Some supposed contradiction in the Bible?
(For the skeptics)
A. John 1:18 “No man hath seen God at anytime.” Exodus 24 “And they saw the God of Israel.”
Answer: Both statements are correct.
They did not see God for He is a Spirit but they saw a physical reflection of God.
When I look in the mirror I see a reflection of my face but I’ve never seen my face as other see it.
B. Numbers 25:9 – 24, 000 died in the plague; 1 Corinthians 10:8 – 23, 000 fell in one day.
Answer: 23, 000 is the number in that fell in one day and 24, 000 the total number that day.
C. 2 Samuel 24:24 David paid 50 Shekels of silver for the threshing floor; 1 Chronicles 21:25, David paid 600 Shekels of gold.
Answer: there are two distinct transactions; first David bought the threshing floor for 50 shekels and later bough the whole farm (Estate) for 600 shekels.
D. I Timothy 6:16 God dwells in the light; 1 Kings 8:12, God dwells in thick dark darkness.
Answer: Both are true for God is omnipresent, dwelling everywhere.
E. Isaiah 40:28 God never gets tired and never needs rest; Exodus 31:17, God created the world in 6 days and rested and was refreshed on the seventh day.
Answer: It does not say that God rested because He was tired; God does not get tired. God rested on the seventh day to appreciate that which He had created/
F. John 13:27 Satan entered into Judas during the Last Supper; Luke 22: 3, 4, 7, it is obvious that Satan entered into Judas before the Last supper.
Answer: Satan entered into Judas twice, the second time more completely.
G. Acts 1:9-12, Jesus ascended from Mount Olivet; Luke 24:50, 51, Jesus ascended from Bethany.
Answer: Both are correct for Bethany is a place on the side of Mount Olivet.
H. Acts 9:7 Paul’s companions heard the voice, Acts 22:9, 26:14; Paul’s companions did not hear the voice.
Answer: The companions heard a sound like a thunder but did not understand the words.
I. 1 Kings 6 gives the period between Exodus and the beginning building of the temple as 480 years; actually according to history it was 537 years.
Answer: the difference of 93 years is exactly the period of the Captivity under the Judges and not reckoned in Jewish history.
Years spent away from God are lost years, wasted, and not reckoned with the Lord.
J. 1 Samuel 6:19 say God smote 50, 070 for looking into the Ark of Covenant;
Josephus the historian says that only 70 people were smitten.
Answer: Probably both are correct; God may have killed 70 people outright on the spot and the 50, 000 later or as a consequence of this incident.
K. Luke 18: 35, 43, Jesus healed one blind man as they came near Jericho, Mark 10:46, 52, Jesus healed one man as they departed from Jericho; Matthew 20:29- 34, Jesus healed two unnamed men some distance from Jericho.
Answer: There are three separate, distinct instances and not 3 reports on one story.
L. Other apparent contradiction are as easily explained; the Bible is inerrant, or “free from error”
-100 Bible Study by Alban Douglas.