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Apparent contradictions between or within passages of the Bible

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Could Jesus’ appearing before Pilate, Herod, and scourging happen in 3 hours?

The time line is answered as seen in this answered question: Can John's Passion chronology be reconciled with that of the Synoptics? It seems most reasonable to me. Yet I am still left with the ...
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Why are Ahimelech and Abiathar reversed in 2 Sam. 8:17?

In 1 Samuel 22:20-23, we see that Ahimelech was killed by the order of Saul and his son Abiathar escaped: 20 But one son of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled after ...
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Is disagreement over Jesus' physical look a problem? [closed]

I was talking with one Mythicist, and he claims that Church fathers dissagree about Jesus's appearence so much that He was just their invention. On Celsus's claim that Jesus was ugly and small, ...
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1 Corinthians 4:15-16 - does Paul have the right to raise himself higher than others going against Jesus teaching? [closed]

1 Corinthians 4:15-16 Even if you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you to ...
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How do the Jehovah's witnesses reconcile Isaiah 44:24 with their belief that Jesus is the only direct creation of God?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus is God's only direct creation, and that it was Jesus who created all other things: Since all created things had a beginning, there was a time when God was ...
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Are the teachers and prophets who laid hands on Saul & Barnabas in Acts13:1-3 ordained Bishops?

Some Catholics justify St. Paul’s apostolic succession by citing Acts 13:1-3: Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (...
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How old was Zedekiah when he became king?

1 Chronicles 3:15 says Jehoiakim was born 2nd, Zedekiah was born 3rd, and Shallum [Jehoahaz] was born 4th. Jehoahaz was 23 years old when he became king, and Jehoiakim was 25 years old when he became ...
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A confusion about the fullfilment of the law

Jesus said in Mat 5:17-18: Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth ...
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How is Moses' and Jesus' contradictory teaching regarding oaths reconciled?

In Deuteronomy Moses teaches to make oaths in the Lord's name: Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. Deuteronomy 6:13 NIV Fear the Lord your God and serve ...
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How many died because of immorality in the wilderness?

Why does 1 Corinthians 10:8 say that 23,000 Israelites fell in one day for committing fornication, while Numbers 25:9 gives the figure as 24,000? 1 Cor 10:8 NWT Neither let us practice sexual ...
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Why does God not love Satan if He tell us to love our enemies to be as His Children (Luke 6:35-36)? [closed]

If we have to be forgiving and love our enemies to follow The Nature of God The Father and be as His Children, then why doesn't He love His own enemy, Satan? Matthew 5:44-45 King James Version (KJV) ...
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Who did Christ first appear to after his resurection?

In First Corinthians, St. Paul says the Cephas (Peter) was the first that Christ appeared to after he was raised to life, yet in the Gospels it is said that Mary of Magdala was the first. I am ...
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Can you explain the conflict between 2 Corinthians 5:10 and Isaiah 43:25?

2 Corinthians 5:10(KJV) 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or ...
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Do Protestants believe Jesus misquoted Psalm 8:2 in Matthew 21:16?

In Matthew 21:15–16, Jesus is praised by children in the temple after healing the blind and the lame. When questioned by the chief priests and scribes, he points out that what was occurring was ...
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Scientific contradictions in bible [closed]

The problems are:- In the Book of genesis it is said that the Universe was created in 6 days. But from the scientific perspective it is impossible. It took billions of years. Also the chronology the ...
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Why does the bible say that David kept all the commands of the Lord when he so clearly didn't?

Why does the bible say that David kept all the commands of the Lord when he so clearly didn't? 1 Kings 15:5 NIV - For David had done what was right in the eyes of the Lord and had not failed to ...
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To break apart families or bring them together?

The prophet said concerning the great day which Elijah will usher in, "And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite ...
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Isn't Israel the firstborn Son of the Lord?

We read in Exodus 4:22 that the people Israel are God's firstborn son: "Then you shall say to Pharaoh, 'Thus says the LORD, "Israel is My son, My firstborn. (NASB) So now, how can Jesus be the ...
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Did Jesus or any of the New Testament authors ever quote a textual variant?

Among many (good) arguments against KJV-onlyism, I have heard the following argument: The idea that “preservation” requires us to have 100% accurate knowledge of the original words of scripture is ...
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How can we reconcile Judges 10:13 with Numbers 23:19?

Numbers 23:19 is very clear that God cannot change his mind and when He says He will do something He will do it. And yet in Judges 10:13 we see God saying : But you have forsaken me and served ...
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If God cannot cause or be evil how did he send an evil spirit to Saul? [duplicate]

He sent an evil spirit to Saul to cause him to attack David. How is this possible if God is good?
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How do Mormons understand 2 Nephi 5:16 in light of 2 Nephi 5:15?

In Book of Mormon, the text in 2 Nephi 5:15 says (emphasis mine): 15 And I did teach my people to build buildings, and to work in all manner of wood, and of iron, and of copper, and of brass, and ...
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Will the Earth last forever? (Catholic perspective)

In Ecclesiastes 1:4, it is mentioned that the Earth will remain forever: A generation goes and a generation comes, But the earth remains forever. But in 2 Peter 3:10, it is mentioned that the ...
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How could Satan be cursed to crawl on the ground, yet walk before God in Job?

In Genesis 3:1 we find a serpent. Supposedly Satan inhabited the serpent, or the word should be translated Shining One (NIV). At any rate, God curses the snake in 3:14: "On your belly you shall go, ...
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How do Calvinists explain God's wanting no one to perish and electing some to judgement?

