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Bible ContradictionsMy Top Ten FavoriteBy Doug KruegerTen ContradictionsJesus Lied to the High PriestWhat Must We Do to be Saved?Can You Divorce and Remarry?God Cant Count SonsThe Mary Magdalene ProblemWill God Always Be There for You?The Josiah ProblemDavid and the ShowbreadJesus First ConversionsWas Jesus God?1. Jesus Lied to the High PriestDuring his hearing before the high priest, Jesus says, "I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing." John 18:20, NKJ
Two ClaimsJesus always taught in the synagogues and in the temple, and Jesus shared all of his teachings with his public audiences; he never kept important parts of his teachings a secret.Always?Jesus states, "I always taught in synagogues and in the temple.The word in John 18:20 being translated as "always" is the Greek word "pantoteh." This Greek word at John 18:20 it has Strong's Greek number 3842. (Strong's list is the standard, scholarly reference list of Hebrew and Greek words from the Bible.) This word is a combination of pas, meaning all or every, and hoteh, meaning when or while.Here is what Strong's Greek dictionary says that this word, #3842, means in Greek:Definition: 1) at all times, always, ever.Preached Other Places TooOn a mountainside:Matthew 5:1-2: Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying
On a boat (Matthew 13:1-35)Matthew 13:1-3: That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying
On a plain:Luke 6:17-18: He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coast of Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases.
And in houses too:Luke 5:18-19): Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
Jesus claimed, In secret I have said nothing.Mark 4:2-12: He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: "Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times." Then Jesus said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. He told them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, "`they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!' [Here Jesus quotes parts of Isaiah 6:9-10]Another OccasionMatthew 13:34-52: 34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world."[Psalm 78:2] 36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field." 37 He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one
51 "Have you understood all these things?" Jesus asked. "Yes," they replied. So Jesus did teach in secret. So Jesus is Depicted as LyingSo Jesus lied that he:always taught in the synagogues and in the temple, and shared all of his teachings with his public audiences.New Testament scholars will explain this as the collision of two different and incompatible traditions about Jesus.But Biblical inerrantists are stuck with the clear depiction of Jesus lying to the high priest.A ContradictionProverbs 6:17-19 tells us that God hates a lying tongue and a false witness. So lying is evil.If Jesus is God, and God cannot do evil (Ps. 18:30: As for God, His way is perfect), then Jesus cannot do evil. Jesus was either God or he lied, but not both. The Bible says that Jesus was God and he lied, so here the Bible contains a contradiction.Mark 16:16: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Not just he who believeth, but he who believeth AND is baptized shall be saved.John 3:5: ...except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.1 Peter 3:21: ...this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also... So it would seem that to be saved one must believe and be baptized.
2. What Must We Do to be Saved?St. Paul DisagreesRomans 10:9-10:9the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Jesus is Lord.God raised Jesus from the dead.Faith Alone is EnoughSome verses are quite clear that we are saved by faith alone.Gal. 2:16: a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ...not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified"Romans 3:20: "a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law."
Faith Alone is Not EnoughBut the New Testament also says we are NOT saved by faith alone.In Matthew 7:21, Jesus says: "Not everyone that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."James 2:17: "faith by itself, if it not accompanied by action, is dead."James 2:20: "faith without deeds is useless." James 2:24: "You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. Romans 2:13: "not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
What About Women?1 Tim. 2:15: women will be saved through childbearingif they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety. So a woman must not only have faith, she must conduct herself well, with love and holiness, and she must bear a child in order to be saved. Childbirth a necessary condition for a woman to be saved. Together, these four qualities are sufficient conditions. And baptism for women? Not required. Doing works? Is that part of holiness? Not explained.
The Bible is all over the place, contradicting itself regarding the requirements for salvation.Mark 10:9-12: What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunderWhosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery. Luke 16:18 reiterates this rule.So you cannot divorce. This is why the Catholic Church doesnt allow divorce, only annulment. 3. Can You Divorce and Remarry?
Yes, You Can DivorceOther Christian denominations cite Matthew 19:9 to allow divorce: And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery; and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. So divorce is permitted, apparently, if the cause is fornication.Yet Another View1 Corinthians 7:10-11: And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord: Let not the wife depart from her husband: but and if she depart, let her remain unmarried. And Romans 7:2-3: For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress.So divorce is permitted, but not remarriage? Until the husband is dead?Old Testament on DivorceSome Christian denominations allow divorce and remarriage based on Deuteronomy 24:1-2: When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man's wife.How can we know the Biblical position on divorce and remarriage?The Bible is hopelessly contradictory about whether one can divorce and remarry.4. God Cant Count SonsJust when Abraham is about to sacrifice Isaac, he is stopped by an angel of the Lord. The angel, speaking for God, says to him:
Genesis 22:12: "Do not lay a hand on the boy," he said. "Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son."
you have not withheld from me shows that the angel is speaking for God.Your Only Son?God refers to Isaac as Abraham's "only son" several times in Genesis chapter 22.
2 Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering o