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101 bible contradictions tackled!

Updated on August 3, 2011

Tackling some of the most popular so called bible contradictions

This isnt about debate, its about clearing up some genuine misunderstandings regarding God's Word, the bible. So if you have a genuine concern regarding what are known as "apparent contradictions" then this spots for you!

Introduction

So this exists simpley as a way of countering some known apparent bible contradictions as mentioned before. The way it works is I take some time to research a topic then post the corresponding answer. I'd say on average maybe one or two a week.

Also I have horrible spelling and grammatical skills so dont hate =P

The bible

The 1611 King James bible revision 2 (For spelling primarily) is the complete infallable inerrant Word of God.

The bible does not contradict itself, it only appears to do so in certain places... the bible says to "Study to shew thyself approved..." in 2nd Timothy 2:15. AND by intense study and research into the Word of God (for the most part as the only source of research) can yeild answers to those seemingly tough questions.

Some answers are stupidly simple (largely due to peoples inability to actually read what the scripture has to say)

Other answers are indepth and complicated requiring large amounts of doctrinal incite and scriptual knowledge.

However the answer may come rest assured it is an answer to the so called contradictions.

And remember this. God doesnt operate always according to what we want or how we want it. His logic is perfect and our logic is flawed therefore He doesnt waste time in catering to our logic, He simply intends to bring those who are willing up to His logic

"Every man dies for his own sin" Jesus can not die for our sins

tackling the issue of Jesus being able to die and pay for our sins when the scripture teaches in the old testament about every man needing to die for their own sins.

scriptures involved:

Deu 24:16 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.

This one is fairly simple and requires knowing only what Jesus Himself had said.

Joh 10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

Joh 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

Jesus gave His life willingly, He did not have to die because of His own sin (because He was sinless) the issue in the Deuteronomy scripture deals with a man being "put to death" for his sin/crime. Whereas Jesus was not put to death in that sense because He of His own will laid His life down of His own accord.

Now you may be thinking to yourself about the scripture 1Peter 3:18 "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:"

that scripture tells us that Christ was "put to death" but when seen in conjunction with the passage in John, then we see that Christ was put to death of His own accord and no contradiction is present

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The children shall not be put to death for the sins of the father

This issue deals with the story of David avenging the Gibeonites whom Saul slew, by killing sauls sons. And also the scripture which says kids are not to die for the fathers sins... Here are our scriptures...

Deu 24:16 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.

2Ki 14:6 But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

The story begins in 2nd Samuel chapter 21 but I have taken these two scriptures from the story to show the situation of the slaying of Sauls sons for his sins...

2Sa 21:5 And they answered the king, The man that consumed us, and that devised against us that we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the coasts of Israel,

2Sa 21:6 Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up unto the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD did choose. And the king said, I will give them.

The answer to this one is pretty simple if one can read. Because in

2Sa 21:1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.

The term blood hosue indicates that it wasnt just saul alone who participated in the slaughter of the gibeonites, but also his "house" or in other words his sons. So therefore it becomes obvious that the sons of saul do infact die for ther own sins against gibeah.

Genesis chp1 vs Genesis chp2

The so called conflict between creation stories

I'll break it down for you. There are some who claim that the account given in Genesis chapter of the creation story where for instance God created the fish and the birds 1:21 out of the sea and then in chapter two verse 19 it talks about God forming every beast of the field and every fowl of the air and bringing them to ada to see what he would call them. and so the claim is either chapter 1 is right and God made the birds from the sea or chapter 2 is right and He formed them from the earth. The contest is that they cannont both be right.

The simple matter is that they ARE BOTH right. Now the earth is a pretty big place and supposing the birds that came up from the water were far from adams location... the easy answer is simply to make more from the ground near where adam was so that they could be named.

Some times the simple answers are the not only the best oens but the correct ones.

I'd like to further add that the begining of Genesis chapter 2 says this "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them." and in verse 4 we find out that "These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens." indicating that the following content is a record of the generations of the heavens and earth. Its sort of like a retelling of the same story but with a bit more detail in certain places... Genesis chapter 1 and Genesis chapter 2 coincide with each other perfectly.

Did Abraham know God's name Jehovah

Exodus 6:3 and Genesis

Exo 6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.

Gen 13:4 Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.

(LORD is Jehovah)

There is doubt that all through Genesis Abram/Abraham and the rest of them know of God's name Jehovah. However;

Jehovah was not the name God chose to enter into blood covenant with.

Gen 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

Gen 17 describes a series of events in which God appears before Abram as The Almighty God or El Shaddai. The event was so powerful that Abram fell upon his face. God changes Abrams name to Abraham and tells him to begin performing circumcision.

Therefore in exodus 6:3 God is talking about the name established in covenant. Furthermore God establishes another covenant with the jews using the name Jehovah in the book of Exodus.

Michal had children or not?

Here are the primary scriptures invoved

2Sa 6:23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.

2Sa 21:8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite:

Michal is baren because of her protest of King David's dancing before the Lord into the city.

The 5 sons of Michal are taken and slain to avenge the gibeonites.

So the issue is did she have kids or not....

This one is pretty easy to see if one can read... Notice the second half of 2nd Samuel 21:8 that Michal had raised up the children of Adriel, NOT that she had bore them herself. Further more the scripture 1Sa 18:19 But it came to pass at the time when Merab Saul's daughter should have been given to David, that she was given unto Adriel the Meholathite to wife.

says that Merab was Adriels first wife... which means thats where these 5 sons had come from since Michal had only raised them up and not concieved them herself.

What animal did Jesus ride into Jerusalem on? - This one is stupid...

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I had prepared something quite nice for you all today but I just so happend to come across this one so called "indescrepency" or so some one thought it was an indescrepency...

the scriptures in "conflict"

Mar 11:7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.

Mat 21:7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.

The question people seem to be having is which is it an ass or a colt...

the obvious answer is its both... its just that mark only mentions one instead of both.

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