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Contradictions In The Bible…No 151 – 165

Contradictions 1 – 15 | Contradictions 16 – 30 | Contradictions 31 – 45 | Contradictions 46 – 60 | Contradictions 61 – 75 | Contradictions 76 – 90 | Contradictions 91 – 105 | Contradictions 106 – 120 | Contradictions 121 – 135 | Contradictions 136 – 150 | Contradictions 151 – 165 | (MORE SOON TO COME…this is a slow work in progress)

Bible Contradictions Answered 151 – 165

151. Were the men with Paul knocked to the ground? Acts 26:14 says yes, but Acts 9:7 says no.

152. Is it possible to fall from grace? Galatians 5:4, Hebrews 6:4-6, and 2 Peter 2:20-21 says yes, but John 10:28 and Romans 8:38-39 says no.

153. How many years of famine? 2 Samuel 24:13 says 7, but 1 Chronicles 21:11-12 says 3.

154. Is it OK to call your father (or anyone else) father? Matthew 23:9 says no, but Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 5:16, Ephesians 6:2, 2 Kings 2:12, 6:21, and 1 John 2:13-14 says yes.

155. Did Moses fear the king? Exodus 2:14-15 says yes, but Hebrews 11:27 says no.

156. Should we look for signs in the heavens? Luke 21:11 says yes, but Jeremiah 10:2 says no.

157. Should we fear God? A lot of verses from Leviticus to Revelation say we should, but 2 Timothy 1:7, 1 John 4:8, and 4:18 says no.

158. Who bought the potter’s field? Matthew 27:6 says the chief priests, but Acts 1:18 says Judas.

159. When did the cursed fig tree die? Matthew 21:19-20 says it died immediately, but Mark 11:13-14 and 20-21 says it didn’t die until morning.

160. When did Jesus curse the fig tree? Mark 11:12-17 says before He drove people out of the temple, but Matthew 21:12, 21:17-19 says after He drove people out from the temple.

161. Was Jesus the first to rise from the dead? Acts 26:23 says yes, but 1 Samuel 28:11, 14, 1 Kings 17:22, and 2 Kings 4:32-35 says no.

162. To whom did Jesus make His first post-resurrection appearance? Matthew 28:1, and 9 says the two Marys, Mark 16:9 and John 20:11-14 says Mary Magdalene, Luke 24:13-31 says Cleopas and another, and 1 Corinthians 15:4-5 says Cephas.

163. How long was the ark afloat? Genesis 8:4 says for seven months, but Genesis 8:5 says for at least ten months.

164. How long did the flood last? Genesis 7:17 says 40 days, but Genesis 7:24 and Genesis 8:3 says 150 days.

165. Did everyone (except for Noah and his family) die in the flood? Genesis 7:21-23 says yes, but Genesis 6:4 and Numbers 13:33 says no.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Were the men with Paul knocked to the ground? Acts 26:14 says yes, but Acts 9:7 says no. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?

No. In verse 16 of chapter 24 you will note that DURING this event Paul was told to stand. So it is not without reason to say that the others also stood up after having fallen down. Acts 9:7 also comes after the command to rise in verse 6. The wording also suggests that they got up off of the ground with Paul.

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Is it possible to fall from grace? Galatians 5:4, Hebrews 6:4-6, and 2 Peter 2:20-21 says yes, but John 10:28 and Romans 8:38-39 says no. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?

No. Look at the verses in John and Romans again. It says that they will never perish or be plucked out of the hands of God. Romans tells us we can never be removed from the love of God. Despite the common teachings on this subject the Bible never actually says that a person can not fall from grace.

It DOES tell us that no outside force can remove us, and nothing can remove us from God’s love. Here is a thought to consider, God loves even those who are going to hell. Also, the Bible is correct in saying no OUTSIDE force can take us from Him. BUT, it does not say WE can not remove OURSELVES from Him.

There are many people who have yet to come to grasp this. Please see these links to better understand. Would a Loving God Send Someone to Hell Why Do I Still Sin If I Am Saved Can You Lose Your Salvation and How to Come Back to God after Falling Away.

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How many years of famine? 2 Samuel 24:13 says 7, but 1 Chronicles 21:11-12 says 3. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?

No. 2 Samuel DOES give the number 7 and 1 Chronicles DOES give the number 3. BUT when you consider the context of the situation it makes perfect sense. In chapter 21 of 2 Samuel you will note that it tells us 4 years of famine has already taken place. So when Gad asks David the question he is asking if David wants 3 MORE years of famine. Thus making it 7 years total.

In 1 Chronicles it changes the wording by saying “Choose the either 3 years of famine.” So the entire conversation being put together went like this: “Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? Choose thee either three years’ famine; or three months to be destroyed before thy foes, while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee; or else three days the sword of the Lord, even the pestilence, in the land, and the angel of the Lord destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel. Now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me.”

The first mention of 7 years was Gad adding the four years already past to the 3 years more that David could choose. Then the second mention of the famine clarifies that it would not be another 7 years FROM THAT POINT. It would only be another 3 years from that point.

