Contradictions in the Bible

“There can be no hope of going back to the original text itself,’ there is still the possibility that on the whole all the Gospels – including The Gospel of Barnabas – in their present form do contain a certain degree of accuracy and truth. It is possible to read all of these Gospels and find elements of what must be true in all of them – but it is impossible to claim that any of them are entirely accurate or to rely completely and unreservedly on any one of them.” (Ecumenical Translation)

The one Gospel which we do not have is the Gospel of Jesus, the original revelation that he received, in the original language in which it was revealed so that the accuracy and authenticity of any translation of that original text could always be ascertained and assessed simply by referring back to that original text whenever the occasion might arise.

According to the Gospel of Barnabas, the revelation which was given to Jesus was never preserved as a written text at any stage, but was more in the nature of a well of wisdom which was placed in the heart of Jesus by the angel Gabriel, and from which he could draw as he needed. Thus makes all Gospels today, a stories of what people haired about Jesus.

Here are some – but not all – contradictions in the Bible for you to reflect upon:

God good to all, or just a few?
The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. (Psa 145:9)

And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, saith the Lord: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them. (Jer 13:14)

Can God can be seen?
Yes: And I will take away my hand, and thou shalt see my backparts. (Exo 33:23)

And the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaketh to his friend. (Exo 33:11)

For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. (Gen 32:30)

No: No man hath seen God at any time. (Joh 1:18)

And he said, Thou canst not see my face; for there shall no man see me and live. (Exo 33:20)

Whom no man hath seen nor can see. (1 Tim 6:16)

Is God cruel, unmerciful or kind and merciful?
I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy. (Jer 13:14)

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. The Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy. (Jas 5:11)

For his mercy endureth forever. (Ch 16:34)

The Lord is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works. (Psa 145:9)

God is love. (1 Jo 4:16)

War or peace?
The Lord is a man of war: the Lord is his name. (Exo 15:3)
Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen. (Rom 15:33)

Who is the father of joseph?
And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. (Mat. 1:16)

And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli. (Luk 3:23)

Who was at the empty tomb?
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. (Mat 28:1)

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. (Mar 16:1)

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. (Joh 20:1)

Is Jesus equal to or lesser than?
I and my Father are one. (Joh 10:30)

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. (Joh 14:28)

Which first beasts or man?
And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
 (Gen 1:25)

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Gen 1:26)

And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
(Gen 2:18)

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 to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. (Gen 2:19)

The number of beasts in the ark
Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. (Gen 7:2)

Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Gen 7:8)

There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. (Gen 7:9)

How many stalls and horsemen?
And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen. (KI 4:26)

And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem. (Ch 9:25)

Human vs Ghostly impregnation
Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne. (Act 2:30)

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. (Mat 1:18)

The sins of the Father
Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities. (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. (Deu 24:16)

The bat is not a bird
And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray. (Lev 11:13)

Lev 11:14 And the vulture, and the kite after his kind;

Snails do not melt
As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun. (Psa 58:8)

Fowl from waters or ground?
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 to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. (Gen 2:19)

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
(Gen 1:20)

And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (Gen 1:21)

Odd genetic engineering
And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted. (Gen 30:39)

The shape of the earth
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in. (Isa 40:22)

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; Astronomical bodies are spherical, and you cannot see the entire exterior surface from anyplace. The kingdoms of Egypt, China, Greece, Crete, sections of Asia Minor, India, Maya (in Mexico), Carthage (North Africa), Rome (Italy), Korea, and other settlements from these kingdoms of the world were widely distributed. (Mat 4:8)

Snakes, while built low, do not eat dirt
And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life. (Gen 3:14)

Earth supported?
He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. (Job 26:7)

Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. (Job 38:4)

Heaven supported too
The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof. (Job 26:11)

The hydrological cycle
All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again. (Ecc 1:7)

Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, Storehouses are not part of the cycle. (Job 38:22)

Moses’ personality
Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the fact 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)

Righteous live?
The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree. (Psa 92:12)
The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart. (Isa 57:1)

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. (Act 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. (Mat 27:5-7)

Jesus’ first sermon plain or mount?
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying. (Mat 5:1,2)

And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people… came to hear him. And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples and said. (Luk 6:17,20:)

Jesus’ last words
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. (Mat 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. (Luk 23:46)

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished:” and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. (Joh 19:30)

Years of famine
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 Sam 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 destroyed before thy foes, while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee. (I Chr 21:11)

Moved David to anger?
And again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, go, number Israel and Judah. (II Sam 24)

And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. (I Chr 21)

The genealogy of Jesus?
Mat 1:6-16 and Luk 3:23-31. Each gives the ancestors of Joseph the claimed husband of Mary and Step father of Jesus. The first one starts from Abraham (verse 2) all the way down to Jesus. The second one from Jesus all the way back to Adam. The only common name to these two lists between David and Jesus is Joseph, How can this be true? and also How can Jesus have a genealogy when all Muslims and most Christians believe that Jesus had/has no father.

God tempts?
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. (Jas 1:13)

How Judas died?
And he cast down the pieces of silver into the temple and departed, and went out and hanged himself. (Mat 27:5)

And falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all of his bowels gushed out. (Act 1:18)

Ascend to heaven
And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. (2KI 2:11)

No man hath ascended up to heaven but he that came down from heaven, … the Son of Man. (Joh 3:13)

What was Jesus’ prediction regarding Peter’s denial?
Before the cock crow. (Mat 26:34)
Before the cock crow twice. (Mar 14:30)

How many times did the cock crow?
And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept. (MAR 14:72)

Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
(Mat 26:74)

And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly. (Mat 26:75)

And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.
(Luk 22:60)

And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. (Luk 22:61)

Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, still thou hast denied me thrice. (Joh 13:38)

Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew. (Joh 18:27)

Does every man sin?
If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near. (1KI 8:46)

If they sin against thee, (for there is no man which sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near. (2Ch 6:36)

Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? (Pro 20:9)

For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. (Ecc 7:20)

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
(Jo1 1:8)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(Jo1 1:9)

If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (Jo1 1:10)

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (Jo1 3:9)

Who bought potter’s field
Act 1:18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.

Act 1:19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.

Mat 27:6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.

Mat 27:7 And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.

Mat 27:8 Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.

Who prophesied the potter’s field?
Mat 27:9-10 (mentions Jeremy but no such verse in Jeremiah) is in Zechariah 11:12-13

Who bears guilt?
GAL 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
GAL 6:5 For every man shall bear his own burden.

Do you answer a fool?
PRO 26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

PRO 26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

How many children did Michal, the daughter of Saul, have?
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:

How old was Jehoiachin when he began to reign?
2KI 24:8 Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. And his mother’s name was Nehushta, the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.

2CH 36:9 Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord.

Proverbs 18:22
1 Corinthians 7 (whole book. See 1,2,27,39,40)

Did those with Saul/Paul at his conversion hear a voice?
Act 9:7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

Act 22:9 And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.

Where was Jesus three days after his baptism?
MAR 1:12 And immediately the spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
Joh 1:35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;
(various traipsings)

How many apostles were in office between the resurrection and ascension?
1 Corinthians 15:5 (12)
Mat 27:3-5 (minus one from 12)
Act 1:9-26 (Mathias not elected until after resurrection)

Mat 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

1 Cor 2:15 “The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:” (NIV)

1 Cor 4:5 “Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.”

Good deeds
Matt 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (NIV)

Matt 6:3-4 “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 secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (NIV)

For or against?
Mat 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
(default is against)

MAR 9:40 For he that is not against us is on our part.
(default is for)
Luk 9:50 And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.
(default is for)

Whom did they see at the tomb?
Mat 28:2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

Mat 28:3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

Mat 28:4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

Mat 28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

MAR 16:5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.

Luk 24:4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

Joh 20:12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

When second coming?
Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

MAR 13:30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.

Luk 21:32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. (See also 1TH 4:15-18)

Who is the mother of Abijah?
2CH 11:20 Maachah the daughter of Absalom
2CH 13:2 Michaiah the daughter of Uriel

When did Baasha die?
1KI 16:6-8 26th year of the reign of Asa
2CH 16:1 36th year of the reign of Asa

How old was Ahaziah when he began to reign?
2KI 8:26 22
2CH 22:2 42

Who was Josiah’s successor?
2CH 36:1 Jehoahaz
Jer 22:11 Shallum

What was the color of the robe placed on Jesus during his trial?
Mat 27:28 scarlet
Joh 19:2 purple

What did they give him to drink?
Mat 27:34 vinegar
MAR 15:23 wine with myrrh

How long was Jesus in the tomb?
Depends where you look; Mat 12:40 gives Jesus prophesying that he will spend “three days and three nights in the heart of the earth,” and

MAR 10:34 has “after three days (meta treis emeras) he will rise again.” As far as I can see from a quick look, the prophecies have “after three days,” but the post-Resurrection narratives have “on the third day.” For more on the bible please read Is the bible God’s word?