Contradictions in the Bible Part I of III

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Contradictions in the Bible Part I of III

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Contradictions in the Bible – Part I of III

You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?”  – Mark Twain.

“The ministers, who preached at these revivals, were in earnest. They were zealous and sincere. They were not philosophers. To them science was the name of a vague dread — a dangerous enemy. They did not know much, but they believed a great deal.

The notion that faith in Christ is to be rewarded by an eternity of bliss, while a dependence upon reason, observation and experience merits everlasting pain, is too absurd for refutation, and can be relieved only by that unhappy mixture of insanity and ignorance, called “faith.”” – Robert Ingersoll.

I speak of the Christian religion, and no one need be astonished. The Church in the colonies is the white people’s Church, the foreigner’s Church. She does not call the native to God’s ways but to the ways of the white man, of the master, of the oppressor. And as we know, in this matter many are called but few chosen.” – Frantz Fanon

In the article: “Absurdities of the Bible,” we pointed out the some of the absurdities of the Christian Bible. We argued that a book attributed to a god should not contain an absurdity of any sort.

We followed with “Atrocities in the Bible,” where we reasoned that the Christian Bible contain too many atrocities that it never should be attributed to any god.

We also wrote the “Indecencies in the Bible,” where we posited that any book commanded to be written by a god should not contain the type of indecencies and pornography we find in the Christian Bible.

Many wrote to say that we were against god and blah blah. However, a good number of readers appreciated what we wrote, and some of them offered suggestions and ideas. We are grateful.

In this essay we present a compilation of some of the contradictions to be found in the book some Christians still argue is the correct and infallible dictation of their god’s words. We are grateful to those that sent some materials to us.

We begin, as usual, by presenting a definition of the word we use.

Contradiction:” – “something illogical: something that has aspects that are illogical or inconsistent with each other.”

We never shall know what the Christians who stubbornly maintain that their god wrote their Bible, and that their Bible is infallible, ever hope to achieve.

Belief in a god or adherence to a religion should not be a cause for people to stop using their brains, or to start believing in utterly ridiculous absurdities or trying to reconcile irreconcilable contradictions.

No honest person can honestly read the Bible and still claim it to be the work of an intelligent human being, much less a god.

The Biblical narratives contain far too many contradictions that no publisher today will accept it for publication.

Matthew 10:34 – “Think not that I come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”

Matthew 26:52 – “… all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.”

Job 5:2 – “For wrath killeth the foolish man…”

Ephesians 4:26 – “… let not the sun go down on your wrath.”

John 3:13 – “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.”

2 Kings 2:11 – “... and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”

John 5:31 – “If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.”

John 8:18 – “I am one that bear witness of myself…”

Psalms 112:1-3 -“Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord… Wealth and riches shall be in his house…”

Matthew 19:24 – “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

John 10:30  – “I and my father are one.”

John 14:28 – “… I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.”

Exodus 20:13 – “Thou shalt not kill.”

Exodus 32:27 – “Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side… and slay every man his brother…”

Leviticus 26:11 – “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven… earth… [or] water.”

Exodus 25:18 – “And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them.”

Ephesians 2:8-9 – “For by grace are ye saved through faith… not of works.”

James 2:24 – “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by  faith only.”

Numbers 23:19 – “God is not a man, that he should lie: neither the son of man, that he should repent.”

Exodus 32:14 – “And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.”

John 5:28-29… the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and come forth…”

Job 7:9As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.”

Exodus 21:23-25  – “… thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”

Matthew 5:39… resist not evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

Exodus 20:12 – “Honor thy father and mother.”

Luke 14:26  – “If any man come to me, and hate not his father and mother, and  wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”

Matthew 6:19 – “Lay not up for yourself treasures upon the earth…”

Proverbs 15:6In the house of the righteous is much treasure…”

Genesis 32:30 – “I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.”

John 1:18 – “No man hath seen God at any time.”

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

Exodus 20:5… I the lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.”

Proverbs 3:13 – “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.”

Ecclesiastes 1:18 – “For in much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.”

Psalm 145:6 – “The Lord is good to all.

Isaiah 45:7 – “I make peace and create evil.  I the Lord do all these things.

Matthew 5:22 – “Whosoever shall say Thou fool, shall be in danger of hellfire.

Matthew 23:17 “[Jesus said] Ye fools and blind.”

2 Kings 8:26 – “Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign.”

2 Chronicles 22:2 – “Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign.”

Ecclesiastes 1:4 – “… the earth abideth forever.

2 Peter 3:10 – “… the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”

Jeremiah 3:12 – “… for I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger forever.

Jeremiah 17:4 – “Ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn forever.

James 1:13 – “… 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.”

Genesis 1:31 – “And God saw everything that he made, and behold it was very good.

Genesis 6:6 – “And it repented the Lord that he had made man on earth, and it grieved him at his heart.”

II Chronicles 7:16 – “For now have I chosen and sanctified this house that my name be there forever; and mine eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually.”

Acts 7:48 – “Howbeit the most high dwelleth not in temples made with hands.”

I Timothy 6:16: “[God dwells] in the light which no man can approach unto.”

I Kings 8:12The Lord said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.”

