What Are Bible Contradictions And Are There Any In The Bible?

By Arthur Khachatryan

“I can’t believe you believe the Bible,” he said, “Don’t you know there are thousands of Bible contradictions in there?” This sort of statement is unfortunately prevalent on the internet. Even worse, biblical contradictions are charged by top-tier scholars in New Testament studies. How legitimate are these so-called Bible contradictions?

Why do people claim there are Bible contradictions? Are there really contradictions in the Bible or are those just unreasonable charges? First thing’s first – what is a “contradiction?” As it turns out, most skeptics of the Bible who charge the Bible with contradictions, don’t have a good understanding of what “contradictions” are. And even world-renowned scholars are not immune to this mistake.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines “contradiction” like this:

A combination of statements, ideas, or features which are opposed to one another.

So, a contradiction means that two or more statements and ideas must be opposed. Here’s an example:

1. Jim Baker who lives at 555 Milky Way Transport Way, New York, NY is married to Jody, and they have three children together.
2. Jim Baker who lives at 555 Milky Way Transport Way, New York, NY is not married and has no children.

Assuming the two statements are made around the same time and not years apart, they cannot possibly both be true. This would be a legitimate contradiction. At least one of the statements is incorrect, or both statements may be false. Both most certainly cannot be correct. If we were to find something like this in the Bible, we would have to concede that it is a real contradiction…

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