List of Bible Contradictions and Errors

Here is a very incomplete list of contradictions and errors in the Bible. Making a complete list would be a nearly impossible task; it takes a lot of time, and there are thousands. I’ll be slowly adding more over time. Eventually, I’ll try to organize them for easier reference.

 

Contradictions

When it comes to love, God isn’t what He is, and is what He isn’t:

God is love. — 1 John 4:8

Love is not jealous. — 1 Corinthians 13:4

The LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous god. — Exodus 34:14

 

When it comes to love, God doesn’t do what He does, and does what He doesn’t do:

God is love. — 1 John 4:8

Love does not keep a record of wrongs. — 1 Corinthians 13:5

God judges the dead according to what they had done, as recorded in his books. — Revelation 20:12

 

Will God keep anger forever?

No. — Jeremiah 3:12, Micah 7:18

Yes. —  Jeremiah 17:4

 

Has everyone except Jesus sinned?

Yes. — Romans 3:23Romans 3:10

No. — Genesis 6:9, Job 1:1, Luke 1:6

 

Will God destroy the world and kill everyone and everything?

No. — Genesis 8:21

Yes. — 2 Peter 3:10-11

 

Who has seen God?

Jacob has seen God face to face. — Genesis 32:30

No one has ever seen God. — John 1:18

 

Was Abraham justified by faith and works, or by faith alone?

The combination of faith and works, not faith alone, justified Abraham. — James 2:21-24

It was faith alone, not works, which justified Abraham. — Romans 4:2-3 & 13

 

Is giving birth to a child good or bad?

Child-bearing is a sin that requires atonement. — Leviticus 12:6-7

Child-bearing is a virtuous path to salvation. — 1 Timothy 2:15

 

Is long hair on a man good or bad?

Good, and a man who has vowed himself to God [called a “Nazarite”] should never cut his hair as long as he remains in God’s service. — Numbers 6:5

Bad; it’s disgraceful and unnatural. — 1 Corinthians 11:14

 

Should a man cut off his genitals for God?

Yes. “There are some eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to receive this, let him receive it.” — Matthew 19:12

No. “No one who is emasculated or has his male organ cut off may enter the assembly of the Lord.” — Deuteronomy 23:1

 

Are those who follow God’s laws righteous?

“The man right with God is the one who obeys the Law.” — Romans 2:13

“No person will be made right with God by doing what the Law says.” — Romans 3:20

 

Should you put God to the test?

Yes. — Malachi 3:10

No. — Matthew 4:7, Luke 4:12

 

Who incited David to conduct a census?

God. — 2 Samuel 24:1

Satan. — 1 Chronicles 21:1

 

Does God ever repent?

No. — Numbers 23:19

Yes. — Exodus 32:14

 

Will God punish children for their father’s wrongdoings?

Yes. — Exodus 20:5

No. — Ezekiel 18:20

 

Was John the Baptist the returned Prophet Elijah, who was prophesied to come before the Messiah?

According to Jesus, yes. — Matthew 11:12-14, Matthew 17:10-13

According to John the Baptist, no. — John 1:19-21

 

When was Jesus born?

Before 4 B.C.E., during the reign of King Herod the Great. — Matthew 2:1 & the date of King Herod the Great’s death, April, 4 B.C.E.

After 6 A.D., when Quirinius was governor of Syria. — Luke 2:1-4 & the date Quirinius became Governor of Syria, 6 A.D.

 

Did Jesus come into this world to judge it? 

No. — John 3:17, John 12:47

Yes. — John 9:39

 

Who was it that the angel informed about Mary’s immaculate conception of the son of God?

Joseph. — Matthew 1:20-23

Mary. — Luke 1:28-32

 

Where and when did Peter and Andrew meet and start to follow Jesus?

By the Sea of Galilee, after the imprisonment of John the Baptist. — Matthew 4:12-20

In Bethany, next to the River Jordan, before the imprisonment of John the Baptist. — John 1:28, 1 John 35-42, John 3:24

 

How did Peter know that Jesus was the Messiah?

God revealed it to Peter, when no human had told him. — Matthew 16:15-17

Peter’s brother Andrew told him. — John 1:40-41

 

Did the Apostles question where Jesus was going during the last supper?

First, Peter asked Jesus where he is going in John 13:36

Second, Thomas asked Jesus in John 14:5

Third, Jesus said, “None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?'” in John 16:5

 

Did Jesus carry the cross the whole way to Golgotha by himself?

Yes, Jesus alone carried it. — John 19:17

No; Simon of Cyrene helped him carry it. — Mark 15:21, Matthew 27:32, Luke 23:26

 

What day and time was Jesus Crucified?

9 A.M. on the first day of Passover. — Mark 14:12Mark 15:25

The day before passover, some time after 12:00 P.M. — John 19:14

 

What drink was Jesus offered on the cross?

Vinegar. — Matthew 27:48, Luke 23:36

Wine mixed with myrrh, but Jesus refused to drink it. — Mark 15:23

Vinegar, and he drank it. — John 19:29-30

 

Who anointed Jesus’s dead body?

Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome. — Mark 16:1-3

The women who had come from Galilee with Jesus. — Luke 23:55-56

Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. — John 19:39-40

 

How long was Jesus dead, before his resurrection?

Three full days and three full nights. — Mark 10:34, Matthew 12:40

About one and a half days, beginning with his death some time after 3 P.M. on Good Friday, ending when the women found the tomb was empty before dawn on Sunday morning.

