Apparent contradictions between or within passages of the Bible

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Contradictions and misunderstandings [closed]

{EDIT: THE QUESTION: Is there scripture supporting right wing Christians condemning homosexuality or any other sin in the New Testament. } Why so right wing Christians say what is and isn't a sin ...
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Where did the disciples meet Jesus after the resurrection?

I was listening to a debate between a Muslim scholar and a Christian scholar, and the Muslim debater raised this and many other questions. The Christian debater did not address this issue in his ...
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Why did the Apostles not go with the rest of the believers outside of Jerusalem?

I noticed that the Apostles stayed in Jerusalem for a long time while others sort of acted like missionaries as a result of being scattered... except the Apostles. And there arose on that day a ...
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If God doesn't tempt us, why does the Lord's Prayer petition Him to “lead us not into temptation”?

Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus instructs us: “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in ...
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Abraham, Moses and God's names

In Exodus 6:2-3, why does God tell Moses that He is "the LORD" and that He did not make himself known to Abraham as "the LORD", but only as "God Almighty"? In Genesis 12, when God called Abraham to ...
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Why is Ruth's child in the line of Boaz and not Mahlon?

It seems to me that according to this law the first-born child of Boaz and Ruth should have been recorded in the line of Mahlon: If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, ...
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Was the cave of Abraham in Shechem or Hebron?

Genesis 23:17-20 says: So Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre—both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field—was deeded to Abraham as his property in the ...
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Jesus said no one had gone into heaven except the Son of Man, but what about Elijah?

I've found two verses which seem to be contradictory, so I'm hoping someone can explain how they can be reconciled. No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of ...
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Why are the Ammonites excluded instead of the Midianites in Nehemiah 13?

Now Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites, and Moab was terrified because there were so many people. Indeed, Moab was filled with dread because of the Israelites. ...
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How is the contradiction explained between 1 Chronicles 1:32 and Genesis 25:1

Keturah was Abrhams Wife? Genesis 25:1-4 Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah. 2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. Keturah was Abrahams concubine? 1 ...
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Can Man see God? [closed]

Genesis 32:30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. Ex. 33:11 And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man ...
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How can 1 Corithians 7:14 and Luke 14:27 be reconciled? [closed]

For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. (1 Corinthians 7:14, NIV) And if you don't carry ...
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If we are “Saved” by grace, then why are we getting "Judged?

Ephesians 2:8 (NLT) God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 2 Corithians 5:10 (NLT) For we must all stand before Christ to be ...
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What changed between the Old and New Testaments?

In the Old Testament God meted out his justice through people, or he himself meted out justice immediately through his own hands: All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation. Exodus ...
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Where did Aaron die?

At the Lord’s command Aaron the priest went up Mount Hor, where he died on the first day of the fifth month of the fortieth year after the Israelites came out of Egypt. (Numbers 33:38, NIV) ...
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38 or 29 cities?

Is there a contradiction? There were 38 / 29 cities of Judah toward Edom southward. [H, 387] Joshua 15:20-32: 20 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their ...
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Is John 3:23 contradicted by 1 John 4:5-6? Does the born again experience happen by the Holy Spirit or by both the word of God/Gospel and Holy Spirit? [closed]

Is John 3:23 contradicted by 1 John 4:5-6? From this comes following: does the born again experience happen by the Holy Spirit or by both the word of God/Gospel and Holy Spirit? And he said unto ...
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How do Catholics reconcile these verses about giving publicly and yet privately?

I understand that the Bible encourages charity, however my question is in regards to how it proposes we ought to go about performing charity according to Catholic Christians. "Do not repay anyone ...
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What does the Bible say about praying too much? [closed]

I don't understand how these verses: "Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be ...
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Malachi 4:6 vs Matthew 10:35: did Jesus come to reconcile parents and children or the reverse?

Malachi 4:6: He [Elijah] will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction. ...
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Why did Philip the evangelist have a house?

Philip the evangelist was a disciple according to Acts 6:2-5 2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and ...
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How can the Bible say God was refreshed if he never gets weary?

These two passages seem contradictory: the first says that God rested and was refreshed on the seventh day, but the second says God is never tired or weary. How can these passages be reconciled? ...
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How can a Christian effectively explain the seeming contradiction between Gen 1:31 and Gen 6:6?

Gen 1:31 (KJV) And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Gen 6:6 (KJV) And it repented the LORD that he had ...
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If flesh & blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God how did the Lord Jesus show His “hands and feet” after the resurrection?

As blood and flesh can't inherit the King of God, how Lord Jesus could be resurrected with same blood and flesh, I mean He showed his hands and feet to disciple Luke 24:39. Or Is that meaning He was ...
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Why doesn't Paul sign all of his letters like he says?

2 Thessalonians 3:17 (NLT) Here is my greeting in my own handwriting—Paul. I do this in all my letters to prove they are from me. But such a greeting only appears in five of Paul's letters: ...
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Mark 10:29-30 vs Matthew 19:28-29: when will we receive our reward?

