number Israel and Judah"
2 Sam 24:1
"Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?"
Jeremiah 32:27
And the Lord was with Judah; and he drove out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.
Judges 1:19
Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.
2 Sam 6:23
The five sons of Michel the daughter of Saul, whom she bare for Adriel.
2 Sam 21:8
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Prov 4:7
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
1 Cor 1:19
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
Prov 3:13
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
Eccles 1:18
The dead know not any thing, neither have they any more reward.
Eccles 9:5
These shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous unto life eternal.
Matt 25:46
So God came to David, and told him, and said unto him, shall SEVEN YEARS of famine come unto thee in thy land? or will thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee?
II Samuel 24:13
So God came to David, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Choose thee. Either THREE YEARS of famine or three months to be destryed before thy foes, while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee;
Matt 25:46
Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers.
Isa 14:21
The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.
Deut 24:16
And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
2 Kings 2:11
No man hath ascended up to heaven but he that came down from heaven, ... the Son of Man.
John 3:13
Jesus .. the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli.
Luke 3:23
And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus.
Matt 1:16
And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.
Luke 2:39
When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod.
Matt 2:14,15
He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
Matt 12:30
And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.
Luke 9:50
Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
1 John 3:15
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
Luke 14:26
The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ.
Acts 10:36
"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household."
Matthew 10:34
And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
Mark 15:25
About the sixth hour ... they cried out, "Away with him, away with him, crucify him".
John 19:14,15
I and my Father are one.
John 10:30
(Christ equal to God)
Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
John 14:28
(Christ less than God)
Now this man (Judas) purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
Acts 1:18
And he (Judas) cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests...bought with them the potter's field.
Matt 27:5-7
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Matt 5:16
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secert. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Matt 6:3-4
For by grace are ye saved through faith . . . not of works.
Ephesians 2:8,9
"Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only."
James 2:24
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, eli, lama sabachthani?" that is to say, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" ...Jesus, when he cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
Matt.27:46,50
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, "Father, unto thy hands I commend my spirit:" and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
John19:30

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The Skeptic's Annotated Bible
A fascinanting look at Bible absurdities, contradictions, cruelty and violence, false prophesies, injustices, insults to women, and sex. Also has a section on the Quran.

New Testament Problems and Answers
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