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Is it OK to call your father (or anyone else) father? Matthew 23:9 says no, but Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 5:16, Ephesians 6:2, 2 Kings 2:12, 6:21, and 1 John 2:13-14 says yes. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?

No. Look at the context of Matthew 23. Jesus had just finished saying, “But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.”

So the context Jesus sets here is all about pride. He says they love to be called Rabbi. It was a term of distinction and reverence. But, while it wasn’t wrong to be called Rabbi, it was wrong to be lifted up in pride because of it.

The next statements Jesus makes is to explain that they should not “be called” Rabbi, father, or master. Now, can they force people not to call them these things? No, but they don’t have to require these titles for their pride. Jesus was telling them not to seek out being lifted up by men.

Today we add the term prefix “Dr.” or “Reverend” and so on before the names of people, and they INSIST that you use those prefixes. This is the pride of men in being called by their title.

In verse 11 and 12 Jesus makes this even more clear. He tells them that whoever lifts themselves up in pride will be brought low, and whoever walks in humility will be exalted.

So it isn’t wrong to call someone your father, a Rabbi, or so on. What Jesus was saying is that it is wrong to desire the place of authority, power, and so on out of pride and greed.

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Did Moses fear the king? Exodus 2:14-15 says yes, but Hebrews 11:27 says no. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?

No. Exodus 2:14-15 says that Moses feared, but that does not mean he feared the king. Also, as I explain that thought further, please note that some time passed between the time he feared and the time when he left.

The immediate reaction a person has when a secret they are trying to keep comes out into the open is fear (it can also be called embarrassment). This fear is that you have been found out. But it is NOT necessarily a fear of someone else.

Moses had just been exposed, and he knew the men around him knew his shameful secret. Therefore his first fear was no doubt centered on his immediate situation among the people, not the judgment of Pharaoh.

Now, Moses had some time to think after this event. Pharaoh did not yet know about it while Moses considered his situation. Once Pharaoh did hear about it Moses made the choice to run from Pharaoh rather than bow before him and ask for forgiveness.

He didn’t run out of fear though. There is a clue here that many have missed. In Hebrews 11:24 we are told that Moses chose to deny being called an Egyptian, and part of the family of Pharaoh when he became of age. An Egyptian royal would not have to fear any punishment since they were considered to be “gods.”

But since Moses rejected this privilege he now had one of two choices. He could fear the king and reclaim his position to avoid the wrath of the king, or he could continue to rebel against him and run knowing that if he was caught then he would die.

Fear would cause you to avoid wrath and end it, but it would not cause you to invite being a hunted outlaw the rest of your life just because of your principles.

Moses did not fear the king. Moses feared being exposed. The two are different.

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Should we look for signs in the heavens? Luke 21:11 says yes, but Jeremiah 10:2 says no. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?

No. There is a big difference between a horoscope that you read in the newspaper or get from a soothsayer and a sign from God.

Jeremiah tells us not to be like the pagans who are superstitious. They see the planets line up, or a shooting star and think some kind of magic is happening. They worship these superstitions. They use them as personal prophecy.

Luke tells us that there will be signs OF THE TIMES. Jesus is not speaking of planetary alignment or shooting stars as “omens.” Jesus was speaking of knowing where we are in relation to God’s timeline based on the events.

The Bible gives prophecy of certain wars, nations, and astrological events which will take place at certain times. These events are markers to tell us where we are on the timeline. They are nothing more than that. We are not to base our lives on these signs. We can know them when we see them, but we are not to act like the pagans and treat these things with mysticism.

Sadley, many Christians DO act like pagans about these things.

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Should we fear God? A lot of verses from Leviticus to Revelation say we should, but 2 Timothy 1:7, 1 John 4:8, and 4:18 says no. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?

No. I have a healthy fear of electricity. Because I know that grabbing a power line can kill me I respect it (fear it) enough to not touch it. But I am not afraid of plugging something in, or even working with electricity.

This same example can explain the fear of the Lord. The Bible says we should have a HEALTHY fear of God. That means we treat Him with respect. But it also says that we can approach Him and that there is no fear in love.

If you love God then you will have no fear in approaching Him because you know Him and how to approach Him. Just like electricity, you have no fear of being shocked since you are not handling it wrong.

This is the difference. We should fear God in the same way we fear electricity. We should have a healthy respect for Him. Since we have that respect (love) fear is cast out because there is no need to fear Him if we are right in His eyes (through respecting Him).

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Who bought the potter’s field? Matthew 27:6 says the chief priests, but Acts 1:18 says Judas. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?

No. The money used to buy the field belonged to Judas. It was payment for his betrayal. He returned to them and cast it at their feet because they refused to accept it back. This is seen in Matthew 27:4, where they tell him that he has to deal with the actions he took. So he cast it down.

The money still belonged to Judas, since it was never accepted. The Jews refused to do so because it was “blood money.” BUT, rather than accept it into their own pockets (becoming the owners) they bought a field with it. Therefore, Judas owned the field since it was HIS money they used.

In the end, the point is that the Jews and Judas BOTH purchased it. The Jews by willful act, and Judas by default.

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When did the cursed fig tree die? Matthew 21:19-20 says it died immediately, but Mark 11:13-14 and 20-21 says it didn’t die until morning. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?

