Some Bible Contradictions

References taken from “Losing Faith in Faith,” book written by Dan Barker.

Should We Kill?

Which is true?

Exodus 20:13   Thou shalt not kill.

Leviticus 24:17  And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death.


Exodus 32: 27  Thus sayeth the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side…slay every man his brother,…companion…, neighbor.”

1 Samuel 6:19  …and the people lamented because the Lord had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter.

1 Samuel 15:2,3,7,8  Thus saith the Lord…Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant ans suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass…   And Saul smote the Amalekites…and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

Numbers 15: 36   And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died, as the Lord commanded Moses.

Hosea 13:16  They shall fall by the sword; their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with children shall be ripped up.

Should We Steal?

Which is true?

Exodus 20:15  Thou shalt not steal.

Leviticus 19:13  Though shalt not defraud they neighbor, neither rob him.


Exodus 3:22  And ye shall spoil the Egyptians

Exodus 12: 35-36  And they spoiled (plundered) the Egyptians.

Luke 19: 29-34  Jesus sent two of his disciples, Saying, Go ye into the village…ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat; loose him, and bring him hither.  And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him…And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?  And they said, The Lord hath need of him.”

Shall We Keep the Sabbath?

Which is true?

Exodus 20:8   Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy.  (Side-note, the Sabbath is Saturday, not Sunday.)

Exodus 31:15  Whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.”  (So much for working overtime on Saturdays eh?  How many of us should be put to death according to the Lord?)

Numbers 15:32,36  “And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness they found a man (hmm…think he was Jewish?) that gathered sticks upon the Sabbath day…  And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones (for picking up sticks!), and he died; as the Lord commanded Moses.”


Isaiah 1:13  “The new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity.

John 5:16  “And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the Sabbath day.”

Collossians 2:16  “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath day.”

Should We Tell Lies?

Which is true?

Exodus 20:16  Thou shalt not bear false witness.

Proverbs 12:22  Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord.


Kings 22:23  The Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these they prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil concerning thee.

2 Thessalonians 2:11:  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.”

Are We Saved Through Works?

Which is true?

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

Romans 3:20,28  Therfore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight.

Galatians 2:16  Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith of Jesus Christ.


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

Matthew 19: 16-21   And, behold, one came and said unto him, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?  And he (Jesus) said unto him…keep the commandments…The young man saith unto him, “All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?   Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that though hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven.

Should Good Works Be Seen?

Which is true?

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

1 Peter 2:12  Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles…that they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.


Matthew 6: 1-4  Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them…that thine alms may be in secret.

Matthew 23:3,5  Do not ye after their (Pharisees) works…all their works they do for to be seen of men.

Should We Own Slaves?

Which is true?

Leviticus 25:45-46  Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy…and they shall be your possession…they shall be your bondmen forever.

Genesis 9:25  And he (Noah) said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

Exodus 21: 2,7  If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing…  And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the manservants do.   (nice bit of sexism in the bible)

Joel3:8  And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans; to a people far off, for the Lord hath spoken it.

Luke 12:47,48  (Jesus speaking) And that servant, which knew his lords will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.  But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes.

Colossians 3:22  Servants, obey in all things your masters

Does God Change His Mind?

Which is true?

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

Ezekiel 24:14  I the Lord have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent.

James 1:17  …The Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.


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

Genesis 6:6,7  And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth…and the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth…for it repenteth me that I have made him.

Jonah 3:10  and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them, and he did it not.

Are We Punished For Our Parent’s Sins?

Which is true?

Exodus 20:5   For I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation (repeated in Deuteronomy 5:9)

Exodus 34: 6-7  The Lord God, merciful and gracious…that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

Corinthians 15:22  For as in Adam all die…


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

Deuteronomy 24;16  The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

IS God Good Or Evil?

Which is True?

Psalm 145:9   The Lord is good to all.

Deuteronomy 32:4  a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.


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

Lamentations 3:38  Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?

Jeremiah 18:11  Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you.

Ezekiel 20: 25,26   I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live.  And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through fire all that openeth the womb, that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the Lord.
Does God Tempt People?

Which is true?

James 1:13  Let no man say…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.

Is God Peaceable?

Which is True?

Romans 15:33   The God of peace.

Isaiah 2:4 …and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks, nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.


Exodus 15:3  The Lord is a man of war.

Joel 3:9-10   Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:  Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

Was Jesus Peaceable?

Which is True?

John 14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.

Acts 10:36  The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ.


Matthew 10:34  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.  And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

Luke 22:36  Then said he unto them…he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.

Was Jesus Trustworth?

Which is True?

John 8:14   Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true.


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

(note, “record” and “witness” in the above verses are the same Greek word)
Shall We call People Names?

Which is True?

Matthew 23:17   Whosoever shall say Thou fool, shall be in danger of hellfire. (Jesus speaking)


Matthew 23:17   Ye fools and blind.  (Jesus speaking)

Psalm 14:1   The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.

Has Anyone Seen God?

Which is True?

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

Exodus 33:20  Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

John 6:46  Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God (Jesus), he hath seen the Father.

1 John 4:12  No man hath seen God at any time.


Genesis 32:30  For I have seen God face to face.

Exodus 33:11  And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.

Isaiah 6:1  In the year that King Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Job 42:5  I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

When Was Jesus Crucified?

Which is True?

Mark 15:25  And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.


John 19:14-15  And about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!  But they cried out…crucify him.
Shall We Obey The Law?

Which is True?

1 Peter 2:13  Submit yourself to every ordinance of man…to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors.

Matthew 22:21  Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s


Acts 5:29  We ought to obey God rather than men

How Many Animals On The Ark?

Which is True?

Genesis 6:19  And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark

Genesis 7:8-9  Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.

Genesis 7:15  And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.


Genesis 7:2  Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.

Were Women and Men Created Equal?

Which is True?

Genesis 1:27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.


Genesis 2:18,23  And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him…And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Were Trees Created Before Humans?

Which is True?

Genesis 1: 12-31  And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind…And the evening and the morning were the third day… And God said, Let us make man in our image…And the Evening and the morning were the sixth day.


Genesis 2 5-9  And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground…and the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground…And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.  And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food.

Is God Omnipotent?

Which is True?

Jeremiah 32:27   Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?

Matthew 19:26  But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”


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

Who Was Joseph’s Father?

Which is True?

Matthew 1:16   And Jacob begat Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus


Luke 3:23   And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli.

Did Michal Have Children?

Which is True?

2 Samuel 6:23   Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.


2 Samuel 21:8  But the king took the two sons of Rizpah…and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul.

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