Biblical Contradictions

A local pastor asked me to present a list of contradictory passages in the bible. He remarked that he’d never seen a single contradictory item within the pages of the bible in the many years he had studied it. These are just a few of about 2000.

Item 1:

Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10: The dead know nothing and have no reward; there is no consciousness after death.

Isaiah 26:14 “They are deceased; they shall not rise.”


Revalation 20:13: The sea, death and hell will give up their dead to be judged.

John 11:26: Believers will live forever. 1Corinthians 15:52 “The dead shall be raised incorruptible.”

Item 2:

Ephesians 2:8-9: “Ye are saved through faith… not of works.


James 2:24: “By works is a man justified, and not by faith.”

Item 3:

Timothy 5:23: Drink wine, not water.


Proverbs 20:1, Romans 14:21: Don’t drink wine.

Item 4:

Numbers 14:22: God has been tempted 10 times.


James 1:13: God can’t be tempted.

Item 5:

Micah 4:3 “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation.”


Matthew 24:7: “Nation shall rise against nation.”

Item 6:

Luke 6:27: Love your enemies.


Luke 19:27: kill your enemies.

Item 7:

Matthew 19:26: “With God all things are possible.”


Judges 1:19: God can’t prevail against chariots of iron.

Item 8:

1Samuel 8:2: Samuel’s firstborn son was Joel.


1 Chronicles 6:28: Samuel’s firstborn son was Vashni.

Item 9:

Exodus 20:5: god punishes children for their parents’ sins “unto the third and fourth generation.”


Ezekiel 18:20: “The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father.”

And finally for this posting:

Item 10:

Proverbs 3: 13: “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom.”


Ecclesiastes 1 : 18: “In much wisdom is much grief, and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.”

The bible has been put together like a hodgepodge soup. Multiple translations, with re-translations of translations. Various books have been voted in, then out, then in again by various councils, each with a different end purpose in mind. Passages have been “corrected”, and other passages added. The result is obvious… you have a book, badly written by ignorant people, with no actual effort to edit or remove errant or contradictory passages. It is not the infallible word of God, unless the god involved is a babbling madman, or in this case, mad-deity.

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