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Contradictions in the “Infallible Word of God”

It is said that the bible was written by (or was at least “inspired” by and protected by) God himself and is, therefore, infallible—completely inerrant.  In spite of this, the bible is replete with examples of apparent contradictions, some so obvious a child could point them out to us.  Web sites like biblegateway.com that offer searchable text in multiple versions and translations of the bible make finding these contradictions easy.  Here are a few examples of seemingly BLATANT biblical contradictions for your consideration:

  • God Tempting Man:
    • James 1:13 — “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.
    • Genesis 22:1 — “And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
  • God’s Anger:
    • Jeremiah 3:12 — “…and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger forever.
    • Jeremiah 17:4 — “And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn forever.”
  • Man Ascending to Heaven:
    • 2 Kings 2:11 — “And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”
    •  John 3:13 — “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.”  (In other words, only Jesus has ascended to heaven—after his crucifixion and resurrection.)
  • The Death of Judas:
    • Matthew 27:5 — “And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.”
    • Acts 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.”
  • Jesus’s Last Words:
    • Matthew 27:46 & 50 — “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 had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.”
    • Luke 23:46 — “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.”
    • John 19:30 — “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

** I will update this list as I have the time and the inclination to do the research.  There are SO many obvious contradictions in the bible, I kind of figure, “What’s the point?”  It seems that any rational, objective, thinking human being can see that the bible is NOT inerrant.  Whether it is the word of “God” may be another matter, and I leave that to each individual to decide for themselves.  My personal position on this is that if any part of a religious text like the bible is questionable or untrue, then the entire thing must be considered questionable (at best), if not flatly untrue.  I mean, let’s face it… if an all powerful “God of the universe” can’t even write (or cause to be written) a coherent, easy to understand “instruction book” for his created “children” (the most “faithful” of whom obviously hunger for it greatly and devote their lives to studying it in excruciating detail and following its precepts) and then protect it from distortion and change, then WHAT ELSE CAN’T HE DO?

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