113 "Contradictions" in the Bible - Answers

A list of 113 answers to supposed "contradictions" in the Bible. There are reasonable answers and explanations for every alleged "contradiction" in the Bible.

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Genesis (32)

1:2
Is the Trinity Contradictory?
1:3
How Could Light Be Created Before the Sun, Moon, and Stars?
1:11-13
Were Plants or Humans Created First?
1:14
How Could Light Be Created Before the Sun, Moon, and Stars?
1:24-26
Were Animals or Humans Created First?
1:26
Is the Bible Contradictory About How Many Gods There Are?
1:26-31
Were Plants or Humans Created First?
2:5-9
Were Plants or Humans Created First?
2:16-17
Why Didn’t Adam Die the Day He Ate the Fruit?
2:18
Is the Bible Contradictory About Whether Marriage Is Good?
2:18-19
Were Animals or Humans Created First?
3:8-10
Does God Asking Adam, “Where are you?”, Contradict His Omniscience?
3:16
Was God Wrong to Multiply the Pain of Women in Childbearing?
3:22
Is the Bible Contradictory About How Many Gods There Are?
4:17
Where Did Cain Get His Wife?
5:1-31
Did People Live Hundreds of Years in Genesis?
5:5
Why Didn’t Adam Die the Day He Ate the Fruit?
5:24
Has Anyone Ascended Into Heaven Besides Jesus?
6:6-7
Does God Change His Mind?
6:19-20
Did Noah Bring Two or Seven Pairs of Every Kind of Animal?
7:1
Is Anyone Righteous? Have All Sinned?
7:2-3
Did Noah Bring Two or Seven Pairs of Every Kind of Animal?
11:7
Is the Bible Contradictory About How Many Gods There Are?
11:8-9
If God Is Not the Author of Confusion, What About the Tower of Babel?
17:1
Has Anyone Seen God?
18:1
Has Anyone Seen God?
19:8
Was Lot Righteous? Did He Sin Against His Daughters?
22:1
Does God Tempt People?
22:1-2
Was It Wrong for God to Command Abraham to Sacrifice Isaac?
37:28, 36
Who Bought Joseph, the Ishmaelites or the Midianites?
39:1
Who Bought Joseph, the Ishmaelites or the Midianites?
47:31
Did Jacob Worship at the Head of the Bed or Leaning on His Staff?

Lamentation (1)

3:38
Is God Good to All?

Matthew (50)

1:6, 16
Are Matthew and Luke’s Genealogies Contradictory?
1:12
Did Coniah/Jechoniah Have Children?
2:22-23
Was “He shall be called a Nazarene” an Old Testament Prophecy?
3:16-17
Is the Trinity Contradictory?
4:1-10
Is the Order of the Temptations of Jesus Contradictory?
4:18-20
When Did Peter and Andrew Start Following Jesus?
5:16
Should We Let Our Good Works Be Seen?
5:17
Did Jesus Abolish the Law?
5:22
Is It Sin to Call Someone a Fool?
6:1-4
Should We Let Our Good Works Be Seen?
8:5-8
Did the Centurion or Elders Talk to Jesus?
8:28
Did Jesus Meet the Demon-Possessed Men in Gadarene or Gerasene?
8:28
Did One or Two Demon-Possessed Men Meet Jesus?
9:9
Was the Tax Collector Named Matthew or Levi?
9:18
Was Jairus’s Daughter Dead When He Saw Jesus?
10:2-4
Why Are the Lists of Disciples Different?
10:9-10
Did Jesus Tell His Disciples to Take a Staff?
10:34-36
Did Jesus Come to Bring Peace or a Sword?
11:13-14
Was John the Baptist Elijah?
12:31-32
Is There an Unforgivable Sin?
12:31-32
What Is Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?
12:40
How Many Days and Nights Was Jesus in the Tomb?
13:31
Is the Mustard Seed the Smallest Seed?
17:1
Did Jesus Bring the Men Up the Mountain After Six or Eight Days?
19:16-19
Is Salvation by Faith or by Works?
20:20-21
Did James/John, or Their Mother, Ask to Sit Beside Jesus?
20:29-30
Did Jesus Meet One or Two Blind Men Leaving Jericho?
21:12:13
Did Jesus Cleanse the Temple Once or Twice?
21:19
Did the Fig Tree Wither Immediately or Overnight?
23:3-5
Should We Let Our Good Works Be Seen?
23:8-10
Is It Sinful to Call Someone “Father” Besides God?
23:17
Is It Sin to Call Someone a Fool?
24:36
Why Didn’t Jesus Know the Hour of His Return?
26:34, 74-75
Did the Rooster Crow Once or Twice Before Peter’s Third Denial?
26:47, 50
Who Arrested Jesus, the Crowd or the Romans?
26:57
Did Jesus See Annas or Caiaphas After He Was Arrested?
27:3-8
Did Judas Die by Hanging or Falling?
27:7-10
Who Bought the Potter’s Field: Judas or the Jews?
27:28
Was Jesus’ Robe Scarlet or Purple?
27:31-32
Did Jesus or Simon of Cyrene Carry the Cross?
27:34
Was the Wine Mixed With Gall or Myrrh?
27:37
What Was Written on the Cross?
27:46
What Were Jesus’ Last Words on the Cross?
28:1
How Many Days and Nights Was Jesus in the Tomb?
28:1-5
Was the Stone Rolled Away Before or After Mary Arrived?
28:2-5
How Many Angels/Men Were at the Tomb?
28:2-5
Were the Angels Sitting or Standing at the Tomb?
28:8
Did the Women Tell Anyone About the Tomb?
28:8-9
Who Did Jesus Appear to First?
28:19
Is the Trinity Contradictory?

