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Bible Contradictions: Side by Side, Word for Word

Updated on May 14, 2010

A Much Closer Look...

Is this really The Truth? Let us see, OK?
Is this really The Truth? Let us see, OK?

Your Guide to Scriptural Imperfection

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” Rudyard Kipling


You believe there is no contradiction in the Bible? You think it’s without error and directly from God Himself? Well, guess again. Even if it is directly from the Almighty, it came through human instruments and is therefore subject to flaw. This post will simply place side by side a number of passages that apparently disagree with each other. You are free to attempt a reconciliation between the passages. But I doubt if you’ll succeed. Enough said. Here we go.

(First, many thanks to William Henry Burr who did the hard work in his 1987 book, Self-Contradictions of the Bible. I give him full credit for this amazing effort. Mr. Burr, you have served your world well.)

God appears satisfied with his work.

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold it was very good. Gen. 1:31

God seems dissatisfied with his work.

And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth and it grieved him at his heart. Gen. 6:6

(Why would God regret ANYTHING? Isn’t that a human trait?)

God lives in temples.

And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him: I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for a house of sacrifice…For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there forever; and mine eyes and heart shall be there perpetually. II Chronicles 7: 12, 16

God does NOT live in temples.

Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands. Acts 7:48

(Was Paul as familiar with the Old Testament as we think he was?)

God lives in the light.

Dwelling in light which no man can approach unto. I Timothy 6:16

God lives in the darkness.

The Lord said he would dwell in thick darkness. I Kings 8:12 He made darkness his secret place. Psalms 18:11 Clouds and darkness are round about him. Psalms 97:2

That’s not much, you say. Ah, but wait. This is just the beginning. The contradictory passages are legion and I will be posting more of them throughout the year. By the time we’re finished, you’ll wonder how you ever missed them all. In the mean time, you can begin preparing your arguments to support inerrancy. Make them strong; make them urgent. You’re going to need all the strength you can muster.


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