 

Was it dark or light out, when the women arrived at Jesus’s tomb in the early morning?

Dark. — John 20:1

Light. — Mark 16:2

 

Who went to Jesus’s tomb?

One person: Mary Magdalene. — John 20:1

Two people: Mary Magdalene, and “the other Mary.” — Matthew 28:1

Three people: Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome. — Mark 16:1

Five or more people: Joanna, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and “other women.” — Luke 24:10

 

Who did the women meet at Jesus’s tomb?

They went right into the tomb without needing to move any heavy stone blocking the entrance, and no guards were there to stop them. They met a young man inside. — Mark 16:5

An angel came down from heaven during an earthquake, then moved the stone blocking the tomb, then sat on it. Pilate’s guards were there, and they fell down. — Matthew 28:2-4

The stone was already moved aside when they got there, and no guards were there to stop them. When they went in, two men stood beside them. — Luke 24:2-4

The stone was already moved. The women didn’t go into the tomb, but they saw two angels in there. —John 20:12

 

What did the women do after their experience at Jesus’s tomb?

They women ran away from the tomb in fear, and were too afraid to follow through on the command to spread the word, so they told nobody. — Mark 16:8

The women hurried, filled with joy, running to tell the disciples as fast as they could. — Matthew 28:8

Mary lingered at the tomb and cried, while the others simply went home. — John 20:10-11

 

The same livestock die multiple times from plagues in the book of Exodus:

First, God’s plague of pestilence killed all the livestock in Exodus 9:6

A few days later, God threatens Pharaoh that the next plague, hail, will kill all of the livestock in the field, and warns Pharaoh to bring the livestock into shelter, in Exodus 9:19

A few days later, God’s final plague, killing all the firstborn males in Egypt, includes killing all the cattle, in Exodus 11:5

 

Should you love your brother or hate your brother?

You should love your brother. —1 John 4:20

You should hate your brother. — Luke 14:26

 

Age of Ahaziah when he became King:

22 years old in 2 Kings 8:26

42 years old in 2 Chronicles 22:2

 

Who has ascended into heaven?

Elijah. — 2 Kings 2:11

Nobody except Jesus. — John 13:3

 

How many stalls did Solomon have for his horses?

4,000 — 2 Chronicles 9:25

40,000 — 1 Kings 4:26

 

Errors

“What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9

Except for automobiles, gene therapy, nuclear weapons, microwave ovens, electric lightbulbs, mobile phones, manned space flight, and pretty much everything else about our world.

 

You [God] open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.” Psalm 145:16

Except for the the homeless who die of exposure to the cold or heat, those who die of starvation or drought, those suffering from debilitating pain and sickness, all the people and animals who lose their children, and so on.

 

The fear of the Lord prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short.”Proverbs 10:27

Seriously? Have you never known of someone of questionable character and deeds, who lived a long life — such as Joseph Stalin, Kim Il Sung, Hirohito, King Leopold the second, Idi Amin, Josef Mengele, and Charles Manson? This Bible passage simply does not comport with available data, nor with experience.

 

Beyond the problem that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John’s accounts about Jesus’s tomb conflict with each other in every detail, all accounts of Jesus’s tomb conflict with the fact that the Roman’s didn’t allow those who were crucified to be buried in tombs; crucified people remained nailed to their crosses to rot and be eaten by scavengers. Their bodies were shamed, and they were a public warning for others. It would’ve gone against Roman policy for the body to be taken down, turned over to the the followers for anointing, properly entombed, with Roman guards posted at the entrance, etc.

 

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”Matthew 6:26

Many species of birds “sow” and “reap,” such as sapsuckers (which drill rows of holes in trees, then return regularly to the holes, to feed on the sap and trapped insects in the holes). Many species of birds store up supplies of food to last them through the lean seasons, such as acorn woodpeckers.

 

The Lord God proclaims: When I turn you into ruins like uninhabitable cities, when the deep sea washes over you and the raging seas cover you, I will lead you down into the pit, to the everlasting people. I will install you in the world below, in the everlasting ruins, with those who go down to the pit. And so you will neither rule nor radiate splendor in the land of the living. I will terrify you, and you will disappear. You will be sought but never found again. This is what the Lord God says.”Ezekiel 26:19-21

This is part of a longer prophecy passage where God proclaims he will destroy the city of Tyre utterly and forever, and it will never be found again. However, the same city of Tyre that Herodotus says was founded in 2,750 B.C.E. is still right there where it’s always been in Lebanon, at the coordinates of 33.2708° N latitude and 35.1961° E longitude. It was never destroyed, and today it has a population of about 174,000 people. You can look at pictures of Tyre, Lebanon, here.

 

“And Jesus went all about Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.”Matthew 4:23

Except that there were no synagogues in Galilee in Jesus’s lifetime. No synagogues in Capernaum, as mentioned in Mark 1:21, nor Nazareth, as mentioned in Luke 4:16, either.

 

The release of Barabbas? There was no Roman tradition for this kind of release of a prisoner. There was no Jewish tradition for this kind of release of a prisoner. And a prisoner who was an enemy of the Roman state, a rebel and a murderer, would be particularly unlikely to be offered for any release.

 

The thieves on the crosses next to Jesus? The Romans didn’t execute thieves.

One thought on “List of Bible Contradictions and Errors”

  1. ..and to add to your Proverbs 10:27 observation:
    Ecclesiastes 7:15
    In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: the righteous perishing in their righteousness, and the wicked living long in their wickedness.

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