No. Take note of the two different senses being used by the disciples. In Mark it says that they HEARD Jesus curse the fig tree. Then it immediately goes on to the story of them in Jerusalem. It doesn’t say that they SAW it before they went in.

Matthew says they SAW it. Now, the issue here is in understanding that Matthew goes on a bit of a side note. He is addressing the issue of the tree before he finishes his story about Jesus going into Jerusalem. Then, after he explains the events that took place with the tree he get’s back to the main story.

The order of events which fit perfectly with these things in consideration are as follows: Jesus and His disciples are going to Jerusalem. As they travel Jesus lags behind a little bit (or at least is out of sight). They HEAR Him curse the fig tree. Then they go into Jerusalem. Upon leaving there they come to the fig tree again. When they SAW it they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!

This is the same type of issue that people have in understanding the accounts of Genesis one and two. The story is told, then it is told again with more detail. It is not chronological because it is not a second event. Matthew ALSO doesn’t speak of these two events as Chronological. He simply explains one event before explaining another.

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When did Jesus curse the fig tree? Mark 11:12-17 says before He drove people out of the temple, but Matthew 21:12, 21:17-19 says after He drove people out from the temple. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?

No. This question is also answered in the question before it. However, I will repeat the answer..

No. Take note of the two different senses being used by the disciples. In Mark it says that they HEARD Jesus curse the fig tree. Then it immediately goes on to the story of them in Jerusalem. It doesn’t say that they SAW it before they went in.

Matthew says they SAW it. Now, the issue here is in understanding that Matthew goes on a bit of a side note. He is addressing the issue of the tree before he finishes his story about Jesus going into Jerusalem. Then, after he explains the events that took place with the tree he get’s back to the main story.

The order of events which fit perfectly with these things in consideration are as follows: Jesus and His disciples are going to Jerusalem. As they travel Jesus lags behind a little bit (or at least is out of sight). They HEAR Him curse the fig tree. Then they go into Jerusalem. Upon leaving there they come to the fig tree again. When they SAW it they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!

This is the same type of issue that people have in understanding the accounts of Genesis one and two. The story is told, then it is told again with more detail. It is not chronological because it is not a second event. Matthew ALSO doesn’t speak of these two events as Chronological. He simply explains one event before explaining another.

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Was Jesus the first to rise from the dead? Acts 26:23 says yes, but 1 Samuel 28:11, 14, 1 Kings 17:22, and 2 Kings 4:32-35 says no. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?

No. Jesus is the first to raise from the dead AND NEVER DIE AGAIN! He is the first to FULLY defeat death. Also, take note that Paul is speaking of being raised TO NEW LIFE. Jesus wasn’t raised from the dead in the same way as those before Him (Acts 13:34, Romans 6:9).

Those before Him were raised from the dead in their natural fully human bodies. Jesus was raised from the dead in a DIFFERENT body (1 Corinthians 15:42), and therefore in a NEW LIFE. This is why no one else is said to the firstfruit to rise from the dead.

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To whom did Jesus make His first post-resurrection appearance? Matthew 28:1, and 9 says the two Marys, Mark 16:9 and John 20:11-14 says Mary Magdalene, Luke 24:13-31 says Cleopas and another, and 1 Corinthians 15:4-5 says Cephas. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?

No. The bold ignorance of this question is astonishing. 1 Corinthians NEVER said that Peter was the FIRST PERSON to see Him. It only says that Peter was the first of the DISCIPLES to see Him.

Luke 24 NEVER says that they were the FIRST to see Him either. John 20 DOES tell us that He FIRST appeared to Mary Magdalene, but does NOT tell us the other Mary was not there.

So WHY does the question assert that these verses say things that they do not? Simple, it is because the question is not designed to obtain answers. The question is designed as an attempt to claim there are contradictions without proof.

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How long was the ark afloat? Genesis 8:4 says for seven months, but Genesis 8:5 says for at least ten months. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?

No. Genesis 8:4 says it rested on the top of a mountain after seven. Genesis 8:5 tells us the water continued to go down for a few more months. The water DOES NOT need to be completely dry from all the earth before the ark “ran aground.” So it “ran aground” after seven, and then the water continued to subside.

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How long did the flood last? Genesis 7:17 says 40 days, but Genesis 7:24 and Genesis 8:3 says 150 days. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?

No. Genesis 7 is giving an account of how long it took for the flood to cover the earth. It took 40 days. Then it tells us that the waters CONTINUED to prevail for a total of 150 days until God caused them to subside.

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Did everyone (except for Noah and his family) die in the flood? Genesis 7:21-23 says yes, but Genesis 6:4 and Numbers 13:33 says no. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?

No. Look at this again, but this time with an understanding of where babies come from! The giants that were in the earth had children. The DNA of the parents is passed through the children. Now, was there anyone on the ark that could have had DNA passed down from a giant? OF COURSE! The fact that Giants existed before and after the flood just proves that their genetics were saved. It doesn’t prove that there were any giants that PERSONALLY survived.

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Giving Praise

There has never been anyone like my God. There will never be anyone like my God. I love Him, I love Him, I love Him!


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