Genesis 3:9, 10 – “And the Lord called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid.

John 5:37 – “Ye hath neither heard his voice, at any time, nor seen his shape.”

Exodus 24: 9-11 – “Then went up Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel.  And they saw the God of Israel… They saw God, and did eat and drink.”

I Timothy 6:16 – “Whom no man hath seen nor can see.”

Matthew 29:26 – “With God all things are possible.”

Judges 1:19 – “And the Lord was with Judah, and he drove out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.”

I Corinthians 24:33 – “God is not the author of confusion.”

Lamentations 3:38 –”Out of the mouth of the most high proceedeth not evil and good?”

Proverbs 8:17 – “Those that seek me early shall find me.”

Proverbs 1:28 – “Then shall they call upon me but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but shall not find me.”

Leviticus 23:27 – “On the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement; it shall be a holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.”

Jeremiah 7:22For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offering or sacrifices.”

Leviticus 1:9 – “And the priest shall burn all on the altar to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the Lord.”

Jeremiah 7:20 – “Your burnt offering are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.”

Numbers 23:19 – “God is not a man, that he should lie.”

Ezekiel 24:9 – “And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the Lord have deceived that prophet.”

I Corinthians 8:4 – “There is none other God but one.”

Genesis 1:26 – “And God said, Let us make man in our image.”

Exodus 3:21,22 – “When ye go, ye shall not go empty; but every woman shall borrow of her neighbor, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver and jewels of gold, and raiment; and ye shall put them  on your sons and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.”

Leviticus 19:13 – “Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbor, nether rob him.”

Genesis 4:5, 6 – “At the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man.  Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.”

Genesis 4:15 – “And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

Matthew 6:28, 30-34 – “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin… if God so clothe the grass of the field… shall he not much more clothe you?  Therefore, take no thought, saying what shall we eat?  or what shall we drink?  Or wherewithal shall we be clothed?… Take, therefore, no thought for the morrow.

I Timothy 5:8 – “But if any provideth not for his own, especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works.”

Matthew 6:1 – “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them.”

I Kings 7:22 – “And Solomon stood before the alter of the Lord, in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven…”

Matthew 6:5 – “When thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are; for they love to pray standing in the synagogues, and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men…”

Judges 8:5 – “And no razor shall come on his head; for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb.”

I Corinthians 6:14 – “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that if a man hath long hair, it is a shame unto him?”

Exodus 20:11For in the six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”

Deuteronomy 5:15And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought the out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched-out arm; therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep the Sabbath day.”

Romans 14:14 – “There is nothing unclean of itself.”

Deuteronomy 14:7, 8 – “Nevertheless, these shall ye not eat, of them that chew the cud or of them that divide the cloven hoof; as the camel and the hare, and the coney; for they chew the cud, but divide not the hoof, therefore they are unclean unto you.  And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcass.”

Deuteronomy 27:22 – “Cursed is he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother.”

Genesis 20:11, 12 – “And Abraham said… She is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.”

Deuteronomy 25:5 – “If brethren dwell together, and one of them die and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger; her husband’s brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife.”

Leviticus 20:21 – “If a man shall take his brother’s wife, it is an unclean thing… they shall be childless.”

Mark 3:29 – “He that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness.”

Acts 13:39 – “And by him that believe are justified from all things.”

Mark 1:14 – “Now, after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.”

John 3:22-24 – “After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judea… and John was also baptizing Enon… for John was not yet cast into prison.”

Mark 25:3-4 – “And it was in the third hour, and they crucified him.”

John 19:14-15 – “And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour; and he saith unto the Jews, behold your king… Shall I crucify your king?”

Matthew 27:34 – “They gave him vinegar to drink, mingled with gall.”

Mark 15:23 – “And they gave him to drink, wine mingled with myrrh.”

Acts 9:7 – “And the men which journeyed with [Paul] stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.”

Acts 22:9 – “And they that were with me [Paul] saw indeed the light and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.”

Galatians 4:22 – “Abraham had two sons; one by a bonds-maid, the other by a free woman.”

Hebrews 11:17 – “By faith, Abraham when he was tried offered up Isaac… his only begotten son.”

II Samuel 6:23 – “Therefore Michal, the daughter of Saul, had no child unto the day of her death.”

II Samuel 21:8 – “The five sons of Michal, the daughter of Saul.”

II Samuel 24:1 – “And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel.”

I Chronicles 21:1 – “And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.”

Matthew 28:18 – “All power is given unto [Jesus] in heaven and in earth.”

Mark 6:5 – “And [Jesus] could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands on a few sick folk and healed them.”

Proverbs 12:21 -”There shall no evil happen to the just.”

Hebrews 12:6 – “Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”

It must take a certain special kind of insanity to read all these contradictions and still maintain and proclaim that these are words of an intelligent, all-knowing god.

Our compilation of part two and three of the Biblical contradictions shall follow soon.


About the Author

Femi Akomolafe is a passionate Pan-Africanist. A columnist for the Accra-based Daily Dispatch newspaper and Correspondent for the New African magazine. Femi lives in both Europe and Africa, and writes regularly on Africa-related issues for various newspapers and magazines.

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