I have two ideas that have support in the bible, but seem to contradict! Please help! I am looking for a Calvinist/Evangelical answer. These two verses have the general effect that God does not want ...
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How, according to the Catholic Church, can God order genocide even though the Church has declared such a situation impossible?

Quoting Veritatis Splendor: Reason attests that there are objects of the human act which are by their nature "incapable of being ordered" to God, because they radically contradict the good of the ...
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If “the Kingdom of God comes not with observation”, how can it be “taken by violence”? [closed]

Matthew 11:12 (KJV): And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. Similarly, in Luke 16:16: The law and the ...
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Did Peter fully enter the tomb?

In Luke 24:12 it states that Peter stooped down to look through into the tomb, but omits any mention of hims actually going into the sepulchre itself. Only after he briefly stoops down does he run ...
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Jesus concealing his identity [closed]

In Mark 8 and Matthew 16 after the feeding of the four thousand Peter declares Jesus as the messiah. Immediately after this Jesus tells his disciples not to reveal his identity. How does this ...
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Jesus withdrawing from his disciples to pray [closed]

In Matthew 26:36-46 and Mark 14:32-42, Jesus moves away three times from his apostles to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. What is the biblical basis as to why Luke has Jesus pray only once in Luke ...
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Is God always near in times of need? [closed]

How are certain verses that describe God as always being there in times of need such as Psalm 46:1 or Psalm 145:14 compatible with verses such as Psalm 10:1 and Psalm 22:1-2 that describe God hiding ...
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What Justification can be found in revealing contradictions within the Bible? [closed]

With various, claimed, contradictions within biblical text, Jeremiah 17:4 - ...it [anger] will burn forever. Jeremiah 3:12 - ...And I will not remain angry forever. I have seen many that have ...
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Obtaining Wisdom in the Bible [closed]

In James 1:5 it says that God gives Wisdom, whereas in Proverbs 4:7 it teaches to seek wisdom. How would one reconcile these two verses.
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200 Denarri sufficient for purchasing Bread?

In Mark 6:37, some disciples comments and indicate that the 200 denarii would have been enough to purchase bread needed to feed the 5000. But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” ...
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The order of Communion in Luke 22:17-20 versus Mark 14:22-25 and Matthew 26:26-29

In Matt. 26:26-29 and Mark 14:22-25, Jesus presents the bread before the wine in the performance of Communion. Matt. 26:26-29 26 While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing,...
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How would Biblical Inerrantists resolve perceived tensions between 2 Timothy 3:16 and Hebrews 7:18?

2 Timothy 3:16 says: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness... (NIV) From the perspective of Biblical Inerrancy, how is this ...
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If jealousy is sin, how can God be jealous?

Exodus 20:4–5 reads: for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me But jealousy is sin, ...
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How do the church fathers reconcile the accounts of Jesus calling Peter and Andrew to be apostles?

How do the church fathers reconcile the accounts of Jesus calling Peter and Andrew to be apostles? With scriptures listed below it appears that though John, Andrew, and Peter were the first to ...
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How can 1 Corithians 15:3 and Psalms 49:7 be reconciled?

In Corinthians 15:3 it states that Jesus died for our sins. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, In Psalms 49:7 ...
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Which tribe did Paul belong to?

I came across below two verses when I am reading through my bible(Telugu language). To me, these two statements seem to contradict each other: Acts 21: 29 But Paul said, "I am a man who am a ...
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How long did the drought that Elijah prayed for really last?

James and Luke say the drought lasted for three and a half years. Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years (...
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When omniscient God had a plan for Jesus, why did God think of killing everyone?

There seems to be a contradiction between these two verses. So the LORD said, "I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created--and with them the animals, the birds and the ...
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Generational Curses vs Personal Resposibility [closed]

There are numerous passages that support the concept of generational curses - that children will be punished for the sins of their parents. Exodus 20:5, Exodus 34:7, Numbers 14:18, Deuteronomy 5:9 ...
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How do Catholics explain Hebrews 13:10 and John 6:54?

We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat. Hebrews 13:10 (NIV) Catholics interpret Hebrews 13:10 as talking about the Eucharist (source). Whoever ...
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When did Judas Iscariot kill himself?

Matthew 27 NIV Judas Hangs Himself 1 Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. 2 So they bound him, led him away and ...
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Do Matthew and John have a discrepancy with regards to Jesus before Pilate?

Matthew 27:11-12 (Mark has a very similar account in Mark 15:1-11) 11 Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “You have said so,” ...
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How are John 18:36 and Matthew 13:41 reconciled according to Protestants?

John 18:36: My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place. Matthew 13:41: The ...
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John 1:18 - “No one has ever seen God” - How do Trinitarians reconcile this scripture with the belief that the Lord Jesus Christ is God?

In John 1:18, it states θεὸν οὐδεὶς ἑώρακεν πώποτε "No one has ever seen God." Trinitarians believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God [the Son], the second person of the Trinity. That being said,...
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Did Jesus lie about going to a feast? [duplicate]

I know Jesus is not a liar, but an incident in the New Testament has puzzled me for a long time. Jesus was asked by his disciples if he was going to go to a feast and he said he wasn't, but, later he ...
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Reconciling Peter in Acts with Deuteronomy/Psalms on the burden of the Law?

Peter is cited in Acts 15:10-11 as saying to the Jerusalem Council, "Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to ...