Why is there a difference between Mark 10:29-30 and Matthew 19:28-29? Matthew 19:28-29 (NIV) Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on ...
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Does Christianity as described in the Bible support dualism of the mind and body? [closed]

Certain passages in the Bible seem to support Dualism, while others seem to support Materialism. Definitions of Dualism and Materialism: I do not know where I pasted this from, but as curiousdanni ...
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What are the responses to the “Radical's Critics” argument concerning Genesis 1 and 2?

The Radical's Critics argue that there is a discrepancy between the Genesis 1 account of creation and the Genesis 2 account, and thus proving that the doctrine of inerrancy is false. Has this been ...
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Is the Babylon of Revelation 14 the same as the Babylon of Revelation 18?

The Babylon spoken of in Revelation chapter 14;8 KJV is clearly labeled as a city, and in Chapter 18:1 & 2 it seems to be more of a systematic degradation of God's holy words. In chapter 19:1, 2 ...
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Is “Rapture” or “Caught up alive” in contradiction to God's words “Dust to dust”?

By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return. (Genesis 3:19, NIV) Just as ...
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Do Proverbs and Ecclesiastes have polar opposite views of wisdom?

I've noticed that Proverbs and Ecclesiastes have shockingly differing views of wisdom and knowledge: “Her [wisdom and understanding personified] ways are pleasant ways and all her paths are ...
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Does James contradict Jesus when he says some foods should not be eaten?

In Matthew 15, we read: [Jesus] called the people to him and said to them, "Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this ...
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What was inside the Ark of the Covenant?

1 Kings 8:9 (NIV) There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of ...
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What is Deuteronomy 15 saying about the poor?

Deuteronomy 15 is giving laws and rules relating to the treatment of the poor in communities. Verse 4 says: However, there will be no poor among you, since the Lord will surely bless you in the ...
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When 1 Timothy cautions against “endless geneologies”, is it talking about the Bible?

It seems that at the time that 1 Timothy was written, "certain people" had become much too interested in genealogies: 1 Timothy 1:3-4 3 I repeat the request I made of you when I was on my way to ...
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Do we answer the arguments of fools or not? How are Proverbs 26:4-5 to be understood?

Proverbs 26:4-5 (NLT) 4 Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools,       or you will become as foolish as they are. 5 Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of ...
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Why did punishment differ in Leviticus 20:13 and 1 Kings 15:11-12?

Is there any reason behind why punishment differed in Leviticus 20:13 and 1 Kings 15:11-12? What's the context? Leviticus 20:13 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have ...
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Rules behind resolving alleged Biblical discrepancies

One of the charges that is consistently leveled against Biblical reliability is that the Bible is "full of contradictions". This is certainly not a new charge, and the field of Apologetics, with its ...
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How can women be forbidden to speak and yet prophesy and speak in tongues?

In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul give forbids women from speaking in church. 1 Corinthians 14 NIV 34 Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in ...
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Where did the idea of the Trinity come from? [duplicate]

As noted here about 1 John: The passage is called the Johannine Comma and is not found in the majority of Greek manuscripts. Which implies that this has been recently added to scripture. It ...
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Why did Jesus say “you will be put to death” and yet “not a hair of your head will perish”?

Jesus' words here contain an apparent contradiction: You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. All men will hate you because of ...
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How can these inconsistencies about Jesus' tomb be explained?

As it was mentioned in this topic, reading the New Testament side by side, one can pick up apparent inconsistencies in the Gospels by various Disciples. As it was suggested that they should be ...
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How could Jesus be born during the reign of Herod, and when Quirinius was governor of Syria, if those periods were not contemporary?

In Matthew 2, it makes it clear that Jesus was conceived during the reign of Herod and was a young child when Herod died. After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in ...
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Who killed Goliath?

These two passages appear to be contradictory: So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. (1 Samuel ...
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Which came first, Man or Animal?

Genesis 1:24-27 states that humans were created after the other animals, and the first man and woman were created simultaneously. 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature ...
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Did Jonah fail the test of a prophet?

I came across an article on the FAIR Mormon wiki that discusses the prophetic test (Deut. 18). It applies the test on some Biblical prophets, and shows how someone could claim these prophets fail the ...
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How could Jacob wrestle with God if no one can see God and live?

Is this a contradiction? Or am I missing something. It seems strange to think one can "wrestle" with God. Genesis 32:30 (NIV): 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw ...
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What does it mean that Jesus fulfilled the law but did not abolish it?

We hear that we are no longer under the law. It even says so in Galatians: Galatians 3:23-25 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith ...
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Why Do Moses' Laws About Slavery and Punishment Not Align with the Teachings of Jesus?

In Exodus 21, God is telling Moses what the laws should be concerning slaves and servants among the Israelites. If this is the same God who made all of mankind in His own image, then why would he ...
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Is Jesus lying in John 7? [closed]

In John 7, Jesus tells his brothers that he is not going up to the festival. Then he goes up in secret. Is this a lie? How is this reconciled? John 7:6-10 (NIV) 6 Therefore Jesus told them, ...