Mark (29)

2:14
Was the Tax Collector Named Matthew or Levi?
2:26
Was Ahimelech or Abiathar the High Priest?
3:13-19
Why Are the Lists of Disciples Different?
3:29
Is There an Unforgivable Sin?
3:29
What Is Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?
4:30
Is the Mustard Seed the Smallest Seed?
5:1-2
Did Jesus Meet the Demon-Possessed Men in Gadarene or Gerasene?
5:1-2
Did One or Two Demon-Possessed Men Meet Jesus?
5:22-23
Was Jairus’s Daughter Dead When He Saw Jesus?
6:8
Did Jesus Tell His Disciples to Take a Staff?
9:2
Did Jesus Bring the Men Up the Mountain After Six or Eight Days?
9:50
Did Jesus Come to Bring Peace or a Sword?
10:35-37
Did James/John, or Their Mother, Ask to Sit Beside Jesus?
10:46-47
Did Jesus Meet One or Two Blind Men Leaving Jericho?
11:14, 20
Did the Fig Tree Wither Immediately or Overnight?
11:15-17
Did Jesus Cleanse the Temple Once or Twice?
13:30-32
Why Didn’t Jesus Know the Hour of His Return?
14:43
Who Arrested Jesus, the Crowd or the Romans?
14:72
Did the Rooster Crow Once or Twice Before Peter’s Third Denial?
15:17, 20
Was Jesus’ Robe Scarlet or Purple?
15:20-21
Did Jesus or Simon of Cyrene Carry the Cross?
15:23
Was the Wine Mixed With Gall or Myrrh?
15:26
What Was Written on the Cross?
15:34
What Were Jesus’ Last Words on the Cross?
16:2
How Many Days and Nights Was Jesus in the Tomb?
16:3-4
Was the Stone Rolled Away Before or After Mary Arrived?
16:5-6
How Many Angels/Men Were at the Tomb?
16:5-6
Were the Angels Sitting or Standing at the Tomb?
16:8
Did the Women Tell Anyone About the Tomb?

Luke (25)

1:5-6
Is Anyone Righteous? Have All Sinned?
3:23, 31
Are Matthew and Luke’s Genealogies Contradictory?
4:1-12
Is the Order of the Temptations of Jesus Contradictory?
5:27
Was the Tax Collector Named Matthew or Levi?
6:12-16
Why Are the Lists of Disciples Different?
7:3-6
Did the Centurion or Elders Talk to Jesus?
8:26-27
Did Jesus Meet the Demon-Possessed Men in Gadarene or Gerasene?
8:26-27
Did One or Two Demon-Possessed Men Meet Jesus?
8:41-42
Was Jairus’s Daughter Dead When He Saw Jesus?
9:3
Did Jesus Tell His Disciples to Take a Staff?
9:28-29
Did Jesus Bring the Men Up the Mountain After Six or Eight Days?
12:51-52
Did Jesus Come to Bring Peace or a Sword?
13:19
Is the Mustard Seed the Smallest Seed?
18:35, 38
Did Jesus Meet One or Two Blind Men Leaving Jericho?
19:45-46
Did Jesus Cleanse the Temple Once or Twice?
22:36
Did Jesus Come to Bring Peace or a Sword?
22:34, 60-62
Did the Rooster Crow Once or Twice Before Peter’s Third Denial?
22:47
Who Arrested Jesus, the Crowd or the Romans?
23:26
Did Jesus or Simon of Cyrene Carry the Cross?
23:38
What Was Written on the Cross?
23:46
What Were Jesus’ Last Words on the Cross?
24:1
How Many Days and Nights Was Jesus in the Tomb?
24:2-6
Were the Angels Sitting or Standing at the Tomb?
24:4-6
How Many Angels/Men Were at the Tomb?
24:9
Did the Women Tell Anyone About the Tomb?

John (26)

1:3
Is God or Jesus the Creator?
1:18
Has Anyone Seen God?
1:19-21
Was John the Baptist Elijah?
1:35-42
When Did Peter and Andrew Start Following Jesus?
2:13-15
Did Jesus Cleanse the Temple Once or Twice?
3:13
Has Anyone Ascended Into Heaven Besides Jesus?
3:16
Does God Love or Hate People?
5:37
Has Anyone Seen God?
6:46
Has Anyone Seen God?
8:57-58
Is the Trinity Contradictory?
10:30
Is the Trinity Contradictory?
13:38
Did the Rooster Crow Once or Twice Before Peter’s Third Denial?
14:27
Did Jesus Come to Bring Peace or a Sword?
16:33
Did Jesus Come to Bring Peace or a Sword?
18:12
Who Arrested Jesus, the Crowd or the Romans?
18:19, 24
Did Jesus See Annas or Caiaphas After He Was Arrested?
19:2, 5
Was Jesus’ Robe Scarlet or Purple?
19:17
Did Jesus or Simon of Cyrene Carry the Cross?
19:19-20
What Was Written on the Cross?
19:30
What Were Jesus’ Last Words on the Cross?
20:1
How Many Days and Nights Was Jesus in the Tomb?
20:1
Was the Stone Rolled Away Before or After Mary Arrived?
20:12-13
How Many Angels/Men Were at the Tomb?
20:12-13
Were the Angels Sitting or Standing at the Tomb?
20:14
Who Did Jesus Appear to First?
20:18
Did the Women Tell Anyone About the Tomb?

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