Apparent contradictions between or within passages of the Bible

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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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Why is Lust a sin in Matthew, but praised in Proverbs?

Jesus says in the gospel of Matthew [paraphrasing] "if you look at a woman and lust for her, you have already sinned in your heart." In proverbs, they say, [again, paraphrasing] "let her [the ...
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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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2 Chronicles 28:3 vs Genesis 22:2

How is the contradiction explained between 2 Chronicles 28:3 and Genesis 22:2 in the protestant tradition? Genesis 22:2 NIV Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and ...
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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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How is a Christian supposed to fear God when “there is no fear in love” (1 John 4:18)? [closed]

In both the Old and New Testaments, we are commanded to "fear the Lord". Fear the Lord your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. Deuteronomy 10:20 ESV Honor ...
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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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What name was used by Peter for Baptism?

We know that Jesus gave this command. Matthew 28:19 (NIV) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, ...
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Refutation of Chizzuk Emunah, Part II, Ch. LXVI: “Inconsistencies in Christian text regarding food”

In Chizzuk Emunah, Part II, Ch. LXVI, 16th century Jewish theologian Yitzchak ben Avraham of Trakai wrote, Acts 10:11-15, "And Peter saw heaven opened; and a certain vessel descending unto him, ...
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Did Jesus die on the cross or on the tree?

Master Jesus was crucified on a tree, according to Apostle Peter. Acts 5:30 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Acts 10:39 39 And we are ...
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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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What is the meaning of peoples being divided up “according to the number of the gods” in Deuteronomy 32?

Deuteronomy 32:8–9 (NRSV), part of Moses' song, reads: When the Most High apportioned the nations, when he divided humankind, he fixed the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the ...
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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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Was Jesus was sent to speak to the Jews only?

Matthew 15:24 KJV But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. I understand that he was talking specifically to a lady who was begging (successfully) ...
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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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How is Jesus not lying in John 7?

In John 7, Jesus tells his brothers that he is not going up to the festival. Then he goes up in secret. This sounds to me like a lie. John 7:6-10 (NIV) 6 Therefore Jesus told them, “My time ...
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Why are the ten commandments in Exodus 34 different?

The first stone tablets with the ten commandments were smashed by Moses, so God created a second set of stone tablets that were supposed to contain the same commandments as the smashed tablets. But ...
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Did Jesus baptize or not in St. John's account?

John 3:22 (KJV) 22 “After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.” John 4:1-2 (KJV) 1 “When therefore the LORD knew ...
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Who bought the Field of Blood, Judas or the Priests?

This is similar to another question "How did Judas Die", but is specifically addressing another aspect of the story. In Matthew we have the priests purchasing the field: Matthew 27:5-7 (NASB) ...
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Who was St. Joseph's Father? The New Testament seems to give two answers

Matthew 1:16 (NASB) 16 Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah. Luke 3:23 (ESV) 23 Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about ...
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How could Cain have built Enoch?

God cursed Cain to be an eternal wanderer, so he went to a (probably figure-of-speech) land of wandering, the land of Nod, this much I understand. But then he builds the first city, Enoch. How is it ...
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Are there two different creation accounts in the bible? [closed]

There are two seemingly contradictory accounts of creation in the Bible. The first is in Genesis 1:1-2:3. The second is in Genesis 2:4-25. Why the differences in the accounts?
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How did Judas die?

Judas Iscariot committed suicide when he realized the evil that he had done. Matthew 27:3-5 (KJV) 3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, ...
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What is going on in Matthew 21 and Mark 12?

In Matthew 21:33-46 and Mark 12:1-12, Jesus tells pretty much the exact same parable: Husbandman leases his vineyard and leaves. He sends some servants to check it out, and they get whooped. He sends ...
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Was John the Baptist Elijah?

This should be straightforward, as John the Baptist explicitly says that he isn't: John 1:19-21 (ESV) 19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem ...
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1 John Chapter 1 & 3 - Is there an apparent contradiction?

I have often wondered why the author of 1 John, in the beginning of his letter, seems to claim that even though people have accepted Christ they will continue to sin, but two chapters later he seems ...