Search by Scripture reference for answers to supposed Bible contradictions.
Many people have the impression that the Bible is simply an outdated book of fairytales and contradictions. We are told that biblical stories are fine for children, and perhaps they even contain some moral value. “But, surely” says the critic, “such stories cannot be taken seriously in our modern age of science and technology. After all, there are too many Bible contradictions." Or so they say.
“How can you believe a book that’s full of contradictions?” If you actively witness for Christ, it won’t take long before you hear these words. Are you prepared to give an answer?
This claim goes that there are two creation accounts: Genesis 1 and 2 give different accounts. In chapter 1, man and woman are created at the same time after the creation of the animals. In chapter 2, the animals are created after people.
Some people try to discredit Genesis by saying snakes don’t eat dust, as Genesis 3:14 claims and that, therefore, the Bible is in error. Do snakes really eat dust like Genesis says?
Did Judas Iscariot die by hanging (Matthew 27:5) or did he die by falling and bursting open (Acts 1:18)?
Some believe that the Bible speaks authoritatively about morality and religion, but not history and science. Is that viable, based on Scripture?
David Chakranarayan, AiG–US, explains why the Bible seems to contradict itself in Genesis and Psalms when speaking about the expected lifespans of individuals.
Romans 15:33 calls God a God of peace, but Exodus 15:3 calls Him a man of war. Is this a contradiction? Bodie Hodge, AiG–US, explains.
Why does the Bible say to be like a child, but then to put away childish things?
Are burdens and loads to be borne collectively or individually?
What one reads in John’s Gospel is not a competing narrative, but rather a passage complementing what Matthew already recorded.
When Jesus entered Capernaum he healed the slave of a centurion. Did the centurion come personally to request Jesus for this?
The Bible is full of claims that are often hard to understand and reconcile.
Christ’s Resurrection led to a confusing day, as His followers raced around the city. Skeptics point to alleged contradictions in the Gospels.
We are told in 1 Chronicles 21:1 that Satan provoked David to number Israel. Did God incite David to take a census of Israel, or did Satan?
The Bible is inerrant, yet some have tried to state that the Bible erroneously records 20 commandments.
A straightforward reading of the Gospels presents numerous differences in perspective and detail that supplement each other but do not contradict.
Ty Benbow addresses a supposed Bible contradiction and concludes that Jesus not only bore His cross but He bore our sins as well.
At Peter’s denials of Christ, did the rooster crow once or twice, and how does this affect inspiration of Scripture? Bodie Hodge, AiG–U.S., explains.
After sinning by performing a census of Israel and Judah, was David offered three years of famine or seven years of famine? Michael Belknap, AiG–U.S., explains.
When Jesus cursed the fig tree, did it whither immediately or the next day? John Bartlett Jr., AiG–U.S., examines this alleged contradiction.
Have you ever heard of the phrase, “Money is the root of all evil”? This expression is derived from a passage of Scripture, but is it accurate? Erik Lutz, AiG–U.S., explains.
Tim Chaffey, AiG-US, examines the curious case of Jephthah’s rash vow. Did God endorse child sacrifice? Is this a contradiction in Scripture?
The Bible clearly states that rabbits chew their cud, but simple observation seems to show this isn’t true. Dr. Tommy Mitchell, AiG-U.S., explains this apparent contradiction.
Why does the book of Matthew state that the mother of James and John asked Jesus for a special privilege, while the book of Mark declares that James and John actually asked for this honor?
Matthew and Mark state that the temple veil ripped right after Jesus died, but Luke states that it happened before the Lord’s death.
Did the fifth plague kill all of the Egyptian livestock? Troy Lacey, AiG–U.S., explains.
Dr. Tommy Mitchell, AiG–U.S., explains why in Genesis 19:13, two angels claim they would destroy Sodom, but verse 24 records that the Lord destroyed it.
Kyle Runge, AiG–U.S., explains why 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles seem to claim that David paid different prices to different individuals for the site of the temple.
Why did Paul encourage Christians to pray everywhere, but Jesus said to pray in secret?